Top 20 Canadian Rock Bands and Musicians

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...and musicians

Oscar Peterson
Ed Bickert
Peter Appleyard
Gil Evans
Maynard Ferguson
Liona Boyd
Glen Gould
Loreena McKennett
Leonard Cohen
Bruce Cockburn
Whitey Glann
Dominic Troiano
Anne Murray
Hank Snow
Ian and Sylvia Tyson
Celine Dion ( yeah, I know...)
Paul Anka
Andy Kim


Lots of others I'm not sure attained recognition outside of Canada , so I didn't include them
Rock?
 

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Thread title is " and musicians " . That's how I understood it .

Here's some( maybe) lesser known I can remember from when I was into that scene .

Foot in Cold Water
Pagliaro
Chilliwak
Downchild
King Biscuit Boy
Martha and the Muffins
Rough Trade
Minglewood Band
Goddo
Gowan
Stampeders
Mashmakan ( Jerry Mercer)
Cowboy Junkies
Alana Myles
Nickelback
Pat Travers
Daniel Lanois
Max Webster/Kim Mitchell
Rheostatics
Crash Test Dummies
Trooper
Roch Voisine
Zachary Richard
Cowsills
Poppy Family
BB ' Nyet Nyet Soviet ' Gabor
Jerry Doucette

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So, news today about a new documentary about Triumph -- the Canadian rock band whose songs I love to sing at karaoke when there's helium available -- got me thinking about where the Mississauga power trio would rank among Canada's Best Rock Bands and Musicians.

Thankfully, Ranker.com provides the answer in the form of a crowd-sourced Top 100 based on the votes of visitors to the site. (I provided the Top 20 ... once you get past about 25, it's all Chilliwacks, Glass Tigers and Men Without Hats.)

Top Canadian Rock Bands (and musicians) based on more than 26,600 votes. The included bands receive a * if Vistalite Black has seen them perform and ** if VB has never actually heard them. I've applied a complex algorithm to account for the lower value of the Canadian dollar (currently 81 cents).

20. Loverboy*

19. Barenaked Ladies

18. Big Wreck**

17. Our Lady Peace

16. Blue Rodeo**

15. Joni Mitchell

14. Alanis Morrisette*

13. The Jeff Healey Band

12. Steppenwolf

11. Gordon Lightfoot

10. April Wine

9. Bryan Adams

8. The Tea Party*

7. The Band

6. Bachman-Turner Overdrive

5. Triumph

4. Neil Young*

3. The Guess Who

2. The Tragically Hip**

1. Rush*

The 100+ Best Canadian Rock Bands & Artists, Ranked (ranker.com)

Of course, there are omissions to this list ... possibly the worst of which is (Edit) Monster Truck is in at #81, If you ever get a chance to see the Truck, go!

Monster Truck - Don't Tell Me How To Live (Official Video) - YouTube
Wouldn't Rush be one of those "noodly doodly" bands you're always talking about?

[Runs for cover!]
 

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Thread title is " and musicians " . That's how I understood it .

Here's some( maybe) lesser known I can remember from when I was into that scene .

Foot in Cold Water
Pagliaro
Chilliwak
Downchild
King Biscuit Boy
Martha and the Muffins
Rough Trade
Minglewood Band
Goddo
Gowan
Stampeders
Mashmakan ( Jerry Mercer)
Cowboy Junkies
Alana Myles
Nickelback
Pat Travers
Daniel Lanois
Max Webster
Rheostatics
Crash Test Dummies
Trooper
Roch Voisine
Zachary Richard

...
a few more , benny that i liked as a young guy ...
kim mitchell
whiskey howl
crowbar
king biscuit boy
main line
bush
les pucks
i'll think of more later , i'm sure ...
 
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How does the "hardest working band in Canada" not make any of these lists?

 

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:scratch: Top 20 Canadian rock Bands and Musicians? :scratch:

1. Rush
2. Rush
3. Rush
4. Rush
5. Rush
6. Rush
7. Rush
8. Neil
9. Geddy
10. Alex
11. someone else
12. someone else noone heard of
13. who cares.
14. from here on it's pointless.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.


:laughing3::laughing3::laughing3::laughing3::laughing3:

(no offense meant to our good neighbors to the North)
I agree. Maybe throw in some Alanis, Paul Anka, April Wine
 

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a few more , benny that i liked as a young guy ...
kim mitchell
whiskey howl
crowbar
king biscuit boy
main line
bush
les pucks
i'll think of more later , i'm sure ...
oh yeah, I feel alright . Old school snare on this one .

 

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Possible I missed it but The Collectors are one of the finest psych/pop-psych bands of the era and sorely missing here.
 


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