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A special long-weekend edition of the CKUA House Blend. Whatever you’re doing for this Family Day, find some time to enjoy this playlist hand-picked for you by our hosts.

The Spotify Playlist:

The Picks:

Click each host’s name to see what they thought about their pick.

Cam Hayden

Paula Rangell-- "Harmonica Girl"

We usually think of harmonica players as men, but a recent 2 CD set titled” Blues Harp Women” on Ruf Records sets that notion on its’ head with 31 tracks by killer female harp players. This is but one example

Lionel Rault

Empty Houses-- "Falling Away"

Great groove, catchy bit of blue-eyed soul

David Ward

Leeroy Stagger-- "I Want It All"

Our first taste from Leeroy’ s forthcoming album Love Versus (coming April 7th) provides a two minute blast of summer-like energy with a positive message and a la-la-la chorus!

Oskar Zybart

Elbow-- "Magnificent (She Said)"

Elbow are one of England’s greatest contemporary groups, but they are continually overlooked abroad. They recently released a new record and this is the current single. Everyone should check them out. I’ll be spinning “Magnificent” and more during my Family Day guest-slot on AB Morning.

Amy Van Keeken

Son Volt-- "Back Against the Wall"

Jay Farrar dropped Son Volt’s latest album this past Friday, Feb. 17. Looking forward to blasting this new record and revelling in Jay’s signature whine and crunchy guitars

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Joseph Arthur-- "Saint Of Impossible Causes"

Profound lyrics, adventurous and unusual musical arrangement. Suitable anthem for confused state of affairs in the modern times…..

Orest Soltykevych

Modern Mandolin Quartet-- "Hoe-Down"

An episode from Aaron Copland ballet called Rodeo, arranged for mandolin quartet.

Monica Miller

Lydia Ainsworth-- "The Road"

If, like me, you were crazy about Lydia Ainsworth’s debut album “Right From Real” you will be as excited as I am about the impending release of “Darling Of The Afterglow” (March 31). If you’re new to Ainsworth this first single is indicative of her beautiful imagery, lush arrangements and distinctive sound.

Grant Stovel

Weyes Blood-- "Do You Need My Love"

This young New Yorker’s new record is a thing of exquisite, dreamy beauty.
AND it was just announced that she’ll be coming to Sled Island this year!
(Plus, bonus points ’cause she got her moniker from maybe my favourite novel of all time, “Wise Blood” by Southern Gothic author Flannery O’Connor.)

Mark Antonelli

The Sixteen (choral group) / Kaori Muraji, guitar-- "Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel arranged by Bob Chilcott"

An interesting and unusual arrangement of a VERY WELL-KNOWN piece of music. A setting of words by Oscar Wilde from “Rosa Mystica”. Bob Chilcott has turned a famous instrumental piece into a ear-opening work for choir and guitar.

Allison Brock

William Prince-- "Earthly Days"

William is Juno nominated for Best Contemporary Roots AND Best Aboriginal!

Tony King

Invisibl Skratch Piklz-- "Kenny G's Perm"

This comes from a collection of cuts reissued in 2016, culled from Invisibl Skratch Piklz culmination in front of the turntables. The sheer technical prowess that surged through my headphones the first time I listened to this band knocked me out. Besides, a group of Phillipino-Americans making reference to Kenny G’s flowing locks just demands a listen!

Lark Clark

Faada Freddy-- "Reality Cuts Me Like A Knife"

It’s haunting, it’s pretty, sounds old school, yet it’s new…Faada Freddy: the Senegalese Bobby McFerrin

Hayley Muir

Major Lance-- "Ain't No Soul (Left In These Old Shoes)"

Superb Northern Soul from Mr. Lance!

Terry David Mulligan

Stephen Fearing -- "Blowhard Nation"

Supporting the artist and his stance on Trump

Kodi Hutchinson

P.J. Perry-- "Parker's Mood"

A great interpretation of a Charlie Parker classic by one of Canada’s alto saxophone greats!

See the playlists from previous weeks here