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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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IokkPlY2HOY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kroll's Canadian accent is p. classic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

northwest passage

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

Rheostatics - Northern Wish

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

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

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

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

He's a strange...never mind.

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:21 (three years ago) link

That's what I know.

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

Bearfoot...

clemenza, Saturday, 24 October 2020 01:35 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

earlnash, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:33 (three years ago) link

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

Lee626, Friday, 30 October 2020 06:16 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

xp And girls. It pleases them completely.

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

OTM

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

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

jmm, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 02:52 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

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

I think we found it.

pomenitul, Thursday, 1 April 2021 01:50 (three years ago) link

powerful stuff

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

+1 we're done here!

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

holy shit

rob, Friday, 2 April 2021 20:30 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

Was Northwest Passage posted?

Because it is Northwest Passage.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:08 (three years ago) link

Did you watch 'Income Tax' tho?

Because it is 'Income Tax'.

pomenitul, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:08 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

Yeah it's Income Tax

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:11 (three years ago) link

Lol

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

Sublime guitar solo, to boot.

pomenitul, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:29 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

Friggen A

Kim, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:46 (three years ago) link

I think the song is from 2020, unfortunately.

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

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

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 01:29 (three years ago) link

year of impact! xp

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

acadian boy summer

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

Jesus that song is amazing

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

two weeks pass...

P'tit Belliveau record is p good!

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 22 April 2021 00:45 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I couldn't figure out where the best place to post this, but somehow I did not know until today that the Canadian supermarket chain No Frills put out a rap album late last year:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDipchuzGnI

MarkoP, Thursday, 27 May 2021 02:58 (three years ago) link

I did know about this, wish I didn't

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:09 (three years ago) link

Someone at head office is trying to take advantage of having to buy public performance licences for their stores. I've never heard this while I've been shopping there, though; grocery shopping is basically my only exposure to the music that most people listen to.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:20 (three years ago) link

I don’t think it’s going to be a title winner in this thread, but kinda want to give a shout out to the multiple songs by Maestro Fresh Wes that incorporate/sample specifically Canadian rock hits (Haywire, Guess Who, Gowan, maybe more?)

Kim, Thursday, 27 May 2021 16:29 (three years ago) link

i try to avoid no frills - crap produce, the local one is owned by an infamous slumlord family - although it is the closest grocery store to me and my immediate neighbourhood is a slight food desert, but i do end up going there for necessaries once in a while, toilet roll or that sort of thing. have definitely never heard this music before.

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 27 May 2021 16:48 (three years ago) link

I spoke too soon, I heard "Bag It Up" at No Frills this morning, and I realized I had heard it there before.

I never realized that Maestro's "Drop the Needle" samples "Dance Desire" by Haywire. Though I am not and never have been a Haywire fan, I always thought that it was neat the way the guitar riff and bassline play off of each other in the intro of that song.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 28 May 2021 14:23 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Heard this on 740 AM yesterday on the way to Toronto. Was pretty sure I'd never heard it before--figured it had to be late '70s. Their webiste makes it easy to identify something:

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

1979, Ottawa band. I've never even heard of them, I don't think. Made it to #79 (79 in '79) on Billboard.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 July 2024 15:59 (one week ago) link

I'm guessing they were a roots-rock band who heard "Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson and figured if sax solos and strings were good enough for Neil Young, they could join in too. Unfortunately the most memorable melodic bit in the song is taken from Minnie Riperton.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 4 July 2024 16:25 (one week ago) link

The only reason I'm vaguely aware of this song was that I heard it a few months ago on the Yacht or Nyacht podcast made by the Yacht Rock guys. It just missed the boat of being classified as Yacht Rock by .5.

MarkoP, Thursday, 4 July 2024 16:28 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbCPEPnE2D0

ionjusit (P. Flick), Thursday, 4 July 2024 16:29 (one week ago) link

I actually like it. ("Lotta Love," yeah.) It's the kind of thing I would have hated at the time, but I hear some of those songs now, and they capture something about the era. (A lot of it still sounds as insipid as ever.) I got into the habit of calling such stuff Ronco pop before the term Yacht Rock existed.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 July 2024 16:53 (one week ago) link

^ Definitely a song one would only know from a late-night record collection commercial.

pplains, Thursday, 4 July 2024 17:07 (one week ago) link

If you're maybe 40 or younger:

https://i.postimg.cc/bJ63qs5d/ronco.jpg

clemenza, Thursday, 4 July 2024 17:12 (one week ago) link

A friend was talking about this last week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnLjRi_g9o

Maresn3st, Thursday, 4 July 2024 17:19 (one week ago) link

Most Canadian album

https://i.discogs.com/yVgmOem9BReebgxs3-esVRsM5Is0bbjo_SV4bV8Bt0E/rs:fit/g:sm/q:90/h:597/w:600/czM6Ly9kaXNjb2dz/LWRhdGFiYXNlLWlt/YWdlcy9SLTI4NzEz/OTI1LTE2OTg1MDA2/MjEtMTY4OS5qcGVn.jpeg

The Trans-Canada Highwaymen
Chris Murphy (Sloan)
Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness)
Craig Northey (Odds)
Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies)

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 4 July 2024 19:04 (one week ago) link

I've contemplated buying that, but the song selection isn't very good. Are the covers straightforward or do they camp it up?

clemenza, Thursday, 4 July 2024 19:24 (one week ago) link

By which I mean, I don't know which sounds less appealing: sincere versions of "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat" and "(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love" or ones that are supposed to be ironic. They're just bad songs.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 July 2024 19:32 (one week ago) link

I've never been, but to me there's something extra Canadian about (my beloved) the Paperboys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jWhmd3xxhs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnszE87otcg

and also Great Big Sea, live, with that big happy audience, in NTSC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZpxnZ7kPmQ

you can see me from westbury white horse, Thursday, 4 July 2024 19:53 (one week ago) link

Are the covers straightforward or do they camp it up?

Listening to samples of the Trans-Canada Highwaymen, I'd say the covers are usually affectionate without being reverent, though I definitely got a laugh out of Joni Mitchell played à la Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 4 July 2024 21:18 (one week ago) link

Haven’t listened much to them but very very happy when I first heard they were named the “Trans-Canada Highway”men— so good

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 5 July 2024 16:53 (one week ago) link


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