The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) has launched Covered Classics, a new element in its song induction program. We’ve teamed up with CBC/Radio-Canada to bring you a series of live cover performances as part of a song’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
To kick off Covered Classics, the CSHF is proud to induct “To Sir With Love”. The hit song, famously sung by Lulu in the eponymous 1967 movie starring Sidney Poitier, was written by Don Black and Canada’s own Mark London. We celebrate the induction of “To Sir With Love” with an acoustic rendition performed by singer Nikki Yanofsky, featuring Dan Kanter on guitar.
In the past, the CSHF inducted songs at its formal induction ceremonies. Our desire to stay fresh and innovative led us to explore new ways to increase the profile and visibility of Canada’s greatest songwriters and help promote Canadian artists. Covered Classics is the perfect mechanism to achieve both objectives, while at the same time introducing these legendary songs to a new generation of music lovers.
“To Sir With Love”
Written by Mark London and Don Black
Performed by Nikki Yanofsky and Dan Kanter
More about the song
Nikki Yanosky is a Canadian jazz-pop singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. Her phenomenal voice and jazz style made her an international success at age 15. She is best known as the vocalist of the Canadian CTV theme song for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, “I Believe”, reaching number one on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. In May 2014, Yanofsky released her third album, Little Secret, executive produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. It has since been nominated for a 2015 Juno Award. (nikkiyanofsky.com)
Dan Kanter is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, guitarist, and performance coach from Toronto, Canada. He is currently the Musical Director and lead guitarist for Justin Bieber and a judge on YTV’s hit TV show “The Next Star”. Dan has been seen on major television shows and prestigious live engagements all over the world, including performances on Saturday Night Live and Ellen, and performing for the Obama’s at the White House. (twitter.com/dankanter)