Kathleen Edwards’ music has been described as something between Suzanne Vega and Neil Young. The 37 year old alt-country singer songwriter from Ottawa broke onto the scene in 2003 with her album Failer that included the songs Six O’Clock News and Hockey Skates. The daughter of a diplomat, Edwards travelled the world in her youth with stops in Korea and Switzerland. Both parents loved to listen to music and shared their enthusiasm with their children. Edwards studied violin as a child and when it came time to go to university she opted to take her guitar and her compositions and try to make her living playing music. By the time she was 21 she was managing her own tour across Canada and in 2003 she released the album Failer to critical acclaim. Edwards has since released three more albums, Back to Me, Asking for Flowers and Voyageur. She has toured extensively across North America and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman several times. Edwards continues to perform but has become much more selective since opening a café, Quitters, in the Ottawa suburb of Stittsville. Ken Rockburn spoke to Kathleen Edwards in Ottawa.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.