CBC today announced CANADA LISTENS, a new debate series modelled after the popular, long-running CANADA READS format, with a music twist. Hosted by CBC Music’s Saroja Coelho, CANADA LISTENS features a panel of celebrity advocates who each champion a Canadian album that they have selected and believe will win the title of the “one album that all Canadians need to hear.” The hour-long radio debates will air daily on CBC Music Mornings starting Monday, April 12 at 8 a.m. (8:30 NL) repeating at 5 p.m. (5:30 NL) during CBC Music’s Drive show, with an album being eliminated each day until the winner is revealed on Thursday, April 15. CANADA LISTENS will also be available live and on demand on CBC Listen.
The CANADA LISTENS panellists and albums are:
Acclaimed author Alicia Elliott, defending The Con by Tegan & Sara
Actor/comedian Andrew Phung, defending Joyful Rebellion by k-os
Actor/comedian Carolyn Taylor, defending Illuminations by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Writer/podcaster Kathleen Newman-Bremang, defending Quest For Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 by Kardinal Offishall
Comedian/podcaster Miguel Rivas, defending Freudian by Daniel Caesar
“I have witnessed firsthand with Polaris Music Prize deliberations that music has the power to elicit strong opinions and ideas,” said Steve Jordan, Senior Director, CBC Music. “The artistic and stylistic range of albums that the inaugural CANADA LISTENS panellists have selected are sure to spark similarly passionate conversations, and we look forward to hosting them.”
Canadians can join the conversation by sharing their favourite Canadian album of all time with CBC Music using #CanadaListens. For more information, visit CBCMusic.ca or follow CBC Music on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.