What artist or album changed your life?
Nilsson Sings Newman, from 1970. Bob Wiseman played this for me when we were on the Gordon tour in 93, and it changed the way I approached songwriting. Randy Newman's bitter little pills and Harry Nilsson's exquisite singing make for one of my favourite albums. It's so simple and intimate, but for me, it has all the richness of the Beatles albums I obsessed over as a little kid.
Professionally? Singing with Leonard Cohen last year at the Indigo at Bay and Bloor. Performing at Neil Young's Bridge School benefit in 98. Singing Fun Fun Fun with Brian Wilson. Selling out Madison Square Garden. Personally? Any lazy pyjama day with my wife and kids.
What part of your body do you like the least?
My breasts. After a cut-rate boob job, the silicone has hardened, and the scar tissue around my nipples is a mess. It's worth the extra money to get it done right.
What currently popular song do you never wanna hear again?
John Mayer's Waiting On The World To Change. Let me get this straight - in an American election year, the message he chooses to send is that, as much as he'd love to end the war in Iraq, he can't do anything about it, so he won't? Bite me.
What actor would you want to star in a film about your life?
Philip Seymour Hoffman. He can play husky and he can play Canadian, and maybe some of my cred can rub off on him.