Canada Day 2020 Top 10 Music Picks

Written by

Michael Venus
June 8th, 2020


For Canada Day, we invited 10 influential Canadian BIPOC and LGBTQ artists and personalities to give us their Top 10 Canadian music picks.

Jeanne Beker


Love Over and Over – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
The First – Greg Wyard
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
When I Forget – Joey O’Neil
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Sting of the Cactus – Ori Dagan
House – Ron Hynes
Fashion Victim – Rough Trade

photo: Carty

Michie Mee

Jamaican Funk = Michie Mee
Don’t wanna be you Slave – Michie Mee ft Esthero
Over- Drake
Dream Warriors- Luidi
E-Z on the Motion- Ghetto Concept
Bacardi Slang – Kardinal Official
Let’s Ride – Chocolair
Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here- Deborah Cox
Oh Canada – Classified
Oh Canada – Exco Levi

photo: Caroline Azar

G.B. Jones

Comin’ Down – Jackie Shane
Heartbeat (It’s a Love Beat). – The DeFranco Family
Sun Goes By – Dr. Music
The Windmill – Five Shy
Beyond the Clouds – The Poppy Family
Moody Manitoba Morning – The Five Bells
Let Us Dance – Beverly Glenn Copeland
Rainy Windows – Bonnie Dobson
Follow Me – The Sugar Shoppe
Night Spinner – Jacqueline and Lindsay Morgan

photo: Max Abadian

Thierry-Maxime Loriot


Dead of Night – Orville Peck
Twisted Mind – Paupière
Hotel Delmano – Munya
Ad Claritatem Domine – Jean-Michel Blais
Tico Tico – Isabelle Boulay
Trouble in Paradise – Rufus Wainwright
Tangerine – LaF
TGV Sainte Foy – KNLO
Le nouveau départ – Alexandra Strélisky
Lovertits – Peaches

photo: Alejandro Santiago

Eric Kostiuk Williams


Sulk – TR/ST
Eso Que Tu Haces – Lido Pimienta
I Feel Cream – Peaches
Dazzler – Kids On TV
Song For Five and Six – Owen Pallett
Delete Forever – Grimes
You’re a Superstar – Love Inc
Black Velvet – Alanna Myles
Imperfections – Celine Dion
Any Other Way – Jackie Shane

photo: We Demand Productions

Mark Kenneth Woods


Boyfriend – Tegan & Sara
The Path of Thorns (Terms) – Sarah McLachlan
Sweet Poison – Dragonette
Pour que tu m’aimes encore – Celine Dion
Shake Yer Dix – Peaches
Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen
My Moon, My Man – Feist
Powerless (Say What You Want) – Nelly Furtado
Calling All Angels – Jane Siberry feat. K.d. lang
All The Feelings – Kiesza

photo: Saad Al-Hakkak

Kamissa Ma Koïta


Old Skool Love – Divine Brown
Seven Day Fool – Jully Black
Move Like a Mystic – Allie
Do The Thing Right – Zaki Ibrahim
Follow Me – Rochelle Jordan
Ghost Face – Brendan Philip
No Talk – River Tiber
Need It – KAYTRANADA ft Masego
You’re The One (feat. SYD) – KAYTRANADA

photo: Self Portrait

Jordan King


Bitch – Allie X
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire
My Tenement – Jackie Shane
Echo Beach – Martha & The Muffins
Bye Bye Mon Cowboy – Mitsou
Dancer – Gino Soccio
Can’t Do Without You – Caribou
In The Morning – Junior Boys
Miss Chatelaine – KD Lang
Talk to Me – Peaches

photo: Self Portrait

Preston Buffalo


Drinking in La – Bran Van 3000
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
Salad Days – Mac Demarco
Brother – The Organ
Biker Shorts – Stink Mitt
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Maybe Tomorrow – Terry Bush
First Day of Spring – The Ghandarvas
Neighbourhood #1 (tunnels) – Arcade Fire
Someone who is cool – The Odds

photo: Jonathan Lefrançois

Christopher DiRaddo


Run With Us – Lisa Lougheed
Rodent – Skinny Puppy
Love, Love, Love – The Organ
Cash Out – Co/ntry
Mindphaser – Frontline Assembly
He Follows Me – Frontperson
Ange de Ville – Lili Fatale
We Run – Strange Advance
Having An Average Weekend – Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

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