Happy Canada Day! Today, Canadians are gathering to celebrate our wonderful country’s 150th birthday. There will be lots of tasty food, fun, fireworks, and memories that will last a lifetime. The celebrations are well underway in Edmonton already!
— Chinatown Edmonton (@ChinatownYEG) July 1, 2017
— Randy Boissonnault (@R_Boissonnault) July 1, 2017
However, no celebration is complete without music.
— Pray4Snow34 (@Pray4Snow34) July 1, 2017
— casey ydenberg ❄ (@CAYdenberg) July 1, 2017
We’re very fortunate to have so many talented artists and bands in Canada, including Captain Tractor and Sharon and Bram who were performing today (July 1) in Edmonton. It’s nearly impossible to choose just one favourite. I narrowed mine down but it wasn’t easy!
— Andrea Taylor (@RadioAndrea) July 1, 2017
We chatted a bit on-air about your favourite Canadian artists/bands this afternoon. Let’s start with some of our best country talent!
When you think of Canadian country music, you automatically think of Paul. He even wrote a song about being a Canadian Man!
Shania is undoubtedly Canada’s biggest export to the country music world. We can’t wait until her new album is released and she hits the road again.
Until then, we’ll go way back to this one!
While Dallas Smith might be relatively new to the country scene compared to a lot of other artists (he made his country debut in 2012 when he released his album Jumped Right In), he already had a huge following from his days as the singer of the Default. We’re so glad he made the transition to country and, based on the amount of love he gets from CISN Country listeners, we know you are too!
If it feels like you’ve known Brett Kissel forever, it’s because you have. He might only be 27 but he’s been on the Alberta country music scene for over half of his life. We’re so glad that all of Canada and the world are starting to recognize the talent we’ve known for so many years.
Medicine Hat’s Terri Clark has been a staple on the country music scene for over 20 years. Her first single was released in 1995 and it quickly went Top 5 in Canada and the United States. What was it? Better Things To Do!
Stompin’ Tom Connors
Stompin’ Tom is a Canadian icon. He wrote and performed what is probably the most Canadian song ever after the Canadian national anthem. You might not know all of his music but we all know and love this one!
Canada is also home to some of the biggest artists/bands in the world outside of country music so it’s only fair that we give them some love, too!
Name an award and Celine Dion has probably won it. She’s topped music charts around the world. In 2016, she was awarded the Billboard Icon Award. She’s sold over 220 million albums worldwide. She’s also is the voice behind one of the most well-known songs ever!
The Tragically Hip
The Tragically Hip, or The Hip as they’re commonly known, are Canadian music personified. They live and breathe everything that is Canadian. Formed in 1984 in Kingston, Ontario, it didn’t take long for the Hip to become a household name with hits like ‘Blow at High Dough’, ‘New Orleans is Sinking’, ‘Courage’, and ‘At the Hundredth Meridian.’ In 2016, the band announced that singer Gord Downie had terminal brain cancer. They announced their Man Machine Poem Tour shortly after. Gord continues to fight his battle with cancer and he’s never far from our thoughts.
Bryan Adams released his first of 14 studio albums in 1980. His most recent is 2015’s ‘Get Up’. With a successful career spanning almost 40 years, Bryan tries to give back as much as possible. The Bryan Adams Foundation was created to advance education and learning opportunities for young people around the world. This wonderful foundation is funded mostly by Bryan himself. No matter where you are when you hear this song, you can’t not start singing it at the top of your lungs. It’s just not possible.
Michael Buble better have a big mantle! Winner of four Grammy Awards, 12 Juno Awards, and too many other awards to mention, Michael’s smooth voice has been making women swoon (and guys jealous!) since 2003 when his first full-length album was released. If you weren’t sure that his musical accomplishments over the past 14 years were enough to earn him a spot on this list, maybe this will convince you- on Wednesday (June 28) he was awarded National Arts Centre Award.
Love them or hate them, you can’t argue with the success that Hanna’s own Nickelback has had. Their 2001 hit ‘How You Remind Me’ put them on the map around the world and starting the endless stream of Nickelback jokes. Nickelback has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and they’re the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s, behind The Beatles. It’s safe to say that Nickelback has the last laugh.
The Tea Party
This one is just for me because they are my favourite band of all-time, not just favourite Canadian band/artist. We all have that one desert-island artist/band that you’d listen to exclusively for the rest of your life if you had to choose- mine is The Tea Party. I love country music but my love for The Tea Party runs even longer than my love of country music.
I could have continued this list on and on. I feel terrible because I know that I’m leaving off so many incredible Canadian artists/bands but I would have never finished this if I kept on going like I wanted to. To all the Canadian musicians out there reading this, keep doing what you’re doing. I’m not kidding when I say this- we have the best musical talent in the world in Canada. This list was just a small glimpse into it. Happy Canada Day!