Canada Day: Top 10 Artists From Way Up Yonder

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Hello? Is this thing on? Rocks Off has a feeling that a lot of folks are nowhere near their computers today. Must be some sort of holiday.

It is, actually. Today, not Monday. It's Canada Day, or as it's known in the U.S., "What Is Princess Kate Wearing?" Day. (Also, Friday.) Honestly, Rocks Off can't believe we're writing this blog. Canadians don't even like guns. And how dare they have the gumption to give their citizenry free health care?

Luckily, they do like beer. Almost as germane to our premise, our neighbors to the north have earned their keep by giving us plenty of worthwhile musicians. Here are our favorites. If you're looking for Broken Social Scene or Rush, just go back to the pool. As one of the men below once sang, it's lonely here. There's no one left to torture.

10. HANK SNOW


"I'm Movin' On"

Provenance: Brooklyn, Nova Scotia


9. CONSTANTINES


"Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)"

Provenance: Guelph, Ontario


8. DRAKE


"Fireworks" (feat. Alicia Keys)

Provenance: Toronto


7. JONI MITCHELL


"Chelsea Morning"

Provenance: Fort MacLeod, Alberta


6. THE TRAGICALLY HIP


"New Orleans Is Sinking"

Provenance: Kingston, Ontario


5. K.D. LANG


"I'll Be Back"

Provenance: Consort, Alberta

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Jamie
Jamie

We will celebrate Canada Day without complaining about not being able to blow stuff up due to a drought.

And drink a Keith's listening to Buck 65.

Tommy
Tommy

Ian Tyson, Jane Siberry, Bruce Cockburn, Stan Rogers...

Dr.Demento
Dr.Demento

I can't believe you didn't list Ryan Adams. "Summer  of '69" is the best song to ever come out of Canada!

Davemelbourne58
Davemelbourne58

C'mon now---The Guess Who--American Woman. Greatest rock band ever from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

tell me how my azz tastes
tell me how my azz tastes

Hello...Bryan Adams?

Voivod?

and it's easy to diss Rush, but they are incredibly talented musicians who have been doing their thing for decades. sorry they don't appeal to your pretentious, indie, hipster sensibilities.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

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CraigHlavaty
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rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

I'm not dissing Rush, just saying there are 10 other Canadian artists I like better. I wore out my cassette of Roll The Bones in high school.

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CraigHlavaty

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