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David Lawson

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First, let me thank everyone who participated in my Canadian radio programming thread last year. I never would have discovered most of those bands if it wasn't for the suggestions of members.

It looks like I'll be invited back for a second season, which begins in a little over a month. You can visit my site for a list of everything I played last summer. I'll probably maintain the "alternative" format for the most part, so The Rankin Family won't be making a repeat performance. ;)

My CD collection of Canadian artists has grown considerably over the past year, thanks in large part to the local used stores. (I picked up most of the Rheostatics albums for $3.00 or less, for example.) Most of it has been back catalogs, which isn't a bad thing, but I'm always open to something new. So...

I'm appealing for suggestions again, especially things that weren't featured or suggested last year. Bruce Cockburn, for one, is conspicuously absent, but I now own his Greatest Hits SACD, so I'll have some of his work covered. Bring them on!
 

Jagan Seshadri

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HOSERadio. I like, I like.

No suggestions yet, as I am stuck in the 90s when it comes to Canadian music. I will silently watch this thread and learn what the new Canadian music is.

-JNS
 

Vickie_M

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I just finished reading that other thread (which I didn't see last year) and I am shocked into near catatonic despair that not ONE person mentioned the brilliant and beautiful

Jane Siberry


To those who participated in that other thread:

Every single one of you should be ashamed of yourselves. You have a national treasure in your country and she's being treated like dirt. Either you have forgotten about her, or perhaps you don't even know about her because she was dropped by her record company, and is not getting proper airplay and promotion. SHAME ON YOU CANADA! She should be your country's poet laureate (or the musical equivalent) with a stipend that would take care of her until the day she dies.

She's one of the most intelligent, innovative and interesting singer/songwriter/musicians in the WORLD (not just Canada) and she's struggling, running her own label as an indie and just getting by.

Some of you (not just Canadians) may know her song "Calling All Angels" which, sung with kd lang, appeared in the film Until the End of the World and apparently was used in Pay It Forward (which I haven't seen). She had a couple of hits in Canada in the mid-80s with the songs "Mimi On The Beach" and "One More Colour" but she's much more than those songs. She has several albums, and they're all very different (from intelligent pop to cracked jazz, covers and kid's songs, Christmas songs to experimental ambiance). I suppose that's why she's been virtually ignored for the last decade and a half. She can't be put into a box and labeled, and people just hate that.

Needless to say, I think she should be played on David's show. :D
 

Vickie_M

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Btw, David, if you play her, her name is pronounced

sib (as in liberation, telling a fib)
ur (as in fur, Ben Hur, Sir)
ree (as in knee, breathe, Regis & Kathy Lee)

The emphasis is on the first syllable.

I used to pronounce it Si (as in high) berry (like strawberry), then I heard her pronounced it herself. Boy did I feel silly. It's not her real name anyway, but still...
 

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Oh, and I'd also like to suggest another brilliant but obscure Canadian,

Mary Margaret O'Hara

and give seconds to
Holly Cole
Mary Jane Lamont
Natalie MacMaster
Loreena McKennitt
Sarah Harmer
 

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Max Webster, Rush, Triumph, BTO, The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Prism, Trooper...
 

David Lawson

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Thanks for all of the suggestions thus far (especially Vickie, who only needs to drive three hours to kick my ass if I don't play Jane Siberry this year). :D

I should have reiterated the stipulations for the summer radio programs on this station. The main one is that the program has to fill a "need" not currently addressed by other area radio stations, which means that I tend not to feature Canadian artists that show up regularly on other stations.

The classic rock stations have Rush, The Guess Who, BTO, and Neil Young covered, and the Top 40 and adult contemporary stations still play Sarah McLachlan constantly (especially the stuff from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing...sorry, Scott). I'm not featuring the modern rock fixtures like Nickelback, Default, and Sum 41, either. Our Lady Peace isn't quite as prominent in the States, so they might make the playlist this year.

Keep them coming!
 

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Here are some of my fav "aleternative" Canadian groups/songs

Big Sugar:
-Ride Like Hell
-Diggin' a Hole
-Nicotina
-The Scene
-I'm a Ram
-All hell for a Basement
(actually all their songs, I really like these guys)

The Tea Party
-The Messenger
-Walking Wounded
-Temptation

BTO

Bare Naked Ladies
-(try looking up some of their older songs)

I know there are many more, but I'm drawing a blank at the moment.

Cheers
 

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I am going to show the Newfoundlander that I am and suggest Great Big Sea, true i dont own any of their albums and i will likely never buy one.... but they are a very talented canadian band and likely get little to no play in the US.

Also really good band I have had the pleasure of seeing live twice now is Timber. those guys are great.

i read alst eyars thread and saw this one buried in a long list and had to mention it again, crash test dummies


Also I am personally a HUGE Matt Good fan, but since eh has gotten more popular might i suggest you look at some stuff from his album Last of the Ghetto Astronauts"

damn thats such a cool title.
 

David Lawson

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Odd...I know I posted a reply earlier today, but it's not here.

Anyway, I'm looking for alternatives to HMV, whose partnership with Amazon has suddenly caused their selection to take a dive. I'm primarily interested in importing stuff from Zuckerbaby and Broken Social Scene, but I'm sure I'll find tons more to purchase. Suggestions would be appreciated.

Once again, thanks for the artist suggestions thus far!
 

Peter_A

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Gob - They have a new cd out

Sam Roberts - "Brother Down" and "Don't Walk Away Eileen" have been big hits this past year

Treble Charger

Matthew Good - Has a new solo album out, "Avalanche"

For ordering CD's, check out www.absound.com they have good prices and are a huge retailer here in Western Canada.
 

Graeme Clark

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I'll second Gob, and Sam Roberts. Gob's stuff lately, I've really like and Sam Roberts has been getting a ton of airplay since Brother Down hit the airwaves (and with good reason). "Where Have All The Good People Gone" is another good one from him that's just started to play on radio.

A fairly good Nickelback/Default type band that's been making some waves is Theory of a Deadman, and they aren't too bad.

And since it's been a year, much of the artists you features last year will have new stuff available, so check some of the new stuff out of course... (one of my faves, The New Porngraphers have a new album coming out on May 6th).

Oh, and some girl named Avril Lavine.. a year she's getting to be a bit popular :p)
 

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Peter, thanks for the A&B recommendation. Four CDs for $26US shipped...not bad!

I thought I had found Big Sugar's 500 Pounds for $1.00 yesterday, but when I got the disc home, I discovered that someone had replaced it with another disc! There isn't anything I can do about it, either...their clearance CDs aren't safe from prying hands, so there's no way to locate the correct disc. :frowning:

I had my brother pick up Treble Charger's Detox when he was in Toronto a few months back. I really don't like the direction they're taking, and I've heard none of the tracks on the radio (unlike "American Psycho" and "Brand New Low", which enjoyed some brief airplay here). It's disappointing, because I own their entire discography, and they've sold out with this newest album.

I might feature Avril if I get a video show. :p)
 

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