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Friday, January 06, 2006

Canadian Music

Canada has always had a great independent music scene. With the Internet it's easier than ever to find stuff that you might not have had access to previously, and even download some of it for free. So, I've compiled a list of 20 must hear Canadian artists, though concede that these are bands to my musical tastes which are vast but somewhat on the fringe at times:

1. The Lowest of the Low (alternative rock with poetic lyrics + great accoustic bits)
2. Wendy McNeill (Parisian Cafe songs - great voice and accordion)
3. D.O.A. (awesome hardcore punk rock)
4. The Nils (alternative rock circa the 1980's)
5. The Payolas (alternative pop with reggae, calypso and folk influences)
6. S.N.F.U. (playful punk rock)
7. Great Big Sea (popular fusion of traditional Celtic music with pop and rock)
8. The Mahones (Canada's answer for the Pogues)
9. Tegan & Sarah (awesome alternative folk)
10.The Arcade Fire (very alternative rock with violins and French horns)
11.Metric (alternative funky, punky, poppish stuff with gorgeous lead singer, Emily Haines)
12.Bruce Cockburn (very political folk)
13.Stan Rogers (awesome Canadian folk)
14.Captain Tractor (Celtic stuff meshed with rock)
15.Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails (Lowest of the Low front man with similar and different sounds)
16.The Spirit of the West (alternative rock with Celtic and World sounds added)
18.The Asexuals (great alternative punk rock)
19.Sarah Harmer (awesome folky stuff)
20.Hot Hot Heat (alternative pop/rock)

...In compiling this list I obviously left out a lot of bigger bands like the Tragically Hip, Sarah McLaughlin, Rush, Barenaked Ladies, etc., but figured they are pretty well known by international audiences.

So, check 'em out if musical diversity is your thang!


  • At 11:35 a.m. , Blogger amy said...

    wow i was just checking out your other blogsite - i didn't have time to get very far but pretty neat that you are writing a book! thanks for the book recommendation -are there any books on christian thought that you have liked or any particular thinkers or authors that you think line up with your buddhist beliefs?

  • At 4:17 p.m. , Blogger Real-E said...

    I think that Buddhist and Christian beliefs are very similar as the goal is to live respectfully, honestly and to perform acts of goodness and kindness. Meditation and prayer are very similar if not actually the same in many ways. Christianity is perhaps a little different in terms of how exactly God exists and is defined, though both Buddhists and Christians believe that we are all part of a greater whole. I think the main point of difference between the two religions how the world is explained and in certain dogmatic principles. For example, in Christianity we have eternal life through the soul. In Buddhism we beleive that there is no life and no death but rather only the constant of change; that is to say that death of the physical form is not an end in that we continue in all things.

    As for Christian readings, I quite enjoyed St. Thomas Aquanis back when I was studying Philosophy in University. C.S. Lewis also has some works that I have enjoyed.

  • At 2:55 a.m. , Blogger Ang said...

    The Lowest of the Low, D.O.A., S.N.F.U, Tegan and Sarah, Bruce Cockburn, Captain Tractor, Spirit of the West and Sarah Harmer all favourites of mine!!
    The others I will have to check out because I have not heard of them (except Great Big Sea, and they are pretty good too!)

    How about the Smalls?

  • At 9:24 a.m. , Blogger Real-E said...

    The Smalls are good. There's so many others that I could've listed: the Weakerthans, New Pornographers, Wailin Jennys, etc. Canadian music is awesome!

  • At 4:42 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    forget what i am sayin as a cockroach can only hop for moron this later if miehrots allows im too, but society is in a sinkhole and the joe was witless to this. drugs are free until u need them. votes are easy but x only marx pot. my girl loses i bet again, so ndp can never get pr nor green day. i gotta right a poem for my brother bob the bishop is 60 next robbie burns day. did you see him cross the bridge? very gandalf.

  • At 1:11 p.m. , Blogger Real-E said...

    ...Also forgot Bif Naked - she rocks too!


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