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Feist covers: a 3-song Junos primer

Andrea Warner

Now with 11 acts and artists confirmed to perform so far (Feist was most recently announced for a tribute to Leonard Cohen), this year’s Junos broadcast on Sunday, April 2, promises to be one of the biggest in the award ceremony’s history.

From emerging artists like Ruth B to established acts like Sarah McLachlan and Billy Talent, there’s something for every music fan, and there are also a lot of great opportunities to discover exciting, new-to-you artists for your earbuds — to punch up your playlists or add to your record collection, or scope out for when their tours come to your hometown.

Think of the live Junos broadcast as an opportunity to survey just a little bit more of the country’s music scene, its depth and breadth, and then keep checking back daily as CBC Music posts its handy three-song primers for each artist and band to help deepen your appreciation of all these great musicians.


The recent addition of singer-songwriter Feist to the Junos was enough to gets hearts racing. The fact that Leslie Feist is on hand to pay tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen? Well, that’s just perfection.

Leslie Feist is also about to release Pleasure, her first album of new material in five years, for which we’ll likely see her back at the Junos in 2018. But since the award-winning artist is specifically joining the broadcast to perform a cover, rather than offer the usual three-song primer survey of her career, these three songs highlight some of Feist’s best covers.

Song: ”Flamenco”
Original artist: Gord Downie (the Tragically Hip)

Song: “Secret Heart”
Original artist: Ron Sexsmith

Song: ”Closing Time”
Original Artist: Leonard Cohen (from the Sarah Polley-directed film, Take This Waltz)

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More to explore: 

Sarah McLachlan: a 3-song Junos primer

Arkells: a 3-song Junos primer

July Talk: a 3-song Junos primer

A Tribe Called Red: a 3-song Junos primer

Alessa Cara: a 3-song primer