After the United States and the United Kingdom, there was no country whose artists have been featured here this year than Canada. Today, we come to The Last Canadian of the year, The Weeknd, whose trilogy of 2011 albums took the world by storm, generating lots of critical acclaim.
Canada has a lot to apologize for, musically; Celine Dion, Justin Bieber and Nickelback being three of the worst offenders. Suffice to say, the following list of Canadians who have had a presence here goes a long way to atoning for the occasional drastic misfire from our friendly northern neighbors:
2:06 – Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done
2:30 – Tegan & Sara – Walking With a Ghost
3:06 – Feist – 1234
4:02 – Immaculate Machine – C’mon Sea Legs
4:07 – Destroyer – Blue Eyes
4:15 – Grimes – Genesis
4:27 – Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway
4:30 – Kathleen Edwards – Change the Sheets
4:45 – Crystal Castles – Intimate
5:35 – Arcade Fire – Wake Up
5:42 – Metric – Artificial Nocturne
5:43 – Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
5:57 – Bran Van 3000 – Astounded
5:58 – Sam Roberts – The Gate
6:35 – The New Pornographers – Unguided
6:53 – MSTRKRFT – Street Justice
7:00 – Handsome Furs – No Feelings
7:12 – Rush – Working Man
7:40 – The Weeknd – The Party & the After Party
Beyond this list, the Guess Who and Death From Above 1979 were last-minute cuts and the Japandroids might have earned a spot had their new album come out a little earlier. The Barenaked Ladies are mysteriously absent from my collection and Fucked Up, Drake, Five Man Electrical Band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Broken Social Scene, Steppenwolf and several smaller acts might have been candidates given some other circumstances.
So if you find yourself listing some of the top Canadian artists in the future, don’t feel like you have to lean on old popular standbys like Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne and the like (smaller Canadian missteps themselves), because there’s a pretty healthy chunk of interesting Canadian music that’s worth your attention.
The Party & the After Party – The Weeknd