If you’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with a Canadian you’ll know that we’re sorry. Not for anything in particular, just generally. If you bump into one of us on the street, we’ll be the ones to apologize.
Like any country with running water and a stock market, we have had a diabolically checkered history with the original tenants of our land, and several run-ins with the French, but at present day it feels like we have less to apologize about than the other countries with which we share this planet. With America acting like Al Pacino during the last act of Scarface, the Middle East fighting their way back to the seventeenth century, and Europe resembling a great sweater that has seen one too many winters, maybe my countrymen can celebrate this Canada Day by grading the world on a curve and deciding the Canada is Eh Okay.
For a glimpse into the part of our culture that doesn’t involve appreciating nature, excelling at winter sports, or pretending we like native art, here’s a mix of some Canadian radio rock and new wave from back when.
Trooper – The Boys In the Bright White Sports Car
Gino Vannelli – Black Cars
The Parachute Club – Rise Up
Platinum Blonde – Situation Critical
Loverboy – Working For the Weekend (Demo Version)
Martha & the Muffins – Swimming
Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World
Gowan – You’re a Strange Animal
The Payolas – Eyes of a Stranger
Bruce Cockburn – Lovers In a Dangerous Time
Honeymoon Suite – New Girl Now
Rough Trade – High School Confidential
Glass Tiger – Someday
Chilliwack – My Girl
Doug & the Slugs – Who Knows How (To Make Love Stay)
Kim Mitchell – Patio Lanterns
Corey Hart – It Ain’t Enough
Barenaked Ladies – What A Good Boy
The Tragically Hip – Wheat Kings
Stompin’ Tom Connors – C-A-N-A-D-A (Cross Canada)
Electric Adolescence – we spell canada with lower case letters (right click to download) 45 mins/ 320 kbps/ 103MB