Gordon Lightfoot sits down for an interview with Broadview in 2017. (Youtube screenshot: Broadview)

Topics: Ethical Living | In Memoriam

In this Broadview interview, Gordon Lightfoot reflected on his activism around climate change and Indigenous rights

We’re revisiting this chat from 2017 in memory of the Canadian folk legend


Legendary Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot passed away on Monday, May 1 at the age of 84. 

The Orillia, Ont., native helped define folk-pop in the ’60s and ’70s and is considered one of Canada’s greatest songwriters. He is remembered for some of his greatest hits, including For Lovin’ Me and Early Morning Rain.

In 2017, Rev. Karen Hilfman Millson sat down for an interview with Lightfoot on behalf of Broadview, where they discussed the beginning of his career, as well as his faith and activism. 

“I can say one thing,” said Lightfoot during the interview. “It’s faith in God that keeps me going and I will say it to you, I have faith.”

You can watch the full interview below. 


Alexandra Lee is an intern at Broadview.

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  • says:

    Thank you for this relevant featured recording. Clearly, Gordon's life and music was directed by the Holy Sprit who made him a channel of sublime peace through his ancestral music and loving relationships. Gordon knows God, has faith and has blessed Canada and all who have heard his beloved music. Gordon Lightfoot is loved throughout eternity.