The Great Canadian Songbook is coming to Quesnel on Nov. 17.
The Great Canadian Songbook is made up of two individual artists and a band: Ken Lavigne, Diyet, and Tiller’s Folly.
Together they perform Canadian hits, with a particular focus on what they refer to as the ‘Canadian folk music revival of the 1960s.’ They also perform tradition music, dating as far back as confederation.
They perform songs from a mix of artists and bands, including the Barenaked Ladies, Neil Young, Blue Rodeo, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
The Great Canadian Songbook was originally formed for Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. The artists had previously followed each other on stage at events across the country and had frequently talked about performing together before deciding to pursue the Great Canadian Songbook.
In the press information on their website, Lavigne says he is enjoying the “rediscovery” of some of the Canadian songs they have been playing. They’re “tunes that I have been humming for a long time, but actually having an excuse to sink my teeth in and perform properly has been awesome.”
He says his favourite song performed in the show is Stan Rogers’ song ‘Northwest Passage’.
The show is taking place at the Chuck Mobley Theatre at Correlieu Secondary School on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Green Tree Health & Wellness, K-Max, Save-On Foods, the Occidental and at the door.