James writes: It was always a dream of mine to produce a compilation of some of the great Canadian folk music about canoes. That dream came true when I met record producer and music man, Paul Mills, who joined with me to create a partnership called Portage Productions which produced two very fine CDs of very fine tunes about canoes and canoeing. In the process, we had a lot of fun, had concerts in Ottawa, Wakefield, Peterborough and Toronto and raised over $8000 for the Canadian Canoe Museum. We had material for a third volume but, alas, the music business had changed during the production of Canoesongs Volume I and Volume II so we backed off on Volume III. But in the meantime, Arthur McGregor at the Ottawa Folklore Centre took a shine to the project and helped us produce an illustrated and annotated music book for anyone wanting to learn the songs. For several years, we maintained a canoesongs.ca website, which had all kinds of interesting detail about the artists with links to their websites but we eventually had to take that down when there was no revenue to maintain it. The project had run its course and we’d had a great time doing it. But the artists are all still going strong.
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