2007 were trying times, especially in British Columbia. The domed roof of BC Place Stadium in Vancouver collapsed. At YVR airport, Robert Dziekański was tasered to death by the RCMP. In the suburbs, a high-rise apartment was the scene of the Surrey Six slayings. The first incident of a severed foot washed up on the BC coast. But it wasn’t all bad news. At a Calgary Flames game, young Cree singer Akina Shirt became the first to perform “O Canada” in an Aboriginal language at a major-league sporting event. Media magnate Conrad Black was convicted on three charges of fraud.
The highest grossing film of the year was Spider Man 3 followed by Shrek the Third. American Idol continued its reign at the top of Nielsen television ratings. Brian Melo won Canadian Idol. The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 debuted. Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” and Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right” were huge hits internationally.
Two quadruple platinum Canadian artist albums appeared in 2007: Céline Dion’s Taking Chances and Michael Bublé’s Call Me Irresponsible. At double platinum were Avril Lavigne’s The Best Damn Thing, Feist’s The Reminder which won the Album of the Year JUNO, Céline Dion’s D’Elles, and Johnny Reid’s Kicking Stones. Also reaching the certification level were two duet albums: Anne Murray’s Duets, Friends, and Legends and Claude Dubois’ Duos Dubois.