When Willie Dunn passed in August 2013, the scope of his artistry and accomplishments knew no bounds. He was a celebrated singer-songwriter, activist, playwright, peacekeeper, internationally award-winning documentarian, a First Nations ambassador for Canada, and a true trailblazer. As a musician, his talents were compared to contemporaries like Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Pete Seeger. As a filmmaker, he was a ground-breaking documentarian who developed a style of visual storytelling that is still widely used today. He’s credited for creating Canada’s first music video. Yet, too few Canadians are familiar with his work.
In response, Light in the Attic Records has released Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology.
It’s described as “the definitive overview of one of Canada’s unsung musical heroes.” On this episode of Hidden Track, we’ll speak with four contributors to that anthology. We’ll hear from Lawrence Dunn (son of Willie Dunn), Kevin Howes, the Grammy-nominated Producer who helped put together the anthology, Willie’s sideman, friend and guitarist Bob Robb, filmmaker, singer, artist and activist Alanis Obomsawin, and musician poet and storyteller Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
The Hidden Track podcast is presented by Bent Stick Brewing‘s Hidden Track Citra Lager.