10.20.2005

day off

I need a day off from blogging. Have a good day, see you tomorrow (and in comments).

22 comments:

Wrye said...

All right gang, that means it's up to us to fill out this open thread. And what better way than by suggesting some more lesser known Canadian music to our new countrymen?

I'm thinking stuff like Furnaceface, Bootsauce, 54-40, The Box, Jane Sibbery...hidden treasures. I'm sure LG and Redsock are already familiar with better known acts like Alanis, Shania, The Hip, and Celine.

hemlock said...

OOh ooh ooh!

Good suggestion!

How about Bedouin Soundclash (sp??), Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer, Lhasa de Sela (not completely Canadian but kinda out there, and way cool musicl)

James said...

I must put in a good word for Nash the Slash. Younger folks here may not know Nash, as he was most active in the early 80s, first in FM and then solo, but he's still going strong.

Most recently he teamed up with Toronto artist Robert Vanderhosrt for a series of shows setting Robert's paintings to Nash's music.

I've photographed Nash in concert several times, and designed most of his CD covers.

Other Canadian musicians not yet mentioned:

Men Without Hats
Great Big Sea
Leahy
Kilt

More trivia time: 50-40 is named after a phrase from US expansionism, James K. Polk's campaign slogan "Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!". This was Polk's promise to take control of Western North America all the way to the south tip of Alaska (54 degrees 40 minutes north) even if he has to resort to force.

This would have had the US controlling what is now southern British Columbia, and left Canada without a Pacific coast.

L-girl said...

Hey, cool, thanks guys!! The only one I've heard of from these names is Jane Siberry. Someone (Jen?) mentioned Metro yesterday. I heard them in the car today, on CITU radio. I've been alternating between that and Jazz FM, hearing lots of Canadian sounds.

James, I knew you were connected to Nash, but didn't know you designed album covers for him. Very cool. Great designs!

Some while back I was googling things about 54-40 Or Fight - writing something about American imperialism, no doubt! - and kept coming up with the band's name. Didn't know who they were, but it was funny.

L-girl said...

I swear every day I find out someone else is Canadian. Did I know Shania Twain was Canadian? No. Did I know Jane Siberry was Canadian? No. Just a few months back through this very blog I learned that William Shatner is Canadian!

Half the famous people in the world seem to be Canadian, way out of proportion to the population of Canada.

I'm going to blog about this soon so hold your comments if you can. ;-)

James said...

If L-Girl didn't realize Shatner was Canadian, maybe we should exstend this list to encompass all types of celebrities, and not just musicians!

For example:

Anne Murray, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Blue Rodeo, Bryan Adams, Carrie-Anne Moss, Christopher Plummer, Cowboy Junkies, Crash Test Dummies, Dave Thomas, David Cronenberg, Donald Sutherland, Gordon Lightfoot, Hayden Christensen, Howie Mandel, I Mother Earth, Jann Arden, Jim Carrey, John Candy, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Leonard Cohen, Leslie Nielsen, Loreena McKennit, Lorne Green, Loverboy, Margot Kidder, Martin Short, Michael Ironside, Michael J. Fox, Mike Myers, Niel Young, Pamela Anderson, Paul Shaffer, Platinum Blond, Prairie Oyster, Raymond Burr, Rich Little, Rick Moranis, Rush, Sarah McLachlan, The Guess Who, Tom Green

In other news...

For fans of classic German Expressionist silent film, Nash the Slash is doing two Halloween shows of his live soundtrack to the wonderful 1920 film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari:

Friday October 28th
Camera Bar
1028 Queen St.W. Toronto
416-530-0011
Midnight performance of Caligari
$10 admission
This is a VERY SMALL room (70 people)
for an intimate performance of Caligari.
Get there early.

Saturday October 29th
The Speakeasy
120 Church St. (s. of Queen)
416-306-0388
Nash performs Caligari at 10 pm.
The Wet Spots perform from 11:30 until 12:30
Admission $10

L-girl said...

Ok, Ok, don't get crazy now. Of that list, here's who I didn't know was Canadian:

Blue Rodeo (never heard of)
Carrie-Anne Moss (nho)
Hayden Christensen (nho)
I Mother Earth (nho and don't want to!)
Jann Arden (nho)
Michael Ironside (nho)

So everyone who's on this list who I've heard of I knew was Canadian. My first association is always my idol, Joni Mitchell. After that, Margaret Atwood. Then everyone else. :)

Re Paul Schaffer, look up his original name. :-)

James said...

Ok, Ok, don't get crazy now.

Oh, you're no fun any more. :)


Carrie-Anne Moss (nho)
Hayden Christensen (nho)


You do know these, even if you don't know you know. Carrie-Anne Moss played "Trinity" in the Matrix movies (the leather-glad female in the famous "bullet time" scene near the beginning), and Hayden Christensen played Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in Star Wars Episodes II & III.

Michael Ironside (nho)

You've probably seen Ironside as a character actor playing the heavy in movies & TV. His most recent high-profile roles were Bob Brown in The Perfect Storm and Lt. Rasczak in Starship Troopers.

L-girl said...

Oh, you're no fun any more. :)

I bet you say that to all the ex-patriates. :)

I stand by my previous statements. :) My movie references are completely different than yours. Or, you probably know all of mine, but I only know a subset of yours.

- Saw the first Matrix, hated it - I mean hated - so I don't know anyone from that.

- Only liked the original 3 Star Wars movies. I really loved those, but didn't like the first prequel and never saw the rest.

- Don't know those other TV movies, but I might recognize the actor's face if he's in a lot of things.

What can I tell you. I knew all those other folks were Canadians! Do I get points for that?

teflonjedi said...

Mmm, Jane Siberry, I was thinking of her last month, wondering if I could find her stuff in iTunes.

Child of the 80s moment: Anyone remember The Spoons? A silly pop/new-wave band, but I always had a soft spot for "Romantic Traffic".

/end Child of the 80s moment

Canadian music artists whose work I own (and am about to pack up):

Bryan Adams
Loverboy
54-40
The Tragivally Hip
The Holly Cole Trio
The Guess Who
Red Rider
Tom Cochrane
The Infidels
Sarah McLachlan
Rush (not exactly sure they count...?)
Alanis Morrisette

--Never said I had any taste...

James said...

Oh, you're no fun any more. :)

I bet you say that to all the ex-patriates. :)


No, I just take any opportunity to quote Monty Python that I can.

I knew all those other folks were Canadians! Do I get points for that?

Certainly. :)

James said...

Another old Toronto band: The Shuffle Demons. :) Haven't heard much from them since Spadina Bus.

What about other sorts of music?

Oscar Peterson, John Vickers, Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester, Ben Heppner, Louis Quilico, Holly Cole... :)

L-girl said...

--Never said I had any taste...

You can say that again. ;-)

And yes, Rush counts. Definitely.

L-girl said...

What about other sorts of music?

Oscar Peterson, John Vickers, Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester, Ben Heppner, Louis Quilico, Holly Cole... :)


Oscar Peterson! Second only to Joni Mitchell for Great Canadian Musicians. Glenn Gould up there, too. I forgot about him.

Yet Loverboy and Bryan Adams continue to dominate the Canadian charts. sigh

RobfromAlberta said...

A few more:

Morley Safer, Mordechai Richler, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Alex Trebek, Peter Jennings, Evangeline Lilly (from the show "Lost"), Jill Hennessey (formerly from "Law and Order", now "Crossing Jordan"), Joe Schuster (co-creator of Superman), James Cameron, Norman Jewison, Dan Akroyd, Howard Shore

RobfromAlberta said...

Yet Loverboy and Bryan Adams continue to dominate the Canadian charts.

LOL, not lately, although Celine Dion remains popular. Go figure.

L-girl said...

OK, from Rob's list--

Morley Safer, Mordechai Richler, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Alex Trebek, Peter Jennings, Evangeline Lilly (from the show "Lost"), Jill Hennessey (formerly from "Law and Order", now "Crossing Jordan"), Joe Schuster (co-creator of Superman), James Cameron, Norman Jewison, Dan Akroyd, Howard Shore

I knew everyone was Canadian except: Evangeline Lilly (NHO) and Jill Hennessey (her I know, I'm a big L&O fan, but didn't know of her Canuckness.

Alex Trebek and Peter Jennings are (were) probably the most recognizable Canadians in the US, the most easily identifiable as Canadian.

RobfromAlberta said...

Well, you're up one on me, I only very recently found out Howard Shore was Canadian. I loved the music from the Lord of the Rings movies, so I was pleasantly surprised.

hemlock said...

What about Neve Campbell from Party of Five?? She's from my hometown!!

L-girl said...

Well, you're up one on me, I only very recently found out Howard Shore was Canadian. I loved the music from the Lord of the Rings movies, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Um, no, I'm none up on you because I didn't catch that name, and now that I have, I'm not quite sure who he is... :/

What about Neve Campbell from Party of Five?? She's from my hometown!!

Ah, the Beautiful Woman From Hometown strikes again! :)

teflonjedi said...

Anyone mention Raymond Burr?

James said...

Um, no, I'm none up on you because I didn't catch that name [Howard Shore], and now that I have, I'm not quite sure who he is... :/

He's a film composer, currently best known for writing the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Before that, his claim to fame was scoring David Cronenberg's films.

He's just been dropped from Peter Jackson's King Kong production -- a risky move on Jackson's part, as he's only got a couple of months left to get the film out!

Anyone mention Raymond Burr?

I did.