Canadians: I need some suggestions...

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  1. David Lawson

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    I'm applying for a program slot at one of the local volunteer radio stations here in Cincinnati. The only prerequisite is that the program must fulfill a need not addressed by another local radio station, which won't be difficult at all. I thought I'd do a program featuring only Canadian music, since we're too far south to pick up any of the stations that Detroit (for example) can receive across the border.

    I could use some suggestions (and, no...Bryan Adams and Celine Dion don't count). Sum 41 gets way too much airplay, so I won't be featuring them. Less Than Jake is a possibility; the band doesn't get much airplay here, but a lot of people seem to know about them. The Hip, Treble Charger, and The Watchmen get little to no exposure at all, and I wouldn't even have known about Chris (Brown) & Kate (Fenner) if they hadn't opened for The Hip last year.

    I wouldn't mind showcasing some local talent, either, if any of you have bands. Of couse, there's no guarantee I'll get the program slot at this point, but even if I don't, I'd still like to hear about some obscure or unknown artists from north of the border. Thanks!
     
  2. RobertW

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    i'm not canadian, but blue rodeo is one of my favorite canadian bands. add in jim cuddy's solo album, sarah harmer, sloan, 54-40, the new pornographers etc.

    i could give you a ton more if i checked on rollingstone.com, but you could get as many just as easily. go to rollingstone.com message boards, and find the "influential music" board. then ask tuneschick for her recommendations, she's from toronto. plus, there's a bunch of other canadians, from the maritimes to vancouver, who also post there.
     
  3. Peter_A

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    Here's some of the bigger Canuck bands and their songs:
    Nickelback(rock) - God, you even have to ask for a song title? Way too overplayed IMHO. Their early stuff was better.
    Default(rock) - Deny, Wasting My Time
    Swollen Members(hip-hop) - Bring It Home, Take It Back, Fuel Injected(I'm normaly not a rap/hip-hop fan, but these guys are really good)
    Age Of Electric(rock) - (not together anymore, but their songs are pretty good)
    Bif Naked(rock) - Moment Of Weakness, Love Myself Today
    David Usher(rock/pop) - Alone In The Universe, Black Heart
    Great Big Sea(pop) - ?(can't think of any titles at the moment)
    Big Wreck(rock) - Blown Wide Open, Under the Lighthouse, Ladylike, The Oaf
    Copyright(rock) - Rock Machine
    Gob(punk) - For the Moment, No Regrets, I Hear You Calling (these guys kick ass on Sum 41)
    Matthew Good Band(rock) - Apparitions, Anti-Pop, Carmelina, Load Me Up, The Future Is X-Rated, I Miss New Wave, Giant
    Philosopher Kings(rock/soul) - Cry, Hurts To Love You, I Am The Man
    The Watchman - Holiday, All Uncovered, Absolutely Anytime
    That's all I know off the top of my head, I'm sure other members can add more. [​IMG]
     
  4. David Lawson

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    I'm ashamed to admit that I forgot all about Philosopher Kings, Matt Good Band, and Big Wreck.

    I wasn't aware that Nickelback and Default were Canadian bands, which further showcases my disdain for that type of music. Fortunately for my intended playlist, the local stations have those two covered, over and over and over again.

    Keep them coming!
     
  5. Luis Esp

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    Damhnait Doyle and is a great female singer here, although her record label has dropped her. Check out "Hyperdramatic", it's an amazing cd.

    Another one would be Chantal Kreviazuk. She sang "Leaving On Jet Plane" for the movie "Armageddon" and she sings the title song for the show "Providence".

    Unfortunately she's married to lead sing from Our Lady Peace.
     
  6. Martin Fontaine

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    I listen to quite a few Canadian singers/groups... Most of the music I'm into is either Canadian or British but country of origin is not a criteria for me... Here is my list of artists I have albums of (In alpha order):

    Amanda Marshall

    Amy Sky

    Chantal Kreviazuk

    Damhnait Doyle (*)

    Deborah Cox

    Emm Gryner

    Jann Arden

    Kim Stockwood

    Lili Fatale (**)

    Loreena McKennitt

    Maren Ord

    Melanie Doane

    Nelly Furtado

    Roberta Michele

    Sarah Harmer

    Sarah McLachlan

    Sass Jordan

    Tara MacLean

    Tegan & Sara

    (*) Yeah Luis, I like her too!

    (**) She is from Montreal, she sings mostly in french, but she does have a few very good Biligual Song.
     
  7. Jagan Seshadri

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    The Odds
    (Vancouver band, now disbanded)
    "I'm a heterooooo---sexuaaaaal----heterosexual maaaaaaan"
    (Get the song "Heterosexual Man" for an awesome groove and some tongue-in-cheek lyrics)
    The Grapes of Wrath
    (Vancouver band, now disbanded)
    Softer stuff, but very pretty acoustic guitar, especially on "All The Things I Wasn't" off of their "Now and Again" album.
    Hemingway Corner
    (Americanadian band, now disbanded)
    Acoustic and CSNY-ish harmonies. Very very good stuff!
    But, if you like to rock, go with the Odds.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...164758-6897455
    And David, I hope you get the slot!! [​IMG]
    -JNS
     
  8. Graeme Clark

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    Big Wreck are from Boston, are just very popular in Canada and have one Canadian member.
    So, my list then
    Tragically Hip
    Moist
    David Usher
    Nickelback
    Default
    The Tea Party
    Age of Electric
    Static in Stereo
    Limblifter
    Our Lady Peace
    Barenaked Ladies
    Mattew Good Band
    The New Pornographers
    Rusty
    Treble Charger
    54-40
    Edwin (now Edwin and the Pressure)
    I Mother Earth
    Econoline Crush
    Damn The Diva
    Shocore
    Morning Maker
    Holly McNarland
    Big Sugar
    Crash Test Dummies
    Cowboy Junkies
    Esthero
    Great Big Sea
    Joydrop
    Young and Sexy
    The Watchmen
    Gob
    Rymes With Orange
    Sandbox
    Scratching Post
    Serial Joe
    Wide Mouth Mason
    Zuckerbaby
    and of course... Neil Young.
    While looking for a few names, I found http://www.canadianmusician.com which has a good list of artists. It may help you continue the search.
    Good Luck
     
  9. Charles Gurganus

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    How about the Northern Pikes...Kiss Me You Fool, Echos Off the Beach
     
  10. Jagan Seshadri

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    Limblifter is Canadian? Cool. The unofficial anthem of engineering school here (especially after a bad exam) was:
    "I screwed up. Screwed it up up screwed it..I screwed up"
    Catchy riff on that song.
    "I ain't lying, I ain't lying."
    Have we mentioned Colin James yet? Another artist originally from Saskatchewan (as were the Northern Pikes, if I recall correctly).
    -JNS
     
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    Guess Who

    Burton Cummings

    Dust Rhino's

    Shania Twain

    Holly Cole
     
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    Wow - where do you guys find such bands? I'm asking with true admiration! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  14. Miles

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    My votes are for:

    The Tragically Hip

    Big Sugar

    Blue Rodeo

    Neil Young

    54-40

    Grapes of Wrath

    Guess Who

    Colin James

    The Rankin Family

    Rush

    Loreena McKennitt
     
  15. Graeme Clark

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    Samuel, it's called CanCon. Canadian radio and TV stations have to play/show a certain amount of Canadian content as regulated by the CRTC. For some radio stations, this means "My Heart Will Go On" every hour, others will actually try to find some good stuff.
     
  16. Sheldon

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    Tea Party and Colin James have already been mentiones so how Matt Minglewood,The Rankins,Barra McNeils,for East Coast Music or even an older band Haywire,Streetheart,The Payolas,Roch Voisine,Trooper,Stampeders,Joni Mitchell,old Glass Tiger,April Wine and the list goes on...
     
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    check out The Headstones IMO they are the best Canadian band, Big Sugar is also very good.
     
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    More Canadian Content:

    Carole Pope,Rick Emmitt,Rush,Robbie Robertson,The Band,Cutting Crew,Daniel Lanois and David Foster(producers for U2 etc)Paul Anka,Jeff Healy Band,Heart,Bruce Cockburn,Tom Cochrane and Red Rider,Chilliwack,Loverboy,The Parachute Club,Luba,Taylor Dane,Bachman Turner Overdrive,Leonard Cohen,Ty Backman,Triumph,Dianna Krall and those wonderful legs...want anymore?
     
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    Rheostatics! Simply Because I'm listening to Whale Music right now. [​IMG]
     

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