Those of you following our tweets will know that we just did a road trip across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto, which was pretty incredible and felt like a Canadian right of passage. Perfect time of year to do it with the gorgeous changing of Autumn colours as we went. Only draw back (with the exception of Sudbury to Toronto, which is not an especially picturesque leg of the trip) was that we only had 6 days to do it in, and so many people and places we wanted to stop along the way. What kept us groovin’ along the road for about 12 hours a day, were the great tunes we were playing. To be a purest and keep with the theme of our journey, we played Canadian tunes the whole way.
To celebrate these tunes, we’ll be posting our #CrossCanada Playlist in a series of posts. To start, we must honour the man whose CD started off the journey, Ron Sexsmith with Long Player Late Bloomer.
Considered one of greatest songwriters of his time, singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is an under-appreciated Canadian legend. In the words of our music aficionado, Rob Jones‘, “Ron has never made a bad album.” High praise from Rob, who is an utter and complete music snob (he’s actually banged his head on a table in a bar to protest bad tunes). It was good to see Ron honoured earlier this Autumn with a Polaris Prize nomination for Long Player Late Bloomer.
Long Player Late Bloomer has not only been capturing the attention of music lovers, but movie-goers too, as Douglas Arrowsmith of Felt Films with Paperny Entertainment filmed the making of this album and Ron working on the album with Bob Rock, in the documentary on Ron Sexsmith, Love Shines.
To delve deeper into Ron’s story and fall in love with him the way we have, catch Love Shines on The Movie Network this month & next.
- October 15th at 11 am & 7:25 pm
- October 16th at 2:45 am
- October 20th 7:45 am & 3:55 pm
- October 21st at 4:30 am
- October 25th at 6 am & 7:30 pm
- October 26th at 12:25 am