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Officially launched Feb, 2014, this site is the headquarters for an organization aimed at preserving and promoting the works of the late Canadian folk music icon, Willie P. Bennett.  The concept is this: provide a forum to celebrate Bennett's songwriting legacy by hosting a free access database of his songs, as recorded by other musicians.  Bennett's songs and musicianship were profoundly influential on generations of folk and roots musicians.  The purpose of the project is to rediscover a monumental body of work, a timeless artistry, and ensure its survival for generations.  Engaging the young, modern, independent folk musician may enable Willie P. Bennett's legacy to remain relevant well into the future, while also contributing to a stronger, more well informed and educated community of Canadian musicians.
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Tell us your Willie P Bennett stories. (click here)

In an attempt to allow the community to tell Willie's tale, we encourage everyone to tell us about memories of, and experiences with WPB.

2510/26/2018 by RCHbiada

Favorite WPB song (click here)

Tell us what your fave Willie P songs are, and why. Your participation will enable us to establish what the real "hits" in the WPB catalogue are.

1302/06/2018 by Cheri Scully

Willie P Bennett Memorial Award

An open discussion to present ideas about how to administer the annual Willie P Bennett Memorial Award for young artists. Tell us your thoughts on: age elegibility? What should we look for in a young artist? Should we require acts to submit a recording of a WPB song? What constitutes "espousing WPB's musical, professional and aesthetic values? How do we ensure high submission rates?

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  • Rick Taylor

    Rick Taylor London

    I am truly honored, and very humbled to be asked to be part of this project for our friend WPB. Willie was a true man first. His music spoke his truth. That is how he loved us and communicated with us; by giving us his raw and tender heart. His songs are honest and full of truth. He never held anything back. He gave everything he had. I consider myself very blessed to have been his friend and musical accomplice for many years. Not a day goes by when I don't think of Willie. I always ask myself; what would Willie do? Thank you Jaxon and everyone involved in this project. Willie and his music need to be heard and shared. He was always about that. I know he is smiling and with us on this. I found it very easy to invoke his spirit when I recorded Come On Train. Willie taught me how to sing. He taught me how to open my mouth and speak clearly. And he showed up for the session, and taught me again...

    I am truly honored, and very humbled to be asked to be part of this project for our friend WPB.
    Willie was a true man first. His music spoke his truth. That is how he loved us and communicated with us; by giving us his raw and tender heart.
    His songs are honest and full of truth. He never held anything back. He gave everything he had. I consider myself very blessed to have been his friend and musical accomplice for many years. Not a day goes by when I don't think of Willie. I always ask myself; what would Willie do?
    Thank you Jaxon and everyone involved in this project. Willie and his music need to be heard and shared. He was always about that. I know he is smiling and with us on this.
    I found it very easy to invoke his spirit when I recorded Come On Train. Willie taught me how to sing. He taught me how to open my mouth and speak clearly. And he showed up for the session, and taught me again...

  • Marion Lewis

    Marion Lewis Toronto

    Music in your eyes.... My fave song of all time.

    Music in your eyes.... My fave song of all time.

  • Jan Kudelka

    Jan Kudelka Magna Bay BC and Ontario

    Lace and Pretty Flowers Introduced to me by Glenn Hobbs CANEY FORK RIVER: ghost storytelling supreme Discovering new enchantments in his work year by year Such a pleasure. Thanks for this site.

    Lace and Pretty Flowers
    Introduced to me by Glenn Hobbs
    CANEY FORK RIVER: ghost storytelling supreme
    Discovering new enchantments in his work year by year
    Such a pleasure. Thanks for this site.

  • Linda McRae

    Linda McRae Nashville, TN

    I'm so happy to be a part of this tribute to Willie P. Bennett. Willie was a wonderful guy and I was so thrilled to have him play on my very first CD. Thanks to Jaxon Haldane and Shawna Cooper and all the folks involved for putting this all together. If you're not familiar with Willie's work look for him online. This is one of my favourite Willie P Bennett moment captured at Fred Eaglesmith's Picnic in Southern Aylmer, ON a few years back. This video never fails to make me smile and laugh out loud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeleuUuCfvE

    I'm so happy to be a part of this tribute to Willie P. Bennett. Willie was a wonderful guy and I was so thrilled to have him play on my very first CD. Thanks to Jaxon Haldane and Shawna Cooper and all the folks involved for putting this all together. If you're not familiar with Willie's work look for him online. This is one of my favourite Willie P Bennett moment captured at Fred Eaglesmith's Picnic in Southern Aylmer, ON a few years back. This video never fails to make me smile and laugh out loud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeleuUuCfvE

  • Margaret Evans

    Margaret Evans Thunder Bay / Red Rock Ontario

    What a great avenue you have created to share our love and respect for a man who shared himself and his music so freely

    What a great avenue you have created to share our love and respect for a man who shared himself and his music so freely

  • Chris

    Chris Pt. Dover, On.

    Willy is the reason I learned to play mandolin.

    Willy is the reason I learned to play mandolin.

  • Paul S

    Paul S London

    Best!

    Best!

  • Joanne P

    Joanne P Ontario, Canada

    SO thrilled that this site has been created! What a fantastic tribute to such a wonderful musician and man - well deserved and appreciated

    SO thrilled that this site has been created! What a fantastic tribute to such a wonderful musician and man - well deserved and appreciated

  • Denise Williams

    Denise Williams Lebanon, TN

    You're always right here in my heart.

    You're always right here in my heart.

  • Glenn Derbyshire

    Glenn Derbyshire West Fairlee Vt. U.S.A.

    Willie we miss you man....you will never be forgotten my friend.

    Willie we miss you man....you will never be forgotten my friend.