10 Best Canadian Musical Acts of All Time
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I spent most of last week in Montreal, and I’ll soon be blogging about Schwartz’s, poutine, graffiti, an amazing beer bar and, most importantly, the M for Montreal festival. But before looking at the next great artists coming out of Canada, I’d like to give a run down of my Top 10 Canadian musical acts of all time (including bands made up primarily of Canadians). For a country of only 33 million people, our Northern neighbors have had an enormous impact on popular music. Even the list of great Canadian musicians who didn’t make my Top 10 (Barenaked Ladies, Feist, The New Pornagraphers, Destroyer, Kathleen Edwards, Stars, Daniel Lanois, Broken Social Scene, etc.) is impressive. So, Canadians, the comments section is where you try to convince us how great The Tragically Hip really was—or let me know who else I'm missing.
10. Rush (Toronto, Ontario)
Forget the 40 million records sold worldwide (even though that's more record sales than the total number of Canadians). They make the cut because they're ridiculously good musicians.
Recommended album: Moving Pictures
9. Ron Sexsmith (St. Catherines, Ontario)
The melodies that flow from his head are as good as anyone's, Canadian or not.
Recommended album: Cobblestone Runway
8. Cowboy Junkies (Toronto, Ontario)
Also one of the best sibling combinations of all time.
Recommended album: The Trinity Session
7. Rufus Wainwright (Montreal, Quebec)
He's a citizen of both the U.S. and Canada and the pride of Montreal.
Recommended album: Want One
6. Bruce Cockburn (Ottawa, Ontario)
With 22 studio albums, everybody's got a different favorite, but I'm going with the first one of his I heard.
Recommended album: Dart to the Heart