William Richard Frisell is an American guitarist and arranger. One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell came to prominence as a stalwart for ECM Records, he went on to work in a variety of contexts, notably as a member of the New York City Downtown Scene where he formed a long partnership with John Zorn. He was a longtime member of Paul Motian's groups from the early 1980s until Motian's death in 2011. Since 2000, Frisell's eclectic output as a bandleader has emphasized folk, country music, Americana. Frisell was born in Baltimore, but spent most of his youth in the Denver, area, he studied clarinet with Richard Joiner of the Denver Symphony Orchestra as a youth, graduated from Denver East High School, went to the University of Northern Colorado to study music. His original guitar teacher in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area was Dale Bruning, with whom Frisell released the 2000 duo album Reunion. After graduating from Northern Colorado, where he studied with Johnny Smith, Frisell went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Jon Damian and Jim Hall.
Frisell's major break came when guitarist Pat Metheny was unable to make a recording session, recommended Frisell to Paul Motian, recording Psalm for ECM Records. Frisell became ECM's in-house guitar player, worked on several albums, most notably Jan Garbarek's 1981 Paths, Prints. Frisell's first solo release was In Line, which featured solo guitar as well as duets with bassist Arild Andersen. Frisell's first group to receive much acclaim was a quartet with Kermit Driscoll on bass, Joey Baron on drums, Hank Roberts on cello. Many other albums with larger ensembles were recorded with this group as the core. In the 1980s, Frisell lived in the New York City area and was an active participant in the city's music scene, he lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, where the rents were cheaper and the city was accessible via public transportation. He forged an early partnership with John Zorn—including as a member of quick-change band Naked City—and performed or recorded with many others, he became known for his work in Motian's trio, along with saxophonist Joe Lovano.
In 1988 Frisell moved to Seattle, Washington. In the early 1990s Frisell made two of his best-reviewed albums: first, Have a Little Faith, an ambitious survey of Americana of all stripes, from Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to John Hiatt, Bob Dylan and Madonna. During this time he performed with many musicians, including up and coming performers such as Douglas September on the album 10 Bulls, he branched out by performing soundtracks to silent films of Buster Keaton with his trio, contributed to Ryuichi Sakamoto's album Heartbeat. In the mid-1990s, Frisell disbanded his trio, he continued the trend marked by Have a Little Faith by more explicitly incorporating elements of bluegrass and country music into his music. His friendship with Gary Larson led him to provide music for the TV version of The Far Side. Since 2000, Frisell has lived on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. Several of Frisell's songs, including his recording of "Over the Rainbow" and "Coffaro's Theme" composed in 1995 for an Italian movie, La scuola, were featured in the movie Finding Forrester in 2000.
In 1999 Frisell was commissioned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to compose Blues Dream, which he premiered on November 15, 1999. He recorded the work for a 2001 release on Nonesuch. In 1999 he released The Sweetest Punch, which featured a seven-piece jazz ensemble reworking the tunes written and recorded by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach on Painted from Memory. Between 2003 and 2005 Frisell acted as musical director for Century of Song, a series of concerts at the German Ruhrtriennale arts festival. Frisell invited artists including Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega, Arto Lindsay, Loudon Wainwright III, Vic Chesnutt, Van Dyke Parks, Buddy Miller, Ron Sexsmith and Chip Taylor to perform their favorite songs in new arrangements. In 2003 Frisell's The Intercontinentals was nominated for a Grammy award, his 2008 album History, Mystery was nominated for a 2009 Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group. Frisell was a judge for the sixth annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
Frisell has united with Matt Chamberlain, Tucker Martine, Lee Townsend in the Floratone band, they released an album on Blue Note, featuring guest performance of Viktor Krauss, Ron Miles and Eyvind Kang. In 2008 Frisell performed as a featured guest on Earth's album The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull. In 2009 Frisell featured in a duet rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with singer-songwriter Sam Shrieve; the recording was released on Shrieve's debut album Bittersweet Lullabies. In 2010 Frisell started working with the Savoy Jazz label and released Beautiful Dreamers in August 2010 a second release of Sign of Life in April 2011. On January 25, 2011, Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária released Lágrimas Mexicanas on the E1 label. In June 2011 Frisell, Lee Townsend, their frequent collaborator, Vinicius Cantuaria, participated in TEDx GoldenGateED's program, "Teaching Compassion" in Oakland, California. Frisell and Cantuaria performed separately, Townsend assisted with technical aspects
Sir Roderick David Stewart, is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide, he has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, he was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to charity. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and the early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group, with Faces, though his music career had begun in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In October 1963, he joined The Dimensions as part-time vocalist. In 1964, Stewart joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars, in August, Stewart signed a solo contract, releasing his first single, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", in October.
He maintained a solo career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down in 1969. Stewart's early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, R&B. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart's music took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, in the early 2000s, he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook. In 1994, Stewart staged the largest free rock concert in history when he performed in front of 3.5 million people in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists". A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at #33 in Q Magazine's list of the Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, #59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time; as a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Faces.
Roderick David Stewart was born at 507 Archway Road, North London, on 10 January 1945, the youngest of five children of Robert Joseph Stewart and Elsie Rebecca Gilbart. His father was Scottish and had been a master builder in Leith, while Elsie was English and had grown up in Upper Holloway in North London. Married in 1928, the couple had two sons and two daughters while living in Scotland, they moved to Highgate. Stewart came after an eight-year gap following his youngest sibling; the family was neither poor. He failed the eleven plus exam, he attended the William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School, Muswell Hill. When his father retired from the building trade he bought a newsagent's shop on the Archway Road and the family lived over the shop. Stewart's main hobby was railway modelling; the family was focused on football. Stewart was the most talented footballer in the family and was a supporter of Arsenal F. C. at the time. Combining natural athleticism with near-reckless aggression, he became captain of the school football team and played for Middlesex Schoolboys as centre-half.
The family were great fans of the singer Al Jolson and would sing and play his hits. Stewart collected his records and saw his films, read books about him, was influenced by his performing style and attitude towards his audience, his introduction to rock and roll was hearing Little Richard's 1956 hit "The Girl Can't Help It", seeing Bill Haley & His Comets in concert. His father bought him a guitar in January 1959. In 1960, he joined a skiffle group with schoolfriends called the Kool Kats, playing Lonnie Donegan and Chas McDevitt hits. Stewart left school at age 15 and worked as a silk screen printer. Spurred on by his father, his ambition was to become a professional footballer. In summer 1960, he went for trials at Brentford F. C. a Third Division club at the time. Contrary to some longstanding accounts, Stewart states in his 2012 autobiography that he was never signed to the club and that the club never called him back after his trials. In any case, regarding possible career options, Stewart concluded, "Well, a musician's life is a lot easier and I can get drunk and make music, I can't do that and play football.
I plumped for music... They're the only two things I can do actually: play football and sing." Stewart worked as a newspaper delivery boy. He worked as a labourer for Highgate Cemetery, which became another part of his biographical lore, he worked as a fence erector and sign writer. In 1961 he went to Denmark Street with The Raiders and got a singing audition with well-known record producer Joe Meek, but Meek stopped the session with a rude sound. Stewart began listening to British and American topical folk artists such as Ewan MacColl, Alex Campbell, Woody Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Derroll Adams and the debut album of Bob Dylan. Stewart became attracted to beatnik attitudes and left-wing politics, living for a
A Temporary Dive
A Temporary Dive is the second studio album by the Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun released in Norway and Sweden on 7 February 2005. The album debuted at #1 in her native Norway; the track "Song No. 6" features the Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith and appears on her Duets album. It was recorded at an after-show party following their performances at the Storsjöyran festival in Östersund, Sweden; the track "Balloon Ranger" was said by Ane to be analogous to her troubles learning the English language, or rather how she sometimes comes up with nonsense words that have no inherent meaning. She used the song's title for the name of her record label. Versions of the album were released in the UK and US in 2006, in Japan in 2007, each with different track listings and different artwork; the original album was re-released on CD for the European market in spring 2010, featuring new artwork and a bonus track, "Half Open Door". All tracks written by Ane Brun, except where noted
Robert Neil "Bob" Wiseman is a film composer and music teacher. Wiseman discovered or produced many artists including Ron Sexsmith, The Lowest of the Low, Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall and former Canadian member of parliament Andrew Cash, he is a founding member of Blue Rodeo with. In the 1980s Wiseman played at open stages in Toronto where he started producing friends Bob Snider, Kyp Harness, Ron Sexsmith, Sahara Spracklin and Sam Larkin, he joined Blue Rodeo in 1984 and quit in 1992. Guest contributors on his 13 albums include Daniel Lanois, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Eugene Chadbourne, Edie Brickell, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, Basia Bulat and Serena Ryder. Wiseman's songs incorporate new musical elements and explicit political themes. In 2009 a 20th anniversary edition of In Her Dream was released by the Blocks Recording Club and the songs were performed live by various friends including Sexsmith, Geoff Berner, Owen Pallett, Kyp Harness, The Phonemes, Michael Holt, Maggie MacDonald, UIC, Henri Faberge, Don Christensen.
In 2006 Wiseman and his partner, Magali Meagher, were accompaniment for Daniel Johnston. Wiseman was a member of Slutarded, Black Eyes, The Hidden Cameras and Dick Duck & the Dorks; some of his better known songs include "White Dress" – a song about sexual assault, recorded by Serena Ryder, "What the Astronaut Noticed and Then Suggested", the theme song for the CBC Television series Material World, "Maureen". In 2009 Wiseman, created a play entitled Actionable, a PowerPoint presentation utilizing Super 8, video and live accompaniment on accordion and guitar which he presented in 2010 at the Uno Festival in Victoria as well as the Fringe Festival circuits. Wiseman collaborated theatrically with Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall and touring Scottastrophe with Anand Rajaram on award winning Cowboys and Indians and with Sean Dixon for Barbara Gowdy's story The White Bone adaptation, with The Madawaska String Quartet and with Maggie MacDonald and Stephanie Markowitz writing the music for their play The Rat King.
Wiseman toured with Feist, Final Fantasy, Ron Sexsmith, Scott Thompson and was a guest performer with Wilco, The Wallflowers, Eugene Chadbourne, Jimmy Carl Black, Edie Brickell, Michelle Wright, Ashley MacIsaac & Garland Jeffries. Videos on YouTube of Wiseman songs performed with Feist, Serena Ryder Sexsmith". Artists who covered Bob songs include The Madawaska String Quartet, UIC, Leah Abramson, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Michael Holt, Change of Heart, Tom St. Louis and The Blind Venetians. Wiseman makes super 8 videos that he accompanies live on accordion, guitar or piano, he tours/ performs with these films in Europe, United States, New Zealand and Canada subtitling them when necessary. Wiseman is the only live musician on John Oswald's 1988 release Plunderphonics, he was on the board of directors for LIFT, TAIS, The Tranzac & the Blocks Recording Club label in Toronto. He will obtain his Masters in Environmental Studies from York University in 2019. Wiseman started producing records in the 1980s, his debut "Wet Water" charted No. 4 on CKLN-FM at Ryerson University.
Soon he was arranging and recording many friends like Ron Sexsmith, Sam Larkin, Kyp Harness, Sahara Spracklin and UIC. The record he produced for Ron Sexsmith "Grand Opera Lane" was rejected by Canadian A&R representatives. Through persistence he managed to get it to Todd Sullivan at Geffen Records in Los Angeles, who gave it to Ronnie Vance in the publishing department which led to a deal for Sexsmith with Interscope. Other notable clients were Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch, with whom Wiseman produced and co-wrote much of his Atlantic Records release Shame Based Man. Other artists Wiseman has produced include Edie Brickell, Canadian Member of Parliament Andrew Cash, Knitting Factory Recording Artist Carmaig de Forest, Robert Priest, Friendly Rich, Jess Reimer, Katie Crown, Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Eugene Chadbourne, Bob Snider, Maria Kasstan, Levi MacDougall, The Phonemes, Mimi Osvath, Basic English, The Lowest of the Low, Sophie Traub, Kwesi Immanual, Stacey McLeod, Laska Sawade, Sean Dixon, Random Order, Jeanette Froncz, Christine Cleary and Kira Sheppard.
COLESLAW WAREHOUSE by Bruce McCulloch AMERICAN WHISKEY BAR by Bruce McDonald THIRST by Jessica Joy Wise TORAANISQATSI by Leif Harmsen THE RACIST BRICK by Dave Derewlany and Adam Brodie SCARLETT'S ROOM by Yvonne Ng HEART MISSION by Katie Crown ABSTRACT by Steve Whitehouse DRAWING FROM LIFE by Katerina Cizek SOUS L'OEIL DU TEMPS by Madi Pillar THE PICKLES SHANE by Levi MacDougall THAT THING THAT HAPPENED by Josh Saltzman and Lindsay Ames THE OLD WAYS by Mike Vass SAD WET HAPPY DRY by Levi MacDougall EVEN IF MY HANDS WERE FULL OF TRUTHS by Franci Duran THE THUNDER BIRD & THE KILLER WHALE by Caroline Trudell WHAT'S ART GOT TO DO WITH IT? by Isabel Fryzsberg THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE by Liz Marshall CANDY by Cassandra Cronenberg DAVID NOBLE: A WRENCH IN THE GEARS by Jon Bullick SAFIR by Mariam Zaidi MUGSHOT by Dennis Mohr EVERY STORY HAS A TWIST by Bindu Shah LOVE SONG FOR THE APOCALYPSE by David Ridgen MICAH LEXIER, VISUAL ARTIST by Min Sook Lee BLOOD WHITE by Rotter and Kess THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN by Ken Finkleman POLITICAL REFUGEE by Rob Stefaniuk MEAT PIE by Eytan Millstone IDIOTS IN LOVE by Kathleen Phillips-Locke THE DRAWER BOY by Arturo Torres RASPUTIN by Jamie Shannon MATERIAL WORLD for Canadian Broadcasting Corpo
The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are inducted as part of the awards ceremonies. Members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, or a panel of experts, depending on the award, choose the award winners. However, sales figures are the sole basis for determining the winners of nine of the forty-two categories like Album of the Year or Artist of the Year. CARAS members determine the nominees for Single of the Year and Group of the Year. A judge vote by experts in the relevant genre, determines the nominees for the remaining categories; the names of the judges remain confidential. The judges represent all facets of the Canadian music industry, they are spread across the country and include of men and women, speakers of both official languages. No person can judge the same category two years in a row; the Juno Awards are named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In 1964 RPM magazine began polling its readers to determine which artists and groups they considered the best in Canada. RPM announced the results of these polls each December. There were no formal award ceremonies. Record label owner Stan Klees met with RPM founder Walt Grealis to plan a formal music industry awards ceremony. Instead of publishing the award results in RPM, presentations would be made at a physical venue; the first ceremony was the Gold Leaf Awards which took place on 23 February 1970 in Toronto, Ontario. That year RPM invited its readers to suggest a new name for these awards; the name "Juneau" was submitted, in honour of Pierre Juneau, the first head of the CRTC. Juneau was instrumental in establishing Canadian content regulations for broadcasters to promote Canadian musicians; that name became shortened to Juno and by 1971, the awards ceremonies were referred to as the "Juno Awards". From 1970 to 1973, RPM announced the before the awards night. From 1974, the award winners were not made public until the Juno ceremonies.
Music industry representatives formed an advisory committee for the Junos in 1974 which became the Canadian Music Awards Association the following year. This organisation assumed full management and operation of the Juno Awards from 1977 and became the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; the Junos were first televised across Canada in 1975 on CBC Television. Primary ceremonies continued to be broadcast on CBC until 2001, moving to CTV Television Network in 2002. CBC broadcast the Juno Awards of 2018; the Canadian Music Hall of Fame was introduced in 1978. In 1979 the stauette's name was changed from RPM Annual Gold Leaf Award to Juno Award, Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was a presenter. Joni Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of fame by Pierre Trudeau in 1982; the awards were presented during the early part of each year. In 1984, organisers postponed that year's awards until December. CARAS maintained a late-year scheduling until January 1988 when it noted the declining viewership of the Juno broadcasts and reverted to an early year awards schedule.
CARAS postponed that year's Juno Awards until 12 March 1989, so there was no ceremony in the 1988 calendar year. In 1991, the awards were hosted in Vancouver, the first time the Juno ceremonies were conducted outside Toronto; that year marked the introduction of a category for rap recordings. For the first time the 1995 Awards, held in Hamilton's Copps Coliseum, were open to the public; this marked the 25th Anniversary of the Junos. In 1996 the four-CD, 77-song box set Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music and a book were released to mark the 25th anniversary of the Juno Awards; the box set featured popular songs by Canadian artists from the 1960s to 1990s sold over one million copies and was certified diamond. In 2001, a second four-CD box set was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the awards. In 2006, a third box set was released to celebrate the 35th anniversary, certified platinum in Canada. CARAS transferred the broadcast rights to the Juno Awards from CBC to CTV for the 2002 ceremonies.
2006 marked the first time the Junos were broadcast internationally through MTV2 in the United States and several affiliated MTV channels in other nations. The telecast of the 2006 Juno Awards was available to 250 million people; the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award honouring media icon Allan Waters was inaugurated in 2006. The first artist to be given this honour was Bruce Cockburn. At the 2007 ceremony, host Nelly Furtado made Juno history by being the first nominee with multiple nominations to win every award for which she was nominated; these included Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. On 18 April 2017, CARAS president Allan Reid announced that the ceremonies would return to CBC for the first time since 2002, for at least the next six years, he said he wanted to collaborate with the CBC to bolster a year-round presence for the Juno Awards as a platform for promoting Canadian music. Specific award categories and their descriptions vary from year to year reflecting changes and developments in the music industry.
In 1964 there were 16 categories, in 2017 there were 42. Judging panels change each year, they include people from regions of the country. An advisory committee oversees each category to ensure that all the submissions meet the required criteria; the nominations for each year's Junos are based on an eligibility period which lasts for 13 to 14 months, ending
Norwegians are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Norway. They speak the Norwegian language. Norwegian people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in the United States, Australia, Chile, Brazil, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa. Towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC, Proto-Indo-European speaking Battle-Axe peoples migrated to Norway bringing domesticated horses, agriculture and wheel technology to the region. During the Viking age, Harald Fairhair unified the Norse petty kingdoms after being victorious at the Battle of Hafrsfjord in the 880s. Two centuries of Viking expansion tapered off following the decline of Norse paganism with the adoption of Christianity in the 11th century. During The Black Death 60% of the population died and in 1397 Norway entered a union with Denmark. In 1814, following Denmark-Norway's defeat in the Napoleonic Wars, Norway entered a union with Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence.
Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, the country was unofficially allied with the Entente powers. In World War II Norway proclaimed its neutrality, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany. In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes but in referendums held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include integration of a fast growing immigrant population, maintaining the country's generous social safety net with an aging population, preserving economic competitiveness; as with many of the people from European countries, Norwegians are spread throughout the world. There are more than 100,000 Norwegian citizens living abroad permanently in the U. S. U. K. and other Scandinavian countries. Norwegian or Norse Vikings travelled north and west and founded vibrant communities in the Faroe Islands, Orkney, Ireland and northern England.
They conducted extensive raids in Ireland and founded the cities of Cork and Limerick. In 947, a new wave of Norwegian Vikings appeared in England. In the 8th century and onwards, Norwegian- and Danish Vikings settled in Normandy, most famously those led by Rollo, thus began the tradition of the Normans, who expanded to England and other Mediterranean islands. Apart from Britain and Ireland, Norwegian Vikings established settlements in uninhabited regions; the first known permanent Norwegian settler in Iceland was Ingólfur Arnarson. In the year 874 he settled in Reykjavík. After his expulsion from Iceland Erik the Red discovered Greenland, a name he chose in hope of attracting Icelandic settlers. Viking settlements were established in the sheltered fjords of the western coast. Erik's relative Leif Eriksson discovered North America. During the 17th and 18th centuries, many Norwegians emigrated to the Netherlands Amsterdam; the Netherlands was the second most popular destination for Norwegian emigrants after Denmark.
Loosely estimated, some 10% of the population may have emigrated, in a period when the entire Norwegian population consisted of some 800,000 people. The Norwegians left with the Dutch trade ships that when in Norway traded for timber, hides and stockfish. Young women took employment as maids in Amsterdam. Young men took employment as sailors. Large parts of the Dutch merchant fleet and navy came to consist of Danes, they took Dutch names, so no trace of Norwegian names can be found in the Dutch population of today. One well-known illustration is that of Admiral Kruys, he was hired in Amsterdam by Peter I to develop the Russian navy, but was from Stavanger, Norway. The emigration to the Netherlands was so devastating to the homelands that the Danish-Norwegian king issued penalties of death for emigration, but had to issue amnesties for those willing to return, announced by posters in the streets of Amsterdam. Dutchmen who search their genealogical roots turn to Norway. Many Norwegians who emigrated to the Netherlands, were employed in the Dutch merchant fleet, emigrated further to the many Dutch colonies such as New Amsterdam.
Many Norwegians emigrated to the U. S. between the 1850s and the 1920s. Today, the descendants of these people are known as Norwegian Americans. According to the 2000 U. S. Census, three million Americans consider Norwegian to be their sole or primary ancestry, it is estimated. Travelling to and through Canada and Canadian ports were of choice for Norwegian settlers immigrating to the United States. In 1850, the year after Great Britain repealed its restrictive Navigation Acts in Canada and more emigrating Norwegians sailed the shorter route to the Ville de Québec in Canada, to make their way to US cities like Chicago and Green Bay by steamer. For example, in the 1850s, 28,640 arrived at Quebec, Canada, en route to the US, 8,351 at New York directly. Norwegian Americans represent 2-3% of the non-Hispanic Euro-American population in the U. S, they live in both the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest. As early as 1814, a party of Norwegians was brought to Canada to build a winter road from York Factory on Hudson Bay to the infant Red River settlement at the site of present-day W
Leslie Feist, known professionally as Feist, is a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, performing both as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene. Feist launched her solo music career in 1999 with the release of Monarch, her subsequent studio albums, Let It Die, released in 2004, The Reminder, released in 2007, were critically acclaimed and commercially successful, selling over 2.5 million copies. The Reminder earned Feist four Grammy nominations, including a nomination for Best New Artist, she has received 11 Juno Awards, including two Artist of the Year. Her fourth studio album, was released in 2011. In 2012, Feist collaborated on a split EP with metal group Mastodon, releasing an interactive music video in the process. Feist received three Juno awards at the 2012 ceremony: Artist of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year for Metals, Music DVD of the Year for her documentary Look at What the Light Did Now. Leslie Feist was born on 13 February 1976 in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Her parents are both artists. Her father, Harold Feist, is an American-Canadian abstract expressionist painter who taught at both the Alberta College of Art and Design and Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, her mother, Lyn Feist, was a student of ceramics from Saskatchewan. After their first child, was born, the family moved to Sackville. Feist's parents divorced soon after she was born and Ben and their mother moved to Regina, where they lived with her grandparents, they moved to Calgary, where she attended Bishop Carroll High School as well as Alternative High School. She aspired to be a writer, spent much of her youth singing in choirs. At the age of twelve, Feist performed as one of 1,000 dancers in the opening ceremonies of the Calgary Winter Olympics, which she cites as inspiration for the video "1234." Because her father is American, Feist has dual Canadian-U. S. Citizenship, joking that she was given U. S. citizenship as part of a deal with Apple. In 1991, at age 15, Feist got her start in music when she founded and was the lead vocalist for a Calgary punk band called Placebo.
She and her bandmates won a local Battle of the Bands competition and were awarded the opening slot at the festival Infest 1993, featuring the Ramones. At this concert she met Brendan Canning, whose band hHead performed before hers, with whom she joined in Broken Social Scene ten years later. In 1995, Feist was forced to take time off from music to recover from vocal cord damage, she moved from Calgary to Toronto in 1996. That year she was asked by Noah Mintz of hHead to play bass in his solo project Noah's Arkweld, she played the bass guitar in Noah's Arkweld for a year despite never having played bass before. In 1998, she became the rhythm guitarist for the band By Divine Right and toured with them throughout 1998, 1999, 2000, she played guitar for some live performances by Bodega, but was never an official member of the band. In 1999, Feist moved into a Queen West apartment above Come As You Are with a friend of a friend, Merrill Nisker, who began to perform as electro-punk musician Peaches.
Feist worked the back of the stage at Peaches' shows, using a sock puppet and calling herself "Bitch Lap Lap". The two toured together in England from 2000–2001, staying with Justine Frischmann of Elastica and MIA Feist appeared as a guest vocalist on The Teaches of Peaches. Feist appears in Peaches' video for the song "Lovertits", suggestively licking a bike. Feist covered this song with Gonzales on her album Open Season. In 2006, Feist contributed backup vocals on a track entitled "Give'Er", which appeared on Peaches' album Impeach My Bush. Feist's solo debut album, was released in 1999, it is composed of ten songs, including "Monarch" and "That's What I Say, It's Not What I Mean." The album was produced by Dan Kurtz, who would form Dragonette. In the summer of 2001, Feist self-produced seven songs at home which she called The Red Demos, which have never been released commercially, she spent more than two years touring throughout Europe with Gonzales. In that same year she joined a group of old friends in forming a new version of Toronto indie rock group Broken Social Scene, adding vocals to many tracks after being forbidden to play guitar by de facto bandleader Kevin Drew.
She subsequently recorded You Forgot It in People with the band. While on tour in Europe with Gonzales, they began recording new versions of her home recorded Red Demos, which would become her major label debut Let It Die. Let It Die featured both original compositions and covers, Feist has been noted both as a songwriter and as an innovative interpreter of other artists' songs. After the recording of Let It Die, Feist moved to Paris. While in Europe, she collaborated with Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience as co-writer and guest vocalist on their album Riot on an Empty Street, singing on "Know How," and "The Build Up." She co-wrote and sang "The Simple Story" as a duet with Jane Birkin on her album Rendezvous. Feist toured during 2004, 2005 and 2006 through North America, Europe and Australia supporting Let It Die, she won two Canadian Juno Awards for "Best New Artist" and "Best Alternative Rock Album" in 2004. Sales of Let It Die totaled 500,000 internationally, she was awarded a platinum record in Canada, as well as a gold album in France.
Fellow Canadian Buck 65 appeared in the Feist-directed music video for "One Evening,", nominated for Video of the Year at the 2004 Juno Awards. In 2005, Feist contributed to the UNICEF benefit song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" The track "Mushaboom" was used in an adv