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For me, listening to music can have similar effects to a walk in the woods. The following five songs by Canadian artists explore the presence of nature in our daily lives and how important it is to experience and conserve the world outside our windows:
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As a cultural presence that combined the sacred and profane, romance and cynicism, humanity and hopelessness for over five decades of towering songs, we all have our own Leonard Cohen entry point. Like fellow Canadian Neil Young, Cohen became a patron saint of the 90s alternative nation. There was the tribute album "I'm Your Fan" and placement of "Closing Time and, especially, "The Future" in the film "Natural Born Killers."
The City Harmonic
Postage stamps in some respects represent a vestige of a past age. But these portraits in miniature can still serve as a powerful reminder of who we are as a people -- and whom we treasure. Gord Downie is proof positive of that.
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One of the contenders in this category is Hamilton, Ontario's own band The City Harmonic. The band is composed of four worshipers from four small churches who began by singing hymns and spiritual songs. Since then, The City Harmonic is no stranger to success, having won its first Juno in 2013.
The Weeknd leads the pack with 7 nominations.
At times, Canadian country-rock outfit Blue Rodeo can feel like two bands sharing a stage. Boasting a pair of the most distinctive songwriters and vocalists in the game, Blue Rodeo records don't just...
Touring the country several times has been an interesting journey for me. I've met hundreds of thousands of people and learned so much. I love meeting my fans from all over. I've also had the chance to share the stage with so many artists I look up to like Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Flo Rida and even hung out with Snoop.
You don't really need me to tell you that, if you can, you should go see Herbie Hancock...do you? But you probably do need me to encourage you to make an effort to support our home grown talent. There are some wonderful Canadian musicians appearing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and they will most certainly not be getting as much media attention as the international stars. That means it's on you, the music lover, to do some research and seek out our local and national musical treasures.
I've often been asked about what it was like growing up around music, both by strangers and friends. I am still trying to figure it out myself, both its impact on me as a musician and its impact on me as a person. I think there are two points of influence, music at home and music as my father's job.
Everyone knows Hollywood is practically overrun with famous Canadians. Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Rachel McAdams, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, every popular comedian from the 1990s — the list goes on a...