Friday, November 2, 2007


My obsession with all things Canadian runs deep.
Too deep some might say.
There's a time and a place to discuss anything related to music from a Canuck - and that time is now, and that place is here.

A tiny reminder of what CBC Radio 3 is and why I never shut up about it:

CBC Radio 3 consists of three major parts all devoted to Canadian arts and music: a Sirius Satellite Radio station, a weekly podcast from the CBC Radio 3 website, and streaming audio on the same website. The satellite network does air some music by international artists in its playlist, but is primarily Canadian content; the webstream and podcast are 100% Canadian music. The podcast and the CBC Radio One program Fuse also air as programs on the satellite radio channel.
The network's unofficial mascot is Bucky, a cartoon creature with the body of a duck and the head of a moose. Bucky is primarily seen in the introduction to the network's weekly R3TV video podcast, and also lends his name to the network's annual year-end music awards.

Which is why I have written this post. Literally announced about 5 minutes ago, it's the inaugural (and prestigious) CBC Radio 3 Annual Bucky Awards for 2007.

As if I needed another reason to love Canadians, just look at the categories.

Song Most Likely to be a Future Classic:

Arcade Fire - Intervention
Feist - 1 2 3 4
Handsome Furs - Cannot Get, Started
The New Pornographers - My Rights Versus Yours
The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight

Best Song to Listen to in the Fetal Position:

Camaromance – 28 Balloons
Dustin Cole w/ the Specialest – Oh! My Captain
Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton – Doctor Blind
Lightning Dust – Listened On
Octoberman – Run From Safety

Best Rap:

Abdominal – Pedal Pusher
Grand Analog – I’ll Walk Alone
Josh Martinez – Last Train
Notes to Self – Lifelines
Politic Live – Block O RMX (feat. Rochester aka Juice, Shad, Jerys & Oozeela)

Best Yacht Rock:

Andrew Rodriguez – Astonished Heart
Krief – What We Wanted
Patrick Watson – Drifters
Peter Elkas – Fall Apart Again
Young Galaxy – Swing Your Heartache

Best New Band Name:

Better Friends Than Lovers
The Got to Get Got
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Said the Whale
The Sweet Homewreckers

Best Gang Vocals:

The Besnard Lakes – Devastation
Carbon Dating Service – Starbeat Academy Graduation March
The Choir Practice – Red Fox
The Junction – Components of Four
Tokyo Police Club – Your English is Good

Best Lyric:

Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton – The Bank:
Whatever it is, spit into a bottle and sell it to me/ I’m looking to buy freedom from my sobriety/ Just like Huey Lewis, I need a new drug.

Great Lake Swimmers – Your Rocky Spine:
I traced my finger along your trails/ your body was the map, I was lost in it/ Floating over your rocky spine/ the glaciers made you and now you’re mine .

J-Bru – Put My Work In (feat. Classified and White Mic):
Excuse me, are you from Canada?/ Oui, yes sir/ I got the heart of Trudeau/ but look like Guy Lafleur.

The Two Koreas – U-Boat Commander:
You rushed the stage at the Morrissey show/ but you only touched the bassist.

The Weakerthans – Civil Twilight:
For the most part I think about golfing and constantly calculate/ all the seconds left in the minutes, and so on, etcetera/ Or recite the names of provinces and Hollywood actors/ Oh, Ontario, oh, Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Most Unpronounceable Name:

Basia Bulat
The Phonemes

Best Road-Trip Song:

Jason Collett – Reunion
Maybe Smith – Hearts Like Bears
Po’ Girl – 9 Hrs To Go
Stars – Take me to the Riot
Two Hours Traffic – Backseat Sweetheart

Best Falsetto:

Caribou – Melody Day
The Joel Plaskett Emergency – Fashionable People
Miracle Fortress – Have You Seen in Your Dreams
Patrick Watson – Luscious Life
Two Hours Traffic – Nighthawks

Best Song Title:

The Consumer Goods – Looking for Love (while) in(vading) the Muslim World
Donovan Woods – My Cousin Has a Grey Cup Ring
The Got to Get Got – No One Riots in Winter
Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy – True Love Killed My True Love’s Love For Me
The Wet Secrets – Grow Your Own Fucking Moustache, Asshole

Best reason to learn French (excluding Giselle Webber):

Les Amis au Pakistan – Mon soldat de plomb
Karkwa – La fuite
Numéro# – J’aime la bourgeoisie (vive le rock)
Omnikrom – NaNaNaNah
We Are Wolves – Magique

Best Sweatin’ to the Indies Workout Song:

Champion – Keep On (Champion’s Alternate Take)
Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
Numéro# – J’aime la bourgeoisie (vive le rock)
Pride Tiger – Let 'Em Go
The Wet Secrets – Secret March

Best Bass Line:

Pride Tiger – Sweet Dreams
Tokyo Police Club – Your English Is Good
Two Koreas – U-Boat Commander
The Western Investor – If You Wanna Go
The Wet Secrets – Secret March

Catchiest Hook:

Akido – Dancing in Chains
Buck 65 – Indestructable Sam
Feist – I Feel It All
The Saint Alvia Cartel – Don’t Wanna Wait Forever
The Western Investor – If You Wanna Go

Get voting here.

Remember, keep supporting & loving Canadian artists & their music.

There is only one possible way to end this post.
A few Pictures of hot Canadian artists.

Lisa Lobsinger

Emily Haines

Regine Chassagne


Fuck it, Avril AGAIN!!!


Jack said...

Pete, this is the best post ever.
Spread the word of the Canuck, that's my boy!

Brilliant Avril pictures there you sick fucker.

Liz said...

CBC Radio 3 podcast is being downloaded right now.
Thanks for the recommendation.

chris said...

Canada is better than Ireland.
Get out!

Is there anything similar to CBC over there?

Shit, Avril looks fiiiiiiine in those pictures.
"He was a sk8ter boi, she said see you later boy."

Speaking of which, are you getting better on your shitty Renner skateboard yet Pete?

Q said...

Sigh. Between this and now’s annual best of and references to soundscsapes ; I am missing Toronto like a motherfucker right now.

Shahin I. Beigi said...

I will read and look into all the bands you're talking about. i really like your writing, etc. Re: Po'Girl, check out my interview on "Conversations, Etc." . Also, the Guelph, Ontario scene is pretty great. Check out Burnt Oak Records... . Keep on keepin. I'll read yours if you read mine.

The Dining Dead said...

Jack - I'm a wannabe Canuck dooode! Av looks fit in those pictures.

Liz - Got on top of that, it will take over your life! :)

Chris - I am actually getting better. I'm falling over more, but that's because I am trying new tricks and tail grinds and nose grinds off railings etc.

Q - You've got to move back home man. This place will eat you to speak.

Shahin - Will check out rings a bell.