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Obama's Canadian Playlist ~~ 49 Songs That Define Canada and Our Music!
Barack Obama's Canadian Playlist ~~ 49 Songs From North of the 49th Parallel
When you think of a Canadian music playlist, what songs do you think of? What type(s) of music? The CBC (The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) set out to define music in Canada by creating a list of "49 songs from north of the 49th parallel" with the intent of giving Barack Obama, when he was the incoming President of the United States, some Canadian content for his iPod. The week of January 9th, 2009, was dedicated to submitting songs for Obama's Canadian music playlist. Canadians voted for their favorite songs between January 5th and January 16th, 2009.
Barack Obama made it clear that he likes music from many genres. In the summer of 2008, he offered up his list of top 10 songs, which included artists and songs like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, The Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter, Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire, The Fugees' Ready or Not and Aretha Franklin's Think. Later, he added Stevie Wonder, Beyonce and Earth, Wind and Fire. His list may be good but that is not to say it could not use a little more Canadian content.
Canadian music covers many genres and cultures and includes a diverse musical collection -- from bach to rap music. What better way to get to know Canadians a little bit better? Canada is definitely ready to add some excellent Canadian content to President Obama's playlist!
Canadians had one week to vote. What did they came up with? Do you think it defines Canada? Read all about it and discover some of the best Canadian songs in 49 Songs From North of the 49th Parallel!
"One of the best ways to know Canada is through the depth and breadth of our artistic expression. We're excited about the new president, and we want him to be excited about us."~~ CBC
What is Canadian Content?
Canadian English language radio has a policy called the Commercial Radio Policy which states that 35 percent of all of the music on the radio each week on AM and FM radio stations must be Canadian. Plus, 35 percent of music broadcast Monday to Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. must also consist of Canadian content.
The MAPL system says that inorder for a song to have 'Canadian content,' music must meet at least two of criteria:
- M (music) - the music is written entirely by a Canadian.
- A (artist) - the music and/or the lyrics are performed mainly by a Canadian.
- P (production) - the musical selection is a live performance that is either recorded wholly in Canada or performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
- L (lyrics) - the words are written only by a Canadian.
Mes Aeux - Dgnrations
Michael Buble - Home
Moe Koffman - Swingin' Shepherd Blues
Neil Young - Rockin' In the Free World
Neil Young - Helpless
Oscar Peterson Trio - Hymn to Freedom
Oscar Peterson - Place St. Henri (from Canadiana Suite)
Parachute Club - Rise Up
Raymond Lvesque - Quand Les Hommes Vivront D'amour
Rush - Closer to the Heart
Sam Roberts - The Canadian Dream
Shad - Brother (Watching)
Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage
Stompin' Tom Connors - The Hockey Song
The Arrogant Worms - Canada's Really Big
The Guess Who - American Woman
The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
The Rankin Family - Rise Again
The Weakerthans - One Great City!
The Top 49 Songs, Listed By Artist
Posted January 20th, 2009.
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000
Beau Dommage - La complainte du phoque en Alaska
Ben Heppner - We'll Gather Lilacs
Bruce Cockburn - Wondering Where the Lions Are
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Universal Soldier
Daniel Blanger - Rver mieux
Daniel Lanois - Jolie Louise
Daniel Lavoie - J'ai quitt mon le
Diana Krall - Departure Bay
Gilles Vigneault - Mon pays
Glenn Gould - Goldberg Variations
Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Big Sea - Ordinary Day
Harmonium - Pour un Instant
Ian & Sylvia - Four Strong Winds
James Ehnes - Barber Violin Concerto
Jesse Cook - Mario Takes a Walk
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell - A Case of You
Karkwa - Oublie pas
k.d. lang - Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen - Democracy
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Malajube - Montral -40C
Marie-Jo Thrio - vangeline
Marjan Mozetich - Affairs of the Heart
Measha Brueggergosman - I'm Going Up a Yonder
Word from CBC has it that a last minute swarm to the 'polls' from Rush fans pushed 'Closer To The Heart' above Gordon Lightfoot's 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy' to the number one position in the English pop/folk/rock section.
On this list, there were a total of six artists who had two songs make the top list which included The Tragically Hip, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Oscar Peterson.
The Top 5 Canadian Songs In The English, Pop, Folk, Rock Section
- Closer to the Heart - Rush
- Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
- Hallelujah - k.d. lang
- Democracy - Leonard Cohen
- Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers
The Top 5 Canadian Songs In The Jazz Section
- Hymn to Freedom - Oscar Peterson Trio
- Home - Michael Bubl
- Place St. Henri (from Canadiana Suite) - Oscar Peterson
- Departure Bay - Diana Krall
- Swingin' Shepherd Blues - Moe Koffman
The Top 5 Canadian Songs In The Classical Section
- Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould (performer)
- I'm Going Up a Yonder - Measha Brueggergosman (performer)
- Affairs of the Heart - Marjan Mozetich (composer)
- We’ll Gather Lilacs - Ben Heppner (performer)
- Barber Violin Concerto - James Ehnes (performer)
The Top 5 Canadian Songs In The French Pop, Folk, Rock Etc. Section
- Mon pays - Gilles Vigneault
- Montral -40C - Malajube
- vangline - Marie-Jo Thrio
- Pour un instant - Harmonium
- J'ai quitt mon le - Daniel Lavoie
What do you think of when you think of Canadian music? Any specific artists, groups or style of music?
Every country has a musical tradition of some sort but what country can agree on the music and the artists that best represent them and their country? What do you think represents Canadian music?
Do you think this playlist does a good job of representing Canada's music?
One may argue that making a national playlist is a bit odd -- for doesn't each individual's playlist represent their own lives and memories? Perhaps we should be creating our own playlists and not choosing to represent the whole country with a single list! I do agree with that point of view but I also think that seeing a playlist picked by a country is also an interesting process. Passing it on to Americans like Barack Obama may also be a great way to share our musical culture. What do you think?
Links To More Information about CBC's 49th Songs North of the 49th Parallel Program
- Obama's Playlist | CBC Radio
You have until January 16th to VOTE HERE! There is a link to hear a part of the song. Listen to CBC all week to hear the full song. You can vote once per day in each section. If you find a tune you love, you can also buy it through iTunes.
- Home - Obama's Playlist | CBC Radio
A total of 49 songs will be determined. So, what Canadian music do you think is the most definitive 49 songs from North of the 49th parallel?
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Follow These Links To Great Canadian Music on CBC Radio
The results of the voting will be unveiled on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20, 2009. You will be able to hear the selected songs throughout the day on the following Canadian radio stations RADIO 2 MORNING, TEMPO, RADIO 2 DRIVE and TONIC.
- CBC Radio 2 - Radio 2 Morning
With Tom Allen and Molly Johnson hosting the new Radio 2 morning show, we get the best of both worlds.
- CBC Radio 2 - Tempo
Convincing Julie Nesrallah to host Radio 2's new weekday classical show is a coup.
- CBC Radio 2 - Radio 2 Drive
If any one host can represent the excellence and diversity of Canada's emerging singers and songwriters, it is Rich Terfry.
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