Unfinished Conversation: The Life and Music of Stan Rogers. When Canadian folk music hero Stan Rogers died in an airplane accident in 1983, he was just 33 years old. It was a loss that devastated family and friends and saddened music fans from coast to coast. But the impact of his brief career continues to grow. When CBC Morningside asked listeners to nominate a song as the second national anthem of Canada, the winner was Stan Rogers’ classic Northwest Passage. Rogers performed his Maritime-style music on the folk circuit from Cape Breton to San Francisco, from the Arctic Circle to the Rio Grande River.