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yeah ok ok yeah
May 2, 2016

I am from Canada so perhaps unsurprisingly I listen to a lot of Canadian bands. Was thinking of making a CanCon thread a while back... Lately, I've been going through a bunch of my old CDs and have been rediscovering a bunch of acts I used to listen to, so I figured I'd just start posting them here.

So that Canada didn't entirely become taken over by American radio, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) was founded to ensure specific percentages of Canadian content (CanCon) was either produced or broadcast on television and radio. For example:

Canadian content requirements for music on Canadian radio posted:

https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/cancon/r_cdn.htm

Canadian content requirements for Popular Music (Category 2)

Commercial, community, campus and native radio

English-language and French-language stations must ensure that at least 35% of the Popular Music they broadcast each week is Canadian content.

Commercial radio stations also have to ensure that at least 35% of the Popular Music broadcast between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday is Canadian content.

CBC / Radio Canada
CBC / Radio Canada stations must ensure that at least 50% of their Popular Music selections broadcast each week are Canadian content.

I dunno, I don't want to make an obnoxiously long OP, but I also want to post something to kick it off, so here's a selection of bands across the country that I like... as I pull all my CDs out of boxes, I'm going to post other Canadian artists I'm listening to.




The New Pornographers (British Columbia) - Use It
Vancouver-based group, formed of a musician collective of people from other bands. Includes Kathryn Calder, who does solo stuff and also plays in Immaculate Machine, Neko Case, and the bassist from The Evaporators among others. Linked video has cameos from Narduar the Human Serviette of The Evaporators... and also David Cross!


Tegan and Sara (Alberta) - Walking With a Ghost
From Calgary, Alberta. Identical twin indie folk duo. Also, here's The White Stripe's cover.


The Sheepdogs (Saskatchewan) - Feeling Good
lol, had to wrack my mind a bit to remember a band out of Saskatchewan. Sheepdogs, I guess.


The Weakerthans (Manitoba) - The Reasons
Frequently slept on indie punk band. Won a bunch of awards (nominated for a Juno!) yet I am always surprised when I meet someone who has also heard of them. I'll admit, I was really tempted to post Crash Test Dummies as my Manitoba band, though, ha.


The Tragically Hip (Ontario) - The Darkest One
This is one of the most CanCon music videos you can get. It's The Tragically Hip in a music video with the Trailer Park Boys, who are also notable for featuring Rush on their show, and they wind up fighting Don Cherry at the 3:30 minute mark.


The Dears (Quebec) - Ticket to Immortality
Husband-and-wife indie rock band. One of my favourites. They've done some amazing opening acts for a lot of much bigger bands, but are great in their own right--first time I saw them was when they opened for Matthew Good.


Stompin' Tom Connors (Prince Edward Island) - The Ketchup Song
Even more CanCon than The Tragically Hip. Those unfamiliar with this titan of Canadian folk music have likely heard the Hockey Song.


Les Hay Babies (New Brunswick) - Jacqueline
Some Francophone content... from an small Acadian village. Female indie-pop trio. Slick music, slick videos. En francais.


Great Big Sea (Newfoundland Labrador) - End of the World
Feels obligatory to post when talking about Newfoundland. Play a lot of fast-paced versions of old Maritime sea shanties. Most well known for this track, though.


Buck 65 (Nova Scotia) - Wicked and Weird
I remember hearing this song back in 03/04 and it's one of those earworms that has always popped up again and again at odd times for me, especially because years later I heard the same bassline in a Louis XIV song. Love the weird video... but surprised to discover Buck 65 wasn't a one-hit wonder, haha. Guy has like 20 albums to his name and is a CBC DJ. I clearly need to explore CanCon more.


Tanya Tagaq (The Territories (Nunavut)) - SILA w/ A Tribe Called Red
In true Canadian fashion, I'm going to lump the territories together because I don't know lot of artists from up north--a lot are country and folk, genres I'm not hugely up on, so individually I cannot do them justice. Besides, Tanya Tagaq is iconic and this track she did with A Tribe Called Red loving slaps. I first heard of her listening to Bjork.

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Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..
More than any specific artist, I find the CBC music streams one of the greatest things on the internet. The whole reason I initially bought a VPN was to listen to CBC radio 3 around geoblock.

Every now and then I go through a whole bunch of music videos on youtube. I've been listening to a lot of the Hip lately, and I'm back to being amazed by Gord's ability to just... say poo poo. Like more than just the lyrics or even the story telling, he'll say random poo poo and somehow it's always perfect. He begins a song by saying it's "about a real chicken salad sandwich of a girl I fell in love with." I have no idea what that means or how that series of words even occurs to someone, but it works.

Arivia
Mar 17, 2011
cancon is real good

idk i'll post the next thing that comes up in itunes shuffle

e: also four of the albums from the op are in heavy rotation for me (new pornos, lesbian twin sisters, cancerous man singing about serial killers, buckin beaver)

Arivia
Mar 17, 2011
okay wait here is very very good content

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gvqIPEkZEw

i don't even know what to call sarah slean's music. lush pop music performed with a chamber music quintet? anyway, if this song doesn't captivate you you don't have a soul.

Sage Grimm
Feb 18, 2013

Let's go explorin' little dude!
Go listen to Mariachi Ghost, a band from Winnipeg. As the name and origin suggests, this is a weird but fizzy fusion of sounds from Mariachi, prog rock, and some real dirty synth work. It's got some real heart behind it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPfKUjlFYdo

TrueChaos
Nov 14, 2006




The ultimate cancon music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMzCAmPVzhQ

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..

Sage Grimm posted:

Go listen to Mariachi Ghost, a band from Winnipeg. As the name and origin suggests, this is a weird but fizzy fusion of sounds from Mariachi, prog rock, and some real dirty synth work. It's got some real heart behind it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPfKUjlFYdo

This is pretty far out. I can't remember ever hearing anything like it. I've this kind of cross-genre stuff.

The Cheshire Cat
Jun 10, 2008

Fun Shoe
They've already got a pretty strong presence in the Post-Rock thread but hey, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is Canadian. I fell off them for a while and then picked up their last 3 albums all in one go a little while back and now Anthem For No State is one of my favorite pieces of music, period. Every time it comes up in my rotation I kind of just have to stop and listen to the whole 15 minutes.

Also we should probably make sure that we've got Stan Rogers on the first page:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMRpYtAhGAo

apatheticman
May 13, 2003

Wedge Regret
A very Canadian Combination of song and band. Live Video for you to appreciate how hard the drummer goes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0v_h7KgbyA

GY!BE's sideish project. With about 5 different names

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNiL4gYb0JQ

Canadians don't like to like.. stay on pitch.

apatheticman fucked around with this message at 03:15 on Jan 10, 2023

Tippecanoe
Jan 26, 2011

Some of my favourite CanCon:

Ken Mode - noise rock/hardcore band from Winnipeg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0vf1kg507k

Kittens - more Winnipeg noise rock, with big country influences
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4y-4bYws9g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcnIlgGlZpg

Ohbijou - Ontario folk rock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjwvN51pk_8
Their cover of Last Christmas is real good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyFCHZuMJNI

Beatrice Deer - Inuk rock singer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iADlclFdUEg

I'll post more if I think of anything else

EDIT:
Tia Brazda comes on JazzFM a lot and she does a lot of electroswing/rockabilly stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_cLj2FKz6A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=593SwuLMsLY

EDIT 2:
Buck 65 is supposedly kinda a lovely dude but since he already came up in the OP I really liked his Bike For Three collaboration album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dytKmI-gLdM

EDIT 3:
One more before bed 'cause I went to high school with Colanthony of the OBGMs, a cool hardcore punk band that puts on fantastic live shows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKX8L52h2Sc

Tippecanoe fucked around with this message at 03:34 on Jan 10, 2023

yeah ok ok yeah
May 2, 2016

Hand Knit posted:

More than any specific artist, I find the CBC music streams one of the greatest things on the internet. The whole reason I initially bought a VPN was to listen to CBC radio 3 around geoblock.

Every now and then I go through a whole bunch of music videos on youtube. I've been listening to a lot of the Hip lately, and I'm back to being amazed by Gord's ability to just... say poo poo. Like more than just the lyrics or even the story telling, he'll say random poo poo and somehow it's always perfect. He begins a song by saying it's "about a real chicken salad sandwich of a girl I fell in love with." I have no idea what that means or how that series of words even occurs to someone, but it works.

CBC Radio 3 has introduced me to so much music over the years. Love that station.

Gord Downie is a real one. I think my favourite thing by him is his reading/portrayal of Al Purdy's poem "At the Quinte Hotel". Just a legendary short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1dc9OaS8GU


Arivia posted:

e: also four of the albums from the op are in heavy rotation for me (new pornos, lesbian twin sisters, cancerous man singing about serial killers, buckin beaver)

:cheers:



i hate this but it's true


Tippecanoe posted:

Beatrice Deer - Inuk rock singer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iADlclFdUEg

I'll post more if I think of anything else

EDIT 3:
One more before bed 'cause I went to high school with Colanthony of the OBGMs, a cool hardcore punk band that puts on fantastic live shows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKX8L52h2Sc

These are sweet tracks. The OBGMs are especially my kind of jam. looks like their first EP is free on bandcamp which is sweet.

too bad about Buck65 being awful, but I suppose I'm never surprised when someone famous turns out to be terrible. ah well. is it the fame that corrupts people or are they already lovely?

yeah ok ok yeah
May 2, 2016

So first CD I pulled out was this pop punk band from Vancouver I listened to in high school, Billy and the Lost Boys:


I only have their 2004 album but they put out a few other ones on their Bandcamp. This one has a number of tracks that still hold up, imo. "You Get What Everyone Gets (You Get a Lifetime)" is still a banger. Video's fun too. They put on good live shows, so it gets me a bit nostalgic, haha. Other good tracks off that album:

Other solid tracks I'd recommend are "Devon's Song" and "Just Say Something".

2006 is their last release and I don't recall seeing any shows with them past that year. Fun rediscovering them, though.

And another one I pulled out was Operation Makeout. Another Vancouver band from the early 2000s, but with more of a surf punk sound. Their EP to this day has one of my favourite gross covers:


Couldn't find First Base on YouTube, but thankfully it's all been uploaded to Bandcamp. I think the whole EP is rock solid, but standouts include "You, Me, and Geometry" and "Haircut".

Their only full album release was "Hang Loose":


Also a solid album, one I was content to have paid money for when I was a broke high schooler going to punk shows. Starts real strong with "Life On Your Windowsill" and is solid throughout. Some of the tracks towards the end are less catchy, but they've all got such a bright energy it's a blast to listen to. "On The Steps" is probably my favourite track of the album. It even had a secret track that was a short sort of glitch pop surf punk redux of "You, Me, and Geometry".

Anyways, I was always bummed out they dissolved. Easily one of my favourite live shows as a teenager.

TrueChaos
Nov 14, 2006




yeah ok ok yeah posted:

i hate this but it's true

I also hate it, but yeah, sadly it really is.

However if you're a fan of screamo/emoish kinda stuff, Silverstein is absolutely fantastic. I've been listening to them since '03 with the release of When Broken is Easily Fixed, and they've stayed true to their general sound even spanning 20 years.

A few favourites:

Red Light Pledge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj9QFAUkYFw

Call it Karma
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDypM0OWy7Q

Love with Caution (this video is a remix/remastered version for the 15th anniversary edition of the Arrivals and Departures album)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzTy4GAEreo

A Shipwreck in the Sand
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YJZGKuKGoY

Massachusetts (There's also an amazing acoustic version of this one)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGCJ6tksOdA

I could go on, but I'll leave this post with an amazing acoustic live version of 'My Heroine', which is just fantastic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yoqy_3sAC4

Arivia
Mar 17, 2011
The Ongoing History of New Music is 30 years old and coming up on 1,000 episodes: https://www.thestar.com/entertainme...t-plays-on.html

Tippecanoe
Jan 26, 2011

Was thinking about k-os the other day so here it is

Crabbuckit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSzpKiARrI

I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDbr6TLQPVE

Fly Paper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmNC2tXAMH8

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..

Tippecanoe posted:

Was thinking about k-os the other day so here it is

Crabbuckit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSzpKiARrI

I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDbr6TLQPVE

Fly Paper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmNC2tXAMH8

I always quite liked him, especially musically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryAeRXArVHY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alBfsJt1Mcw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB5urOYly3Q

e: more cancon overload here he is doing Ahead by a Century

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKweU2ByzqM

Hand Knit
Oct 24, 2005

Beer Loses more than a game Sunday ...
We lost our Captain, our Teammate, our Friend Kelly Calabro...
Rest in Peace my friend you will be greatly missed..
Of course if you really want the cancon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u9JoEYxFnw

ExecuDork
Feb 25, 2007

We might be fucked, sir.
Fallen Rib
Canadian in Australia here, so of course I get homesick through music. Keep posting, everyone, please!

Some recent acquisitions (for the project I'm running for my nephew, back in Winterpeg; tell me how I'm a lovely uncle here: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3961082)

Sloan: Scratch the Surface, from their most recent album, Steady
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UFGlqBejPw

Cancer Bats, Psychic Jail Break
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ArUe54_5wc

Sam Roberts, Hard Road (from before they added the word "band" to their official name)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRGyGEtZyY4

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, a "Lovecraftian Rock" band from Vancouver, Great Molasses Disaster
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZnxuPatgH0

I know I've seen a video that includes Joni Mitchell bitching about CanCon rules when they were introduced, but I can't find it.

misguided rage
Jun 15, 2010

:shepface:God I fucking love Diablo 3 gold, it even paid for this shitty title:shepface:
I was listening to Joel Plaskett today at it reminded me of this thread:
Through & Through & Through - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlNvx2Zl_0M

Also some Parlour Steps, an indie rock band from Vancouver who made music for a decade or so up until 2012:
Bleeding Hearts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3rPmHbNgNE
What the Lonely Say - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rycK7X6tnFE
Libertine Takes a Lover - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEH7p2gTI-U

yeah ok ok yeah
May 2, 2016

been listening to Arcade Fire's debut EP again recently.



I first heard of them when Funeral dropped, but when I went to the record store all I could find as EP so this was my first experience. absolutely love this--one of my favourite EPs any band has ever put out. The whole thing is just so well put together. Vampire/Forest Fire and the original version of No Cars Go still hold up the best in my version. Never cared for the Neon Bible version of No Cars Go...

This in turn made me put on The Suburbs again only for The Suburbs, which is what I think is their best song.

Good band, though. Kind of stopped listening to them after Suburbs. they really influenced me when I was young and playing in my own bands. got to see them live at the PNE in Vancouver. Wolf Parade and La Belle Orcheste opened for them, which made for an absolutely amazing show. Arcade Fire was touring Funeral and Wolf Parade was touring Apologies to the Queen Mary.

As an aside, I'd also toss in Wolf Parade's Apologies as one of my top 10 favourite albums. I just adore the whole thing, really.



I could post the whole album, but these are the three music videos off it and they're all good, so:
I'll Believe in Anything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G1eLTV89dM
Modern World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tTgqxkocf8
Shine A Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh8-r6O43Rw

Turpitude
Oct 12, 2004

Love love love

be an organ donor
Soiled Meat

One guy from Wolf Parade, Dan Boeckner, and his girlfriend/wife (now divorced) formed the band The Handsome Furs and put out some great tracks. They eventually toured Russia/Eastern Europe and put out an album called Face Control, a bleak and romantic kind of album, which builds up to the final track and one that is very dear to me, Radio Kaliningrad. For me it is a song full of yearning for someone you may never meet again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRx9SvzOxA4

Cold Specks is another Canadian artist. Back in 2012 they released their debut album featuring one of the most beautiful and emotional pieces of Canadian music I have ever heard, Holland. If you need to have a good cry about a dead friend, the song and music video can be quite therapeutic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN_L6xmz688

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yeah ok ok yeah
May 2, 2016

i've just started trying to get into Handsome Furs recently! grabbed their albums at a radio station CD sale. haven't given them a proper listen to, so I should bump them up the queue.

Wolf Parade is weird with how many side projects they have. I have not listened to them all nor can i seem to keep up. Pretty sure one of the guys used to play in Hot Hot Heat and that some of them played with Arcade Fire on a couple of their albums.

i known the other Wolf Parade front guy, Spencer Krug, used to play in Frog Eyes and also started the band Sunset Rubdown where every album sounds like a Wolf Parade B-side album:

Sunset Rubdown
"Stadiums and Shrines II": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC6KZ9kOSrQ
"I'm Sorry I Sang on Your Hands That Must Have Been in the Grave" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfBuiddjhxY

and sometimes he's just done Wolf Parade songs with Sunset Rubdown:
"I'll Believe In Anything": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZaqXMxuAIk

I don't know Frog Eyes as well, but they put on a good live show. Saw them in Victoria years ago and it rocked. Looks like they put out a new album last year:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkX5vacwzAs

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