Canadians in...music


Theory of a Deadman - I hate my life

Theory Of A Deadman is a Canadian rock band from Delta, British Columbia, formed in 2001. Theory of a Deadman, along with Hinder, supported Mötley Crüe during the fall '08/winter '09 tour. They also played at Crüe Fest 2 with Charm City Devils, Drowning Pool and Godsmack. Video has French sub-titles. So Canadian.

If you're American and you turn on the radio, you hear all manner of music performed by American musicians and a few Brits who make it onto the charts and can't be ignored. Normal.

Imagine us (where us is Canadians). Living in Canada. American radio stations just automatically play American content on the radio and not a damn is given. For a long time the exact same thing happened here. Until the Canadian Content Law was passed. Before the MAPL system for defining what constitutes Canadian content was established in 1971 Canadian music was regarded with indifference on Canadian radio. We are so glad that has changed.


Anvil
Anvil has released fourteen studio albums to date, and has been cited as having influenced many notable heavy metal groups, including Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, and Metallica. I totally want that tee shirt

The CanCon Law basically insists that Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requirements that radio and television broadcasters (including cable and satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. It also refers to that content itself, and, more generally, to cultural and creative content that is Canadian in nature.


Blue Rodeo

Blue Rodeo is a country rock band and have 12 full-length releases along with multiple solo albums, side projects, and collaborations.

To qualify as Canadian content a musical selection must generally fulfill at least two of the following conditions:

M (music) — the music is composed entirely by a Canadian.
A (artist) — the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian.
P (performance) — the musical selection consists of a performance that is:
recorded wholly in Canada, or performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
L (lyrics) — the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian.


Crash Test Dummies

The Crash Test Dummies is a Canadian folk rock/alternative rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, widely known for their 1993 single "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm". I personally don't know that song. Ghosts That Haunt Me and God Shuffled His Feet are excellent albums

There are four special cases where a musical selection may qualify as Canadian content:

1. The musical selection was recorded before January 1972 and meets one, rather than two, of the above conditions.
2. It is an instrumental performance of a musical composition written or composed by a Canadian.
3. It is a performance of a musical composition that a Canadian has composed for instruments only.
4. The musical selection was performed live or recorded after September 1, 1991, and, in addition to meeting the criterion for either artist or production, a Canadian who has collaborated with a non-Canadian receives at least half of the credit for both music and lyrics.

Man this is dry stuff...seriously


Finger Eleven

The band was originally called the Rainbow Butt Monkeys. They have currently released five studio albums, with their album The Greyest of Blue Skies bringing them into the mainstream. Their song "Paralyzer" is featured in the roller coaster "Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket" at Universal Studios Florida.

The rules are the rules no matter what. Who is more famously Canadian than Bryan Adams? Even he can have a song NOT qualify under the CanCon Law. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" almost didn't make the cut until a last minute criterion was added to the CanCon Law in 1991. Adams had collaborated with British record producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (Shania Twain's ex), and as a result, his hit from the Robin Hood soundtrack was disqualified as Canadian content under the existing rules.

After extensive controversy in the summer of that year, the CRTC changed the rules to allow for such collaborations. Other Canadian artists with long-time international careers, like Anne Murray, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Shania Twain (a sad list of our more famous Canadian talent and for which we prefer not to be known), have used recording studios in Canada specifically to maintain Cancon status.


Holly Cole
Photo by Andrew MacNaughtan
I absolutely love her distinctive voice and playful style which as wiki says "spans such divergent genres as show tunes, rock, and country music".


Holly Cole - Make It Go Away or Make It Better

CanCon remains controversial at times — some Canadians believe that this law represents an unreasonable intrusion into the right of consumers to make their own entertainment choices, and claim that the policy is too often used to prop up weak or untalented artists. Yes, I can see it worked very well for Avril Levigne. She has no talent and yet, there she is on the radio provoking us to want to poke our ears with sharp sticks.

I believe the CanCon law has been very successful and has accomplished what Canadian music promoters hoped it would. In my lifetime I have seen the Canadian music industry go from shamefully sparse with the likes of RUSH, Gordon Lightfoot and Anne Murray to a vast list of diverse acts of which we can be very proud.

It's just that Americans, if they've even heard of them, think they're American...we can't win.


Tom Cochrane & Red Rider



Triumph. Awesomeness. I heard them live for about 3 seconds as my mother, the nun, drove by the arena where they were playing.



In the interests of fairness, here is Maestro Fresh Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide. Canadian, yes. Good, who knows? I don't listen to this genre much. Except for Will Smith. Just kidding!



And a shout out to Crabbie whose blog I follow for the random music videos along with his elegant phrasing and love of monkeys. Here is The New Pornographers and Mass Romantic. The New Pornographers is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. I had never heard of them until I saw them featured on his blog and he's American. New Pornographers are excellent ensemble made up of Canadian and American artists. Et bien, c'est parfait.

All CanCon information is from Wikipedia Canadian Content.

Here is a list of Canadian musicians and Canadian Bands listed alphabetically. How many do you recognize?

7 comments:

Will-man's Mom said...

Isn't Rush from Canada??

Frimmy said...

They sure are. Like I mentioned RUSH, Anne Murray and Gordon lightfoot were and are the most famous Canadian musicians. Therein lies our shame, for there are so many more musicians and bands to choose from and that is because of the Canadian Content law. For the most part they are not known as Canadians ourtside of Canada.

Will-man's Mom said...

OOOpps! Guess you did mention them. Sorry I was kinda skimming through.

Crabaxis O'Melvin said...

Broken Social Scene

Tonya said...

Wait, are you trying to insinuate that all rock musicians DON'T come from America? Because seriously...

Frimmy said...

I left many great ones out. So many artists and their related bands are connected to Broken Social Scene. We could get lost for a long time, in the best way, if we meandered down that road.

I'm sorry Tonya, my whole post was really about how all rock musicians are from America. I guess I was a little vague about that. I really didn't think anyone would read this.

Tonya said...

Oh, well as long as you realize that America and England are the only countries that grow musicians then I guess we're cool. Ya'll can keep Celine though. Although, she's from Quebec so she's "special."

 

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