the method here was simple so as to keep the # of bands manageable: they had to be Canadian and they had to make a Big Shiny Tunes comp, but not so successful that they actually made it big in the US. (so no BNL; I gather Bran Van's "Drinking in LA" was a minor UK hit but that didn't seem disqualifying). The span chosen was the first six BST comps (1996-2001).
I did cheat a little: I threw in Gob for pop-punk representation though they don't actually make it in till BST8 (whatever it's my poll and "I Hear You Calling" gets stuck in my head several times a year); also added Odds, who weren't on a BST proper but did make it onto both "Big Shiny 90s" comps which came out at the tail end of this era.
decided not to include Sloan because they now enjoy some US success and have actually long outlived this era, which almost none of these bands have. the Tragically Hip also mysteriously never made one of these comps though a few singles got a ton of MuchMusic play; they both pre- and post-date this era and have a certain level of prestige I don't really associate with these bands so I didn't feel too bad keeping them out. these are, by and large, runts, several of which even I have no recollection of (Pluto? j. Englishman?)
|Bran Van 3000||8|
|Matthew Good Band||6|
|The Tea Party||3|
|Our Lady Peace||2|
|I Mother Earth||1|
|The Age of Electric||0|
|Wide Mouth Mason||0|
― Simon H., Wednesday, 3 April 2019 12:09 (two months ago)