It's the CanCon thread, eh?

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    It's the CanCon thread, eh?

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, or CRTC, is the government body that issues licenses to radio and TV stations in Canada.

    One of the rules for commercial radio stations is that at least 35% of the music broadcast between 6 AM and 6 PM, Monday to Friday, must be Canadian music, as defined by the CRTC.

    Over the years the 'Canadian Content' or 'CanCon' rules have been a source of amusement to some of us.

    But Canadian rock music has really grown and progressed over the years and in this thread I'm going to highlight some artists that probably haven't gotten a lot of airplay outside of our borders, along with a few that have.  But no Rush and no Neil Young.  They need no exposure from me whatsoever.

     
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    First up is Big Sugar.  I saw this band play live here on Friday night.  They are a very diverse and creative band fronted by a slightly eccentric genius named Gordie Johnson.  Their music is all over the place-there’s plenty of power chords in there for rock fans but there’s also funk and reggae and country sounds mixed in.  There was even some rapping.  Sometimes in the middle of a song Johnson would switch over to playing  a classic song by somebody else, like ‘Let Me Roll It’, and eventually switch back.

    Big Sugar was formed in 1988.  In 2003 Johnson moved to Austin, Texas and formed a new power trio called Grady that included Chris Layton from SRV’s Double Trouble on drums.  Grady recorded two albums, one of which I own.  Wikipedia includes the following possible descriptions for Grady's genre of music: ‘death country’ and ‘cowboy metal’.  I would say the cowboy metal one seems pretty accurate.  

    The song I chose here could probably be categorized as Celtic rock.  It’s got a gorgeous, melodic guitar line that you’ll swear you must have heard before, maybe on one of your visits to the Emerald Isle.   And some cool lyrics too.  Kind of an odd video here, it was the best version I could find on YouTube.  Alberta is sort of the Texas of Canada with its huge oilfields.  A lot colder, of course.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilWj3OEugTY

     

     
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    A few years ago a music writer named Bob Mersereau put together a book with the Top 100 Canadian Songs.  It was based on a poll of Canadian musicians, celebrities and ordinary everyday fans.  I even got to vote (my top ten).  Number One was American Woman by the Guess Who.

    I don't think American Woman is their best song.  The Guess Who song I voted for was No Time.

    This version of No Time is different from the one that became a hit single.  It's a longer version that was on the previous album.  This song also has a gorgeous guitar line by Randy Bachman, one of the founding fathers of Canadian rock.  The video is pretty groovy with some great old shots of the band.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqeSUAlI5uI

     
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    Sweet.  

     

    Some good, kinda recent examples I've taken to:

     

    Sam Roberts Band

    The Watchmen

    Broken Social Scene

    54-40

    Hot Hot Heat

    The New Pornographers

     

     
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    One of my favorite songs by The Guess Who is "Undun". I remember it being the B side to "Laughing". That was when I had time to play B sides.

     
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    In response to MattyScornD's comment:
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    Sweet.  

     

    Some good, kinda recent examples I've taken to:

     

    Sam Roberts Band

    The Watchmen

    Broken Social Scene

    54-40

    Hot Hot Heat

    The New Pornographers

     

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    Sam Roberts and 54-40 are two of the bands I was going to mention.  I'll add the Watchmen as well.

     
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    I love Arcarde Fire

     

    Wolf Parade is another

     
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    I did learn that the Guess Who are an original Canadian band -- learned that fact from the forum, in fact.   So every time I hear a Guess Who classic hit, that's what I think of.   :)

    As a coincidence, for me, two of my favorite singers (not necessarily low profile) are natives of Canada, namely Sarah McLachlan and the inspiring Loreena McKennitt, whose ancestry is Scottish and Irish, but is a native of Canada.   Pretty nice in my book.   

    You've also mentioned Sloan many times, but I'm not sure if you consider them low or high-profile in terms of visibility outside of Hfx.  

     
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    In response to leafswin27's comment:
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    I love Arcarde Fire

     Wolf Parade is another

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    Good calls, both.

    "Shine A Light" is a great track from the latter.

    FYI -  The Divine Fits made one of my favorite albums this year: "A Thing Called Divine Fits".  The very new band features Dan Broeckner of Wolf Parade (sadly defunct) as well as Britt Daniel of Spoon (also a fan).

    Worth checking out....

     

    Add to the Canada list:

    Metric

     

     

     
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    The Tragically Hip.

    Besides being good, I love the name.

     
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    I always liked the Canadian rockers Mahogany Rush. This is "Strange Universe".It has a lot of the same qualities as Robin Trowers "Bridge of Sighs" IMO.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug1RWLmH75

     
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    I always liked the Canadian rockers Mahogany Rush. This is "Strange Universe".It has a lot of the same qualities as Robin Trowers "Bridge of Sighs" IMO.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug1RWLmH75

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    I too am a big fan of Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. 

     
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    The Tragically Hip are a great band and certainly one of the giants of Canadian rock.  My favorite Hip song is one of their early ones, New Orleans is Sinking, which features one of the best guitar riffs ever played, in my opinion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAZUsCONjIQ

     
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    The Tragically Hip are a great band and certainly one of the giants of Canadian rock.  My favorite Hip song is one of their early ones, New Orleans is Sinking, which features one of the best guitar riffs ever played, in my opinion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAZUsCONjIQ

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    I like them, too...

    ...but I figured they were in the mainstream by now, even in the states.  Perhaps I was mistaken.

     

    (I always heard them as kind of the Canadian parallel to Phish...without trying to sound too glib.)

     

     
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    Sooooooooooo, they play a lot of Bryan Adams ay?

     
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    This is a newer band called Three Days Grace.  They have established themselves as radio fixtures with a string of listenable singles.  There's some familiar angst in the material and the vocals, but the lead singer separates himself from the pack with his impressive range and power.  When he cranks it into higher gear, he sounds like he is trying to shred his vocal cords, but he manages to sound good doing it.  The band can also churn out some weighty but radio-friendly metal hooks as they do here on 'The Good Life'.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yMtslWhcGY

     
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    Crash Test Dummies are from Winnipeg

     
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    Crash Test Dummies are from Winnipeg

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    They're on my checklist for this thread.

     
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    OK, Matty mentioned 54-40, and I was already planning to include them here.  54-40 is from Vancouver and they have been around since 1981.  They have produced a steady supply of good material.  They're somewhat of a retro band and a singles band, songcrafters who would be right at home in the heart of the British Invasion.  One good melodic hook after another, and some engagingly weird and witty lyrics.  One of their songs 'I Go Blind' was covered by Hootie & the Blowfish and appeared on a Friends soundtrack album.  The royalties from this enabled 54-40 to build their own studio.

    The song I'm going with here is 'Casual Viewin' which is my wife's favorite song by the band.  I made sure to include it on the mix CD's I made for her 50th birthday.  This is a happy, uplifting song that shows off a lot of the band's endearing qualities.  I should also mention that they can rock pretty good on some of their tunes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=258Eutat9hM

     

     
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    Grapes of Wrath, another band from the province of British Columbia, might have been the Canadian version of Crowded House.  Or maybe I'm just trying to get your attention with that.

    Anyway this song, 'I Am Here' has to be one of the coolest and best-sounding Canadian songs ever.  This was on my top ten list of Canadian songs.  And like the previous band and song, my wife loves this stuff.  There's something about that West Coast sound. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZlGiLC7q_U

     
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    Billy Talent is a Canadian band that has really got it going on.  I've always liked these guys, and when I heard their new single 'Surprise Surprise' I thought, they have taken it up another notch here.  Some interesting lyrics, great energy, great hooks, singing, guitar, everything. Here is the review of their new album 'Dead Silence', from Allmusic.com (which is a fantastic music information site for anyone that's not familiar with it).  My daughter thinks very highly of them too, so they could be one of those bands that really bridges the gap.

    Having rounded out its trilogy of self-titled albums with 2009's Billy III, Toronto's Billy Talent starts fresh with 2012's Dead Silence. Although the band had already explored a mix of pop-punk, emo-rock, post-hardcore, and classic rock on Billy III, Dead Silence seems to further balance these sounds with a deft exuberance. Overall, the sound on Dead Silence isn't that different from the band's previous work, but is certainly some of the best work they've done. This is at least in part due to the strong social and political messages woven throughout the album. While the band has always espoused a kind of anti-authoritarian stance, on Dead Silence there is a bit more of a pointed socio-political angle, and cuts like the strident lead-off single "Viking Death March," "Surprise Surprise," and "Crooked Minds" find the band tackling such themes as religious extremism, corporate corruption, pollution, and the crass commercialization of culture; whether it be clothes, music, or political views. On “Surprise Surprise,” lead singer Ben Kowalewicz sneers, ”Oh you upper class daughters, and working class sons/It's hard to save a dollar the way the world runs/We got a counterculture you can buy off a shelf/If you're losing your identity, trust somebody else.” In fact, Kowalewicz has never sounded more the snotty and literate punk rock diva as he does here, and the album finds him making the most of his wicked vocal snarl, and gigantic, David Bowie-meets-Billie Joe Armstrong yawp. On a similarly impressive note, guitarist Ian D'Sa further reveals himself to be an adept hard rock guitarist, as songs like "Running Across the Tracks" and "Love Was Still Around" split the difference between the hard rock of AC/DC's Angus Young and the angular, metal-influenced style of Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. And it’s not just the more propulsive rock moments that grab you here. The melodic, ‘60s pop-sounding "Stand Up and Run” proves the band has as much of a knack for pop craftsmanship as punk irreverence. Ultimately, if Billy Talent was working through its influences on Billy I , II, and III, then with Dead Silence, the band has finally figured out its own perfect blend.

     
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    Well, I have a band for you.  

    The Great Lake Swimmers.  Based in Toronto, Ontario.  

    I bring this up as they have a violin player, which is unique and rare, and also banjo.   I once did a band ID on the Red House Painters, and there's a bit of influence from them, and also Iron and Wine, which Matty would get right away, if he has any familiarity with this band.  I also just saw that the lead singer gets influence from Gram Parsons, one of DD's favorite artists, and a resonant voice from the golden age.  

    They've been making their way for close to 10 years, but I have only discovered them relatively recently.   Bet they'd be a mighty force at a festival.    They're roots / folk rock / traditional, so am not sure they'd be your cup of tea, Hfx, but wonder if you've ever heard them on the radio.    If not a whole album, you might like some of their singles.   

    I'm a bit tired of bands of this ilk, so I'm not an easy sell by any means.   They seem to have a wide range -- and then there's that violin.   So nice.    

    Any knowledge of them?

     
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    Here's a band that really snuck up on me.  Just a few years ago Q104 Radio started playing some of their songs and I liked them all.  So I picked up their compilation CD 'The Greatest Fits' and I was impressed to say the least.  One strong song after another, great singing, great lyrics, great punk-flavored rock.  Kind of angry but in a cool way.  The singer, Hugh Dillon, sounds like Jim Morrison at times and Alice Cooper at others.  Besides fronting the Headstones he's also putting a credible acting career together.

    This song is one of the best anthems for 'living in the moment' I've heard.  It's a wicked tune, seriously, check it out.  The song ends at the 3 minute mark of the video and the rest is an interview with Dillon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcKFpmoNl0k

     

     

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