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I'll outline this later, but the qualifying criterion will be simple: either you were born in Canada or you weren't. Doesn't matter if you moved to L.A. when you were six months old and struck it rich there later in life, or if you were born in New York and left for Nova Scotia to do the same (the story of approximately no one). Neil Young is Canadian, Ronnie Hawkins is not. And it's the performer of the song--no complicated Cancon loopholes for producer/songwriter/whatever.

Bands are trickier. What do prospective voters think? If half or more of the band are Canadian, that counts?

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:24 (six months ago) link

Is half or more of The Band Canadian?

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:27 (six months ago) link

Will it go round in circles...4/5, I think--easy call.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:28 (six months ago) link

Sorry, I'm being a smartass. I say that rule works.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:30 (six months ago) link

I'm a lot more likely to vote for Skip Spence than K'naan, but some people might not like to see immigrants sidelined.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 2 March 2023 00:20 (six months ago) link

Sorry if it sounds like I'm trying to put a stick in the spokes every time you make a decision.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 2 March 2023 00:38 (six months ago) link

Skip Spence qualifies--born in Windsor (actually didn't know that till right now). So...I'm missing the problem there.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 March 2023 01:18 (six months ago) link

Isn't it still in effect?


It seems antiquated in an internet world, but I don't make music for a living; my friend at SOCAN says it's still necessary.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 March 2023 04:36 (six months ago) link

I was slightly acquainted with your friend, don't know if he would remember me.

There were a few funny stories about the MAPL designation, like Bootsauce pretending they recorded their album at a non-existent Canadian studio rather than one in the States so that their Hot Chocolate cover would qualify.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 3 March 2023 15:58 (six months ago) link

Send me board email, Halfway, I'll let Howard know.

God, Bootsauce--did I ever loathe them. Our own Red Hot Chili Peppers, but (somehow) exponentially worse.

clemenza, Friday, 3 March 2023 19:11 (six months ago) link

I thought this thread was going to be about songs that sample the sound of cans being popped opened.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 3 March 2023 19:25 (six months ago) link

I might open the poll up to that interpretation, just so I can vote for Basehead's "Ode to My Favorite Beer."

clemenza, Friday, 3 March 2023 21:06 (six months ago) link

Also "The Beer Hunter" by Bob and Doug McKenzie fits both definitions.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 3 March 2023 21:09 (six months ago) link

I think I just stumbled onto the patron saint of this poll: Dave Madden, who played Ruben Kincaid on The Partridge Family. If I ever did I know he was Canadian--born in Sarnia--I'd completely forgotten.

clemenza, Friday, 3 March 2023 21:23 (six months ago) link

Will get this up and running in a week or two, once they're counting down the country poll. I thought I was finished working for the year, but at the last minute the union bumped my supply-teaching ceiling to 95 days again. Gifted multi-tasker that I am, I'll still go forward; it may mean, when it comes time for the results, that they won't be posted on consecutive days. Should be okay otherwise.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 21:22 (six months ago) link

You're going to have to have the results vetted by one of your classes.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 21:28 (six months ago) link

Only if we relocate to whatever social-media site they're using now. (I won't even say TikTok, which I assume is yesterday's news.)

I should mention that I'll be invoking the Mel Brooks Rule for the poll, meaning that everyone from all corners of the world is encouraged to participate, but making fun of Canadians or Canada will only be permitted if you're Canadian yourself and can produce, on request, official documentation. Anyone not in compliance will be expelled.

clemenza, Thursday, 16 March 2023 01:27 (six months ago) link

oh shi

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 March 2023 02:15 (six months ago) link

j/k i would never

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 March 2023 02:16 (six months ago) link

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