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Canadian, eh?

Canadian, eh?
Created by: meander
Tracks: 22
Length: 01:18:36
Keywords 1. Canadian
2. Indie
3. Rock
Created on 5/20/07 05:31pm
Level 5
Points 2025
Total visitors 48
Unique visitors 30
description:
I put together this mixed cd to commemorate a friend of mine getting his permanent residency visa (he's from the states). It's a collection of Canadian bands I love, from high school to now. This cd was dispersed at a kick ass Canada party for the said friend, and came as a two cd set in a package resembling a passport (two cds b/c I refused to put on Rush, so another friend did the honours).

The cover art for this CD is a painting by Group of Seven artist Frank Carmichael. It was at the Thomson Gallery at the Bay in Toronto (I'm not sure if that gallery is still in existence). I was so entranced by how shimmery the water was, I had to snap a clandestine photo. shhh...

tracklist

1 Sam Roberts : an american draft dodger in Thunder Bay
Brian (aka the man getting the visa) specifically requested this song. He felt it was fitting as he was an Am [...]
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Track 7 from Chemical City
Length: 00:03:13
Year: 2006
Track Description:
Brian (aka the man getting the visa) specifically requested this song. He felt it was fitting as he was an American in Canada. Even if Brian’s not really a draft dodger and Vancouver is a far way from T-Bay, there are similarities...
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2 Elliott Brood : Oh, Alberta
This is a catchy Canadian geography lesson. And I agree “Oh, Ontario, that’s where I am from...” And y [...]
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Track 2 from tin type
Length: 00:02:50
Year: 2003
Track Description:
This is a catchy Canadian geography lesson. And I agree “Oh, Ontario, that’s where I am from...” And you gotta love the “PEI Po-ta-to. PEI Po-ta-to ohhhh.” Poor PEI, it is always reduced to Anne of Green Gables and potatoes.
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3 The New Pornographers : the laws have changed
Representing the West Coast: the New Pornographers!
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Track 3 from Electric Version
Length: 00:03:26
Year: 2003
Track Description:
Representing the West Coast: the New Pornographers!
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4 Final Fantasy : This Is the Dream of Win & Regine
I really like songs that mention place names like Montreal. And you can't go wrong with Final Fantasy. I cer [...]
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Track 2 from Has a Good Home
Length: 00:03:24
Year: 2005
Track Description:
I really like songs that mention place names like Montreal. And you can't go wrong with Final Fantasy. I certainly worship at Owen Pallett's alter.
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5 Arcade Fire : Une année sans lumière
This arcade fire song follows "This is the Dream of Win & Regine" since Win and Regine are in arcade fire. I t [...]
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Track 3 from Funeral
Length: 00:03:40
Year: 2004
Track Description:
This arcade fire song follows "This is the Dream of Win & Regine" since Win and Regine are in arcade fire. I threw this one in for the French content.
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6 The Dears : Courduroy Boy
Brian loves the Dears, and truly, how can you not? This is a fun little tune that makes me want to dance.
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Track 8 from Nor the Dahlias: 1995-98
Length: 00:03:39
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Brian loves the Dears, and truly, how can you not? This is a fun little tune that makes me want to dance.
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7 Metric : Dead Disco
Speaking of good dancing tunes, this would be another. Besides, Emily Haines is just so cool.
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Track 9 from Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
Length: 00:03:25
Year: 2003
Track Description:
Speaking of good dancing tunes, this would be another. Besides, Emily Haines is just so cool.
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8 The Weakerthans : Greatest Hits Collection
Hailing from Winnipeg, this song represents the prairies. And I gotta say, it was rather difficult to pick wh [...]
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Track 9 from Fallow
Length: 00:03:03
Year: 1997
Track Description:
Hailing from Winnipeg, this song represents the prairies. And I gotta say, it was rather difficult to pick which Weakerthans tune to put on here, they have so many!
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9 Two Hours Traffic : New Love
This is a band from PEI - just like my friend Lisa who is dating Brian. This song was for her. I love the re [...]
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Track 5 from Isolator (EP)
Length: 00:03:29
Year: 2006
Track Description:
This is a band from PEI - just like my friend Lisa who is dating Brian. This song was for her. I love the references to the island, and comments about the city.
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10 The Unicorns : Jellybones
Every time I visit Brian and Lisa this song goes through my head. The opening of this song sounds like someon [...]
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Track 5 from Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
Length: 00:02:43
Year: 2004
Track Description:
Every time I visit Brian and Lisa this song goes through my head. The opening of this song sounds like someone recorded the sound of the buzzer that lets you into their apartment building.
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11 Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet : (Relax) You will think you are a chicken
Brian is a huge Kids in the Hall fan, and this track is in homage of them, even if I didn’t use the theme so [...]
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Track 5 from Sport Fishin'
Length: 00:02:57
Year: 1993
Track Description:
Brian is a huge Kids in the Hall fan, and this track is in homage of them, even if I didn’t use the theme song “Having an Average Weekend.”
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12 Lowest of the Low : That song about trees and kites
This is the first of a few songs that reveals I attended high school in Toronto during the mid-90s. Lowest of [...]
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Track 2 from Hallucigenia
Length: 00:02:26
Year: 1994
Track Description:
This is the first of a few songs that reveals I attended high school in Toronto during the mid-90s. Lowest of the Low came out of Toronto in the early 1990s. They were phenomenal live! They were so energetic! This was a band that marked my high school years, and my transformation into a music lover. I used to sneak into their shows with fake id when I was underage. I was devastated when they broke up just as they were set to make it big (they have since reformed, but I don’t think they will ever regain the momentum they had during that time). I love this song because it references Dig Circus (another now-defunct Toronto band from the early 90s) and Sneaky Dee’s (a dive of a bar that is a Toronto music institution).
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13 Sloan : Deeper than Beauty
This is my favourite Sloan song. It reminds me of a friend sitting in the backseat of my old car and belting [...]
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Track 9 from Twice Removed
Length: 00:02:41
Year: 1994
Track Description:
This is my favourite Sloan song. It reminds me of a friend sitting in the backseat of my old car and belting out the lyrics in perfect Chris Murphy fashion. And Twice Removed is still up there on my list for desert island disks.
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14 The Tragically Hip : fireworks
Even if I’m no longer a rapid fan, no Canadian mix would be complete without a Hip song. This song mixes a [...]
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Track 7 from Phantom Power
Length: 00:03:56
Year: 1998
Track Description:
Even if I’m no longer a rapid fan, no Canadian mix would be complete without a Hip song. This song mixes a love story with hockey and the 1972 Summit Series. How Canadian is that??
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15 Barenaked Ladies : McDonald's Girl
Brian asked me to put this song on. Hailing from Scarborough (my hood!) the Barenaked Ladies were really popu [...]
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Track 1 from bootleg
Length: 00:03:22
Year: 1994
Track Description:
Brian asked me to put this song on. Hailing from Scarborough (my hood!) the Barenaked Ladies were really popular in my school right before their first album was released. This is the only version of this song I have ever heard. They used to play it on CFNY (back when it was CFNY) around the time of Gordon. That was about the same time that the mayor of Toronto (June Rowlands) banned them from playing at Nathan Phillips Square because she found their name too offensive. Probably the best bit of free publicity they have ever had!
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16 Spirit of the West : Political
Another West Coast representative. Spirit of the West were always so much fun live. Mind you I absolutely ha [...]
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Track 2 from Labour Day
Length: 00:04:34
Year: 1988
Track Description:
Another West Coast representative. Spirit of the West were always so much fun live. Mind you I absolutely hate "Home for a Rest" - that song was so overplayed during my undergrad that I have to leave every time I hear it now.
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17 Great Big Sea : the old black rum
This is another song to represent the East Coast of Canada. I’ve seen Great Big Sea twice in concert, and b [...]
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Track 9 from Up
Length: 00:02:29
Year: 1996
Track Description:
This is another song to represent the East Coast of Canada. I’ve seen Great Big Sea twice in concert, and both times it was like a kitchen party. So many people dancing! This song is rather fun to sing along with.
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18 the Rheostatics : Northern Wish
If I had my way, my ultimate Canadian mix would just be the Rheostatics, however, not everyone is as passionat [...]
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Track 7 from Music Inspired by the Group of Seven
Length: 00:04:09
Year: 1995
Track Description:
If I had my way, my ultimate Canadian mix would just be the Rheostatics, however, not everyone is as passionate as I am about the band. This is a band that is so Canadian, that when the National Gallery wanted to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Group of Seven, they commissioned an album from the Rheostatics. Kudos to them b/c this is a truly brilliant piece of work. Using layered guitars, strings, percussion, and Martin Tielli's beautiful falsetto voice, this album encapsulates the images of the Group of Seven. This is one of my favourite Rheos songs, and it can also be found (albeit with less strings) on the Rheos’ seminal album “Melville”

If you’re interested, CBC did a bit on this album that is in their archives at:
http://arch ives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-68-75 4-4635/arts_entertainment /group_of_seven/clip11
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19 Kathleen Edwards : Hockey Skates
This song can also be found on Kathleen's Failer album, but I stated here that it's from the "Men with Brooms" [...]
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Track 2 from Men With Brooms Soundtrack
Length: 00:04:27
Year: 2002
Track Description:
This song can also be found on Kathleen's Failer album, but I stated here that it's from the "Men with Brooms" soundtrack – a Canadian movie about a curling team. However ambitious it’s intentions, this movie was truly terrible. However, I do own a copy because my mother (the curling fanatic) was an extra in the movie. FYI, she thought it was terrible too.


This is another song with a hockey theme. This is the type of song that can kick you in the stomach with how emotive it is. Kathleen’s voice is so raspy and honest - you can just hear her heart breaking.
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20 Broken Social Scene : Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl
You can't have a Canadian indie-rock type of a mix without something from BSS.
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Track 7 from You Forgot It in People
Length: 00:04:35
Year: 2003
Track Description:
You can't have a Canadian indie-rock type of a mix without something from BSS.
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21 the Rheostatics : When Winter Comes
The second Rheos tune on the mix. I wanted to put a few others as well but I resisted. This song is really 2 [...]
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Track 10 from Melville
Length: 00:06:31
Year: 1991
Track Description:
The second Rheos tune on the mix. I wanted to put a few others as well but I resisted. This song is really 2 or 3 songs in one. It starts off with a mainly instrumental gaunt that leads into a song about an ungrateful musician. Then, at the 5:12 mark it switches gears again and Martin Tielli kicks in with…

“In the blue Canadian winter, I'll follow your trail
Till your love becomes a snowbank hardened by gale.
When ice appears on matchsticks and the salt trucks fail,
And coalmen hibernate through their alarms.
In the blue Canadian winter an iceman roams,
Building railroads made of iron, sweat, and skin.
When you become thawed-out your love will swamp the tracks,
And my heart will be restored with virgin blood.”

Ah Martin! How much I love thee. As an aside, this song was the last song of the first set that the Rheos played at their last concert ever (sniff) at Massey Hall on March 30, 2007. They even had snow falling from the sky.
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22 Andrew Vincent (and the Pirates) : Canadian Dreams
Andrew Vincent is yet another fabulous song writer from Ottawa. I don't know if it's the water up there but t [...]
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Track 1 from myspace
Length: 00:03:37
Year: 2006
Track Description:
Andrew Vincent is yet another fabulous song writer from Ottawa. I don't know if it's the water up there but there are excellent song writers coming out of that part of the country.
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Great mix!! Hurray for Canada. :D
7/17/07 11:18am
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As well as the Welsh and Scottish mixes of D-Loot and Immers, I did an Irish mix a while back. This is great. Being an old fart I would have added old people like Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc, but thats me. Tragically Hip were a band I really liked at one point, and had totally forgotten about before I saw this mix. Cool
5/24/07 04:05pm
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"This cd was dispersed at a kick ass Canada party for the said friend, and came as a two cd set in a package resembling a passport" = E-F-F EFFORT.
5/22/07 02:50pm
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Great Job. I've made a Welsh mix (Cymru Rock), and I think Immers has a Scottish mix that you might check out.
5/21/07 07:46am
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wow, i really don't know canadian music well at all. i only know a couple of bands from here. dang.
5/20/07 06:13pm
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