CALGARY – There are few surnames in Canadian culture that carry an immediate association with musical tradition like that of Rankin, and as a member of that line of East Coast entertainers Heather Rankin has accumulated a half-century of unique insights and artistic inspiration. Gracefully applying her manifold talents, the award-winning singer and songwriter has now struck out on her own, simultaneously upholding her family’s multi-platinum country-folk legacy while taking the adult contemporary market by storm.
“My live show is a combination of the songs I did with my family,
“Titanically,” the third single from Heather Rankin’s self-titled debut solo album, co-written with David Tyson, was inspired by the 2013 auctioning of the violin played by Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley as the famed ship was sinking.
The violin, in a music case, was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean, still strapped to Hartley’s body, by the crew of the Mackay-Bennett Cable Ship. Hartley’s body was taken to Halifax and then sent home to his family for burial, but his violin and case were sent directly to his fiancée,
Highlights this week include “The Festival of Festivals,” music and comedy on wheels and on the water, and new songs by two Rankin family members.
BY STEVE FISHER. Torontoist. September 7, 2017.
Sunday, September 10
The eighth annual Toronto Bicycle Music Festival takes cyclists from a downtown park out to the west end to enjoy sets by bands like Hooded Fang, Bernice, and more, all powered by volunteer pedallers who will generate power for the sound equipment.