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)
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
4. THE BAND"Don't Do It"
Provenance: Toronto (Robbie Robertson); Green's Corners, Ontario (Rick Danko); Windsor, Ontario (Garth Hudson); Stratford, Ontario (Richard Manuel); Elaine, Arkansas (Levon Helm)
3. ARCADE FIRE"Rebellion (Lies)"
Provenance: Montreal (and The Woodlands)
2. LEONARD COHEN"The Future"
1. NEIL YOUNG"Rockin' In the Free World"
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Houston rabble-rousers Brian Coy & the Remaining Few headline The Maple Leaf Pub's Canada Day party tonight at 8 p.m.