It's Canada Day! Here's Six Favorites From Our Neighbors Up North
Pick up a hockey stick and pour maple syrup on something at your local Tim Horton's because today Canada turns 146 years young! Celebrating the enactment of their Constitution Act, Canadians coast to coast have the day off to reflect on their own Canadian-ness. Along with Wayne Gretzky, Cirque du Soleil and Norm MacDonald Canada's contributed a great deal of wonderful music to the world as well. While many stateside today may be thinking of Rush, Barenaked Ladies or Bryan Adams, we at the Weekly thought today would be a great day to look at some of Canada's finest lesser-known exports. After all, this is a country that has produced some of the most legitimately kick-butt children's television music ever broadcasted well as is the home of the greatest music journalist on the planet so, with our best pair of Bret "Hitman" Hart glasses on we take a look at five of our favorite Canadian produced jams.
The Nylons - "Up the Ladder to the Roof" 1982
Longstanding Toronto a cappella group The Nylons have dazzled audiences for over 30 years with their inventive enriching takes on several genre's gems. Perhaps their finest hour is their take on The Supreme's 1970 hit "Up the Ladder to the Roof." Fully making the song their own to the point where it's almost entirely unrecognizable, there's something really special about the harmonies and execution of the group's fast paced take on the Motown single.
Cub - "My Chinchilla" 1993
Is there a more lovely opening line of tribute than "Satan sucks, but you're the best?" Vancouver indie punk outfit Cub gave the world several adorable singles, to the point where some critics dubbed their brand of sweeter-than-Sweettarts tunes "Cuddlecore." Case in point, the group's lovely ode to one very special chinchilla. "My Chinchilla" was covered last year by Kate Nash for Nardwuar and the Evaporators' Busy Doing Nothing LP. Cub's no stranger to having their work covered, their 1995 single "(Everyone's Your Friend in) New York City" given a second-life stateside after being covered by They Might Be Giants.