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Indie Music From Ontario And Quebec20170629

Mary Ann Kennedy profiles Canada's indie scene, visiting CBC's music festival in Toronto.

A week of programmes from across Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Tonight Mary Ann Kennedy visits the CBC's annual music festival in Toronto, featuring some of the best artists from Canada's world-renowned indie scene. Also, a venture into the wilds of Canada for songs from Jonas Bonnetta, an indie musician who takes his inspiration from the Canadian landscape, and a session in Montreal with one of Canada's most celebrated singer-songwriters, Martha Wainwright.

Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, and recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

Indie Music From Ontario And Quebec20170629

Mary Ann Kennedy profiles Canada's indie scene, visiting CBC's music festival in Toronto.

A week of programmes from across Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Tonight Mary Ann Kennedy visits the CBC's annual music festival in Toronto, featuring some of the best artists from Canada's world-renowned indie scene. Also, a venture into the wilds of Canada for songs from Jonas Bonnetta, an indie musician who takes his inspiration from the Canadian landscape, and a session in Montreal with one of Canada's most celebrated singer-songwriters, Martha Wainwright.

Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, and recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

Mary Ann Kennedy profiles Canada's indie scene, visiting CBC's music festival in Toronto.

A week of programmes from across Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Tonight Mary Ann Kennedy visits the CBC's annual music festival in Toronto, featuring some of the best artists from Canada's world-renowned indie scene. Also, a venture into the wilds of Canada for songs from Jonas Bonnetta, an indie musician who takes his inspiration from the Canadian landscape, and a session in Montreal with one of Canada's most celebrated singer-songwriters, Martha Wainwright.

Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, and recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

Jazz On The Prairies20170626

Hannah French and CBC's Tim Tamashiro in Calgary with recordings from Canada's jazz scene.

Hannah French is at the National Music Centre Studio Bell in Calgary with CBC's Tim Tamashiro to hear recordings from some of Canada's best jazz artists, past and present, including recordings by Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Diana Krall, Barbara Lica, Robi Botos Bria Skonberg and Michael Buble Plus a profile of the CBC's New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, made up of musicians from across the world who have settled in Canada - as they put it, "creating new traditions that reflect what Canada sounds and looks like in 2017."

CANADA 150: Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, and recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

Jazz On The Prairies20170626

Hannah French and CBC's Tim Tamashiro in Calgary with recordings from Canada's jazz scene.

Hannah French is at the National Music Centre Studio Bell in Calgary with CBC's Tim Tamashiro to hear recordings from some of Canada's best jazz artists, past and present, including recordings by Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Diana Krall, Barbara Lica, Robi Botos Bria Skonberg and Michael Buble Plus a profile of the CBC's New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, made up of musicians from across the world who have settled in Canada - as they put it, "creating new traditions that reflect what Canada sounds and looks like in 2017."

CANADA 150: Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, and recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

Six Nations Reserve20170628

Mary Ann Kennedy visits the Six Nations Reserve in Canada to explore its indigenous music.

A week of programmes from across Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Tonight, indigenous music from First Nation reserves in Ontario and Quebec. Mary Ann Kennedy visits the annual pow-wow by the Algonquin people at Kitigan Zibi, and there is a session from the Six Nations Reserve by singer Lacey Hill. Jarrett Martineau introduces tracks by leading artists from Canada's indigenous and Inuit communities, and there are concert sets from Winnipeg singer-songwriter IsKwe and DJ remixers A Tribe Called Red.

Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

Six Nations Reserve20170628

Mary Ann Kennedy visits the Six Nations Reserve in Canada to explore its indigenous music.

A week of programmes from across Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Tonight, indigenous music from First Nation reserves in Ontario and Quebec. Mary Ann Kennedy visits the annual pow-wow by the Algonquin people at Kitigan Zibi, and there is a session from the Six Nations Reserve by singer Lacey Hill. Jarrett Martineau introduces tracks by leading artists from Canada's indigenous and Inuit communities, and there are concert sets from Winnipeg singer-songwriter IsKwe and DJ remixers A Tribe Called Red.

Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

The Maritimes - A Prince Edward Island Kitchen Party20170630

Mary Ann Kennedy visits Prince Edward Island, presenting music from bands such as Vishten.

A week of programmes from across Canada, marking Canada's 150th birthday. Tonight, a Prince Edward Island Kitchen Party: from the island where French, English, Scottish and Irish traditions meet, Mary Ann Kennedy witnesses a battle of the bands featuring Francophone band Vishten versus Anglophones Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys. Also including a Radio 3-commissioned collaboration exploring historical links between Nova Scotia and Scotland though a sound composition created by Amanda Christie, a Canadian with Scottish ancestry - it features Gaelic psalm-singing from the Isle of Lewis mixed with nature sounds from around eastern Canada. Plus a session with Teresa Doyle, a singer with Scots and Irish roots.

Programme note for BBC Radio Commissioned piece by Amanda Christie: Uisgeachan Ciùin (Quiet Waters)

Taking inspiration from the Psalms and from nature, this sound art work spans the Atlantic using archival recordings of psalm singing from the Western Isles of Scotland and voices from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, interwoven with field recordings made in the natural landscape of Cape Breton. The piece progresses chronologically through the archival recordings, from 1964, to 1994, to 2017. The psalm singing from the Western Isles alternates with psalms being read and sung by Gaelic speakers in Cape Breton. The natural sounds in the work progress in three movements, from birds at sunrise, to a rainy mid-afternoon, to frogs at sunset. I structured the field recordings of natural sounds after the psalm singing from Scotland, so that when the Precentor is singing, only one sound from nature (usually water) is present, and then several other tracks of nature recordings swell up alongside the congregation when they sing, so that birds, wind, trees, frogs, and crickets are also singing the Psalms and the praises alongside the humans. This approach to the composition was inspired by Psalm 96: 11-12 which speaks of nature singing praises to God. As such, in this composition, all of nature joins in song with the congregation, following the same antiphonal and heterophonic structure as the traditional psalm singing.

Field recording and Composition: Amanda Dawn Christie

Male Gaelic Voice from Cape Breton: Rod C. MacNeil
Female Gaelic Voice from Cape Breton: Mary Jane Lamond

Archival Recordings of Psalm Singing from Scotland: Courtesy of the BBC
In order of appearance:

1964: Psalm 72: v. 17 & 19
Location: High Church Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Precentor: Angus MacLeod

1994: Psalm 23: v. 1-2
Location: Stornoway Free Church (Seminary), Isle of Lewis
Precentor: Finlay MacDonald

2017: Psalm 34: v. 17-19
Location: Tong Mission Hall, Isle of Lewis
featuring singers from congregations in the islands of Lewis, Harris, and Scalpay
Precentor: Iain Morrison.

The Maritimes - A Prince Edward Island Kitchen Party20170630

Mary Ann Kennedy visits Prince Edward Island, presenting music from bands such as Vishten.

A week of programmes from across Canada, marking Canada's 150th birthday. Tonight, a Prince Edward Island Kitchen Party: from the island where French, English, Scottish and Irish traditions meet, Mary Ann Kennedy witnesses a battle of the bands featuring Francophone band Vishten versus Anglophones Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys. Also including a Radio 3-commissioned collaboration exploring historical links between Nova Scotia and Scotland though a sound composition created by Amanda Christie, a Canadian with Scottish ancestry - it features Gaelic psalm-singing from the Isle of Lewis mixed with nature sounds from around eastern Canada. Plus a session with Teresa Doyle, a singer with Scots and Irish roots.

Programme note for BBC Radio Commissioned piece by Amanda Christie: Uisgeachan Ciùin (Quiet Waters)

Taking inspiration from the Psalms and from nature, this sound art work spans the Atlantic using archival recordings of psalm singing from the Western Isles of Scotland and voices from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, interwoven with field recordings made in the natural landscape of Cape Breton. The piece progresses chronologically through the archival recordings, from 1964, to 1994, to 2017. The psalm singing from the Western Isles alternates with psalms being read and sung by Gaelic speakers in Cape Breton. The natural sounds in the work progress in three movements, from birds at sunrise, to a rainy mid-afternoon, to frogs at sunset. I structured the field recordings of natural sounds after the psalm singing from Scotland, so that when the Precentor is singing, only one sound from nature (usually water) is present, and then several other tracks of nature recordings swell up alongside the congregation when they sing, so that birds, wind, trees, frogs, and crickets are also singing the Psalms and the praises alongside the humans. This approach to the composition was inspired by Psalm 96: 11-12 which speaks of nature singing praises to God. As such, in this composition, all of nature joins in song with the congregation, following the same antiphonal and heterophonic structure as the traditional psalm singing.

Field recording and Composition: Amanda Dawn Christie

Male Gaelic Voice from Cape Breton: Rod C. MacNeil
Female Gaelic Voice from Cape Breton: Mary Jane Lamond

Archival Recordings of Psalm Singing from Scotland: Courtesy of the BBC
In order of appearance:

1964: Psalm 72: v. 17 and 19
Location: High Church Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Precentor: Angus MacLeod

1994: Psalm 23: v. 1-2
Location: Stornoway Free Church (Seminary), Isle of Lewis
Precentor: Finlay MacDonald

2017: Psalm 34: v. 17-19
Location: Tong Mission Hall, Isle of Lewis
featuring singers from congregations in the islands of Lewis, Harris, and Scalpay
Precentor: Iain Morrison.

The Rockies20170627

Hannah French visits the Banff Centre in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

As part of Radio 3's Canada 150 season, Hannah French takes a tour of one of the world's leading centres for artistic creativity - The Banff Centre - situated in one of the most breath-taking locations in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We'll hear recent recordings made at the Banff Centre - music reflecting Canada's vibrant classical and contemporary music scene.

CANADA 150: Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, and recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.

The Rockies20170627

Hannah French visits the Banff Centre in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

As part of Radio 3's Canada 150 season, Hannah French takes a tour of one of the world's leading centres for artistic creativity - The Banff Centre - situated in one of the most breath-taking locations in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We'll hear recent recordings made at the Banff Centre - music reflecting Canada's vibrant classical and contemporary music scene.

CANADA 150: Beginning on Saturday 24th June, and ending as Canada Day dawns on 1st July, Canada 150 explores the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, focused mainly on late night on Radio 3, and recorded on location across Canada from the Rockies to the eastern seabord. Canada's classical music scene is reflected in contemporary music from Banff in the Rocky Mountains, plus an Early Music Show from Montreal; Francophone and Anglophone traditional folk are represented in a kitchen party from Prince Edward Island; jazz and indigenous music is highlighted in programmes from Calgary and the Six Nations Reserve; and Canada's lively indie music scene is reflected with sets from the CBC's Music Festival in Toronto. Other highlights include a specially-commissioned collaboration representing the cultural links between the UK and Canada; and a feature from UK pianist James Rhodes focusing on a legend of Canadian music, Glenn Gould, complete with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Plus Canada-themed content across Radio 3, with daily tracks on Breakfast, Canadian guests on In Tune, and a Canada-inspired Words and Music.