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Can you name the Canadian artists who had hits in Canada but are mostly unknown elsewhere?
Enter a Canadian artist in the box below
Correctly named Canadian artists will show up below
Answers do not have to be guessed in order
See the comments. WARNING: Most of these acts never made it big outside of Canada. So unless you're Canadian these will be songs you've probably never heard before.
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Canadian artists you WON'T know (AUDIO) Quiz
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Mar 6th, 2010 at 20:03 GMT
Okay, here’s the deal.
If you’re American or British or basically anything but Canadian, the odds are slim to none that you’ll recognize
of these songs. These are songs by artists that had great careers in Canada, but for whatever reason (bad luck, bad labels, bad management, lack of interest, whatever) never got that big break outside of their homeland.
Because of that, I’ve gone with much longer than usual samples, up to about 15 seconds, so you can get at least some actual flavor of the song. Maybe encourage you to look up something by the acts.
Yeah, I could have done an audio quiz with the big Canadian acts from Neil Young to Celine Dion to Nickelback. And I still might.
But this one I did for the love of the music.
Probably about 10 people will play it and know more than 1 song. I’m hoping that those 10 will have eargasms, with songs they may not have heard in 20 years.
So if you’re one of those ten, please leave a comment and a rating. I’d really like to know what you think.
Mar 6th, 2010 at 21:22 GMT
Best quiz ever.
Mar 6th, 2010 at 21:39 GMT
LOVE this quiz. Great idea, and very well done. Very difficult too, and that's coming from a born and bred Canadian. A lot of the older songs were the type of song you hear on the radio but don't actually know the name to. Great job.
Mar 6th, 2010 at 22:52 GMT
From an American: thanks for the Canadian music lesson. I got a few thanks to the TV show Due South. And just FYI, the block from 6:49 through 7:38 did manage to sneak into the US through soundtracks. Not those particular songs, so it was hard to pinpoint who they were, but a song by 7:02 played a lot on the radio in the '90s.
Mar 7th, 2010 at 03:02 GMT
I'm saddened that Our Lady Peace made it (they were pretty popular in the US for a time) but I Mother Earth didn't.
Mar 7th, 2010 at 05:09 GMT
Great quiz. As an American, I have always been curious about the music of our neighbors of the north and these has shown me that I have a lot more to learn (FWIW, I think "Wavin' Flag" is gonna end up getting more recognition since it's the Official World Cup 2010 anthem) So thanks on giving me a list of Canadian bands to listen to. :)
Mar 7th, 2010 at 15:24 GMT
That was fun! Hey Rockgolf, did you try my latest CANCON quiz (Canadian Songs of U.S. places)?
Mar 7th, 2010 at 15:34 GMT
@Rockgolf: It was awfully clever/sneaky to not include the sole American hit of some of the artists (ex.One Fine Morning, Painted Ladies, Signs, Sweet City Woman).I was able to get most but not the Stampeders!
Mar 12th, 2010 at 21:17 GMT
25, including ALL of the oldies. Awesome quiz - you beat me to it. Luckily, the quiz I have in the works includes NONE of these artists - Major Hoople's Boarding House just isn't as familiar as these bands.
Mar 18th, 2010 at 17:35 GMT
Yay I got one! After feeling very disheartened when reading your comment. I love Our Lady Peace though. I have at least one other Canadian band in my collection: The Tea Party, but I don't suppose they were ever really "big" anywhere.
Mar 27th, 2010 at 19:39 GMT
For those of you unfamiliar with them, I highly recommend Billy Talent. Great quiz rockgolf - knew almost all of the songs but could only actually name 10 of the artists. Two minor points, the clip listed as starting at 10:48 seems to start at 10:38 and the K-Os song is spelled Crabbuckit.
Mar 28th, 2010 at 22:05 GMT
This was AWESOME. I was waiting for The Spoons, Strange Advance, Love & Sass, Lisa Loughheed, Shawn Desman, B44, McMaster & James...I would embrace a sequel of this for sure.
Mar 28th, 2010 at 22:58 GMT
American here. I was only able to get the one at 8:45, because of two reasons. First, I used to watch MuchMusic countdown as a kid and remember hearing this. Second, a couple of this band's songs are on NHL 2002.
Mar 29th, 2010 at 22:18 GMT
@mennoknight: Omigod, how did I forget The Spoons!?!? I had the choice of seeing what was then called "The Who's final concert" and a radio Xmas party gig with The Spoons and went to the latter. I even own their "best of" on CD, so no excuses.
Mar 30th, 2010 at 18:43 GMT
What?! No Stompin' Tom Connors?!?!
Apr 4th, 2010 at 09:01 GMT
15/40, though I recognised another ~10 songs (though I forgot who the artists were). One of the best Canadian quizzes that I've seen on Sporcle so far!
Apr 9th, 2010 at 20:46 GMT
You played a Great Big Sea song but it did not accept it, I think it was right before the maestro
Apr 10th, 2010 at 12:34 GMT
Atlas, that's not Great Big Sea. I cannot express how awesome this quiz is. I once saw members of Triumph admiring photos of themselves at the Hard Rock Cafe on Yonge Street.
Apr 14th, 2010 at 12:41 GMT
Awesome quiz/ I just have two suggestions to improve it. 1) Helix (of "Rock You" fame) also did "Make Me Do Anything You Want" Perhaps you could accept that one. Until I started this quiz, I thought it was their song. 2) Karl Wolf... since the majority of the clip you chose is simply a sample of Africa by Toto, perhaps another artist or clip would fit better into this quiz.
Apr 15th, 2010 at 05:05 GMT
what about shadowy men on a shadowy planet? one of the best Canadian bands of all time, and it just so happens the provided the music to one of the best tv shows ever.... kids in the hall. also maybe skinny puppy or the shuffle demons?? spadina bus was pretty catchy
Apr 19th, 2010 at 04:48 GMT
AWESOME QUIZ, you are the best. Canada representtttt
May 11th, 2010 at 05:51 GMT
tea party are actually big in Australia and Ireland (where Jeff Martin lives nowadays)
May 11th, 2010 at 05:52 GMT
and yeah, awesome quiz!
May 17th, 2010 at 05:49 GMT
Great quiz! I definitely recognized about twice as many as I got right...blanked on a lot of band names. The only one I was hoping to hear that wasn't here was The Kings "This Beat Goes On/Switching to Glide"...but maybe that was popular south of the border as well?
May 23rd, 2010 at 06:52 GMT
I'm Canadian and got 31/40. I mostly missed the 70's ones (though some of them I have indeed heard, I didn't know who sang them!)
May 23rd, 2010 at 13:53 GMT
Billy Talent is actually quite huge in the UK on the alternative/rock scene... I believe one of their albums even reached #1 on the alt-rock charts here..
May 23rd, 2010 at 13:59 GMT
Anyway, this was fantastic - so many songs especially from the 70's that I've listened to time and time again at work, but had NO idea who sang it, or songs by bands that I have heard, but never heard that song (For instance, "Signs" is a much more popular Five Man Electrical Band song..) Still great though. :)
May 23rd, 2010 at 17:18 GMT
Okay, so, American here. I've heard of Five Man Electrical Band because they did the song "Signs", not the song chosen here. Other than that, I have heard of the Tragically Hip and Our Lady Peace, although I couldn't name or recognize any songs by them. And that's about it. Fascinating how such a nearby country could have so many successful musical acts that nobody south of the border has ever heard of.
Jun 13th, 2010 at 04:03 GMT
I loved this quiz. Thank you. I actually guessed the artist at 1:41 before it came up,...but I was so pleased to see and hear it. I hope you do a sequel. Loved the Doug and the Slugs, I am embarassed that I missed the Chillawack, and I am so sorry for the world that many of these artists are unknown elsewhere.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 19:13 GMT
Total eargasm. I could sing along with every song except maybe 2, but had a hard time with some band names. Got a 27/40, and am kicking myself over a few. I was impressed by your 90s and 00s choices, like The Philosopher Kings and Sky. I also think I should get 20 extra Canadian points for being able to correctly spell Kreviazuk without googling.
Jul 17th, 2010 at 06:08 GMT
An easy FIVE rating, even without Spoons. Good to hear Crowbar, Lighthouse, Gowan and Blue Rodeo in there!
Jul 17th, 2010 at 19:48 GMT
Got a solid one after ignoring the warnings about how Americans would fail miserably. Luckily Our Lady Peace was relatively popular on rock stations so I got that. What amazes me is that a lot of these songs sound very similar to songs you'd hear on the radio in the US from American or British artists.
Jul 18th, 2010 at 12:56 GMT
My internal monologue went something like this: "Okay, keep listening, wait for the 90s. You'll recognize something then. Oh, hey! 'Here for a good time, not for a long time'--Randy's played that one on Vinyl Tap a couple of times. Don't remember the name of the band, though. Oh, well. Gotta wait for the 90s to come along. Soon.... YES! Thank you, Gordon Downie! It's so good to hear your voice."
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 02:27 GMT
Please make a sequel. Hell, have it be 80s only. So many great one-hit Canadian bands then. Blue Peter, Boys Brigade, Sherry Kean...
Jul 28th, 2010 at 08:51 GMT
C'mon. Seriously. Matthew Good Band.
Sep 3rd, 2010 at 16:54 GMT
I think Sky's Love Song should be in the 1990s category...but other than that, great quiz!
Nov 29th, 2010 at 19:26 GMT
I'm pretty lost until we got into the 90s. Then again I wasn't sentient during the 80s. Let alone the 70s. So there you have it.
Dec 30th, 2010 at 13:51 GMT
Another American: Some of these sounded familiar to me but I generally don't know names of popular and rock bands anyway. I wonder if living close to Canada means more exposure to Canadian bands. I did however know 'Wavin' Flag' because that was a big song during the World Cup last summer, and one of my housemates, from Bolivia, had it as her cell phone alarm.
Apr 4th, 2011 at 18:36 GMT
Awesome quiz! There are so many great songs on here that I was reminded of. It's such a shame that The Tragically Hip are on here. They deserve to be a huge band - they're the best Canadian band ever :)
Apr 12th, 2011 at 04:31 GMT
16/40 So I'm Canadian (but only 21) and even grew up with the Juno "Oh What a Feeling" collection in my house and loooved classic rock. I know most of the songs, but dont know a lot of the artists. I also didn't know that a lot of these are obscure Canadian artists that Americans don't know. "What do you mean Billy Talent, the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace and "patio lanterns" weren't staples in everyone else's childhood?" lol
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