Pilar’s Picks: What EPL’s CEO is Listening To

Being CEO of the Edmonton Public Library is a busy job, but there’s always time to enjoy some tunes! Here are some of the things I’ve been listening to lately.

1. Brandi Carlile

I love her whole The Firewatcher’s Daughter album. She has performed at the Edmonton FolkFest many times, including in 2016 and again in 2017.

And not only is she an amazing singer, she is an activist and advocate for several causes. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of The Story, Carlile started a campaign to tell stories about children and families affected by war and, in collaboration with other artists, produced Cover Stories to raise funds to support the cause.

2. Parker Millsap

Parker Millsap is a newly discovered artist for me and I’m excited about his latest release The Very Last Day. He was at Interstellar Rodeo this year and really inspired the crowd.

3. Amy Winehouse

I really like Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.” It is such a great song but can also be a hard one to listen to. She became famous so fast (and at such a young age) and had so many struggles, but she had so much talent and you can really hear that on Back to Black.

4. Adele

I listen to a lot of Adele. Her voice is amazing. I love everything she does: "Someone Like You," "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rolling in the Deep." She has such a rich voice. I just love her.

5. Great Big Sea 

Another favourite group in high rotation my playlist is Great Big Sea. I’ve been inspired (or re-inspired!) to listen to them after taking a trip to the east coast this summer.

6. Feist

I really enjoy listening to Feist (another East Coast connection—she was born in Nova Scotia). Some of my favourite Feist songs are “Mushaboom,” “1234” and “When I Was a Young Girl.”

7. Tragically Hip

I’ve also been thinking about the Tragically Hip. I was at their Edmonton concert last year—so bittersweet. And who else but Gord Downie could pull off a pink lamé suit? He is a Canadian legend.

Want to find your own perfect playlist? Check out EPL’s Personal Picks to get a hand-picked list of library items based on your favourites and preferences. And don’t forget to explore Capital City Records to discover recent albums from local musicians!

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