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Program Curator & Host: Nicholas Jennings, with remarks by Derek Andrews
Featuring Sylvia Tyson, Liam Russell, Jennifer Castle and Doug Paisley
Singer-songwriters are one of Canada’s richest natural resources—and Toronto has contributed some of the best, dating back to the Yorkville era of the 1960s. It was in Yorkville’s coffeehouses that artists initially put their poetic reflections to song. But before any of them had penned their first compositions, Sylvia Tyson was showing how it was done, crafting the global hit “You Were On My Mind” in Ian & Sylvia, the celebrated folk duo. A music legend, Sylvia went on to enjoy a successful solo career, writing evocative songs covered by the likes of Crystal Gayle and Kitty Wells, and now resides in both the Canadian Music and Canadian Country Music Halls of Fame.
The influence of Sylvia and her contemporaries has influenced successive generations of Toronto singer-songwriters. Doug Paisley has drawn praise from Rolling Stone and comparisons to Gordon Lightfoot for his honest lyrics and mellifluous melodies. Critically acclaimed Jennifer Castle is an admitted Joni Mitchell fan, but her rustic balladry also sounds inspired by Sylvia’s small-town laments. Liam Russell, with three promising albums to his credit, comes by the folk tradition honestly: his father is Brent Titcomb, whose songs have been recorded by Anne Murray, Glen Campbell and others.