A new year promises a fresh start as one looks to set new goals and resolutions. Before saying "out with the old, in with the new!", there are often moments of reflection and review looking back on the year that was.

Classic 107 compiled a list of some of this year's most viewed stories according to the website. 

WSO announces Angela Birdsell as the new Executive Director 

After spending the past 3 decades away working in various arts management and consultancy roles, Angela Birdsell returned to Winnipeg and assumed the position Executive Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on July 5, 2021, taking over Trudy Schroeder. 

Innocent Beauty: Seong-Jin Cho Releases his Latest CD of the Music of Chopin

Many outstanding albums were released in 2021 but South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho's latest effort received the most attention on the website. 

Local Jazz singer leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers house band

Bringing things a little bit closer to home, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers boasted the best record in the CFL this year going an unbeaten 7-0 at IG Field. Jennifer Hanson and her band provided halftime entertainment and maybe even a bit of motivation as the Bombers went on to become back-to-back Grey Cup champions. 

Virtuoso recorder player Lucie Horsch back on Winnipeg’s Classic 107

As part of their virtual spring and summer festival, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra welcomed local and international talent to their online stage, including a return performance by the renowned recorder player Lucie Horsch! 

Magnificence of Winnipeg: Local Artist Jordan Van Sewell finds Inspiration from the City and from the Pandemic

For anyone interested in the arts scene here in Winnipeg, the name Jordan Van Sewell will be immediately recognizable. He has been a fixture on the Winnipeg Arts Scene for decades and has many works in some of the most prestigious art collections around the globe.

“Everything’s gonna be alright / It’s gonna be okay”

Before the slow, cautious return to in-person performance, organizations of all sizes took performances online. One of the very best productions was Polycoro's performance of Dolly Parton's 'Light of a Clear Blue Morning”.

As we enter a new year, the same refrain serves as a comforting reminder: "Everything's gonna be alright / It's gonna be okay"