Maybe I’m missing the CanCon rules, maybe it’s a result of seeing too many good Canadian musicians play for tiny audiences in music-friendly American cities; maybe I’m horrified that a Nickelback song is seen as something that can add value to anything. Or, maybe, just maybe, it’s because it’s Canada Day, but herewith is a list o’lists devoted to Canadian music:
- 30 perfect Canadian singles: featuring Arcade Fire, The Band, Leonard Cohen, Rush, Steppenwolf, New Pornographers, and of course “Having an Average Weekend” (a.k.a., The Kids and the Hall Theme) and “Spadina Bus.”
- 10 Canadian bands best representing the sound of today: Though there are none I disagree with, I would have included Great Lake Swimmers.
- The 40 best Canadian albums in the past 12 months: As selected by the Polaris Music Prize committee — on July 7, the list will be narrowed as the crème de la crème are selected.
- Best Canadian music bloggers: including the first person I hired as a result of a blog (and who’s own post on the subject provided me with a few of these links).
- Definitive Canadian music film: Perhaps one of the best Canadian films period. Fubar was considered, and not just for its constant use of the term “give’r.”
If you’re curious about the Canadian mood beyond the music world, there's a good 12-point summary of the annual survey of the country’s zeitgesit. The whole thing was ironically summarized by the asking of this perennial question: “Will Canada join the United States?”
With that, I’ll wish you all peace, order and good government and end with a new Jason Collett track: “Love song to Canada” (via CBC Radio 3).