After a cold (very cold!) Winnipeg winter reporting and reading the news at CBC Manitoba… I’m back in Ontario! For the time being, I’m in Sudbury (I always seem to end up in the cold climates!) making radio, freelancing, and taking a bit of time off to enjoy the finer things in life, like writing and struggling through Sunday morning Motown spin class and playing ukulele poorly… and coffee. Lots of coffee!
The best part of moving from Winnipeg to Sudbury? Road trip! It was my first time making the drive — a drive I’d been wanting to make for a very long time — and even better, I got to turn it into some great radio, too!
What better way to discover Northwestern Ontario than to meet some of the area’s best female musicians while making your way along Lake Superior? That’s exactly what I did… and then turned the interviews into a two part radio series called “Women of the North,” which aired earlier this month on Bandwidth on CBC Radio One.
Click below to hear both parts of “Women of the North” — in part one, you’ll hear the unforgettable voice of sunday wilde in Atikokan, the infectious harmonica of Tracy K in Thunder Bay, and the quiet, honest lyrics of Bonnie Couchie from Pic River First Nation.
In part two, you’ll hear from some great up-and-coming Northern Ontario singer-songwriters: Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon from Pic River, Rose-Erin Stokes from North Bay, and Marie-Claire Cronier from Sudbury.
So sit back and enjoy — I promise you’ll want to hear more from all of these ladies once you’ve heard their music — and feel free to leave a comment after, I’d love to hear your thoughts!