Canada Day 2021 Top 10 Music Picks


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

Carole Pope
Photo by Leda Resurreccion

Step Back – Kinnie Starr
This Life – Martha Wainwright
Sail Across The Water – Jane Sibbery
Do Not Engage – Pack A.D.
Bodies in Trouble – Mary Margaret O’Hara
Come on Forest Fire Burn The Disco Down – Rae Spoon
Hug of Thunder – Broken Social Scene
Four Strong Winds – Ian and Sylvia
Dumb Fuck – Peaches
Half Closed Eyes – Kensington Market

Syrus Marcus Ware
Self Portrait

Any Other Way – Jackie Shane
It was to be you – LAL, from the album Dark Beings
Sisters – Tribe Called Red and Northern Voices
Revolution, indie – D’bi Young and Assata Shakur
Cover of The Girl, by City and Colour – Ian Kamau
A Secret Hope – Dannylion Music & Cormac Joy
Hold it In My Heart – Rosina Kazi and State of Bengal
Mi Nah Wanna – Abstract Random
Gimme Gimme, EP – Bonjay
Can’t we try? – Dan Hill and Vonda Sheppard

Ivan Doroschuk – Men Without Hats
photo by Echo Nil

New York City – The Demics
Picture My Face – Teenage Head
Taking Care Of Business – BTO
Echo Beach – Martha & The Muffins
High School Confidential – Rough Trade
Black Cars – Gino Vanelli
Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart
Rainshowers – Michel Pagliaro
Drinking in LA – Bran Van 3000
Fountains – The Nils

Paul Wong
Photo: Evann Siebens

Mehcinut – Jeremy Dutcher
Miss Chatelaine – KD Lang
First We Take Manhattan – Leonard Cohen
Electric PowWow Drum – A Tribe Called Red
D.O.A. – DOA
What Do You Want Me To Do – Pointed Sticks
Old Man – Neil Young
Universal Soldier – Buffy Saint Marie
One Dance – Drake, Wizkid, Kyla
Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

Michelle Mama
photo:Maxime Bocken

High School Confidential – Rough Trade
Constant Craving – KD Lang
Ever New – Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Fuck the Pain Away – Peaches
Brother – The Organ
Dancing at the Feet of the Moon – Parachute Club
I Believe in the Good of Life – Hidden Cameras
Mehcinut – Jeremy Dutcher
Comin’ Down – Jackie Shane
Donna – Fifth Column
BONUS: The Sweater – Meryn Cadell

Andrea Grant
photo: Gary Breckheimer

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix) – Metric
Locked In the Trunk of a Car – Tragically Hip
Supermoon – Neko Case, KD Lang, Laura Veirs
A Commotion – Feist
Basement Band Song – The Organ
Starboy – The Weeknd (Featuring Daft Punk)
Bad Ritual – Timber Timbre
Everybody Knows – Leonard Cohen
Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell

Cozmic Cat
Photo: Mitchel Raphael

Land Back – Halluci Nation
City Lights – Classic Roots, Voima
Feels So Good – Demuir
Acting Kinda Strange – Carlo Lio
Ask Me – A-Trak & Armand Van Helden (Duck Sauce)
Both of Us – Jayda G
10% (ft. Kali Uchis) – KAYTRANDA
After Hours – The Weeknd
Rooting For You – Alessia Cara
Make Love – Cozmic Cat

Stina Baudin
self portrait

Sydanie – 333
Pelada – Ajetreo
Gayance – Fruta Gogoia
Bambii – Rave Theory Mix
Zandoli – Tout a fait
Elle Barbara – Si j’étais un homme
Chivengi – Mitsubishi (demo)
Debby Friday – Runnin
Cozmic Cat – Music Keeps Me Dancin’ (Classic Roots Remix)
Kaytranada – Midsection ft. Pharell Williams

Schaël Marcéus
Photo: JG and Shi

Mitsubishi – Chivengi
Culture – Kaytranada
The Morning – The Weeknd
Amours d’Été – Pierre Kwenders
Cyanide (Remix) – Daniel Caesar & Koffee
Atomic Suzie – Kinkead
River – Kroy
Paris – Black Atlass
First Time Lover – The Fitness & Pony
Flower Tattoo (Ouri Rework) – Mind Bath, Ouri & Forever

Marika Shaw
Photo: Richmond Lam

Starwalker – Buffy Sainte Marie
Let Your Backbone Slide – Maestro Fresh Wes
Lucky One – La Force
Backseat – Arcade Fire
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Sila – Tribe called Red (feat. Tanya Tagaq)
Helpless – Neil Young
Fear – Begonia
The Great Elsewhere – Owen Pallett

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