A Prairie-bred teenager who idolized both Patsy Cline and Anne Murray, and went on to sing cowboy punk, or torch-and-twang.
A lesbian, vegetarian, animal-rights activist who has somehow made that work in Nashville.
Her stage name is, of course, k.d. lang, and she’s as individual as they come.
She’s also a mezzo-soprano with pipes that can lift the roof, as shown by her biggest hits.
Crying, in a duet with Roy Orbison
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.