For all of the artists Canada has given us, among them Rufus Wainwright, Sarah McLachlan and Melissa Auf der Maur, , there is still a certain snobbery that most Americans have toward Canadian musicians. But really, some of them are quite good, and those that we sometimes poke fun of have some songs that you should hear that you might not have. So lend an ear, because Terrance and Philip would be proud.
"Beautiful Goodbye," Amanda Marshall (Amanda Marshall)
You’ve never heard a breakup song like this. It’s sad, uplifting and extremely powerful at the same time, and Marshall’s screams toward the end will make you wonder why you don’t know who she is.
"Time," Chantal Kreviazuk (What If
It All Means Something)
These Canadian female artists have a way with melody, and Chantal is no exception. This whole album is like radio candy.
"I Feel It All," Feist (The Reminder)
She’s got an almost smoky, sexy growl, and sings with a passion that isn’t over the top. In short, Feist is just fucking awesome.
"Hello Time Bomb," Matthew Good (Beautiful
One of the best rock albums of the past decade, and only Good could make a song with a title like this sound so beautifully awesome.
"Nobody Understands," The Midway State
(Met a Man on Top of the Hill)
Interscope put out this four-song EP to see if the band would have legs, kind of like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it will stick. Anyway, this track will remind you ‘80s kids of Alphaville.
"In Repair," Our Lady Peace (Spiritual
Not to get all spiritual (get it?), but this song had a serious emotional impact on me when it came out. The kind of impact that made me want to listen to it over and over. And six years later, I’m still not sick of hearing it.
"Lonely Nights," Bryan Adams (You
Want It, You Got It)
Before Bryan Adams was an MTV darling and way before he went all Don Juan DeMarco on us, he actually wrote some really good rock songs, including this one.
"Lay It on the Line," Triumph (Just
Rik Emmett had a voice that could break glass, and his spandex clad three-piece band rocked as hard as anyone.
"Sinking Like a Sunset," Tom Cochrane
(Mad Mad World)
Former Red Rider frontman Tom Cochrane released this under the radar album in the early ‘90s, and more recently watched his mailbox fill up with money when country mega-stars Rascall Flatts cut his song, "Life Is a Highway," also from this album.
"Help Me," Joni Mitchell (Court and
A classic song from a classic songstress. "You danced with a lady with a hole in her stocking / Didn’t it feel good?" It sure did.
"Crash and Burn," Pat Travers (Crash
Pat Travers is a hell of a guitar player, but this bluesy song featured some synthesizers that, at the time, sounded groundbreaking. Today they sound a bit cheesy, but this song still kicks ass.
"Southern Man," Neil Young (After
the Gold Rush)
This song may have pissed off Lynyrd Skynyrd and a host of other artists from below the Mason Dixon line, but it’s still one of Young’s best, with some incredible guitar work.
"When the Day Is Short," Martha Wainwright (Martha Wainwright)
She’s got an intoxicating voice, similar to Feist. No surprise, since she comes from this family of talented and somewhat quirky musical artists.
"Limelight," Rush (Moving Pictures)
My editor would kick my ass if I didn’t include Rush on this mix. That, and well, classic rock just doesn’t get any more classic than this.
"These Eyes," The Guess Who (Wheatfield
I bet many of you didn’t realize Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive was in this band before BTO. And they sure weren’t too shabby.