Category Archives: Canada

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.

The MapleList Number 121 – Faber Drive

The next installment of The Maplelist is Faber Drive at number 121. This group hails from Mission, British Columbia. The band formed in 2004, the current members being lead vocalist Dave Faber, lead guitarist Jordan Pritchett, bass guitarist Jeremy Liddle and drummer Seamus O’Neill. They were discovered by Chad Kroeger of Nickleback and were signed to a record deal with his 604 record label. They released 3 albums on that label. “Seven Second Surgery” in 2007, “Can’t Keep A Secret” in 2009 and “Lost In Paradise” in 2012 Their initial release was an independent EP, “Faber”, that was released in 2006.

The band had some early success, being nominated for a Juno in 2008 as “Best New Group Of The Year”, and won the same category in the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

They faded from sight in about 2014, but have recently been recording, releasing 2 demos in 2020. Good band, a comeback would be welcomed.

To give you a flavor for their sound, I give you the SOCAN number 1 song award winning tune “Tongue Tied”, followed by the very energetic “G-Get Up And Dance”.

Canadians At The Grammy’s – 2021

First off, let’s be straight. I’m not a fan of the Grammy’s, the show is bloated and uninteresting, the nominees, well, puzzling, at times. Having said that, there is an implied importance to the awards and as such, they must be considered. For further research, google The Weeknd and the Grammy. Please check out as many as you can, some great musicians here, not to mention, producers and songwriters.

First the list, then a few videos of key nominees contributions.

Best Latin rock or alternative album: Lido Pimienta, Miss Colombia.

Best folk album: Leonard Cohen,Thanks for the Dance.

Best remixed recording: “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix),” Morgan Page, Deadmau5.

Best engineered album, non classical:

  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Black Hole Rainbow (Devon Gilfillian).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Jaime (Brittany Howard).

Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.

Best video: Future feat. Drake, “Life is Good.”

Best folk album: Leonard Cohen,Thanks for the Dance.

Best remixed recording: “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix),” Morgan Page, Deadmau5.

Best engineered album, non classical:

  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Black Hole Rainbow (Devon Gilfillian).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Jaime (Brittany Howard).

Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.

Best video: Future feat. Drake, “Life is Good.”

Best classical instrumental solo: Daniil Trifonov, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Destination Rachmaninoff: Arrival.

Best classical compendium: Matt Haimovitz, Julian Wachner, Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood.

Best melodic rap performance: Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” 

Best rap song: Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” 

Best pop solo performance: Justin Bieber, “Yummy.”

Best pop duo: Justin Bieber feat. Quavo, “Intentions.”

Best traditional pop vocal album: Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules.

Best pop vocal album: Justin Bieber, Changes.

Best country song: Ingrid Andress (Sam Ellis, songwriter), “More Hearts Than Mine.”

Best country duo/group performance: Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours.”

Best dance recording:

  • Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis, “10%”
  • Jayda G, “Both of Us.”


Best dance/electronic album: Kaytranada, Bubba.

Best spoken word album: Ken Jennings, Alex Trebek: The Answer Is….

Best new artist: Kaytranada

Song of the year: Julia Michaels, JP Saxe, “If the World was Ending.”

Record of the year:

  • Post Malone (Frank Dukes, producer), “Circles.”
  • Dua Lipa (Drew Jurecka, engineer), “Don’t Start Now.”

Album of the year: Post Malone (Frank Dukes, producer), Hollywood’s Bleeding.

JP Saxe is the Canadian
Sam Ellis is a Canadian songwriter

Enjoy the show

Changes

It’s all about focus. I started this with a vision of Canadian content. Obviously, if you read my meanderings, I have strayed considerably from that intent.

Canadian artists are huge stars and known worldwide, Drake, Weeknd, Neil Young, Lindsay Ell, Colter Wall, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Micheal Buble, Rush, Joni Mitchell. Astounding amount of talent.

Going forward, you can read and listen to classic, current and new music from Canadians. Hope you drop by.

Canada’s All Time Top Songs – #98

At 98 is a signature song from former Sweeney Todd singer, Nick Gilder. The track is Hot Child In The City.

Sweeney Todd had a big hit in 1976 with Roxy Roller. After that success, Nick left the band, going solo and signing a record deal in the USA. That deal spawned the featured song which hit number 1 in both Canada and the USA. Unfortunately, he never realized much further success, never again hitting the top 40. He did have success as a songwriter as well, penning hits for diverse artist as Pat Benatar and Bette Midler.