Happy Canada Day/Canadian Content

A Happy Canada Day! to all our Canadian readers, and to all our American readers who feel like having something to celebrate today. I have no grand insights into the nature of Canada this year (though I have some not-so-grand insights), and I find my eagerness to revel in silly nationalism waning, but, what the hell, let’s have some fun today. So, forget politics (they’re not really that important) and focus on music. Here’s some good Canadian stuff to listen to:First up, here’s Library Voices, with Step Off the Map and Float (and here’s Scott writing about them). I love the song, and I looooove this video:

In that post, Scott kind of slags Stars. He’s wrong:

In an effort to make y’all overdose on CanCon, here’s The Tragically Hip covering Andrew Cash (who is now the Member of Parliament for Davenport):

Another great band from my youth was Halifax’s Jale. They were like Canada’s Veruca Salt… or a female Pavement… or some other cool comparison:

Hopping from coast to coast, here’s Victoria’s Hot Hot Heat:

I would be remiss if I left out some francophone music. Jean Leloup was the absolute king for Quebec music back in the ’90s. Hell, he probably still is. This video is Pas Sûr Pour le Travail (NSFW):

Also bordering on the PSPlT is Mylène Farmer’s California:

Finally, Bryan Adams’s Summer of ’69 is so iconic that it would get sung on Canada Day just about as much as the national anthem (even if it’s a weaker song than Run to You):

That’s it, folks. Have fun!

Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.


    • Oh, man, and I remember that Jean Leloup song too. I miss living in a PSPlT city…

  1. Jon, I’m thoroughly disapointed you left out a Gowan tune….Have your music tastes changed since we were twelve?

    • Actually, Mike, I was planning to put Gowan in, but then forgot. ‘Criminal Minds’ probably would have been the best choice, but then I was thinking of ‘Cosmetics’, because that’s the one they tended to always play on Degrassi Junior High when there was a dance or a party.

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