Currently I’m in Austin for SXSW. Now I’m here for the tech/film week (by week I mean day and half) so I’m missing the music week, which is of course tragic! So I was inspired to drop a little knowledge on some awesome ass Canadian bands. Some of them you’ll know, or if not, then I am super duper excited to show you guys some great north shiiiiiiiiiiit. Here we go!!! (In Mario Kart Voice)
Lately I have been back on a UUUUUGE Dallas Green kick. Or City and Colour. (I really love the U in colour. I hate that my phone autocorrects it. GARBAGE!!!) Whatever you may know this delightful little Canadian songbird by, he’s fantastic. I think most people probably know him right? Do you? If not, then thank sweet baby jesus you’re here now!
In general I think Canada really knows how to crank its legs up and produce some awesome talent in so many capacities. People always say that dummy phrase “must be something in the water…hahaahahhKlkjhslkhsfhsh” Whatever. But I think we all just have more time on your hands to entertain ourselves and hone our skills on adorable tiny little stages and then BAM!!! hellllloooooo America! (And then we start dropping the U’s in our favourite words)
Starting obviously with Dallas Green. City and Colour. Rose Ave (his collab with Pink…it’s awesome). He’s such a great songwriter. His voice is a buttery angelic melody maker. And like, he has cool tattoos. Here’s one of my faves by him
Also lately this has been a seriousness jam
NEIL YOUNG – he is one of my all time favorites. I saw him in concert for the first time last year with Jenny Lewis in Vegas and it tore my face up. He is literally one of the best song writers in the entire universe. And a huge world rights activist to boot. Depending on how young you might be or what part of the world you live in, if you don’t know Neil Young, download Harvest Moon and get a start there. But my favourite album by him is On The Beach…so without further ado…
BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH – this is a band that has a pretty cool sound considering they’re from Toronto. They always sounded very beach to me. And one time I interviewed them in a really bad segment on my old show from approx. 35 years ago. But I still listen to them sometimes when I’m on planes floating in space. It can be good mellow music and some jams to speed it up a little bit.
Bryan Adams!!! You know from the Robin Hood soundtrack and also the first man aside from Paul Molitor that i thought had it goingggggg onnnnnn. I apparently had weird tastes in men as a child. Is that a weird sentence to type? I think yes, but….honesty. Brief side story: one time around 7 my dad brought me to a Bryan Adams concert, we were in seats near side stage and we had a hell of a view. Sadly my beer was empty, but as a child I was willing to let this slide. So Bryan Adams is on stage just performing the hell out of “Run To You”…and I was very positive that we made eye contact and HE WINKED AT ME!!!!! Me, assuming I had a lot to offer the world as a potential wife at 7, lets round up to 8 bc this story is getting weird…thought we just eyeball-y agreed that love was destined to keep us together. And then a week later some BA guitar picks showed up at my dad’s house. I knew he would find me again!!! (another side story: my dad works in the music industry and has many a musical hookup…so clearly a guitar tech had sent some of these to our house, Bryan Adams for sure never saw my miniature baby head in the crowd…) Anyways eventually I moved onto learning all of Joey Lawrence’s albums and then graduated to Bush. I now listen to the same 5 bands over and over. Here is my ex lover’s music:
Arcade Fire. Need I really say more? Such an artsy fartsy band that basically the world over wants to release all of their emotions to, and rightfully so. Montreal is avant garde.
Metric. Honestly it kinda took me a second to really come around to Metric. But that was also like 8 years ago. Emily Haines is a bad bitch, and for that ,we thank you Metric.
Matthew Good Band. Oh baby!! He just released Underdogs and Beautiful Midnight on vinyl which I ordered as soon as my brother told me. They arrived to the house and me forgetting I’m the only Canadian in the house I remembered my boyfriend would have no idea what this greatness was. I proceeded to play it loudly anyways. He’s gotta learn somehow. This was the background music in my house growing up a lot because my brother, Erik, was obsessed and even wore fake no sense glasses like Matt Good wayyyyyyy before hipsters ever got on that bandwagon.
Blue Rodeo – OG country hunks. Striking chords and tugging hugging heart strings! (I’m such a nerd, but this song is great!! I don’t care what anyone says!! Suck it! Suck it! Suck it!!)
K-os knows things. WE need to know these things!
Kardinal Offishall – this song was no joke. NO JOKE!!!!
Oh and this – Choclair – the other song was more of a joke than this one and I am very serious about Cardinal Offishall. So spin your ears up some truth.
OLP!!!! Our Lady Peace! (Man it’s like I started this blog post thinking I was in control, when really my YouTube playlist just keeps building and I’m up to my eyeballs in CanCon. I can’t step away. I never get to randomly hear these songs on 102.1 the Edge anymore)
Alessia Cara – let’s throw in a new one for good measure huh? Memory Lane to now – this girl’s song Here was always in my head and then way late in the game i found out she’s Canadian. Let’s pour a Molson out for my homie.
I obviously forgot a bunch, but off the top of my head these are the jems I wanted to leave right here for you guys to sift through!! Who did I forget? What were the bands you grew up to?