How about some Canadian music?

Jun 4th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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How about some Canadian music? listen to in the car as we drive around BC? I got some great book recs on this forum, any ideas for music? Any good new (or old for that matter) Rock, Jazz, ethnic? What's happening over there in the music scene? Would love to have some suggestions for those long hours driving.
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Jun 4th, 2007, 02:44 PM
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Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Bare Naked Ladies, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Sarah Harmer, Jann Arden, K-os, Tragically Hip. Check out for the 2007 Juno Award winners (Canadian equivalent of Grammys).

You can also go to, click the Music tab, then select Canadian music from the left-hand menu. That should bring up the latest in Canadian music.
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There's a lot of different Canadian music out there, for all different tastes. A lot of independent rock bands are getting pretty popular abroad, such as Broken Social Scene, and the Arcade Fire. Whether this would appeal to you or not depends on the music you like.

Some of my favourites include:

Feist (beautiful, fragile, jazzy voice)

Patrick Watson (a Montreal band - dream-like pop/rock songs, with a Jeff Buckley-like voice)

Sam Roberts (catchy Montreal-based rock band)

Daniel Lanois (folk/rock/blues and a few French songs- he produced most of U2's most famous albums like the Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and the Unforgettable Fire - "For the Beauty of Winona" is a beautiful album)

Broken Social Scene - an experimental rock band from Ontario - "You Forgot It In People" has some great songs.

Blue Rodeo (from the prairies - a popular folky/blues/country rock band... it's an understated country in the same way that k.d. lang is country.

Holly Cole (local jazz singer from BC)

Diana Krall (a more famous jazz singer from BC)

Esthero (lounge/jazz singer... trendy cocktail bar and stylish fashion show music)

The Dears (from Montreal - complex, dreamy rock/pop songs, sounds almost British)

Metric (simple pop/rock songs with female vocals)

Sarah Harmer (from Ontario - beautiful understated voice, singer/songwriter, folky pop songs)

k-os (hip hop/pop, often with catchy and sometimes political lyrics)

Arcade Fire (I like their unique sound, as do many people, but some songs can be an acquired taste)

Bedouin Soundclash (some catchy summer reggae/punk songs)

This link actually provides a pretty accurate portrayal of the Canadian music evolution:
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Jun 4th, 2007, 03:49 PM
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One suggestion is to look up these bands/singers on as you can listen to some samples of their music without having to download or purchase anything.
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Jun 4th, 2007, 03:50 PM
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Don't forget the roots-traditional favorites like Natalie MacMaster (Nova Scotia/Cape Breton), Leahy (Ontario) Barra MacNeils (Nova Scotia) and Great Big Sea (Newfoundland). Hoping to discover new west coast favs on my trip!
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Jun 4th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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And some more...

Corb Lund (alt-country)
Blue Rodeo (country rock)
Gordon Lightfoot (classic Canadian folk singer)
James Keelaghan (contemporary folk)
Jesse Cook (Neuvo Flamenco)
Loreena McKennitt (Celtic)
Molly Johnson (jazz)
Ron Sexsmith (pop-folk)
Kris Demeanor (folk)
Sarah Slean (evocotive pop)
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Joel Kroeker (rock)
Prairie Oyster (roots)
Cris Cuddy (folk rock, dance rock, roots, folk - depending on the album)
The Laws (roots)
Lynn Miles (folk rock)
Brock Zeman (roots)
Willie P Bennett (folk)(p.s. wishing him a speedy recovery)
Fred Eaglesmith (roots)
Amanda Rheaume (rock)
Angie Nussey (folk rock)
Arrogant Worms (humor)
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (rock)
Bob Snider (folk)
Broadcast Kings (jazz)
Chris Whiteley (jazz, blues, r&b)
Jenny Whiteley (roots)
Ken Whiteley (blues, r&b)
Colleen Peterson (roots)
Connie Kaldor (folk, roots)
David Francey (folk - Irish base)
Eagle & Hawk (rock - Native American base)
Gordie Sampson (folk, roots)
Jennifer Noxon (folk)
Joe Hall (folk, rock)
Keith Glass (of the Oysters - not the Aussie) (rock, roots)
Kristin McCaig (rock)
Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley (folk)
Starling (rock)
Steel Rail (roots)
Stephanie Clement (folk)
Stephen Fearing (folk)
Wendell Ferguson (folk, humor)

As taken from my iPod...
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Jun 5th, 2007, 12:57 AM
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I obviously got left behind at Men Without Hats!
Will get to work & let you know. Thanks a million!
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Jun 5th, 2007, 04:02 AM
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Lennie Gallant - east coast folk. One of the best underrated singer-songwriters Canada has to offer.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 05:38 AM
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All great suggestions!
One of my very favourite CD's of all time is Ian Tyson, Cowboyography. Great to listen to while driving out west.

Rita McNeil.

For real Canadian, way out... Stompin Tom Connors.

Paul Brandt.

Gary Fhelgard (sp?), from BC.

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Jun 5th, 2007, 09:36 AM
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Oscar Peterson - absolutely a brilliant Jazz pianist
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Jun 5th, 2007, 10:57 AM
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c'mon Fodorites! (= How about...

Bryan Adams

Anne Murray

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Jun 5th, 2007, 11:08 AM
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Delerium (electronic pop music), a band from Vancouver. Excellent!
Sarah McLachlan has song with them.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 05:21 PM
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I didn't see anyone mention Avril Livigne.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 05:53 PM
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Ian and Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Ann Murray. Although she is Irish, I believe she now lives in Canada, Loreena McKennitt.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 06:25 PM
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I second the suggestion for Great Big Sea. They're fabulous and lots of fun!
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Jun 5th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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And don't forget:

The Guess Who
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Jun 5th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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Oh, and William Shatner!!
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Jun 5th, 2007, 07:06 PM
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Toedtoes, you are funny!!!

Cmcfong.... good for you... knowing the Canadian singers!! Ian and Sylvia are no more... Ian Tyson has sang on his own for quite a few years... after they split up.

Ok, not really Canadian, but certainly an honorary Canadian, Rompin Ronny Hawkins... from Arkansas, but made his name in Canada many many years ago and has remained in Canada.

BTW Carmanah, Blue Rodeo is from Ontario.

Carrom is going to be spoiled for choice!!
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Jun 5th, 2007, 10:51 PM
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New Pornographers

can't believe no one's mentioned them yet, especially for driving
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