Canadian Music Celebration

A Week of Back to Back Canadian Music This Fall
Canada Day may be over, but celebrating Canadian music never stops

The festivities of Canada’s 150th may be behind us now, but come November, we’ve got a great week of Canadian musicians lined up. Take a look!

Jesse Cook – Wednesday, November 15

Jesse Cook releases his latest album next month: Beyond Borders. Known for his uncanny ability to blend sounds and rhythms from vastly different cultures, Cook’s latest release is bound to create a stir among his international fans. Born in Paris but raised in Toronto, Cook has travelled the world over to record and perform.

“Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook is a walking embodiment of the gypsy music he plays: eclectic, energetic, and very exciting. Perhaps that is why he says that his music chose him, and not the other way around. After all, he does seem like the perfect candidate.” – The Star Online (Kuala Lumpur)

Daniel Lanois – Thursday, November 16

“You know his sound when you hear it: a spacious blur of echoes that can feel both massive and intimate, with the landscape criss-crossed by experimental threads of rhythm,” says Rolling Stone.

Daniel Lanois grew up in Hull, Quebec, a town known best for gambling and drinking – “on the left side of the tracks” as he puts it. As his childhood went on, he soaked up Motown, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, then the psychedelic explosion, and by the time high school was approaching, he was already fixed on music as the only game worth pursuing.

“I operate under the banner of soul music – music that just feels right and comes from a truthful place,” Lanois says. When a musician with as much expertise and experience as Lanois tells their own personal truth, you should really listen closely.

TransCanada Highwaymen – Friday, November 17

Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness), Chris Murphy (SLOAN), Craig Northey (Odds), and Steven Page (ex-Barenaked Ladies) are touring together as the TransCanada Highwaymen.

It was against the beige backdrop of late 80’s and early 90’s that these front men of Canada’s most popular and commercially successful alt/rock, power/pop bands started their careers. Their unique perspectives on being catapulted from the hard-working underground indie scene to acclaim during one of Canada’s most exciting and transformative music eras is a story only they can tell.

You’ll of course hear your favourites, songs like “I’m An Adult Now,” “Hard to Laugh,” and “She’s So Young” by TPOH; “Underwhelmed,” “Coax me,” and “The Other Man” by SLOAN; “It Falls Apart,” “Someone Who’s Cool,” and “Make You Mad,” by Odds; and “The Old Apartment,” “Brian Wilson,” and “Jane” by Ex-Barenaked Ladies.

Whitehorse – Saturday, November 18

Whitehorse’s brazen sonic breadth encompasses psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80’s sparseness. Their new album, Panther In The Dollhouse, brings a twist to Whitehorse’s studio approach with the addition of beats and bleeps from NYC hip-hop production duo LikeMinds (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg). But while each new album sees the duo’s sound evolve, the essence of Whitehorse’s musical identity remains their dizzying guitar playing and vocal chemistry.

Check out this haunting ballad, “Die Alone,” from their new album.