You've probably never heard anything quite like the musical documentary More About Henry
. Remixing interviews with musical interpretation, composer Adam Goddard
has woven a unique work of art from the stories of his grandfather, Henry Robert Tindale Haws, who spent a half-century farming in rural Ontario. More About Henry
first aired on CBC Radio's Ideas
. [more inside]
posted by oulipian
on May 26, 2013 -
Happy belated birthday to Jesus Murphy
, DJ Critical, Uncle Climax
(NSFW audio), Stinkin' Rich
(NSFW audio), Dirk Thornton
, Buck 65
, or as his mom called him, Richard Terfry
. Born in the year of the rat, and he's a Pisces, which makes him a rat fish
, but by trade, he's a turntablist/ MC/ producer/ broadcaster
. Generally he makes some form of hip-hop
(some NSFW lyrics), though as of late, he's been broadening his style, as heard in his cover of Leonard Cohen's Who By Fire
) and Paper Airplane
(official "lyric" video). In tribute to his 41st birthday, there's a lot more music inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Eric's Trip, first Canadian band to be signed to Subpop.
(video is halfway down the page: I was unable to extract a workable link to include here)
I've collected a lot of stuff from friends over the years and luckily, i personally bothered to lug 4 tracks machines, mics and old video cameras to the shows at the time. Talking friends into holding the camera or keeping an eye on the input levels. I'm really glad i kept all those VHS tapes and reels of super8 films safe. The boxes of cassettes stored at my folks house still play great after 20 years. In 2007 i started transferring all these tapes into digital form to put this movie together, dubbing old VHS tapes was the scariest thing as some of them would barely play but i eventually got them all. I was excited that with use of modern editing stuff, i could finally sync up old video with better sounding tapes recorded at the same show, or editing together footage i had with someone else’s camera angle of the same show that i got from them years later. I worked on this movie for four years with much love until i finally had what i thought was a good document of what Eric's Trip really was. [more inside]
posted by whyareyouatriangle
on Dec 16, 2012 -
While Quebec’s status as the only primarily French-speaking province in Canada has resulted in a distinct cultural industry—particularly with regard to film and music—the province still enjoys many cultural products from English Canada. While movies and TV shows are often subtitled or dubbed into French, it is rare that the same is true of music. A notable exception is the music of Toronto-based Big Sugar
. [more inside]
posted by asnider
on Aug 30, 2012 -
A girl upon the shore did ask a favour of the sea;
"Return my blue eyed sailor boy safely back to me.
Forgive me if I ask too much, I will not ask for more,
but I shall weep until he sleeps safe upon the shore."
For nearly 20 years, Newfoundland group Great Big Sea
have been creating acoustic Celtic folk-rock covers and interpretations of traditional
Newfoundland and Labrador sea shanties
, fishing and party songs
, which draw from the island's rich 500-year-old multicultural (Irish, English, Scottish and French) heritage. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 23, 2012 -
Starting in the summer of 2009, Southern Souls began by capturing unique performances by musicians that call southern Ontario home. Seeing musicians play in the places that they live and breathe, places they themselves have chosen—in the street, in a store, in a kitchen or bedroom—is almost a homecoming for the music itself, returning it to the places in which it started. [more inside]
posted by purephase
on Apr 30, 2011 -
The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2010 -
On September 10th, to celebrate their initiation week, 172 communications students at the University of Quebec at Montreal decided to put on a show
. After weeks of preparation, the costumed and prop-wielding crowd enacted an exuberant, complex, and flawlessly-choreographed performance
of the Black Eyed Peas song "I Gotta Feeling" that sprawled through the campus's multi-story Judith Jasmin Pavilion... and they did it all in one continuous take
(on their second
try). The feat is just the most recent example of "lipdubbing
" -- a video phenomenon where a single camera moves through a crowd of highly coordinated lip-syncers in a single seamless take, with the original recording dubbed over the finished product. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 1, 2009 -
Canadian DJ bloke Tiga has a new album called Ciao.
He's made a spoof documentary to promote it.
It's really funny, even if you don't know about dance music - A bit like Nathan Barley
by the ever wonderful Chris Morris.
posted by debord
on Jun 4, 2009 -
Feel like listening to a concert tonight? Something classical
? Or maybe folk
is a bit more your style? World
? Nearly every day, two or three more live concert recordings are added to CBC Radio2's 'Concerts on Demand
' library, with nearly 900 concerts now in the list. Each concert is given just as presented live, and you can either stream the whole thing, or choose track by track. Timings are given for all the music, and photo galleries and full descriptions and credits round it all off. All in all, it's a fabulous presentation, and there is more music here than you will ever be able to keep up with!
posted by woodblock100
on Feb 10, 2009 -
A recent series of posts on the web site of First Things magazine looks at what could be described as a reactionary moment on the part of some folk and roots musicians in Québec and around the world... and we're not talking The Goldwaters
). [more inside]
posted by Jahaza
on Jan 7, 2009 -
The Most Serene Republic
, quite possibly the most underrated of all the acts on the Arts & Crafts
label, create music in a similar vein to fellow Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire
, and Broken Social Scene
. Experience their explosive, big-band, polyphonic, experimental flair by listening to their 3 releases in full: Underwater Cinematographer
(2005), Phages EP
(2006), and Population
(2007). A few video music videos as well: The Men Who Live Upstairs
, Oh God
, Content Always Was My Favourite
posted by Christ, what an asshole
on Sep 30, 2008 -
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is pumping out a pile of podcasts
that have covered the importance of offensive comics to Art Spiegelman
, 600 bands over 54 shows
, Captain America versus the American government
, Amy Sedaris and geekdom
, the journey of young immigrants
, French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut and Harper's publisher John MacArthur discussing Europe and America perspectives since 9/11
, the after life
, sex with monkeys
, what radio producers do
, the french word "corps"
, Bonnie Fuller's "The Joys of Much Too Much: Go For the Big Life — The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted (Even If You're Afraid You Don't Have What It Takes)"
, Veteran Washington reporter Helen Thomas
and some other bits & bobs [Breakdown inside]
posted by boost ventilator
on Jun 5, 2006 -
- Canada's publicly-owned broadcaster, has some amazing websites devoted to Canadian musicans of all varieties. Check out NewMusicCanada for the main database of artist information and streaminig music (realplayer).
For alternative tunes, check out the weekly podcast hosted by Grant Laurence at CBC Radio 3. Or, you may prefer Folk, World , or even Country music . Of course, being a bilingual country there's the francophone music site too.
And finally, if you'd like to see some live Canadian music, you can check out CBC's Concert listings.
Soon, check out CBC Radio 3 on Sirius Radio Canada!
posted by SSinVan
on Oct 24, 2005 -
Leonard Cohen is broke.
The legendary singer's manager allegedly helped herself to more than $5 million of Cohen's savings while he was busy training as a Buddhist monk. Cohen's manager also convinced him to sell his back catalogue and continuing royalties—profits from both sales were allegedly taken by the same manager.
At the age of 70, Cohen's retirement savings have been depleted to under $150,000 and he is being forced to return to full-time touring and recording.
posted by huskerdont
on Sep 5, 2005 -
New Canadian music
is infiltrating your culture with its neo-retro ways
, and you may not even know it! Hot Hot Heat
is too dance-rocky for it's own good, Joy Division-loving the Stills
are constantly mistaken for New Yorkers (thanks to touring with Interpol), and certainly Stirling
are too epic to be anything but Cure-loving Brits! Watch out for the seditiously warm synth-pop of Stars
and the society-destroying rock-folk of lesbian siblings Tegan and Sara
. While you're at it, keep tabs on Toronto super-supergroup Broken Social Scene
and the quirky, danceable girl-rawk of Metric
. This is the cell of the retro rock revolution you really need to pay attention to. The Strokes and their ilk have nothing on the Canucks.
posted by Kleptophoria!
on Nov 25, 2004 -
Roots Music Canada (warnings: music, mucho flash)
gives you access to independent Canadian folk/country/world/etc music for free. It's fairly new, so there's not a ton of stuff there yet, but Canadians are free to submit their music (it's run by the CBC). A good application of publicly-owned media, no? (Eh, and for the more electronically-minded, there's also a New Music Canada.)
posted by transient
on Jun 18, 2003 -
Matthew Good's manifestos.
The opinionated leader of the defunct Matthew Good Band has written a series of "manifestos" since 1997. For the uninitiated, Mr. Good has managed to insult many major Canadian bands, alienate his own band, and sell millions of albums while doing it. Since this hardly sums him up, you can read more about him here
posted by Joey Michaels
on Sep 1, 2002 -
probably the finest literary chronicler of America's National Pastime is also a master at the delicate art of being sentimental without being saccharine. The Band
created some the greatest musical portraits of America ever committed to wax. Both of these artists tackle very "American" themes, yet both(excepting Band drummer Levon Helm) are Canadian. Canada is often ignored or glossed over culturally speaking, but these two examples make me think that perhaps Canadians have a unique perspective on America that helps them create such amazing portraits of the US.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 8, 2002 -
60 school kids from the 70s singing Bowie's Space Oddity.
An incredible recording. A 60 student chorus of western Canadian rural school children belting out, among other things, Good Vibrations, Desperado, and, the cream of the crop, I think, Klaatu's Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft. mp3 samples on the page. It is amazing. Read David Bowie's quip. (And the quip from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association is classic.)
posted by mmarcos
on Nov 8, 2001 -