The Riverboat was the showcase in the late 1960s for numerous emerging Canadian folk-inspired performers, including Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Murray McLauchlan, and Joni Mitchell, many of whom Fiedler presented in later years at Massey Hall. Most major US folk performers of the day also appeared at The Riverboat. According to legend, several songs that would become popular, including Mitchell's 'Clouds' and Phil Ochs' 'Changes' were composed in the club's upstairs backroom.
Fiedler (b Berlin 8 Dec 1938) has also worked in artist management, 1972-81 in partnership with Bernie Finkelstein (handling Cockburn, McLauchlan, Ronney Abramson, Dan Hill, and others) and thereafter on his own (handling Hill and, for varying periods, Liona Boyd and the Canadian Brass).
See also TORONTO FEATURE: RIVERBOAT.
Goddard, Peter. 'The Riverboat changes hands and ends a golden age,' Toronto Star, 19 Nov 1977
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