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Final stop for the day was the Bay store in Banff.  This is an exciting opportunity to present the Bay as more of a specialty store. I look forward to the exciting plans Bonnie and her team will execute in this location.  It was great meeting Stan Wolkowski and his team.

Front of the Banff store

With all this traveling Jack and I want to know if anyone has some good suggestions of any good Canadian music we can listen to??


16 Responses

  1. Richard/Jack,

    You should pick up a CD of the Rankin Family. They are a Gaelic Group from Cape Breton, N.S my home

    All the best


  2. Hi Jack & Richard,
    What a great trip you will both have! Sounds a bit like the trips your Dad took you on as a boy Richard.
    In 2006 our family went from Ottawa to Calgary with our camper and also saw the Banf Store. We enjoyed every minute of the trip.
    You asked about great Canadian music to listen to – try Neil Young or Gordon Lightfoot – or for some real flavour – Stompin’ Tom Connors!
    Have a great time!

  3. I personally would recommend anything by Brian Adams or Tom Cochrane. Have a great trip!

  4. Hi!
    I am very excited to see this blog detailing your trip across Canada. You must listen to Great Big Sea (from St.John’s NFLD).

    Safe Travels!

  5. Check out Feist, Patrick Watson, Metric, and Broken Social Scene, Stars, for some Canadian music/talent.
    A good singer/songwriter is Danny Michel.

    You can also check out CBC Radio 3 (available on podcast) for other suggestions.

  6. Neil Young
    Joni Mitchell
    Jann Arden
    Nelly Furtado
    shania twain
    Mathew Good
    the Band
    Tragically Hip
    Big Sugar
    Avril Lavigne
    Alanis Morissette
    the Guess Who /Burton Cummings
    Leonard Cohen
    Bryan Adams
    Bruce cockburn
    Blue Rodeo
    Barenaked ladies
    Gordon Lightfoot
    Steppenwolf (partly american)
    Bachman Turner Overdrive
    Pursuit of Happiness
    Simple Plan
    Tea Party
    Cowboy Junkies

    That should keep Jack busy, well into his teens.

  7. OK Richard I’m a bit older than you but here are some Canadian muscians and band
    Neil Young, Bryan Adams, The Guess Who, Nickelback, Rush, Tragically Hip, Sum 41, Avril Levigne and Slow – Jack shoul like Avril and Sum

  8. If you are in western Canada you may want to try Shania Twain or k.d. Lang. Or Luba is interesting. Enjoy the trip and be safe. Once in a life time trip for your son!

  9. Try out the Barenaked Ladies, Bedouin Soundclash, Lights, Chantal Kreviazuk, Our Lady Peace, Classified, Broken Social Scene, Dragonette, Drake, Feist, Tegan and Sara, K’naan…just to name a few.

  10. Some were mentioned above but some fav’s are:

    Metric – anything
    Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway (so fitting!)
    Great Big Sea
    Neil Young
    Billy Talent

    Cheers! Have fun!

  11. Hi there from Fort Calgary!

    The CBC had a contest to pick some music for Obama – 49 songs from North of the 49th parallel. Here it is! My pick didn’t make it but it is still a good start!

    Great meeting you – thanks for your nice compliments – It made our day!

    Enjoy the rest of the trip!


    Obama’s Playlist Revealed!
    Posted by Li Robbins on Jan-20-09 at 02:00 PMComments107Recommend68

    Insert drum roll here! The top 49 pieces of music that make up Obama’s Playlist are as follows.

    The Top 49 (Listed by artist):

    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 Bélanger – Rêver mieux
    Daniel Lanois – Jolie Louise
    Daniel Lavoie – J’ai quitté mon île
    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 – Montréal -40°C
    Marie-Jo Thério – Évangeline
    Marjan Mozetich – Affairs of the Heart
    Measha Brueggergosman – I’m Going Up a Yonder
    Mes Aïeux – Dégénérations
    Michael Bublé – 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 Lévesque – 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!

    So there you have it, folks. Discuss, debate, celebrate as you will!

    You may note the double tracks. At one point one listener/Blog reader teasingly accused me of “splitting the Tragically Hip” song vote, and seems I was not the only one, in fact there were six artists who had 2nd tracks that made it into the top 49 including the Hip — also Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Oscar Peterson.

    And yes, it’s an alphabetical list, the reason being that the voting from the initial short list of 100 was across four categories made up of unequal numbers. But there is also a Top 5 order within each category available, and here ’tis:

    English Pop Folk etc.
    Closer to the Heart – Rush
    Canadian Railroad Trilogy – Gordon Lightfoot
    Hallelujah – k.d. lang
    Democracy – Leonard Cohen
    Northwest Passage – Stan Rogers

    Hymn to Freedom – Oscar Peterson Trio
    Home – Michael Bublé
    Place St. Henri (from Canadiana Suite) – Oscar Peterson
    Departure Bay – Diana Krall
    Swingin’ Shepherd Blues – Moe Koffman

    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)

    French Pop Folk etc.
    Mon pays – Gilles Vigneault
    Montréal -40C – Malajube
    Évangéline – Marie-Jo Thério
    Pour un instant – Harmonium
    J’ai quitté mon île – Daniel Lavoie

  12. Hey, you should check out the following Canadian bands.
    I have sorted them out by province for you.
    Quebec; Beast,Arcade Fire,Final Fanatsy
    Ontario; Great Lake Swimmers
    Manitoba; Propaghandi, The Liptonians, Flying Fox and The Hunter and Gathers, The Weakerthans, The Ducks, The Wailin Jennys, and Loreena Mckennit.
    BC; Neko Case, Current Swell, Jon and Roy, Aiden Knight, and Vince Vicaro

  13. The Diodes

    Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

    NoMeansNo / The Hanson Brothers


  14. I have enjoyed reading your adventures through Canada. For those of us South of the Border it gives great insight as to the exciting things happening up North.
    I would recommend anything from Great Big Sea. They are a Celtic/Pop band from Newfoundland and not well know here in the States. I have listining to them for years and try to catch them each time they come to the Boston area.

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