This year's entry in the annual Desmond Howl Canada Day Spectacular takes us on a coast-to-coast-to-coast tour of this great nation, from St. John's, NFL, to Iqaluit, Nunavut, to Victoria, BC, and home again! We'll travel this great nation hearing songs about some of our favourite stops along the way. I know there's a lot of messed up stuff politically and socially that's gone on and continues to, but there's no denying that we have the best music in the world, so while we figure the rest of that mess out, let's enjoy some great music and come together!
How about that heat, huh? We got hit with a heck of a heatwave this weekend, and it was hard to think of anything else, so we've got a pile of "hot" songs today, as well as a bunch for those who were supposed to run the Manitoba Marathon today before the heat spoiled the party!
So you say you like Country music? Or perhaps you say you don't and need to be tricked into it? Well, today we've got two hours of songs, albums, and artists, recommended if you like country music that might be able to broaden your horizons a bit. We've got some genuine country music that you might not be familiar with, alongside some roots rockin' folkies with a bit of the ol' country flair.
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Dallas Good of The Sadies this week. The Sadies honestly and truly are among Canada's hardest working, most respected, and loved musicians in the country, if not the world. This show serves as a tribute to a man who's given us so much joy over his 30-year career, as we hear from all of The Sadies albums, plus an hour of collaborations with some of their many notable friends.
Our team of scientists and statisticians have completed their intensive study of albums released in 2021, and we can say, officially and without hesitation, the songs and albums heard today are among the absolute best! We don't nearly have enough time in 2 hours to get to everything, but this is a pretty good look at some expected highlights, delightful discoveries, big-name faves, and downright fun!
Christmas may be officially done for another year, but there's been a lot going on the past few weeks, so we haven't heard many of our annual favourites, so today we pull out all the stops and play some of the essentials that we haven't gotten to and just can't go a year without hearing. We also ease out of the holiday season with some Christmas songs that... aren't, but you can get away with calling Christmas songs. Finally, in the tradition of holiday marathons of years gone by, we're stretching out and taking over The Love and Happiness Hour at 4 pm on UMFM and playing some of my favourite L&H H classic rock, guilt and shame-free, just for fun!
Every once in a while you notice that an artist or band that you loved or saw a bunch of times seems to be missing in action. Sometimes a band or artist will just give up the hectic, unpredictable, stressful, dangerous life of a touring musician, and sometimes they'll just drop a little further off the radar, still making music that you might not necessarily even know about. This episode compiles some of those artists and bands and we track a few down and wonder about some others.
This is another in our long line of timeless "standby" episodes that you might hear again some day when I'm not able to come up with a new show. It's full of great music, so I'm sure you won't mind. Heck, you might just want to come back and revisit it on your own some time!