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
29. The Real Boom- Folk in the 70’s

Someone said the 60’s really took place in the 70’s and in folk music one could make a case for this. Between 1970 and 1980 folk music in Canada went through an unparalleled growth spurt. Not only did an entire new generation of songwriters emerge, but entire new genres began to form; Celtic folk rock from Newfoundland  (Figgy Duff); the first world music ensemble combining Chilean and Greek refugees in Toronto (Companeros); the first unabashedly feminist singer songwriter (Rita MacNeil); West Coast Folk (Pied Pumkin and Flying Mountain); a handful of aboriginal singer-songwriters including Willie Dunn, Alanis Obomsawin, Shingoose, Winston Wuttunnee, and Guyanese, Arawak singer, David Campbell found an audience at folk festivals and the concerts they spawned.  Stringband created a repertoire combining traditional music, songs by group members, and those by other new writers, pioneered extensive national touring and were among the first to create their own record company, shattering the hold of the “majors” over folk music. Dave Essig, Stan Rogers, Roy Forbes, David Wiffen, Ferron, Willie P. Bennett, Connie Kaldor; a whole lexicon of names that would become important to folk music in the next decades were first heard in this period. Independent recordings and radio in both campus/community form and, more than ever, the CBC, took the music across the country.

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