Cover April 8, 2011

By Don Graham

The 7th Annual Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala is an ambitious event and a great celebration of the creators of some of our finest moments in Canadian music history. As they say, it all starts with a song, and without the song even the finest voice on the planet would never be heard. The main inductees this year were Robbie Robertson (of the Band)  who wrote classics like The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Up On Cripple Creek and Luc Plamondon, the French Canadian lyricist, famous for writing hits for Celine Dion, the most famous of which was L’Amour Existe Encore. Jack Scott, from Windsor ,Ontario who wrote My True Love , The Way I Walk and What In The World’s Come Over You?

Robbie RobertsonRobbie RobertsonSongs inducted were Gilles Valiquette’s Je Suis Cool, When I Die, Steve Kennedy and William Smith,(charted by Motherlode) Wildflower, Dave Richardson and Doug Edwards and(charted by Skylark) Kelly Jay Fordham and Roly Greenway of Crowbar for Oh What a Feeling.

There were some incredible performances at the show as well. Highlights included Russell deCarle’s (of Prairie Oyster fame) rendition of Jack Scott’s What In The World’s Come Over You, Tom Wilson and Colin Linden performing The Weight , Daniel Lanois’ moving steel guitar offering of Robbie Robertson’s The Moon Struck One. When the whole band of Crowbar hit the stage for Oh What A Feeling, the audience was transported back to the 70’s and a great Feeling did sweep over the crowd.

Luc PlamondonLuc PlamondonJian Ghomeshi and  Geneviève Borne were adept co-hosts moving the show along at a fair speed, colouring their comments with a nice mix of humour and homage. All in all it was a patriotic evening of celebration and made you realize the depth of our Canadian musical contributions.

Well done Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame led by president Sylvia Tyson and all who contributed to this event. See you next year!

For a complete list of inductees please visit www.songwriters.ca