Good day, eh? The Great White North is turning 137 this year, and on July 1 hosers from Signal Hill, Newfoundland to Tofino will be kicking back, cracking a few cold ones, and frying up some back bacon sandwiches. Beauty!
To help you get the most out of this day Ive put together a list of 100 per cent hoser-friendly websites. So take off, eh!
Nobody rocks like a Canuck. In their prime bands like Rush ( www.rush.com ) and the Guess Who (still too mad at each other to have an official site) were among the biggest supergroups in the world. Even Geddy Lees guest appearance ("Take off to the Great White North") on the Bob and Doug McKenzie album hit the top 10 on the American Billboard charts.
A short list of awesome and proudly Canadian bands of today, in terms of Canadian content, would have to include The Tragically Hip ( www.thehip.com ), The Weakerthans ( www.theweakerthans.org ), Sam Roberts Band ( www.samrobertsband.com ), Rheostatics ( www.rheostatics.ca ), Sloan ( www.sloanmusic.com ), Barkenaked Ladies ( www.bnlmusic.com ), Neil Young ( www.neilyoung.com ) and the entire new music movements that includes Hot Hot Heat (www.hothotheat.com), Metric (www.ilovemetric.com), Broken Social Scene and Stars ( www.arts-crafts ), Arcade Fire (www.arcadefire.com), etc. Id also like to give a few shameless plugs to a few of my friends bands FiftyWattHead ( www.fiftywatthead.com ) and the Creaking Tree String Quartet ( www.creakingtree.com ).
Staying on top of the Canadian music scene is tough, with artists like K-OS, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Simple Plan, and Sum 41 (the list is endless) going on to international fame. One way to stay current is by visiting sites like Jam! at http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/ , Chart Attack ( www.chartattack.com ), CanEHdian.com ( www.canehdian.com ), CBC3 (www.cbcradio3.com), and IndieMusic.ca ( www.indiemusic.ca ).