I caught CBC’s Vinyl Café today, featuring the Great Lake Swimmers as the special musical guest. As usual, Stuart McLean’s storytelling was superb. The latest instalment of “Dave and Morley” had me laughing out loud (Morley went underwear shopping).
The Great Lake Swimmers, on the other hand, offered the superlative contrast. For those of you who don’t know their music, it is beautifully poignant, wistful and tinged with sadness. Check out their new album when it drops this Spring.
This brings me to the first thing that I love about the CBC – they support Canada’s indie music scene in a huge way. Radio One (not to mention Radio Two and Three) has introduced me to an incredible array of artists and bands that I would never have heard on mainstream music stations.
In my humble opinion, CBC contributes to a vibrant music scene and promulgates Canadian culture in a most effective – albeit subtle – manner. This is a very small price to pay for our tax dollars.