Parliament Hill Concert Vs. CanCon-Deprived MMVAs

Canadian artists are topping the charts and selling out arenas all over the world, but in the minds of the organizers of Canadian events, they are not good enough to perform. For the past three years, foreign acts have headlined the Grey Cup half-time show. Moreover, we predicted when Robert Pittman’s iHeartRadio became involved with the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs), that it would lead to a death of CanCon, and as we see in the performance lineup for the 2017 MMVAs, that is exactly what has happened. It is bad enough to allow Francophobia to exclude Francophone artists from performing at such nation-wide events, but to shut out Canadian artists as a whole can only mean that a 150-year-old country has no confidence in itself.

To the rescue comes an all-Canadian lineup, as it should be and as it has always been, for the Canada Day concert on Parliament Hill. To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, concerts across the land will take place. At the Canadian Museum of History July 1 at 6:30 p.m. local time, find the Souljazz Orchestra and at 9 p.m. The Lost Fingers. Major’s Hill Park’s players are Ruth B at 6:30 p.m., Jonathan Painchaud 7:15, Laurence Nerbonne 7:30, Moon Vs Sun featuring Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Chantal Kreviazuk 8:30, and Mother Mother 9:30.

The flagship concert will take place on Parliament Hill at 8:30 p.m. Ottawa time, and here is the impressive lineup:

Alessia Cara
Cirque du Soleil
Dean Brody
Gordon Lightfoot
Kelly Bado
Kinnie Star
Lisa Leblanc
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marie-Mai
Mike Tompkins
Serena Ryder
Walk Off the Earth

We can only hear organizers of other events justifying their lack of CanCon by pointing out the full-slate of maple stars at the Canada Day concert. It’s very sad.

CANADIAN MUSIC BLOG’S CANADA DAY 2014 QUIZ

Flag-of-Canada

1. It cuts like a knife…

l) … a miserable life
m) … it feels so right
n) … I lost my wife
o) … a rusted blade

2. White toast or ______ toast?

a) brown
b) whole wheat
c) multigrain
d) donair

3. Cream soda is

p) red
q) white
r) blue
s) brown

4. Sorry and shone rhyme with

j) gory and bone
k) starry and dawn
l) gory and dawn
m) starry and bone

5. Kiesza, Raghav, and Tegan & Sara grew up in which city?

b) Montréal
c) Toronto
d) Winnipeg
e) Calgary

6. So far in 2014, there have been three #1 Canadian albums. They are from…

i) Jann Arden, Nikki Yanofsky, and Sam Roberts Band
j) Down With Webster, Marie-Mai, and deadmau5
k) The Trews, Big Wreck, and Swollen Members
l) Serge Fiori, Sarah McLachlan, and Bobby Bazini

7. On a rainy day, you might sit on your ______ and hear water flow down the ______.

d) Pylon / Parkade
e) Chesterfield / Eavestrough
f) Bristol board / Duotang
g) Serviette / Hydro bill

8. The following were all #1 songs of the year in Canada (according to RPM/Billboard):

y) Seasons in the Sun (1974), Never Surrender (1985), Call Me Maybe (2012)
z) Seasons in the Sun (1974), Sunglasses at Night (1984), Blurred Lines (2013)
a) Never Surrender (1985), You Learn (1996), Building a Mystery (1997)
b) You Learn (1996), Building a Mystery (1997), Call Me Maybe (2012)

9. The first homegrown female artist to score a diamond (i.e. 10x Platinum) album domestically was

e) Alanis Morissette
f) Alannah Myles
g) Anne Murray
h) Celine Dion

If you get all the answers correct, the letters you “circled” will spell out a secret two-word message.

Happy Canada Day 2012!

The biggest party of the year begins tomorrow.  One of its choicest aspects involves the live performances.  Don’t miss them in whichever city you reside.  To mark the 145th birthday of our nation, we’ve embedded a video below from Canada Day two years ago.  The location:  Canada Place in Vancouver.  The performer:  Carly Rae Jepsen.  The song:  Her first hit single, “Tug of War”.  Enjoy.  Don’t mind the weather.  Looks like it’ll be the same this year.  It’s the price you pay for living on the west coast, eh.