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The rocker was being honoured by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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For the record, Céline has been cool for 30 years. Here are the receipts: Céline had her first hit at age 12. Yes twelve. She was so fantastic that, in a pre-Internet age, her talent crossed the Pacific Ocean into Japan, where she won a prize for a tear-jerking "love song to mom" at the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival.
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For me, listening to music can have similar effects to a walk in the woods. The following five songs by Canadian artists explore the presence of nature in our daily lives and how important it is to experience and conserve the world outside our windows:
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But also: CELINE. CHER. Epic.
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"Those were the best days of my life."
"It’s such a perspective that I’ve never seen."
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"Decolonizing doesn't hurt anybody. It's exactly what everybody needs to do."
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"I had lost that real passion for music. But it's so back again."
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The indigenous DJ trio will also be performing on the Juno Awards broadcast from Ottawa.
It was Ramadan, May 1988, and I was even more spaced out than usual, subsisting on a strange student diet of fig cakes and arroz y garbanzo. After an afternoon at the Prado, I found myself wandering one evening near the palacio de deportes and magically happened upon a Leonard Cohen en concierto esta noche sign. But what would I do? How would I ever afford a ticket?
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The whole country came together. Not since Terry Fox have we seen such a strong example of how a Canadian could summon so much national camaraderie among the people.... All we had to do was sing along to songs we knew by heart, allow ourselves to feel the moment, let our tears express how we felt, let our fellow Canadians know we were all in this together, and then, as a nation, say goodbye to Gord Downie. The best part is we will never really say goodbye to The Tragically Hip. As long as we have kids, camping trips, road trips, backyard barbecues, headphones and private moments, we will never have to say goodbye.
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Certainly, there are bands that are more famous, have sold more albums and put on bigger shows, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that captured a country's attention -- at least 11.7 million of us, according to CBC -- like The Hip did that night in Kingston.
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The summer after grade 12, driving the family minivan, down Duckworth Street. "Boots or Hearts." Harbour Drive, back through Water and George Street, if it was early enough. "Pigeon Camera." Back up Portugal Cove Road, bouncing wildly over the Rennie's Mill River bridge. "Blow at High Dough."
If your heart isn't broken enough already.