Happy Canada Day!

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Canadian music kicks a**, doesn’t it? In honour of our collective birthday, everyone should listen to some homegrown music today. Whether you prefer rock or jazz, rap or country or anything in between, the Canadian music scene has something to offer everyone, and it keeps getting better every year. So many of our artists have made it big on the world stage and this should be celebrated, not just today but all year long.

Also on the subject of music and all things Canadian, if you’re looking for an entertaining summer read, pick up a copy of Six String Nation. Bargainista bought it for me for Father’s Day. Conceived by writer and broadcaster Jowi Taylor, it’s a fascinating story about the construction of a guitar called Voyageur built entirely from pieces of Canadian history. As the website states:

The ongoing mission of Voyageur and the Six String Nation project is to encourage Canadians to tell the story of Canada from a multitude of perspectives, to know and embrace our diversity as a kind of commonality and to celebrate the power of music – a language that Canada speaks better than just about anyone in the world.

Well put.

As for the homegrown music I enjoy, here’s a list of the artists in rotation on my iPod. Who do you like to listen to?

Attack In Black
B.T.O.
The Band
Barenaked Ladies
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
Blue Rodeo
Bruce Cockburn
Chilliwack
City and Colour
Colin James
Doucette
Doug and The Slugs
Downchild Blues Band
Gordon Lightfoot
Great Big Sea
The Guess Who
Harlequin
Harmonium
Headstones
Jacksoul
Joni Mitchell
Junkhouse
k-os
Kim Mitchell
Lighthouse
Martha and The Muffins
Matthew Good
Maynard Ferguson
Neil Young
The Odds (and the New Odds)
Oscar Peterson
Powder Blues Band
Pukka Orchestra
Pursuit of Happiness
Robbie Robertson
Rush
Sloan
Tom Cochrane
Tragically Hip
The Trews
Wide Mouth Mason
54-40

And if you were to ask me what I thought was THE ultimate Canadian song, I think there’s a lot of songs that could fit the bill, but this is one of my favourites:

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