Songs To Celebrate Canada Day

Happy-Canada-Day-2012July 1st marks the highly anticipated and festive annual celebration of Canada Day for our northern neighbors. I’ve tried to put together a nice compilation of songs to help celebrate this special day of Canadian Pride. Even though I have never lived in Canada, I greatly enjoyed a number of summers back in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s up in beautiful lower British Columbia, Vancouver Island, The Canadian Rockies & Alberta. Even though there have been a number of great muscial Talent (artists , groups and bands) that originated or had their roots in Canada, my focus is mainly on songs that bring out either awareness, national pride or newsworthy events over the years in Canada. I’ve included various genres of music for your enjoyment covering the last few decades.

  1. Alberta Bound — Gordon Lightfoot 
  2. Alberta Bound — Paul Brandt  
  3. Ballad of Wendel Clark — Rheostatics
  4. Believe In Your Country — Tom Connors
  5. Canada — Bobby Gimby 
  6. Canada Day Up Canada Way — Stompin’ Tom Connors
  7. Canada Is — Roger Whittaker 
  8. Canada My Home  — Grayson Matthews 
  9. Canadian, Please – Julia Bentley & Andrew Gunadie 
  10. Canadian Railroad Trilogy — Gordon Lightfoot 
  11. City of Lakes — Matt Mays & El Torpedo 
  12. Fireworks — The Tragically Hip 
  13. Four Strong Winds — Ian & Sylvia
  14. God Bless You Canada — Lee Greenwood 
  15. Hockey Night in Canada Theme  
  16. I Am Canadian Anthem 
  17. Lakeside Park — Rush 
  18. Montreal – Blue Rodeo 
  19. Moody Manitoba Morning — The Bells
  20. My Stompin’ Grounds — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  21. Northwest Passage — Stan Rogers 
  22. O Canada (With Glowing Hearts) 1979 Canadian National Anthem fiml presentation 
  23. Oh… Canada — Classified 
  24. Proud To Be Canadian — The Arrogant Worms 
  25. Rant & Roar — Great Big Sea
  26. Running Back to Saskatoon — The Guess Who
  27. Something To Sing About (Canada Day Song) — New Car Smell 
  28. The Canada Song — Five Iron Frenzy 
  29. The Canadian Dream — Sam Roberts Band 
  30. The Day We Hit The Coast — Thrush Hermit 
  31. The Hockey Song — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  32. The Maple Leaf Forever 
  33. The Rest of My Life — Sloan 
  34. Trans Canada — The Constantines 
  35. Trans Canada Highway — Gene Pitney 
  36. Western Skies — Blue Rodeo 
  37. Wheat Kings — The Tragically Hip 

Canada Day flag

I’d also like make readers aware of some of the greatest musical talent in the world that originated in Canada. I’m a big fan of many of these artists over the years. Here’s a list, not in any particular order other than alphabetical of some of the more mainstream acts that came from Canadian heritage…………………………

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Aldo Nova
  • Anne Murray
  • Anvil
  • April Wine
  • Arcade Fire
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Bahamas
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Ben Heppner
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Bryan Adams
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Burton Cummings
  • Celine Dion
  • Chilliwack
  • David Clayton-Thomas (from Blood Sweat & Tears fame)
  • David Foster
  • Denny Doherty (from The Mamas & Papas fame)
  • Edward Bear
  • Feist
  • Frank Mills
  • Gil Evans
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Guy Lombardo
  • Hank Snow
  • Helix
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Ian & Sylvia
  • Idle Eyes
  • Jeff Healey
  • Joni Mitchell
  • k. d. lang
  • Klaatu
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lighthouse
  • Loverboy
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Michael Buble
  • Moe Koffman
  • Moxy
  • Neil Young
  • Nickelback
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Paul Anka
  • Platinum Blonde
  • Prism
  • Rob McConnell
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • RUSH
  • Saga
  • Sara McLachlan
  • Shania Twain
  • Sheriff
  • Spirit of the West
  • Stan Rogers
  • Stars
  • Steppenwolf
  • Stompin’ Tom Connors
  • Terri Clark
  • The Arrogant Worms
  • The Band
  • The Bells
  • The Crew-Cuts
  • The Diamonds
  • The Four Lads
  • The Guess Who
  • The Poppy Family
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Tom Cochrane
  • Triumph
  • Trooper
  • Wilf Carter
  • Zal Yanovosky

………………………. Remember the above is only a partial (but still comprehensive) list of those that I’ve enjoyed from various genres of music over the years — Now I’m well aware that there are a number of others that I have unintentionally left out and more than likely several others I am not familiar with at all. Even some that I didn’t know originated in Canada

One more thing ….. there is one that I DID leave out on purpose ….. I will try to to somehow forgive our neighbors for exposing our ears to the likes of Justin Bieber  >8P ……………… Also I do NOT include rap artists (with rare exception) unless it’s ‘old-skool’ from the 80’s and 90’s


Please feel free to comment below.

Who would you have included in the list?

What other songs would you have added that mention or descibe something or some place Canadian or make mention of Canada in the lyrics.

PS- I also intentionally omitted “Blame Canada” from the ‘South Park Movie’ because it doesn’t really invoke pride, just sarcastic humor. I’m a fan of South Park but didn’t feel right putting the song up there (even though it was meant to be sarcastic)

3 Responses

  1. Sh-Boom! I didn’t know the CrewCuts are Canadian. How bout the Diamonds – Little Darlin’ and Walking Along.
    My wife loves Michael Buble.

    another song of Canadian pride:

    Terri Clark – Northern Girl

    I’m a Northern girl, wild and free
    I’ve got four strong winds to carry me
    I’ve been east to west and all around the world
    But I’ll always be a Northern girl

    • Thanks so much for your input, I completely forgot about Terri Clark, I’m familiar with a few of her songs from the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I was actually adding more to this post today that I omitted last night when it was first published. I’ll make sure to add her to the list. And I have sice added The Diamonds as I remember them, just didn’t know they also had Canadian roots. I also have since added several videos and a much larger list of music celebrities from Canada. Please check it out once more when you have the chance. Thanks again for viewing and commenting.

      • Great job as usual. I didn’t know that Barenaked Ladies, a favorite of my daughter’s a while back, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Denny Doherty and a few others are from Canada. (I thought all the Mamas & Papas were from California.)

        Although I have 7 of her albums, I didn’t mention Lisa Brokop because she hasn’t had a lot of commercial success, even in her native Canada – only 2 top ten songs according to wiki.

        I also forgot to mention that my maternal grandmother was born in Newfoundland. I’ve never visited there but have been to Quebec, Montreal and the Laurentian Mountains over 40 years ago.

        I saw your 4th of July songs post a few years ago but it’s still good to look at again. Haven’t heard Deck of Cards since I was a kid.

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