My Playlist airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on CBC Music, and Wednesdays at 11 p.m. on CBC Radio 1. If you can't catch it over the airwaves, you can re-listen to past episodes right here.
Loreena McKennitt, this singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has strong roots in the Celtic musical tradition. With that being said, perhaps one of the most admirable qualities of her artistry is her ability to continuously add different layers to her music. That colourful palette of musical influences is what Loreena shares on My Playlist. Listen to what motivates one of the first "do it yourself" independent artists to be so passionate about her art and social change.
Ian & Sylvia, “Four Strong Winds”
Joni Mitchell, “The Circle Game”
Gordon Lightfoot, “Early Mornin’ Rain”
Tom Waits, “I Never Talk to Strangers”
Steeleye Span, “Rogues in a Nation”
Alan Stivell, “Marv Pontkalleg”
Perth County Conspiracy, “Truth and Fantasy”
Gordon Peterson, “Hard Sun”
Oliver Schroer, “Field of Stars”
St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, “Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom”
Julian Taylor, the Pilgrim of funk, soul and roll. The eclectic mix of sounds and vibes that emanates from Julian Taylor's music is a direct reflection of the many influences he encountered growing up. From instrumentalists to R&B/Soul, to gospel with a touch of rock and roll Julian Taylor's sound is truly a smorgasbord of genres. It's also a reflection of the diversity of the city he calls home: Toronto. Listen as Julian Taylor shares his ultimate playlist and the stories attached to the music he loves.
Aretha Franklin, “Respect”
Rhye, “One of Those Summer Days”
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, “Joy”
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, “The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On)”
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, “Messin’ With the Kid”
Tyler Ellis, “My Brother’s in the NHL”
Leh-Lo , “Zig Zag”
The Magnetic Fields, “Andrew in Drag”
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, “Dirty Funk”
Mercy Flight, “Running out of love”
Jackie Ross, “Selfish One”
A Tribe Called Red
A Tribe Called Red, the award-winning Indigenous DJ/Producer collective who changed the world of music with a new genre we like to call, "pow wow step". It's been close to a decade since the group first started the fusion of traditional Indigenous drumming, with electronic Dubstep production and the rhymes of hip hop. What started off as a monthly set in a local Ottawa venue has exploded on an international scale, and is celebrated by fans from all walks of life. Join Tim "2oolman" Hill and "Bear Witness" Thomas as they share some of the songs on their playlists, and explain all the musical elements that influence their sound.
Seventh Fire, “The Cheque is in the Mail”
Jai Paul, “Jasmine”
The Nomadz, “Overboard” ft. Ninja Ford
Mac Miller, “Dang!” ft. Anderson .Paak
The KLF, “Justified and Ancient” ft. Tammy Wynette
Shad, “The Fool Pt. 1 (Get It Got It Good)”
MDC, “I Remember”
Jessie Reyez, “Body Count”
Boogey The Beat, “Buffalo”
Jay Electronica, “Exhibit C”
Ria Mae, this juno nominated artist just might be one of the proudest representers of Canada's east coast. Yes the Halifax, Nova Scotia native takes full advantage of every opportunity to boast about the place she was born and raised. Ria's hometown influences can be heard in her music, and in her My Playlist selection. Take a listen to her speak about some of the influences on her musical journey.
Green day, “When I Come Around”
The Beatles, “Please Please Me”
Amelia Curran, “The Mistress”
Tegan and Sara, “Living Room”
Classified, “That Ain’t Classy”
Sam Cooke, “Twistin’ The Night Away (live at the Copa)”
Tracy Chapman, “Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution”
Van Morrison, “I Forgot that Love Existed”
Our Lady Peace, “Clumsy”
Serena Ryder, “Weak in the Knees”
JRDN, “U Can Have It All”
Jackson Browne, “Stay”
Ron Hawkins, perhaps better known as the "man of a hundred bands". This Canadian Indie legend has been part of and formed several successful groups: Lowest of the Lows, Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails and Peace and Quiet. Through it all, fans have always been able to identify that distinct "Ron Hawkins" singer/songwriter sound, and he doesn't seem to disappoint. Take a listen as he shares some of his greatest musical influences.
The Beaches, “Money”
Jake Bugg, "Note To Self”
The Meters, “Look-Ka Py Py”
Skye Wallace, “Swing Batter”
William Prince, “Bloom”
Amy Winehouse, “Tears Dry On Their Own”
Myrle, “Soap Box Preacher”
White Reaper, “Judy French”
Margaret Glaspy, “Emotions and Math”
The Clash, “Career Opportunities”
Boxer the Horse, “Sketch Me A Glove”
Matthew Good, with more than 25 years in the music industry he's as well accomplished as they come. Namely, he's known for being a part of a Canadian rock band that led a wave of great music in the 90's: The Matthew Good Band. Aside from the multitude of awards and accolades Good is a strong public advocate for mental health awareness. Never one to run short on opinions, listen as he shares his playlist of music important to him.
Sloan, “Coax Me”
The Northern Pikes, “Things I Do For Money”
Talk Talk, “Desire”
Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up In Blue”
Thelonious Monk, “‘Round Midnight”
Pixies, “I’ve Been Tired”
Matthew Good, “This Is Night”
Spirit Of The West, “D For Democracy”
Jim Cuddy, a founding member of one of Canada's most loved bands - Blue Rodeo. He shares more than just his signature voice on My Playlist, Cuddy is sharing stories and moments that have shaped his illustrious career. Tune in!
Skydiggers, “Hello Beautiful Life”
Wilco, “Hate It Here”
The Devin Cuddy Band, “Catfish Blues”
The Weakerthans, “Civil Twilight”
Barney Bentall, “Gypsy Boy”
Tom Waits, “Walking Spanish”
Charles Mingus, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”
Etta James, “Cry Me A River”
Danny Michel, “A Cold Road”
Gord Downie, “Seven Matches”
Sue Passmore, one-third of the Juno award winning band The Good Lovelies, certainly lives up to the name of her group. Songwriting, musicianship and great work ethic are just a few of the attributes that Sue and her bandmates are known for. But according to her the key ingredient is: friendship. Listen to her talk about the bonds she has both with her group and a playlist of music that has played an important role in their lives and careers over the years.
Case/Lang/Veirs, “Song For Judee”
Bahamas, “Opening Act (The Shooby Dooby Song)”
Lydia Persaud, “Low Light”
Basia Bulat, “Infamous”
Billy Joel, “The Longest Time”
Billie Holiday, “I’ll Be Seeing You”
Royal Wood, “I’m So Glad”
Leon Redbone, “All I do is Dream of You”
Leon Bridges, “River”
Rose Cousins, “All The Stars”
Andrew Bird, “Fake Palindromes”
Donovan Woods is a Juno-nominated singer and songwriter, but did you know he's an amazing natural storyteller as well? Not just the stories he expresses through his music. Take a listen to him provide an intimate, more or less, chronological account of the songs, artists and musicians that influenced him at every stage of his life and helped shaped him into the musician he is today.
Bobby Brown, “On Our Own”
Jann Arden, “Could I Be Your Girl”
Tori Amos, “Father Lucifer”
Paul Simon, “Obvious Child”
Kathleen Edwards, “In State”
Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
Fred Eaglesmith, “18 Wheels”
Chance The Rapper, “Same Drugs”
Bryan Adams, “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You”
Juno nominated singer and songwriter Zaki Ibrahim has a style like no other. Zaki is the kind of artist who only makes music she can "feel". And that passion is what makes it easy for her to be patient and avoid compromising her sound. Take a listen as Zaki shares some of the most influential songs and artists that have shaped her eclectic musical approach.
Sheila E., “The Glamorous Life”
Mtume, “Juicy Fruit”
Sheila Chandra, “One”
Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, “Cybernaut”
Glenn Lewis, “Don’t You Forget It”
Rascalz, “Northern Touch” ft. Kardinal Offishall, Thrust, Choclair & Checkmate
Hugh Masekela, “The Boy’s Doin’ It”
Tanika Charles, “I Am Your Woman”
Jully Black, “Rally 'N’” ft. Saukrates
Great vocals, amazing guitarist and the heart of a poet is a good way to describe Terra Lightfoot. Tune in as she shares some of her favourite songs, and explains the stories and connection she has with them.
David Wilcox, “Do the Bearcat”
Whitehorse, “I'm On Fire”
Bruce Cockburn, “Wondering Where the Lions Are”
Sam Weber, “I Wander Around in the Dark”
Freddie King, “Going Down”
The Wood Brothers, “Two Places”
Daniel Lanois, “Sonho Dourado<
Joel Plaskett, “Fashionable People”
William Crighton, “Jesus Blues”
Charlotte Cornfield, “Big Volcano, Small Town”
Jackson Browne, “Running on Empty”
Actor, writer and co-lead singer with the band Stars - Torquil Campbell shares his favourite songs on My Playlist. Torquil Campbell definitely has more than his fair share of the talent pie, find out what songs and which artists have influenced his musical journey.
Prefab Sprout, “Appetite”
Roy Orbison, “It Wasn’t Very Long Ago”
Kon Kan, “I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)”
Nicholas Krgovich, “Let’s Take the Car Out”
Mary Margaret O’hara, “Body’s in Trouble”
Duke Ellington, “Lost in the Night”
The Dears, “Lost in the Plot”
Faith Healer, “Again”
Jay Som, “Baybee”
Portable, “Surrender” ft. LCIO
The Go-Betweens, “Streets of Your Town”
Mo Kenney has a very unique style that comes through effortlessly in her music. Musical and often deceptively singable is a great way to describe a Mo Kenney song. Take a listen as this rising star shares the music and artists that have influenced her along the way.
Joel Plaskett, “Come on Teacher”
Timber Timbre, “Black Water”
Elliott Smith, “Needle in the Hay”
The Shins, “Caring is Creepy”
Patrick Watson, “Close to Paradise”
The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man”
Hannah Georgas, “Enemies”
Dave Marsh, “The Way We Live Today”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Multi-Love”
Joni Mitchell, “Carey”
Fortunate Ones, the Canadian folk duo known for their harmonies that sound like two voices fused into one. Before they were writing songs with insightful lyrics that sear into your mind, they were aspiring musicians from opposites sides of Newfoundland. Listen as Catherine Allan and Andrew O'Brien share their favorite playlist and the stories behind them.
Amy Winehouse, “Valerie”
Amelia Curran, “Years”
Wilco, “Heavy Metal Drummer”
Jenn Grant, “Bring Me a Rose”
Cat Stevens, “Oh Very Young”
Hawksley Workman, “No Sissies”
Don Brownrigg, “In It”
The Barr Brothers, “Even the Darkness Has Arms”
Bahamas, “Opening Act (Shooby Dooby song)”
Ron Sexsmith, “Hands of Time”
Jill Barber, “Legacy”
Carlos Del Junko
Mulitple Maple Blues award winner Carlos Del Junko shares his personal playlist
Elizabeth Shepherd, “Midnight Sun”
Gillian Welch, “Dear Someone”
Serena Ryder, “Boo Hoo”
Mendelson Joe, “Dance With Joe”
The Bad Plus, “Layin' A Strip For The Higher-Self State Line”
Meaghan Smith, “A Little Love”
Kelly Joe Phelps, “Lass Of Loch Royale”
Trio Globo, “Street Corner”
Alex Cuba Band, “Humo de Tabaco”
Oscar Peterson, “The Sheik of Araby”
Steve Poltz proves he's one-of-a-kind.
Ewan and Sam from The Sheepdogs
Ewan and Sam of The Sheepdogs share some of their favourite tunes.
Organizer, activist and jazz musician Molly Johnson shares some of her favourite songs on My Playlist.
West coast icon Shari Ulrich shares her favourite tracks and fabulous stories to go with them.
The smart and energetic Scott Helman talks about the music that shaped his life and career.
Lynn Miles shares some of her favourite tracks including a song by her mom!
East Coast Rocker Matt Mays shares the tracks that matter most to him.
Said the Whale
Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worchester, the two founding members of Vancouver's Said the Whale create their perfect playlist.
Kid Koala takes us on a musical journey of the songs that mean the most to him and have inspired his own sound.
Walk Off The Earth's Sarah Blackwood shares her most inspirational songs
My Playlist with Alejandra Ribera
My Playlist with Basia Bulat
My Playlist with Bruce Cockburn
Tegan and Sara
My Playlist with Tegan and Sara
My Playlist with Crystal Shawanda
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