Outline of the book


  1. What Is This Book About?
  2. Beginning in the Middle - Mariposa, 1961
  3. The Invention of Folk Music
  4. A Child Shall Lead Them
  5. Canadian Beginnings
  6. Gibbon and the Canadian Mosaic
  7. Red Is The Colour- The Other Mosaic –1900’s-30’s
  8. The Early Labour Song Tradition in Canada
  9. Red Front to Popular Front
  10. New Deal and No Deal
  11. Birth of a Nation
  12. Put Canada First!
  13. People’s Songs and People’s Music
  14. The Golden Age of Canadian Folk Song 1947- 1962- The Beginning
  15. The Emergence of a Repertoire
  16. The First Tour- The UJPO Folksingers
  17. Foreign Affairs
  18. World Music in the Golden Age
  19. Founding Folkies
  20. From Bonavista to the Vancouver Island
  21. Sam Gesser and Folkways Canada
  22. Country and Folk
  23. The “Revival”- Folk as Pop
  24. Mariposa Revisited- The End of the Beginning
  25. The Boom - Early Canadian Folk Professionals and the Marketplace
  26. The Songwriters
  27. East is East and West is West- Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver & Smaller Towns and Smaller Scenes
  28. Folk Rock
  29. The Real Boom- Folk in the 70’s
  30. The Festivals
  31. The Message in the Music- Political and Social Images in Songwriting and Folk Music in Canada in the 60’s and 70’s
  32. Bigger Than Ever- the 80’s
  33. New World, New Music
  34. The Little Folk- Children and Folk Music
  35. Looking Forward – Looking Backward- Folk Music at the End of the Century and the Beginning of the New Millennium
  36. What Does It Mean
12. Put Canada First!

The slogan advanced by the Communist Party at the beginning of the Cold War was both a reflection of the needs of Soviet Foreign policy and the heartfelt outlook of the Canadian Left. This led to the interest of many young singers in Canadian folk songs and provided inspiration to the first new songwriters. The members of the National Federation of Labour Youth (NFLY) were in the vanguard of this new nationalism. The creation of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) and its annual festivals helped bring together youth from around the world and fuse dozens of “nationalisms” into an internationalist perspective in music as well as politics.

Cover of the pamphlet, Put Canada First, by Tim Buck, (Toronto: Labor-Progressive Party, May 1954)
Music and Lyrics for O Lovely Land as printed in Let’s Sing the Songs of the People, (Toronto: Cultural Committee of the United Jewish Peoples Order, circa 1950s), page 5
Music and Lyrics for Louis Riel as printed in Let’s Sing the Songs of the People, (Toronto: Cultural Committee of the United Jewish Peoples Order, circa 1950s), page 6
Lyrics for the National Federation of Labor Youth Song as printed in the NFLY songbook, Toward Singing Tomorrows, (Toronto: National Federation of Labor Youth, 1951), page 2
Cover of the program from the World Federation of Democratic Youth Forum in Bucharest in January 1950
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