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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.

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”.

Canadian Winners At The Grammys 2021

And the Canadian artists that won Grammys are:

  1. Best traditional pop vocal album: Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules .
  2. Best Dance Recording: Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis, “10%”
  3. Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Bubba,” Kaytranada
  4. Best country duo/group performance: Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours.”
  5. Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.
  6. Best engineered album, non classical: Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
Rufus Wainwright
Justin Bieber does country, wild
Kaytranada with the double
Best Engineered Album – Shawn Everett
Jagged Little Pill

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