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CBC's Canada Listens

The Canada Listens 2022 Album Covers

Thu, Mar 10, 2022

CBC has announced the return of CANADA LISTENS, the music debate series modelled after the popular, long-running CANADA READS format, broadcasting this April and 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 and CBC Listen starting Monday, April 11 with an album being eliminated each day until the winner is revealed on Thursday, April 14. A special two-hour version, highlighting the best of the 2022 CANADA LISTENS debate, will air on CBC Radio One on Monday April 18.

The 2022 CANADA LISTENS panellists and albums are:

Professional soccer player/Olympian Stephanie Labbé, defending Ria Mae’s self-titled 2016 album

Writer, poet and activist Erica Violet Lee, defending Crown Lands’ self-titled 2020 album

Award-winning comic Dave Merheje, defending Mustafa’s When Smoke Rises (2021)

Renowned Canadian actor Kim Roberts, defending jacksoul’s Sleepless (2000)

Filmmaker and Survivorman Les Stroud, defending Bruce Cockburn’s Further Adventures Of (1978)

Last year’s inaugural CANADA LISTENS debate saw Kardinal Offishall's Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 take the top spot , defended by panellist Kathleen Newman-Bremang. 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