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
35. Looking Forward – Looking Backward - Folk Music at the End of the Century and the Beginning of the New Millennium

The last decade of the 20th century saw new features emerge in Canadian folk music and many old forms resurgent. As in earlier decades Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Ewan MacColl had had a profound influence on Canadian artists, so Billy Bragg and Ani DiFranco inspired new approaches in the nineties. The grrrls, the punk folkies, Celtic stomp and other new variants entered the scene. The environmental movement and the anti-globalization campaigns provided inspiration for new political songwriting.  The growth of world music continued and accelerated. From the most hybrid and visionary to the most traditional, the music of scores of cultures is being performed. The Atlantic Canadian invasion made Gaelic a living language on the folk scene. Celtic music was heard everywhere in the most diverse treatments. At the same time several generations of songwriters continue to perform and create. New technologies have made the music more available than ever. There are 300 web sites of Canadian folk musicians listed on the Northern Journey list. Never has there been more and more diverse folk music in Canada.   Never has there been a more clear distinction between those artists who use folk music to conjure up the ghost of a kinder and gentler past and those who are using the music to create a vibrant new culture outside the framework of the mainstream of the music industry. All the debates about the nature of folk music continue and every variant that has existed under the name folk during the last hundred years remains a living part of the mix.

A Canadian version of the famous "little red songbook" containing new Canadian labour songs
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