Blog #6: Canada Day, poems, and more


Greetings all, and happy birthday Canada!

Read on for a wicked CanCon playlist, a snapshot of how Ottawa residents are celebrating Canada Day, and a brand-new (and very Canadian) poem:

Canada Day Playlist 2019

If you’re looking for some new CanCon to blast today, I have the playlist for you: fifteen (give or take) of my favourite Canadian tracks from 2019, ranging from rap to rock to folk and everything in between.

You can read my comments here – or, if you would rather dispense with my commentary, you can just listen to the songs below:




Canada Day in Ottawa

Canada Day festivities were already in full force in Canada’s capital yesterday.

Just down the street from Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park featured a number of family-friendly activities and performances, including a set by synth-pop trio CHANCES:

The group took the stage at Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park at around 2 pm. Accompanied by drummer Vincent Carré, singers Chloé Lacasse and Geneviève Toupin showed off strong vocal harmonies on darkly-gleaming songs that were alternately lively and ecstatic.

-CHANCES ft. Iskwe @ Major’s Hill Park; July 1/2019

The grounds were decked out with a ton of neat displays, including large yellow signs with excerpts from works by Canadian poets:


Speaking of poems…

I celebrated by sharing my poem “Ghosts of Parliament,” perhaps the most Canadian thing I’ve ever written, to Twitter and Instagram in the form of a ten-part photo series.



With photos taken in and around Parliament Hill’s Centre Block before it closed for renovations, the poem takes the form of a conversation between the various gargoyles, statues and carvings that lurk on the premises.


Happy Canada Day, everyone! Get out there and watch some fireworks (or stay in and watch a David Cronenberg movie; I don’t judge).



2019 Canada Day Playlist

Commentary, Music

Looking for some new tunes to blast on Canada Day?

Below are 15 (give or take) of my favourite Canadian tracks from 2019. This list runs the gamut from rap to rock to folk and everything in between, with selections from across our diverse country: you’ll find Avril Lavigne and Carly Rae Jepsen alongside Calgary hardcore punk, BC hip hop, Montreal art rock, northern electronica, East Coast anthems, West coast rock, and much more.

15.1 Canadian Albums for 151 Years

Commentary, Music

Can’t get down to Parliament Hill this Canada Day? Here are 15.1 albums by Canadian artists to check out on Canada’s 151st anniversary (ranked chronologically):