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Stranger Songs
Finding connections and developing themes in various genres.
Hosted by: Mike Regenstreif
Airs: Every Tuesday from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Coming up at 3:30 PM on June 28th, 2022:
The theme for the June 28 edition of Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif is The Folkways Legacy of Sam Gesser. In 1951, Samuel Gesser of Montreal – who died in 2008 at age 78 – became the Canadian distributor for Folkways Records. Early on, Sam pointed out to Moses Asch, the owner of Folkways, that there wasn’t any Canadian music in its catalog. “What are you going to do about that?” Asch asked him. Sam responded by finding Canadian folk music and folk music performers to record. Between 1952 and 1964, Folkways released more than 100 LPs of Canadian folk music (and at least a couple of albums of Canadian poetry) produced or commissioned by Sam – all of which remain available through Smithsonian Folkways.

Stranger Songs

Date Host Highlight On Demand
Jun. 28, 2022 Mike Regenstreif The Folkways Legacy of Sam Gesser
available
Jun. 21, 2022 Mike Regenstreif Songs from “Porgy & Bess” and other Gershwin classics
available
Jun. 14, 2022 Mike Regenstreif Songs of Wade Hemsworth and Songs of Bill Morrissey
available
Jun. 7, 2022 Mike Regenstreif Disney Songs
available
May. 31, 2022 Mike Regenstreif Reflections on Freedom
available
May. 24, 2022 Mike Regenstreif More Songs of Bob Dylan
available
May. 17, 2022 Mike Regenstreif These Songs are for the Birds
available

Finding connections and developing themes in various genres.

Hosted by: Mike Regenstreif

“I told you when I came, I was a stranger,” sang Leonard Cohen in “The Stranger Song.” Expect the exploration of themes – often one major theme over the whole show, sometimes multiple themes in shorter segments.

Stranger Songs is curated and hosted by Mike Regenstreif, an editor, writer and broadcaster now based in Ottawa who has written about folk and roots music since the 1970s for Sing Out! Magazine, the Montreal Gazette and other Canadian newspapers.

His radio show, Folk Roots/Folk Branches, was on CKUT in Montreal from 1994 to 2007.

At CKCU, he is also one of the rotating hosts of Saturday Morning (every fourth week), and an occasional co-host of Canadian Spaces.

In 2014, Mike was the recipient of the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Helen Verger Award for “significant, sustained contributions to folk/roots music in Canada” and, in 2017, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame created by Folk Alliance International.

Email Mike Regenstreif mikeregenstreif@rogers.com