I’m sure we’re all anticipating a much better Canada Day holiday than last year – when we were in the fading grip of the pandemic’s first wave. We know the second and third waves wreaked havoc before the vaccine’s arrival helped stem the tide of infections. This year’s Canada Day marks our gradual return to ‘normal’. So that’s cause to celebrate – and that’s what I’m planning – an hour of songs about Canada. From Stompin’ Tom and The Travellers, to Gordon Lightfoot, Michael Buble, and even the comedy legend Johnny Wayne’s Confederation classic: ‘Charlottetown’.
Appropriately enough, one of Canada’s greatest bands – The Band – released their legendary debut album: ‘Music from Big Pink’ on Canada Day, 1968 – I’ll spotlight four classic songs from that album. And in our first hour’s feature: ‘This Week in Zoomer Music’ has a special treat, marking the 65th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s recording of ‘Hound Dog’ – July 2, 1956. I’ll play 4 different versions, revealing ‘the story behind the classic song’.
It’ll be a great show – hope you’ll tune in. Cheers – eh !