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Canada: more than Tragically Hip

I love music of all kinds, but I love ballads and folk songs the most I think. Canada is rich with great music no one else has heard, or if they’ve heard it, not realized it is Canadian. Here’s a sampling:

Valdy. I have no idea why he’s not better known

And his best, a cover of Wilf Carter

I first heard Connie Kaldor when I was 20 and a volunteer at my community theatre. It was deep winter, but after her show I spent my cab fare on her album and walked home at midnight. I can’t find any of those early songs on YouTube (Jerk! With a capital G, is a true gem) but this is another one I think Backtalk will appreciate. She calls it a she-shanty

No paean to our music is complete with out the big three:

Rush

Foreigner

And of course, the Guess Who, who apparently Lenny Kravitz didn’t know were Canadian when he sang his version of this at the Grey Cup aka our Super Bowl:

Of course, I have to mention amazing throat singers like:

And the amazing (albeit country) voice of Rita McNeil

As someone who was raised on Irish singers, I love love love ❤️ Great Big Sea

Finally, one simply is not Canadian if one cannot sing along to:

I think it’s part of our citizenship requirement.

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