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A Podcast Conversation With ... Patricia Conroy

The veteran Canadian country singer/songwriter has been selected as a 2021 inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Learn more about her illustrious career in this FYI podcast.

A Podcast Conversation With ... Patricia Conroy

By Bill King

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) recently announced that Patricia Conroy has been selected as a 2021 inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. 


A 7-time CCMA Award winner, Patricia Conroy's illustrious career began in Montreal as a member of her family band, The Shamrock Ceili Band. Influenced by her mother's Maritime country background and her father's Irish roots, Conroy's distinct sound laid the foundation for her six studio albums, 7 Juno Award nominations, five #1 CMT videos and eight career #1 singles. 

Throughout her musical career, songwriting has always been an integral part of Conroy's success. From her debut album Blue Angel, written largely by herself, songwriting became apparent in her blood. She went on to craft hits like Direction of Love, Keep Me Rockin, Bad Day for Trains, I Don't Wanna Be the One, and many more. Conroy has also spent a great deal of her life travelling extensively throughout her career, sharing her incredible talents with others.

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In the past decade alone, Conroy has lent her award-winning songwriting skills to artists such as Jimmy Rankin (The Rankin Family), Michelle Wright,​​ Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and Lady A, proving her position as one of Canada's top female artists and songwriters.  

"This is such a magical moment in my career," expressed Conroy. "I'm full of emotion and beyond grateful for this incredible honour. So looking forward to celebrating with everyone in person this November!!"

Inductees of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame are chosen annually by a selected Hall of Fame Electors Committee, composed of over seventy (70) industry peers. The next three-stage voting process will take place March-May 2022. In addition, the inductee in the Builder category receives the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award, established in recognition of RPM Magazine co-founder Klees and his pioneering efforts in the creation of the CCMA Awards Program.

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The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during Country Music Week 2021 in London, ON, from November 26 — 29, 2021.

Learn more in this FYI podcast.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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