Toronto is also where many of his children and grandchildren also live.
"I like to spend as much time with my kids and grandkids as I can," he said. "There were a lot of rocky roads in the past. I had a couple of marriages go awry, you know?"
Lightfoot married twice. His first marriage collapsed in the early 1970s partly because of his touring, but also because of a tumultuous affair he had with Cathy Smith, a groupie, occasional backup singer and drug dealer connected to The Band's Levon Helm.
Smith, who inspired one of Lightfoot's best known hits, "Sundown," would later go to jail for injecting actor/comedian John Belushi with a fatal dose of cocaine and heroin.
Lightfoot said of his children and grandchildren, "I owe them a lot so I pay a great deal of attention to them now."
Lightfoot gets lots of rest, eats right and he exercises almost every day.
"You have to work out if you do this," he said. "I go to a health club wherever I go. I've got a routine."
He and his band also keep up with rehearsals both on and off the road, which isn't unheard of, but not every band does that. Often, on tour, performers consider doing the show as practice enough.
"Being a perfectionist, I try to do better than the night before," Lightfoot said, explaining that he and his band are always digging through the old material, trying to "mine gold veins from the repertoire."
He hasn't lost his taste for new material either. Lightfoot said at any given time, usually two or three new songs are underway.
"But my recording obligations are completed. I just write for the fun of it. The main thing is staying prepared for the shows. I'm not really thinking about doing any more recording. I enjoy the shows too much so there's a lot of preparation, a lot of focus on that."
Lightfoot acknowledged his voice isn't quite as strong as it used to be.
"You lose a little bit off the high end," he said, "but that doesn't matter. I get to choose material that's a good range for me."
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