This Week’s Birthdays in Canadian Music

We have two birthdays to make note of this week. First a Canadian institution, Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib), the lead vocalist, bass player and keyboardist for one of Canada’s greatest bands, Rush. He celebrated his 68th birthday on July 29th. He initially joined Rush in 1968, and they began the trek to superstardom. The band is now the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, having been inducted in 2013. The song I have chosen is Tom Sawyer, one of their finest, and a great showcase for one of the finest voices in rock. Happy birthday Geddy.

The second celebration is for Paul Anka, a Canadian treasure and pioneer. Born on July 30, 1941, Paul is turning 80. An early international star, with hits like, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”, “(You’re) Having My Baby” and many, many more. In addition to performing, he is also an accomplished songwriter. Among the songs he has written are, the Tonight Show Theme, the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s big hit “My Way” and “She’s A Lady”, a Tom Jones signature song. He also co-wrote “This Is It” along with Michael Jackson. Please enjoy another of his major hits “Diana” and wish him happy birthday.

The MapleList Number 942 – Malajube

And we are back. Today’s MapleList group is Malajube, our first Francophone member, number 942. Canada is officially a bilingual country, French and English. The province of Quebec is the centre of Canada’s Francophone culture.

Malajube was formed in the early 2000’s in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. Their first album was released in 2004 and received instant rave reviews and became staples of the Quebec radio scene. The album is titled “Le Compte complet” and is worthy of a listen.

Prior to going on hiatus, the band consisted of:
Julien Mineau – Vocals, lyrics and guitar
Francis Mineau – Drums
Mathieu Cournoyer – Bass
Thomas Augustin – Keyboards and vocals

On the awards front, the band was short-listed for the 2006 and 2009 Polaris Music Award and has garnered 3 Felix Awards, the Quebec Music Awards.

I have chosen a live version of a very catchy alternative tune, “Montreal -40°C”. Enjoy, great song.

This Week’s Birthdays in Canadian Music

Happy birthday to Mike McKenna, born on April 15th a few years ago. He has an extensive CV in Canadian music. A short list of bands he has been with over the years are listed here.

  1. Luke and The Apostles
  2. The Ugly Ducklings
  3. McKenna Mendelson Mainline
  4. Mainline
  5. Downchild Blues Band
  6. The Guess Who (After Burton Cummings left)

The track I have selected is from McKenna Mendelson Mainline’s debut album, “Stink”, released in 1969. The track is “One Way Ticket”. It holds up well.

This Week’s Birthdays in Canadian Music

March 29th saw 2 birthdays. First a big happy birthday to Terry Jacks who turned 75. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Terry is most noted for his monster hit, “Concrete Sea”. He also had a major international hit as a member of the Poppy Family with the tune “Which Way You Goin’ Billy’.

Our second birthday wishes go out to Sue Foley, a fine blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario 53 years ago. A prolific artist, she has released 15 albums since her debut in 1992. The attached video is an excellent introduction to her work, if you are not acquainted.

Happy Birthday – March 17

Today’s birthdays in Canada’s music scene are Melissa Auf der Maur, who has played in Tinker, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Chelsea and The Hand Of Doom and a solo career turning 49 and Grimes (full name Claire Elise Boucher) turning 33. Grimes has 5 albums, 2 EP’s and 11 singles to her credit.

Hope you each has a great day.

ShockHound Session: Melissa Auf Der Maur (Live)
Grimes & i_o – Violence

Music With A Lean To Canadian Artists

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