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Rita MacNeil was a Canadian icon: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University School of Music professor Kip Pegley is available to talk about the legacy of Canadian singer Rita MacNeil, who passed away on Tuesday.

Dr. Pegley (who is originally from Nova Scotia) once performed with Rita MacNeil, when Dr. Pegley was a member of Symphony Nova Scotia in the 1980s.

Dr. Pegley feels Rita MacNeil’s music was important to Canadians – and especially Cape Bretoners.

“Canada has lost a singing icon. Rita MacNeil was a bit of an underdog. She had quite bit of success in Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, but had a harder time breaking into the U.S, market because we live in a fat-phobic society. But in Canada, there is nostalgia for a time gone by. She told stories about miners, the working class and the important roots of our country.”

Please note that on Wednesday, April 17, Dr. Pegley is only available after 3 pm.

To arrange an interview, please contact Queen’s University communication officers Michael Onesi (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca).

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