Want to know what Oh Susanna thinks of Tofino, BC? Tune in to CBC Radio 2 today at 2:30pm to find out. That's when the station will reveal the final 13 songs in its Great Canadian Song Quest.
The concept was simple: listeners across the country were able to vote online for their favourite provincial locations and corresponding artists who would then be tasked to write a song about the chosen spot in four weeks.
Manitoba had a chance to be represented by Juno-winning roots acts Nathan, Chic Gamine, The Duhks, expat Joel Kroeker, or Winnipeg-born pop superstar, Chantal Kreviazuk. Voters chose Kreviazuk, who will debut "In Waskada Somewhere," which immortalizes the small southwestern Manitoba town of, well, Waskada. Click here to listen to a clip.
The project features a nice wide variety of Canadian records artists, including Hawksley Workman, Martha Wainwright, The Deep Dark Woods, Joel Plaskett, and Lucie Idlout. It also highlights a nice wide variety of Canadian locations, none of which I've been to.
All the artists will be on Radio 2 Drive this week with host Rich Terfry talking about the songs that inspired them.
Does anyone about the "Canadian songbook" CBC keeps mentioning? Is this a real thing? Or does it just live in the hearts and minds of citizens from coast to coast to coast (as well as the residents of Maine)?