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O Canada

Not too long ago, a close friend of mine became a Canadian citizen. Today we celebrated that fact. I told her and her husband that I would provide the music for the party…


  1. Blue In Yr Eye – Amy Millan
  2. Snowbird – Anne Murray
  3. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – The Arcade Fire
  4. The Power – Army Girls
  5. Sleepy Maggie – Ashley MacIsaac
  6. Tall Tall Shadow – Basia Bulat
  7. Two Girls From Montreal – The Bicycle
  8. Somebody Waits – Blue Rodeo
  9. Hasn’t Hit Me Yet – Blue Rodeo
  10. Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
  11. Lovers In A Dangerous Time – Bruce Cockburn
  12. Pop Goes the World – The Burning Hell
  13. Golden Baby – Cœur de pirate
  14. Claire – Cuff The Duke
  15. Sold – Dan Mangan
  16. The Valley Town – Elliott Brood
  17. Assoholic – 54-40
  18. Highschool – The Flashing Lights
  19. It’s Not Safe – Gentleman Reg
  20. Outside Of Saskatoon – The Good Family
  21. Song For A Winter’s Night – Gordon Lightfoot
  22. Straight Up the Dial – Hooded Fang
  23. You Will Know – The Inbreds
  24. True Patriot Love – The Joel Plaskett Emergency
  25. A Case Of You – Joni Mitchell
  26. Raised On Robbery – Joni Mitchell
  27. I Woke Myself Up – Julie Doiron
  28. Crabbuckit – k-os
  29. If Rap Gets Jealous – K’naan
  30. Back to Me – Kathleen Edwards
  31. Never Had To Fight – Local Rabbits
  32. Let Your Backbone Slide – Maestro Fresh Wes
  33. Fil de soie – Marie-Pierre Arthur
  34. Echo Beach – Martha And The Muffins
  35. Cocaine Cowgirl – Matt Mays & El Torpedo
  36. Ages & Stages – The Meligrove Band
  37. Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young
  38. Pocahontas – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  39. Mass Romantic – The New Pornographers
  40. Someone Who’s Cool – Odds
  41. Joy of Cooking – Old Man Luedecke
  42. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Paul Anka
  43. Scott Pilgrim – Plumtree
  44. 9 Piece Luggage Set – Radio Radio
  45. April Fools – Rufus Wainwright
  46. Edmonton – The Rural Alberta Advantage
  47. North Humberland West – The Sadies
  48. Possession – Sarah McLachlan
  49. Money City Maniacs – Sloan
  50. Everything You’ve Done Wrong – Sloan
  51. Underwhelmed – Sloan
  52. Home For A Rest – Spirit Of The West
  53. Northwest Passage – Stan Rogers
  54. Up And Running – The Super Friendz
  55. The Day We Hit The Coast – Thrush Hermit
  56. Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane
  57. Raise a Little Hell – Trooper
  58. D.D. – The Weeknd Trilogy
  59. Common People – William Shatner
  60. I Wasn’t Made For Fighting – Woodhands

TURF Video

I shot a lot of video during Toronto Urban Roots Festival… here you go, internets.

TURF Day 3

Larry And His Flask

It’s a good thing Larry was playing at Fort York, and Fort York was licensed for this event, if he was playing in Trinity-Bellwoods, he’d sure to be arrested. Larry And His Flask are all out, rocking country! They seem to be America’s answer to the Sadies. A bit messier, and bit more rock and roll than The Sadies, who are very polished in their mayhem. Their bass player was incredible. Dragging his upright bass across the stage as he danced around like a shirtless maniac.

Hannah Georgas

Hannah Georgas

Never really knew her music. I’ve known of her for a long time. Singer/songwriter from Vancouver. She has a really pretty voice. Her music seemed a bit too electro for me.

The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers were great background music for enjoying a smoked meat sandwich. Mmm. It came with a pickle!

The Felice Brothers



Skydiggers are a Toronto institution I had never embraced before. They write a beautiful sort of country backed by two great leads who can only remind someone of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. That’s pretty big praise right there. They seem to be out of the Blue Rodeo school of Toronto rock. The frontman also kinda reminds me of my Member of Parliament.



Dawes has a frontman who has an excellent beard. They remind me of early Wilco, but can get guitar-wanky enough to sound like modern Wilco.

Matt Mays

Matt Mays

I didn’t know what to expect here. As everyone knows, I love The Guthries. I really like Mays’ first record, and his albums have steadily gotten worse and worse from that point on. I stopped buying them after Terminal Romance. I was surprised at how many songs from the set I recognized, and really enjoyed it. He puts on a good show, and bass player Serge Samson rocks quite the ‘stache. I think I should turn my website into a blog rating facial hair.

Serge Samson

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Frank Turner

FUCK! Highlight of the night. When I last saw Turner, he was opening for Joel Plaskett. He came to Canada with just a guitar, and he stole the show. He filled the Queen Elizabeth with such a powerful sound. With his full band, he was unstoppable. There was no act as great that day than Frank Turner.

Frank Turner

The Lowest Of The Low

Lowest of the Low

Julia asked me to “kiss Ron Hawkins for [her].” I did not. I sadly didn’t have the chance. I did, however, get to enjoy this very Gin Blossoms-y band. I also got to discuss the beauty that is Sir Paul McCartney’s Give My Regards To Broad Street during this set.

The Hold Steady

These guys were really popular. They were fun. I was just dead.

Flogging Molly

The first song was good, and a lot of fun, but then I found my way to Bathurst and onto the streetcar. I’m old.



Top 50 Albums of the Aughts

1) Sleater-Kinney – The Woods (2005)
2) The Magnetic Fields – i (2004)
3) Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
4) The Flashing Lights – Sweet Release (2001)
5) Neko Case & Her Boyfriends – Furnace Room Lullaby (2000)
6) The Joel Plaskett Emergency – Down At The Khyber (2001)
7) Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up (2007)
8) Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall 1971 (2007)
9) Valery Gore – Avalanche To Wandering Bear (2008)
10) God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl (2009)

11) Wilco – A Ghost Is Born (2004)
12) Joel Plaskett – Three (2009)
13) Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (2005)
14) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns (2008)
15) Valery Gore – Valery Gore (2005)
16) Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire – The Swimming Hour (2001)
17) Elevator – A Taste of Complete Perspective (2000)
18) The Guthries – Off Windmill (2000)
19) The Magnetic Fields – Distorion (2008)
20) Cuff The Duke – Cuff The Duke (2005)

21) Matt Mays – Matt Mays (2002)
22) The Apples In Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
23) Neko Case – Canadian Amp (2001)
24) Local Rabbits – This Is It, Here We Go (2001)
25) One Hundred Dollars – Forest of Tears (2007)
26) The Guthries – The Guthries (2002)
27) The Joel Plaskett Emergency – Ashtray Rock (2007)
28) Amy Millan – Honey From The Tombs (2006)
29) Elliott Brood – Ambassador (2005)
30) The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic (2000)

31) Rufus Wainwright – Poses (2001)
32) The Superfantastics – Pop-up Book (2007)
33) Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009)
34) George Harrison – Brainwashed (2001)
35) Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit (2006)
36) Sleater-Kinney – One Beat (2002)
37) Final Fantasy – Has A Good Home (2005)
38) K’naan – The Dusty Foot Philosopher (2005)
39) The Bicycles – The Good, The Bad & The Cuddly (2006)
40) Elliott Smith – From a Basement on the Hill (2004)

41) Peter Elkas – Wall of Fire (2007)
42) Gentleman Reg – Darby & Joan (2004)
43) Neko Case – Middle Cyclone (2008)
44) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
45) k-os – Joyful Rebellion (2004)
46) Matt Murphy – Bring It Back Home: The Life And Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (2004)
47) Cuff The Duke – Life Stories For Minimum Wage (2002)
48) Tom Petty – Highway Companion (2006)
49) Travis – The Boy With No Name (2007)
50) Ruth Minnikin – Marooned And Blue (2004)

Back Home Weather’s Got You Down

Listening to Matt May’s “Back Home Weather” off of his first and self-titled record.

Back home weather’s got you down
Looking to move on and skip town
You’re looking to get lost to be found
‘Cause back home weather’s got you down
You say you got somewhere to go
Where the palms grow tall and the air lets you know
Roll the windows down as far as they’ll go
So you say you got somewhere to go

Take your time, enjoy the view
Don’t let ‘em get to you anymore
Let everything slide, go along for the ride
Make sure that you decide where you’re going

Foreign car with northern plates
Heading down through the southern states
Find a decent motel with decent rates
In a northern car with foreign plates
In a foreign car with northern plates

Take your time, enjoy the view
Don’t let ‘em get to you anymore
Let everything slide, go along for the ride
Make sure that you decide where you’re going
Where you’re going (repeat)