I first heard Stan Rogers on CBC Radio in the late 1970s.
By the fall of 1982, after the release of his album, Northwest Passage, I jumped at the chance to attend one of his concerts in Saskatoon, where I was then living.
On 02 Jun 1983, he died in an airplane fire in Cincinnati OH. It still breaks my heart that we lost him so young – he was 33.
He sang to us about Canadians:
- Fishermen on the east coast
- Fishermen on the Great Lakes
- Farmers on the prairies
- Blue-collar workers
- Easterners going out to Alberta’s oilfields
- Northerners surviving the long winter – or not
He sang to us about us. Damn, I miss that man.
This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.