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
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