Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 143 - 13 Songs About Canada By Canadian Artists

As we head ever closer to the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, here is a tour across the country I'm honoured to call home:

1 - We are First Nations, Inuit and Metis.

Hina Na Ho Ho (Celebration) - Susan Aglukark

2 - We love hockey.

The Hockey Song - Stompin' Tom Connors

3 - We stride through our days with our past in every heart beat.

Cape Breton fiddle music - Buddy MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac

4 - We carve our future through The True North, strong and free.

Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot

5 - 'Mon pays, ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver' ('My country is not a country, it's winter')

Montreal -40°C - Malajube

6 - We stand on guard for thee.

Hero - Nickleback

7 - 'And for those who like to rock, a rocking chair in the middle.'

Oowatanite - April Wine

8 - We define who we are by who we are not.

American Woman - The Guess Who

9 - We show the kiddies how it's done.

YYZ - Rush

10 - We shrug off genius as mere poetry.

Dance Me To The End of Love - Leonard Cohen

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11 - 'Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, Il sait porter la croix!' ('As in thy arm ready to wield the sword, So also is it ready to carry the cross.')

Time For Mercy - Jann Arden

12 - With glowing hearts we see thee rise.

Departure Bay - Diana Krall

13 - O Canada! Our home and native land!

Home - Michael Bublé

Janet says Thanks for the reference to the Friendly Giant - I always called for the rocking chair before my brother.

Anthony North says It's always good to celebrate one's country.

MommyBa says Canada's always been on top of my list as the best place to go to in the world.


Janet said...

Wow - that was a beautiful Ode to Canada - and our wonderfully talented artists. I'm going to come back during the day and listen to all the songs - just had time this morning for the first one (I love Susan Aglukark).

And thanks for the reference to the Friendly Giant - I always called for the rocking chair before my brother.

Julia Smith said...

Janet - LOL!

anthonynorth said...

It's always good to celebrate one's country.

MommyBa said...

Great! Canada's always been on top of my list as the best place to go to in the world.

Happy Thursday!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I was wondering if you'd include the Neal Peart-penned new Hockey Night anthem. Guess not. :(

Travis said...

The Olympics are going to be in my own time zone this time!

This was a great tribute to the music and musicians of Canada. I'm really looking forward to your Winter Games. I think you're going to be a fantastic host.

Americanising Desi said...

a very beautiful ode

Common hence Over-Rated

feefifoto said...

There's really a hockey song?

feefifoto said...

BTW, I know it's not strictly about Canada but it was written by a Canadian. You left out United Breaks Guitars:

Cate Masters said...

Loved these, Julia. Also love K.D. Lang's tribute CD to Canada (is she Canadian?)

JO said...

cool list!

Here's my T13. Enjoy your weekend.

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Lilly Cain said...

Now that was cool Julia. How on earth do you thnk these things up? You amaze me.


M. said...

dig those groovy hairstyles on the guess who boys!
and cape breton fiddle- very cool

my request for next lineup - something by matt dusk and amanda marshall, my two fave canadian singers

Michelle Helliwell said...

Great list Julia!!! The Canadian Railroad trilogy is one of my favorites. Another great Canadian song IMO is "King of Spain" by Moxy Fruvous (actually I love pretty much all their songs). And Mushaboom by Feist...we are country blessed by great singer-songwriters.

Love the Thursday 13!!!

Shelley Munro said...

I do like Nikelback. Diana Krall is actually on tour here in NZ at the moment. We just watched a documentary about Billy Connelly traveling from coast to coast of Canada. The scenery was gorgeous.

Wylie Kinson said...

Talk about an eclectic mix of talent we have in this fine country! From Geddy Lee to Cohen and every genre in between.
Thanks for the reminder, and thanks for not including Celine cause that would have made me roll my eyes ;)