Continuing what is apparently a week of Canadian female singers, here’s kd lang singing Neil Young’s “Helpless” at the 2005 Juno Awards; seems that Young was supposed to be there but was ill and in the hospital, which explains lang’s intro. However, if you’re going to have to get someone to fill in for you, you’re not going to get much better than this.

Man, what a voice. Also for those of you who are live performance-minded, check out kd lang’s total microphone awareness. The song, if you didn’t know, is available on lang’s hymns of the 49th parallel album, which has her covering Canadian songwriters, and really is excellent.

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