eh to ZED vol. 1

On a weekend that we are all encouraged to raucously celebrate Canada’s “birthday” with fireworks, face paint, overpriced beer, and some good ol’ fashioned unfiltered patriotism, it’s worth taking a sober step back to appreciate the absurdity of it all. The idea that being born within this sprawling 9.985 million km² area intrinsically connects so many across time and space is unendingly strange, but hey, that’s where we are.

Here at DOMINIONATED, we cover the music from across this 9.985 million-km² area because we are fascinated with how artists have spoken to, critiqued, and transcended the myths, ideas, and histories contained within its arbitrary borders. “Canada” may be just an idea, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an idea worth exploring.

With that, we give you an “Eh to Zed” list of albums that celebrate and recognize the wealth of artistry that Canada has to offer. It’s the best way we know how to ring in the big 1-5-1.

Arias & Symphonies, Spoons

Blue, Joni Mitchell

Chemistry of Common Life, Fucked Up

Deep Fantasy, White Lung

Expo 86, Wolf Parade

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan

Goon, Tobias Jesso Jr.

Hotel Paranoia, Jazz Cartier

It’s My Way! Buffy Sainte-Marie

Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morrissette

Keyboard Fantasies, Beverly Glenn-Copeland

Lightfoot! Gordon Lightfoot


Noir éden, Peter Peter

Our Love, Caribou

Pink City, Jennifer Castle

Quest for Milk and Honey (Black Edition), Clairmont the Second

Red Earth, Crash Vegas

Shine a Light, Constantines

TSOL, Shad

Un bras de distance avec le soleil, Catherine Leduc

Various Positions, Leonard Cohen

Welcome to the Night Sky, Wintersleep

XXXX, You Say Party

Years (By One Thousand Fingertips), Attack In Black

Zuma, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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