ReFolkUs Episode 22: A Live Listening Party & Conversation with Sylvia Tyson

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Welcome back to season 2 of ReFolkUs. We have a very exciting season ahead where we chat to artists and music industry professionals about building sustainable careers as creative workers, with a focus on folk.

This week’s episode is a recording of a live listening party and conversation with folk legend Sylvia Tyson that took place at this year’s Folk Music Ontario Conference. We chat to Sylvia all about her new album, ‘At The End Of The Day’, her writing process, the inspiration behind the lyrics and get a preview of some of her new songs.

Sylvia Tyson’s new album At The End Of The Day was released on November 3, 2023, three weeks after this was recorded, on Stony Plain Records.

Buy or stream the album here


Sylvia Tyson, known as Canada's ‘folk-country music matriarch’, emerged as an internationally respected songwriter during the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene. Originally from Chatham, Ontario, she moved to Toronto at 18, gaining acclaim for her polished alto voice and forming the influential folk duo Ian & Sylvia with Ian Tyson .The duo led the singer-songwriter movement from 1961 to 1975, releasing 13 albums and achieving commercial success. Sylvia's breakthrough songwriting included the hit "You Were on My Mind," covered by numerous artists. The album Great Speckled Bird has long been recognized as pioneering the genre of country-rock. After the duo's era, she embarked on a solo career, releasing albums like "Woman's World" and contributing to Quartette. Tyson's impact extends to her roles in various music organizations, and she is honored in the Canadian Music and Country Music Halls of Fame, the Order of Canada, and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Presented by Folk Music Ontario

Hosted by Rosalyn Dennett

Produced by Kayla Nezon and Rosalyn Dennett

Mixed by Jordan Moore of The Pod Cabin

Theme music “Amsterdam” by King Cardiac

Artwork by Jaymie Karn