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Mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver.

Faites votre choix.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 08:30 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-t8W4X8Obo

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:02 (six years ago) link

funny, I came here to post this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofChsLBfBp0

anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:06 (six years ago) link

I think 'This Is The Ice Age' by Martha & The Muffins has played a large role in determining what comes to my mind when I think of Canada, but I don't know much about Canada and have never been there

soref, Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:48 (six years ago) link

I don't think I've ever heard that!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:42 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga9UPYNfpqM

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 March 2015 13:28 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY_bhVSGKEg

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 March 2015 13:32 (six years ago) link

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IokkPlY2HOY

ρεμπετις, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:04 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCPYO-qzLTs

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:38 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BFPt001PYU

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:48 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k4cFMVfnCE

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:49 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxlEqO_MA04

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:50 (six years ago) link

Kroll's Canadian accent is p. classic.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:54 (six years ago) link

Neil Young's "Journey Through the Past"
Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind"
Ian & Sylvia's "Four Strong Winds"
Bruce Cockburn's "Goin' Down the Road"

There are Lightfoot songs more specifically Canadian. But they're not as good.

clemenza, Saturday, 28 March 2015 15:06 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxJvrD80nJ4

MarkoP, Saturday, 28 March 2015 16:59 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f389hIxZAOc

jmm, Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:42 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upsZZ2s3xv8

MarkoP, Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:49 (six years ago) link

Good an excuse as any to post this from SCTV.

https://youtu.be/kZlrrwUIwcE

that's not my post, Monday, 30 March 2015 04:01 (six years ago) link

Re: Lightfoot on SCTV... is that really Rick Moranis? That's up there with Jim Carry as Clint Eastwood. Spooky.

Adam J Duncan, Monday, 30 March 2015 08:21 (six years ago) link

northwest passage

why dont u say something or like just die (dog latin), Monday, 30 March 2015 11:41 (six years ago) link

Rheostatics - Northern Wish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkcqGxtbBtQ

softspool, Monday, 30 March 2015 13:15 (six years ago) link

I thought it was "Helpless," but what do I know?

Ye Mad Puffin, Monday, 30 March 2015 14:26 (six years ago) link

Sorry to hijack your thread, but it is kind of on-topic.

Does anyone remember a song by a popular (Canadian) band that references IGA? I thought it might've been Rheostatics, but I don't recall.

Anyway, when I first heard it, that sounded like the most Canadian thing to me at that time, even though I now realise IGA is not really Canadian.

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 30 March 2015 22:26 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Can't find a more suitable thread...Coming back from Toronto tonight, I was listening to one of those "'70s at seven" shows and they played something I hadn't heard for almost 50 years: "Linda, Put the Coffee On." The DJ didn't say who it was, so I was very impressed with myself for retrieving Ray Materick's name from some synapse up there. Wasn't in the Doors--checked Wikipedia and he's from Brantford (still alive), which I passed on the way home.

I don't think I hated it in 1974; I was 13, so more likely it was a complete blank. It wasn't K-Tel or Alice Cooper or the Guess Who or anything else that caught my ear back then. Sounded pretty good tonight: kind of a rough-hewn vocal falling somewhere between singer-songwriter and country crossover.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzTRyD5k8t0

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:27 (six months ago) link

Something about his particular vocal timbre (plus the era, of course) makes me think that this sounds like something that could've been on Tumbleweed Connection.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:35 (six months ago) link

The most Canadian song is bilingual, obv.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm622tnjmjM

sock solipsist (pomenitul), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:40 (six months ago) link

(xpost) Canadians sometimes blatantly imitated stateside artists (cf. Joey Gregorash's CCR imitation, "Jodie"), so that's as good a guess as any as to what he may have been aiming for.

This is really puzzling: no listing for him in the The CHUM Chart Book. That's the only possible way I would know the song. It was definitely played on there, but evidently not enough to make their Top 30.

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:42 (six months ago) link

"Johnny Go" is trilingual if you count "amigos"!

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 13:58 (six months ago) link

I came up with an argument once for why Lawrence Gowan is the most Canadian artist: born in the UK, currently working for Americans, bilingual with an accent, overeducated and moderately progressive but blatantly commercial

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:02 (six months ago) link

successful but a bit player in international terms

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:13 (six months ago) link

He's a strange...never mind.

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:21 (six months ago) link

That's what I know.

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:38 (six months ago) link

You almost convinced me, Sund4r.

As is widely known, however, the real answer is Céline Dion.

sock solipsist (pomenitul), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:41 (six months ago) link

I thought this thread was going to be about this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQF5xuLrjpY

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:42 (six months ago) link

No offense if you're a fan, Sund4r, but long ago, when I was writing for Nerve in Toronto, the editor--a punk, Jesus & Mary Chain-type guy--interviewed Gowan for another publication, one that paid, after which Gowan and awakening the giant became a long-standing inside joke.

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 15:25 (six months ago) link

Just makes him all the more Canadian

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 16:47 (six months ago) link

(I do have an affection for bubblegum prog and loved his hits when I was in elementary school but wouldn't describe myself as a big fan.)

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 17:08 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Moses Znaimer's Zoomer (ugh)station is a repository of minor Canadian hits I haven't heard for almost 50 years (see above). Coming home tonight, two back-to-back:

"Dunrobin's Gone," Brave Belt
"Passing Time," Bearfoo

Came up with the title of the first, but not the artist (I might have with some more time--it was a post-Guess Who, pre-BTO Randy Bachman band); drew a complete blank on the second (started thinking it was Elvin Bishop for some reason).

The fact that these songs got onto CHUM and other Canadian Top 40 stations, and hung around for a few weeks on their playlists and charts, precludes calling them obscure--they were a little more visible than some buried track on a Pebbles compilation. But they sure are forgotten.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 October 2020 01:35 (five months ago) link

Bearfoot...

clemenza, Saturday, 24 October 2020 01:35 (five months ago) link

When I was a kid, my mom always had CFRB AM radio on (70s MOR). The only Randy Bachman associated songs I remember them playing were the Brave Belt song you mention and Looking Out for No 1 by BTO, it gave me a distorted soft-rock picture of Randy's oeuvre.

Never heard or even heard of Bearfoot, this song might as well be from 1873 for all the current resonance it (doesn't) have.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:07 (five months ago) link

Another old Canadian, alright...Another one from that moment I associate with the Guess Who/BTO/Brave Belt is Scrubbalo Caine's "Feelin' Good on Sunday"--the Guess Who's Jim Kale was in the band, and I saw them open for the GW at Exhibition Stadium circa 1974.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:11 (five months ago) link

That song and band I only know because it was the theme song for Psychedelic Psunday on Q107. CFRB and Q107 are the two poles of my knowledge of pre-1980 Canrock.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:20 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhEA4vGbvBs

earlnash, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:33 (five months ago) link

Come on you all, it's obviously "The Rodeo Song"

Lee626, Friday, 30 October 2020 06:16 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Heard this the other day for the first time in ages: Steel River, Toronto band circa 1970, better known for "Ten Pound Note" and "Southbound Train." I thought at first it was Bob McBride.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kW0OfXdSVI

clemenza, Friday, 26 March 2021 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

I know the two songs you mentioned, but never heard this one. It does indeed sound most Canadian.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 27 March 2021 01:54 (two weeks ago) link

Dunno, the obvious missing artist here would be the Hip: I don’t love either song, but “Ahead by a Century” or “Bobcaygeon” seem like obvious picks.....

Swag Heathen (theStalePrince), Saturday, 27 March 2021 02:07 (two weeks ago) link

those are great and everything but

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9wW9ENBPlQ

because "You said you didn't give a fuck about hockey/And I never saw someone say that before" is the most Canadian thing I've ever heard.

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 27 March 2021 02:12 (two weeks ago) link

We could certainly pick one that would piss off the entire nation evenly.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 27 March 2021 22:56 (two weeks ago) link

(eventually expands to the whole country except Alberta)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRjurRdep_Q

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Saturday, 27 March 2021 23:20 (two weeks ago) link

Has anyone already made a definitive playlist of "[this Canadian city/province] sucks" songs?

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Saturday, 27 March 2021 23:22 (two weeks ago) link

You should @ Amir Attaran on Twitter, he’ll post it in a jiffy.

pomenitul, Saturday, 27 March 2021 23:25 (two weeks ago) link

How many of those are there? I can only think of "Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole"

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 27 March 2021 23:25 (two weeks ago) link

'one great city!' (but not really)

mookieproof, Saturday, 27 March 2021 23:42 (two weeks ago) link

Joel Plaskett dumps on Kelowna in “I Love This Town”

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 27 March 2021 23:45 (two weeks ago) link

The Music Canada top 20 albums chart is ... something this week: https://musiccanada.com/charts/#albums . Pom will be glad to know that 5 of the top 10, including the top 3, are Quebecois, but the composition of it seems random. #1 is trad country singer Irvin Blais, whom I know from a UOttawa radio programme, with a single. #2 is Angèle Dubeau, a violinist I was unfamiliar with, with an album that apparently includes Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Jonny Greenwood, and Olafur Arnolds compositions. #3 is Les Cowboys Fringants. Then Rob Zombie and Taylor Swift appear, below these, and just ahead of two albums by Lynda Lemay. I'm tbh wondering how these charts are compiled. (The tracks chart just looks like an American Billboard chart.) Or do French speakers just buy more albums??

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Saturday, 27 March 2021 23:57 (two weeks ago) link

Heh, I too would be very curious to know what the exact criteria are here. Angèle Dubeau is *the* classical crossover act par excellence in Quebec btw, or so it seems to me. A massive step up from the likes of André Rieu in Europe. Irvin Blais does not ring a bell, but that’s to be expected given my usual blind spots.

pomenitul, Sunday, 28 March 2021 00:08 (two weeks ago) link

Has anyone already made a definitive playlist of "[this Canadian city/province] sucks" songs?

― intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:22 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

i can get into this, ha!

Punster McPunisher, Sunday, 28 March 2021 00:59 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_r5zXOnKio

Kim, Sunday, 28 March 2021 01:05 (two weeks ago) link

My man Stan Rogers:

Ontario, y’know I’ve seen a place I’d rather be
Your scummy lakes and the city of Toronto don’t do a damn thing for me
I’d rather live by the sea.

Swag Heathen (theStalePrince), Sunday, 28 March 2021 01:42 (two weeks ago) link

In "Thoughts on a Rainy Afternoon", Bruce Cockburn asks "Jesus don't let Toronto take my song away".

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 28 March 2021 02:23 (two weeks ago) link

Joel Plaskett dumps on Kelowna in “I Love This Town”

― FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:45 PM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

isn't grapes of wrath's backward town also about kelowna?

Punster McPunisher, Sunday, 28 March 2021 03:14 (two weeks ago) link

this all reminds me that the arrogant worms must have a few contenders for the thread concept

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Sunday, 28 March 2021 03:15 (two weeks ago) link

also, it seems like most songs about vancouver being crap are about e hastings, so my vote goes to hot hot heat's yvr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOeTRurNG6E

Punster McPunisher, Sunday, 28 March 2021 03:15 (two weeks ago) link

Weakerthans One Great City seems almost insincere in its hate, but it still fits the sub theme here I think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLlsjEP7L-k

Main topic - Besides Mitsou, there was also The Box with a few hits that bridged the language border.

Kim, Sunday, 28 March 2021 04:01 (two weeks ago) link

One Great City is obviously a love letter disguised as a hate letter. Def still fits the sub theme.

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 28 March 2021 04:08 (two weeks ago) link

Similar conflicted hate vein from Spookey Ruben - Leave The City. I assume it’s about Toronto.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoPSk92DiwU

Kim, Sunday, 28 March 2021 04:38 (two weeks ago) link

Some days this one feels most Ontarian - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97CtEReZEaQ

Kim, Monday, 29 March 2021 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

it definitely would not be a french song!

xzanfar, Monday, 29 March 2021 23:46 (two weeks ago) link

Glad one of the Three Dead Trolls could join us.

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Monday, 29 March 2021 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

Come on you all, it's obviously "The Rodeo Song"

― Lee626, Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:16 PM (five months ago) bookmarkflaglink

i agree with this one

alternatively log driver's waltz

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 29 March 2021 23:58 (two weeks ago) link

"Log Driver's Waltz" ("La valse du maître draveur") might actually satisfy both pom and my Albertan friend!

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 00:11 (two weeks ago) link

If we’re going animated, “Black Fly”.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 00:11 (two weeks ago) link

xp And girls. It pleases them completely.

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 00:17 (two weeks ago) link

OTM

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 00:38 (two weeks ago) link

I'm definitely out of my league here, but for me, this one that Kim posted must be the Most Canadian song.

https://i.imgur.com/isvPOwC.png

pplains, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 02:39 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOJemHKzRQY

jmm, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 02:52 (two weeks ago) link

Questionable track really but it's got some poetic moments, kudos to its songwriter:

Mississauga people
Carry the weight of common evil
And go about their lives with a whisper and a whine
About Mississauga goddam

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 03:04 (two weeks ago) link

C'est the season:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri0r0_urwo8

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 April 2021 01:45 (two weeks ago) link

I think we found it.

pomenitul, Thursday, 1 April 2021 01:50 (two weeks ago) link

powerful stuff

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 2 April 2021 16:50 (one week ago) link

+1 we're done here!

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 2 April 2021 17:04 (one week ago) link

holy shit

rob, Friday, 2 April 2021 20:30 (one week ago) link

absolutely voting for this in the 77, come back and fp me if I don't

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 2 April 2021 22:25 (one week ago) link

i didn't think the perfect song existed.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:02 (one week ago) link

Was Northwest Passage posted?

Because it is Northwest Passage.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:08 (one week ago) link

Did you watch 'Income Tax' tho?

Because it is 'Income Tax'.

pomenitul, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:08 (one week ago) link

absolutely voting for this in the 77, come back and fp me if I don't

I never vote for tracks in the 77 but next year I will post a ballot containing only this song, come back and FP me if I don't.

pomenitul, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:09 (one week ago) link

Yeah it's Income Tax

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:11 (one week ago) link

Lol

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:25 (one week ago) link

Sublime guitar solo, to boot.

pomenitul, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:29 (one week ago) link

this is like if bill wurtz wrote a good song

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:37 (one week ago) link

Friggen A

Kim, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:46 (one week ago) link

I think the song is from 2020, unfortunately.

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:50 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSffz_bl6zo

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 01:29 (one week ago) link

year of impact! xp

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Saturday, 3 April 2021 02:16 (one week ago) link

acadian boy summer

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Saturday, 3 April 2021 02:17 (one week ago) link

Jesus that song is amazing

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 3 April 2021 13:17 (one week ago) link


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