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
16. The First Tour - The UJPO Folksingers

In 1952 and 1953 the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) organized two cross-country tours by a folk song group- The UJPO Folksingers. For the first time, a professional level ensemble brought the new folk repertoire to audiences between Quebec and British Columbia. The story of the 1952/53 tours, who attended, who organized, who sang, and what they sang is a great insight into folk music in Canada just before the boom.

The United Jewish Peoples’ Order Folk Singers: Back Row (left to right): Morris Biderman, Jerry Goodis, Fagel Gartner, Esther Dolgay, Joan Orenstein, Ruth Budd, Pearl Barden (Lapin), Marcel (Chenyski?); Front Row (left to right): Mary Claire Chapman, Roz (Kolen?), Getle Kagen, Claire Klein Asipov, Simone Cook
Image of Fagel Gartner and brief history of the United Jewish Peoples Order Folk Singers, as printed in the program from a UJPO Concert in Vancouver held on Oct 20, 1952
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