Musical Geography: Canada

As winter lingers, it only seems fitting to bring you some songs from and about our neighbors to the north.

“One Great City” – The Weakerthans

“And in the dollar store the clerk is closing up / And counting loonies trying not to say / I hate Winnipeg.”

“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” – Arcade Fire

“And then our skin gets thicker / From living out in the snow.”

“Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” – Stars

“We drove in silence across Pont Champlain.”

“Club Paradise” – Drake

“I swear, you don’t know this city anymore.”

“Canada vs. America” – Broken Social Scene

I hate to end on such an adversarial note…

Bonus track! This is a long one. My personal favorite Canadian (OK, the only Canadian I actually know), Emma Hooper, under her nom de musique Waitress for the Bees, plays a set that includes an ode to her hometown dinosaur, Edmontosaurus


2 thoughts on “Musical Geography: Canada

  1. I kind of feel bad that the first Canadian song I thought of as well has the refrain of “I Hate Winnipeg”. Kind of.

    Even though they’re not exactly my favorite band, might I suggest Barenaked Ladies – Old Apartment (“We bought an old house on the Danforth”)? Also, there’s got to be something by Neil Young about his home country, right?

    Thank you for including Stars on this list. There’s still one of my favorites. Also thank you for not including “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. That song is seven goddamn hours long, I swear.

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