Reflections: Riverboat Jane, Pt. One
Reflections is a new video interview series produced by Roots Music Canada. Its goal is to informally document Canadian roots music history through the eyes of its witnesses and participants. Installments will appear in this space randomly, as the interview-opportunities present themselves.
We begin our series with Jane Harbury, or as we like to call her, Riverboat Jane. Quite accidentally, she began working as a dishwasher at the famous Riverboat Coffee House in Yorkville (Toronto) in the late 60’s, and ended up managing the club by the time she left in 1974.
During that period, she encountered pretty much everyone who was anyone in the folk/roots scene of this most fertile era. In this first installment of Riverboat Jane, titled: The Magic of Gordon Lightfoot, she tells RMC’s David Newland about her very first Riverboat Coffee House experience.
The Riverboat M/C whose accent Jane lovingly mimics is Bernie Fiedler. In the next installment, Riverboat Jane lists a few of the famous artists she had the pleasure of hosting, and shares a tale or two about antics she observed at the famous venue.