Tag: Country/Folk

Canadian Music and Musicians

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Ask the average Joe on the street if they know of any Canadian musicians, and if you get any response, you’ll hear Celine Dion or Shania Twain, maybe even Bryan Adams or Neil Young.

While these are certainly talented musicians in their own right, they certainly do not represent the breadth and depth of the Canadian music scene. Aside from such superstars as Alanis Morissette and Rush who have transcended any national boundaries and become truly international, Canadian musicians have plenty to offer the world in terms of fresh and exciting music.

Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop

With smash hits like “Photograph” and “How You Remind Me”, it’s hard to come up with a more successful Canadian group over the last few years. Shaker reminds me of a less-bluesy version of “The Black Crows”, however, the inflection of vocalist Daniel Brooks is like nothing so much as a latter day version of fellow Canadian vocalist Tom Cochrane.

Vancouver based Jakalope is an interesting act that fails to be categorized, alternately sounding like anything from The Smashing Pumpkins to Evanesence to a meth’ ed up Madonna, they never fail to be interesting. In the world of hip-hop, no Canadian group seems as poised for superstardom as Dead Celebrity Status. Their first album, “Blood Music” hit the streets to great reviews.

Country/Folk

Blending new beats, along the lines of the country-pop sounds of Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks, with the twangy sounds of early 1970’s country music. It is hoped that once Mr. Angus has served his term that he will return to making music once again, however, at this time that prospect remains uncertain. Her versatility and vocal range are legendary and not listing of Canadian musicians would be complete without her.

Canadian singers have made tremendous strides in country music over the last several years and dusky voiced Kathleen Edwards is no exception. No less interesting, though decidedly more alternative, the Cowboy Junkies have made a career of turning country music on its head.

Other

Sue’s latest CD, “New Used Car” (2006) was recently released to excellent reviews. She really broke through in the U.S. in 2000 when she toured with Tony Bennett. She currently resides in New York, she has maintained her Canadian citizenship and was made and officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Sue Foley and Diana Krall are two of the most impressive musical talents Canada has to offer, and as a citizen of the U.S., I must thank Canada for these two wonderful chanteuses. Foley, a blues guitarist/singer/songwriter from Ottawa, honed her chops primarily in Austin, Texas, but oddly enough, is rarely recognized in the U.S. except amongst blues enthusiasts.

Ask the average Joe on the street if they know of any Canadian musicians, and if you get any response, you’ll hear Celine Dion or Shania Twain, maybe even Bryan Adams or Neil Young. While these are certainly talented musicians in their own right, they certainly do not represent the breadth and depth of the Canadian music scene. Aside from such superstars as Alanis Morissette and Rush who have transcended any national boundaries and become truly international, Canadian musicians have plenty to offer the world in terms of fresh and exciting music. Canadian singers have made tremendous strides in country music over the last several years and dusky voiced Kathleen Edwards is no exception. Her versatility and vocal range are legendary and not listing of Canadian musicians would be complete without her.