Oh Canada! (music I have loved)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Taxman, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Taxman

    Taxman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Syracuse, NY
    Today's news headlines disturb me greatly, but I am not here to write about those. I want to write about how fortunate I feel to have grown up in Buffalo, NY, just over the border from Canada, and to have had so many wonderful interactions with Canadians and their music.

    In Buffalo, we had the mighty WKBW blasting out 50,000 watts of Beatles in 1964 but we could also receive AM 1050 CHUM blasting out the hits from Toronto. CHUM was tight with the Beatles and sponsored their visits to Toronto in 1964, 1965 and 1966. As a young teen, I loved CHUM and the music it played.

    When I was in college, I went three years in a row to the Mariposa Folk Festival on idyllic Toronto Islands. I missed the year Dylan and Joni both showed up, but in other years Mariposa provided my first up close exposure to John Prine, Bruce Coburn, Utah Phillip, Rambling Jack Elliott, Steve Goodman and and so many others. Thanks, Canada!

    When the Stones toured behind Exile, I "slept" all night outside Maple Leaf Gardens to get good (well, pretty fair) seats on the floor.

    My first Dylan albums were Canadian monos that were being sold for a dollar in downtown Buffalo. Sadly, I gave then to the babysitter at the dawn of the CD era. Dumb.

    When Dylan and The Band toured behind Planet Waves in 1974, it was like the Second Coming to me. I was unemployed and still in Buffalo, but I scraped together enough cash for a bus ride to Toronto and a decent ticket. I never would have seen the tour but for my friends in Toronto.

    I could go on about my love for Canadian music. I love hearing the Canadian anthem to this day in ballparks and stadiums in Upstate NY and I sing along.

    So thank you Canada for Neil, Joni and Leonard, Gordon and for McGarrigle Sisters, Bruce Coburn, Leon Redbone and K D Lang and all the other musicians who performed at Mariposa. I am raising a glass of Labatts Blue to all my Maple Leaf friends on SHMF. Don't for a minute think that we in the US don't love you. We do.
  2. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    Nice post, Taxman.

    Being on the Canadian side of the border, I could relay similar stories of shows in Western New York and the music discovered through Buffalo radio stations.

    The reference to WKBW's impressive wattage made me smile. On a family trip back from Long Island, New York in the late 70's, we left in the early morning hours and were able to pick up WKBW for the entire eight hour drive.

    Seems quaint in the age of satellite radio.
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  3. Taxman

    Taxman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Syracuse, NY
    I should have included the Barenaked Ladies and the Guess Who in my list of favorite Canadian music.

    SHMF, who are your favorite Canadian performers?
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  4. eelkiller

    eelkiller Now with enhanced loudness

    Too many to list but for starters I will say Sloan, Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, April Wine, Guess Who, Moxy, Bruce Cockburn, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Rankin Family, Mike Plume Band, Loreena McKennitt.

    Almost everybody but Celine Dion. ;)
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  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Much appreciated, Taxman.

    I love the US, too!
  6. The greatest Canada export, in history . . . DON CHERRY!

  7. segue

    segue Forum Resident

    it's Bruce Cockburn and everyone should have this album! One of the best players on the planet

  8. danasgoodstuff

    danasgoodstuff Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    As someone who's lived in both Buffalo and Saskatoon, this thread made me smile.
  9. Ok. Then there’s Rush, The Guess Who, BTO, April Wine, Gordon Lightfoot and Anne Murray. :agree:
  10. eelkiller

    eelkiller Now with enhanced loudness

    Many times I want him exported when he does his rants against the European players.
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  11. I’m talking strictly from a lifelong Boston Bruins fans’ perspective and what he accomplish while there. :tiphat:
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  12. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Or Nickelback
  13. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    I'm always the kind of person who generally doesn't have favourite performers but rather has favourite songs. Having said that, I usually say my favourite Canadian bands are the Staccatos (pre-Five Man Electrical Band) and Strange Advance.
  14. bliss44

    bliss44 Forum Resident

    Great post. Spent my first 20 years in Toronto and it’ll always be home despite another 30 elsewhere. Adjusting the rabbit ears to get Channel 29 out of Buffalo and breaking news of fires in Tonawanda and that frantic Sabres broadcast song are my cross-border memories.
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  15. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    I don't think anyone has dared say the name yet so I'll say it:

    Justin Bieber. :hide:

    But yes, there have also been some great musicians and some great music from Canada. No country is perfect.
  16. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Avril Lavigne

    No, no country is perfect
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  17. Surly

    Surly Bon Viv-oh-no-he-didn't

    Los Angeles, CA
    The Payola$! Will somebody please put their albums on CD? All we've ever had are compilations. That just ain't right.
  18. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

    The Pursuit of Happiness.
  19. Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Molly Johnson, Gil Evans, Holly Cole, Diana Krall, Moe Koffman, Maynard Ferguson, Charlie Biddle
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  20. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen I don't suffer fools or trolls gladly...

    I'll also mention The Band (four fifths Canadian, which is close enough for roots rock IMO)

    Aside from music, let's not forget the contributions us Canuckleheads have made to the world of comedy as well (SCTV etc). We've left our artistic stamp on the world.
  21. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    I don't think Ian & Sylvia have been mentioned yet - anyway they have now.
  22. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    Yeah, for letting Bieber into the the US, Canada should be forced to take in the entire Carcrashians Family out of the US. Actually, are those Jersey Shore No Talent Reality TV People still around? Then also please send them off to Canada.
  23. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland
    Dan Aykroyd.
    For The Blues Brothers.
    For House Of Blues.
    For the novelty of being (well actually, with Bob Geldof) the only non American on We Are The World.
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  24. motownmaniac

    motownmaniac Forum Resident

    Tegan & Sara ,

    Their show at Freo Arts Center will live long in my memory , twas a beautiful night . Freo Metropolis was great too .
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  25. Carlox

    Carlox Forum Resident

    Porto, Portugal
    Bryan Adams. :)
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