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Canada In Song is a project I'm doing for the Canada 150 year (and beyond.) This page is a compilation of songs which have a specific Canadian reference
in the lyrics
, like a place name, a person's name, or a date significant to Canadians. (For example, a song mentioning hockey wouldn't make the list because
that's not specific enough to Canada, but a song mentioning the Winnipeg Jets would make the list because that's a specifically Canadian reference.) I'm
getting the page posted in time for Canada Day 2017, but at a later date I hope to add a blog post explaining the project in more detail. I'll be continuing to
add to the page. Suggestions for songs that should be added to the page are welcome! E-mail address is on home page or @zerofretAnne (Anne's Guitar
Tabs) on Twitter. Because it's something to sing about, this land of ours!
Songs By Canadian Artists
BAND / ARTIST   SONG   CANADIAN REFERENCE
Tommy Ambrose   People City   Toronto (ON)
April Wine   Highway Hard Run   Montreal (QC)
Arkells   Drake's Dad   Hamilton (ON) / Drake / Canadian
Jann Arden   Demolition Love
Waiting In Canada
  Calgary (AB)
Canada
Randy Bachman   Prairie Town   Portage & Main / Winnipeg (MB) / Thunder Bay (ON) / Neil (Young) & the Squires / Twilight Zone (Winnipeg nightclub)
Big Sugar   All Hell For A Basement
O Canada
Trouble In the City
  Alberta
(Instrumental recording of the national anthem)
Toronto (ON)
Blue Rodeo   Hasn't Hit Me Yet   Lake Ontario
Chalk Circle   Sons & Daughters   James Bay
Chilliwack   148 Heavy   Toronto (ON)
Tom Cochrane   Life Is A Highway   Vancouver (BC)
Gordon Downie   Canada Geese
Christmastime In Toronto
Moon Over Glenora
The Hard Canadian
Vancouver Divorce
  Canada geese
Toronto (ON)
Glenora (ON)
Canadian
Vancouver (BC), Tim Horton's
Drake   City Is Mine   Toronto (ON)
Kathleen Edwards   I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory   The Great One (Wayne Gretzky) / Marty McSorley / CBC
Goddo   Oh Carole (Kiss My Whip)   Carole Pope / Rough Trade
Great Big Sea   Boston And St. John's
Greenspond
  St. John's (NL)
Greenspond / Pinchard's Island / Petty Harbour (all 3 NL)
Guess Who   Runnin' Back To Saskatoon   Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Saskatoon (all 3 SK) / Red Deer, Medicine Hat, South View (all 3 AB) / Terrace (BC)
Ian & Sylvia   Four Strong Winds   Alberta
Jackson Hawke   Ain't No Cowboys   Canada / Montreal (QC)
Daniel Lanois   A Lot Of Love To Give
Jolie Louise
Silium's Hill
Still Water
Under A Stormy Sky
  Wasaga Beach (ON) / 1st of July
Gatineau, Lafontaine (both QC) / Ontario / Toronto (ON)
Medicine Hat (AB)
Caledonia (ON) / "the River Grand" (the Grand River, ON)
TH & B (Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway) / "city of steel" (Hamilton, ON)
Gordon Lightfoot   Alberta Bound
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  Alberta / Rocky Mountain (sunset) / Toronto (ON)
Rockies / St. Lawrence river / Gaspe / (song is about the building of Canada's transcontinental railway)
Lake Superior / Lake Huron / Lake Ontario / Lake Erie / Whitefish Bay
Max Webster   Research At Beach Resorts
Toronto Tontos
  Wasaga Beach (ON) / "Canadian boys"
Toronto (ON)
Murray McLaughlin   Down By the Henry Moore   Henry Moore / Kensington Market / the Silver Dollar / the Palm Grove / the Square (Nathan Phillips Square) (all in Toronto)
Joni Mitchell   Raised On Robbery   (Toronto) Maple Leafs
Pukka Orchestra   Cherry Beach Express   Cherry Beach (Toronto, ON) / 52 Division (Toronto PD)
Douglas Rankine w/ The Secrets   Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack   Eddie Shack
Rheostatics   Saskatchewan
The Ballad Of Wendel Clark
  Saskatchewan
B.C. / Wendel Clark / Dave Hodge / Jacques Plante / Kelvington (SK)
Sam Roberts   Hard Road   "a Canadian highway"
Stan Rogers   Barrett's Privateers
Bluenose
Northwest Passage

The Mary Ellen Carter
  Halifax (NS) / Sherbrooke (QC)
Privateers Wharf (Halifax, NS) / the Bluenose / Grand Banks
Beaufort Sea / Davis Strait / Fraser River (BC) / John Franklin / "Kelso" (Henry Kelsey) / Alexander Mackenzie /
David Thompson
Three Mile Rock (NL)
Rush   Lakeside Park   Lakeside Park (Port Dalhousie, ON) / 24th of May
Stampeders   Rock 'N Roll Line

Rocky Mountain Home
Stick By You
The Man From P.E.I.
  St. John's, Newfoundland / Sydney, Halifax (both NS) / Montreal, Quebec / Toronto (ON) / Winnipeg (MB) /
Saskatoon, Regina (both SK) / Edmonton, Calgary (both AB) / Victoria, Vancouver (both BC)
Rocky Mountains
Montreal (QC)
Prince Edward Island / T.O. (Toronto)
Stompin' Tom Connors   Sudbury Saturday Night
The Hockey Song
  Sudbury (ON) / Inco
Hockey Night (In Canada)
Sweet Blindness   National Poddy
Quebec
  Thunder Bay (ON)
(not available)
The Band   Acadian Driftwood   Plains Of Abraham (QC) / Acadian / Canadian
The Forgotten Rebels   Evelyn Dick   Evelyn Dick / Hamilton (ON) / Hamilton mountain / Gore Park / (song is about Evelyn Dick murder case in 1940s)
The Kings   This Beat Goes On   Toronto (ON)
The Pursuit Of Happiness   Gretzky Rocks

  Wayne Gretzky / Walter Gretzky / Gordie Howe / Dave Semenko / Peter Pocklington / Mario Lemieux /
Brantford (ON) / Edmonton (AB) / City Of Champions (Edmonton) / Stanley Cup
The Shuffle Demons   Spadina Bus

Vitamin K (In Honor Of Keith's India Pale Ale)
  Spadina bus, Spadina station / Wellesly, College Street, Yonge Street, Ossington, Bathurst (all streets in Toronto) / TTC /
York U. (York University)
(Alexander) Keith's (brewery in Halifax, NS)
The Tragically Hip   38 Years Old
All Canadian Surf Club
An Inch An Hour
Bobcaygeon
Born In the Water
Courage (For Hugh MacLennan)
Fifty Mission Cap
Fireworks
Goodnight Attawapiskat
Inevitability Of Death
Lake Fever
Looking For A Place To Happen
Problem Bears
The Dark Canuck
Thompson Girl
Three Pistols
Toronto #4
Wheat Kings
  Millhaven Maximum Security (Bath, ON) / Mounties
Canadian
Pierre Trudeau / Springside Park (Napanee, ON)
Bobcaygeon (ON) / Toronto (ON)
Sault Ste. Marie (ON)
Hugh MacLennan, the song was inspired by the MacLennan novel The Watch That Ends the Night
Bill Barilko / Toronto Maple Leafs / Stanley Cup
1972 Canada/USSR Summit Series (hockey) & Paul Henderson's winning goal / Bobby Orr
Attawapiskat (ON)
Terry (Fox)
Algonquin Park (ON) / cholera outbreak in the Canadas in 1832
Jacques Cartier
Lake Memphremagog (QC)
Canuck
Thompson, Churchill (both MB)
Tom Thomson / Remembrance Day
Toronto (ON)
CBC, prime ministers, song references the David Milgaard court case
The Trews   Highway Of Heroes
One By One
Paranoid Freak
  Ontario / Highway Of Heroes / "True patriot love"
North Ontario
"stand on guard for thee"
Thomas Trio & the Red Albino   142 Thru
Daughters and Sons
  Montreal (QC)
Canada / (song is about the Mulroney Tory government)
Trooper   Cold, Cold Toronto
Real Canadians

  Toronto (ON)
Canadians / Malahat, Kitimat (both BC) / Medicine Hat (AB )/ Uranium City (SK) / Thunder Bay (ON) /
Saint-Gervais (QC) / St. John's, Newfoundland
David Usher   St. Lawrence River   St. Lawrence River
Gino Vannelli   I Just Wanna Stop   Montreal (QC)
Neil Young   Helpless
Prairie Wind
  North Ontario
Cypress River (MB)

Songs By International Artists
BAND / ARTIST   SONG   CANADIAN REFERENCE
John Denver   Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights In Canada)   Jasper, Alberta / Canada / Rocky Mountains
Falco   Vienna Calling   Toronto, Canada
Heart   Rock Deep (Vancouver)   Vancouver / King George Highway / English Bay (all in BC)
Lynyrd Skynyrd   Sweet Home Alabama   Neil Young
Movie Soundtrack - South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut   Blame Canada   Canada / Anne Murray
Nazareth   Vancouver Shakedown   Vancouver (BC)
Pilot   Canada   Canada
Carly Simon   You're So Vain   Nova Scotia
Styx   Medemoiselle   Montreal (QC)
Band Names With Canadian References
BAND   CANADIAN REFERENCE
Chilliwack   City in British Columbia
Leslie Spit Tree-o   The Leslie Spit is on Lake Ontario at the end of Leslie Street in Toronto (ON)
Toronto   City In Ontario
National and Provincial Songs
O Canada   National anthem
Ca-na-da   Written by Bobby Gimby for Canada's Centennial & Expo '67 Montreal
The Maple Leaf Forever  
The Red Maple Leaf Of Canada  
This Is My Canada / Mon Cher Canada   Dream Team Canada Singers
This Is My Home   Written for Expo '86 Vancouver
A Place To Stand (Ontar-i-ar-i-ar-i-o)   Written for Expo '67 in Canada's Centennial year
Farewell To Nova Scotia  



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