by carl wilson

Report on UnCanadian Activities

Of Montreal: Secretly not Canadian.

For the Canada Day weekend, I had a piece in yesterday's Globe and Mail about all the bands in the U.S. and elsewhere who use Canadian place names as their band names and titles of albums and songs - from Mark Robinson's Flin Flon to Indiana label Secretly Canadian to California band Halifax to the new Michigan-based band Canada. Unusually, it's an idea the arts editors suggested to me, rather than one of my own - and I only discovered late in the game that Exclaim actually had covered the subject in 1999 in a piece by Michael Barclay. But, well, it is seven years later, after all, and shit, the world needs its sweet Canada Day fluff pieces. Includes a dollop of musing on perception/reality issues of Canadian identity. Do not consume while operating heavy machinery.

Lost in translation: The editors, probably rightly, cut my quote from the chorus of one my own favourite examples, Son Volt's deeply Neil Young-damaged Medicine Hat: "A tip of the hat and it's already started/ Just like that and the deed is done/ Oh, how I wish that the hat could be medicine/ The time is ripe to be on the run."

Hear Canada Oh Canada by Icelandic singer rir.

Thanks to the Stilleposters and ILMers who helped out with ideas - sorry I couldn't fit most of them in.

In Depth | Posted by zoilus on Sunday, July 02 at 12:35 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (7)



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Posted by standard is feature of astonishing cards on July 13, 2006 10:37 AM



Hah. I should have double checked them - the "drop"/"tip" switch was more a slip of typing, but I've been remembering the third line wrong for years.

Posted by zoilus on July 5, 2006 10:10 AM



err, actually "right" should be "now" and the "now" shouldn't be there.

Posted by Roy on July 4, 2006 8:07 PM



Splendid G&M; article, Carl.

But the chorus of "Medicine Hat" is actually: "Drop of a hat and it's already started / Just like that and the deed is done / What I'd give now for that hat to be medicine / The time is right to be on the run."

Minor differences, but kind of important.

Posted by Roy on July 4, 2006 7:54 PM



Nice piece always, equal parts information and entertainment...especially loved that last quip. Nice going.

Posted by Phil on July 4, 2006 12:03 PM



This trend is bound to grow. Canadian place names are so fun to say! Aboriginal ones especailly and they look great on a event advert! Other names too like Spuzzum, Skookumchuck and Yaak from BC or Ontario's Proton Station and Buzwah - all ripe for the picking! I could happily waste my work day on this.

Thanks for the Canada Day thoughts a la Zoilus!

Posted by earthygirl on July 4, 2006 10:32 AM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson