♫ They Did It Their Way! ♫

02 May

Canadian music. It’s actually interesting.  Here are just a few highlights:

Canadian Pop Music Highlights

  • “American Woman” by the Guess Who (based in Winnipeg, Manitoba) hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list for three weeks in May 1970.
  • Musician Burton Cummings was born on December 31, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a member of The Guess Who and was the first Canadian to have a quadruple platinum-selling album in the U.S. for his 1978 album Dream Of A Child.
  • Bryan Adams, Singer/songwriter, was born in Kingston, Ontario on November 5,1959.  He was the first Canadian musician to sell one million alburms in Canada with his 1984 album Reckless.
  • Anne Murray was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on June 20, 1945.  She was the first solo Canadian female artist to be awarded an American Gold album (500,000 sales) in 1970 with her second album This Way Is My Way.  It featured the well-known hit “Snowbird.”
  • Shania Twain, Canadian country music star, was born Windsor, Ontario on August 28, 1965.  Her second album (1995) The Woman in Me, holds the record for most weeks at Number One on Billboards’s country album chart.  It resided there for 29 weeks at the top and has sold more than 7.7 million copies.
  • Alanis Morissette, musician, was born in Ottawa on June 1, 1974.  She still holds the record for the best-selling American début for a female solo artist, for her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill.  The album won four Grammys and has sold more than 33 Million copies.
  • The band April Wine (from Halifax, Nova Scotia) became the first Canadian group to make a Platinum album (100,000 sales) in Canada just for advance sales, for The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy which was released in September 1976.  They also hold the record as the first tour to gross $1 million.
  • Céline Dion was born on March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec.  She was the first Canadian to receive a Gold Record in France.  She did this in 1983 at just 15 years old.
  • Justin Bieber was born in Stratford, Ontario, on March 1, 1994.  He is the first Canadian musician with five Number One albums on the Billboard 200 chart before turning 19 years old.  He achieved this for his  album My World 2.0 (2010),  Under the Mistletoe (2011), The Remixes (2011), Believe (2012), Believe Acoustic album (2013).

I hope you enjoyed the post.  Who are your favourite Canadian musicians?



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14 responses to “♫ They Did It Their Way! ♫

  1. Noirfifre

    May 4, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I did not know Bryan Adams is a Canadian. I grew up hearing his songs on the radio, really enjoyed his voice.

    • tkmorin

      May 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      There a lot of Canadians who became famous after the Americans “found” them. 🙂

      • Noirfifre

        May 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm

        I guess so because I also found out a few months ago another very celebrated male artist is Canadian [although everyone wondered if I live under a rock, haha]. Do your do Canada!

  2. The Canadian Cats

    May 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Justin Bieber is only 21 years old? No wonder he’s such a dip stick!!

    • tkmorin

      May 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      It’s embarrassing, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. cadeauca

    May 3, 2015 at 10:57 am

    From your list, easily Shania Twain. I remember being in grade 2 and loving her music. Arcade Fire is my favorite Canadian band.

    • tkmorin

      May 3, 2015 at 11:06 am

      I couldn’t make the post and not include her, that’s for sure! 🙂

  4. quiall

    May 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Leonard Cohen, Dan Hill, Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Paul Anka, Salome Bey, Paul Brandt, Dan Hill

    • tkmorin

      May 3, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Ooh I love all of them! 🙂

  5. Cats at the and Back Home in

    May 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    You could go province by province and find such incredible talent that made it internationally. Montreal alone (sorry, my hood) you had Cory Hart, Gino Vanelli, Michel Pagliaro, (from the 70’s and 80’s) to name a few. 🙂

    • tkmorin

      May 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      That’s a good point. I could try doing more geographically. And I could also concentrate on French musicians as there quite a few really good ones that I remember. 🙂


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