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Four Strong Winds: Celebrating Canadian Artists of the 60s

PinkSlip Duo
Music / Arts & Letters

Course Description

While the sounds of Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary filled the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village and the psychedelic sounds of Jefferson Airplane wafted over San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, and while "British Invasion" artists honed their skills in UK pubs and underground clubs, Toronto's Yorkville Village was bursting with similar musical energy. During the height of its popularity, "The Village" had over 40 clubs and coffeehouses, such as the Riverboat, Penny Farthing, and the Purple Onion, featuring Canadian singer-songwriters who captured the hearts of Americans. In an engaging journey through Canada's music mecca, beginning with the rock and roll sounds of Paul Anka, The Four Lads, The Crew Cuts, and The Diamonds and later the folk and pop sounds of Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Buffy St. Marie, and others, Bill Bowen and Joan Friedenberg retrace the steps of these music legends and iconic locales. Slides illustrate as the program takes you on an educational and nostalgic journey through 1950s to 1970s Canada, with commentary that recalls the music and clubs, while your favorite songs are sung with harmony-rich arrangements, and lyrics are posted for an enjoyable sing-along.

About the Instructor

  • Joan Friedenberg, PhD (guitar, autoharp, ukulele, keyboard, harmony vocals) is a 30-year professor of education and author, and Bill Bowen (guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, vocals) is a 35-year journalist, including 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music. They formed the PinkSlip Duo 10 years ago and used their research and writing skills to create programs about their musical heroes. The PinkSlip Duo was named “Best Folk Band” for Palm Beach and Broward counties by New Times. Special guest Roy Connors (banjo, 8-string guitar, ukulele, vocals) is a former member of the 1960s folk music group the Highwaymen, who had three multi-million-selling records: Michael, Row the Boat Ashore, Cottonfields, and Gypsy Rover. Connors and the Highwaymen appeared at hundreds of colleges, universities, and clubs across the U.S. and Canada, and appeared four times at Carnegie Hall and on virtually every television variety show including the Ed Sullivan Show, and The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson.

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