Four Strong Winds: Celebrating Canadian Artists of the 60s

Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen
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, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University,is a 30-year professor of education and author; and Bill Bowen, 35-year journalist, including working 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music – Friedenberg (keyboard, guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals), a classically trained musician, played and sang in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois and Florida, and Bowen (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has busked in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous. Their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents to create programs about their musical heroes. Audience testimonials reflect the PinkSlip Duo's success: "Just wonderful," "Great balance of music, talk and photos," "Very talented, very well put together, very enjoyable." Due, in part, to this acclaim, PinkSlip Duo was named "Best Folk Band for Palm Beach and Broward Counties for 2015" by New Times.

Upcoming programs presented by Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen.

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