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Canada Day Playlist

In celebration of Canada Day we look at all of our favourite Canadian Music we love to perform ->

This is a wonderful time of year to be a Canadian. Aside from the fact that Canada Day is just around the corner, there is a summer magic that comes over us northerners as we turn our attention to those summer plans we have been making all year long.

For us, it means a return to weddings in NOTL, Vineland and Cottage Country, as outdoor summer weddings become a popular choice under tents and patios once again.

Along with this move to the great outdoors comes a shift in the music we often perform. Acoustic, roots, rock, and indie all sound a little better through these hot summer months, which is where some of our favourite Canadian Artists and songs fit it in best.

This week, in honour of Canada Day, we celebrate all of our favourite Canadian songs that we love to perform at these amazing summer weddings and events from the past 40+ years.

I am one of the proudest Canadians there is, in no small part because of our music. Hope this inspires you to make a Canada Day Playlist of your own this year. Cheers!!


Some of the greatest rock bands of all time came from Canada. From Bryan Adams to April Wine to Rush have dozens of hits under their names alone, before we even scratch the surface of 80s favourites from Loverboy to Corey Hart to Blue Rodeo. There is so much nostalgia listening to these distinctive 80s songs that are written so well that they sound amazing stripped down to acoustic summer sounds too.

Summer Of 69 - Bryan Adams Sunglasses At Night - Corey Hart Working For The Weekend - Loverboy Let Your Backbone Slide - Maestro Fresh Wes Safety Dance - Men Without Hats Echo Beach - Martha & The Muffins Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone - Glass Tiger I Go Blind - 54-40 Limelight - Rush Sign Of The Gypsy Queen - April Wine Black Velvet - Alannah Myles Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen I'm An Adult Now - Pursuit of Happiness Kids In The Hall Theme - Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet


Some of my all-time favourite songs are on this list. From Alanis Morissette to Celine Dion to Sarah McLachlin, Canadians truly changed and influenced the sound of so many different genres in the 90s. From Barenaked Ladies to The Tragically Hip, there are so many Canadian staples here that you can make a great Canadian Music Playlist from this decade alone.

Lovers In A Dangerous Time - Barenaked Ladies You Learn - Alanis Morissette Peter Pumpkinhead - Crash Test Dummies Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan

Fall From Grace - Amanda Marshall Bobcaygeon - The Tragically Hip Enya - The Age Of Electric Rain Will Fall - I Mother Earth All Uncovered - The Watchmen Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane Could I Be Your Girl - Jann Arden Sleepy Maggie - Ashley MacIsaac Informer - Snow You're A Superstar - Love Inc. Drinking In LA - Bran Van 3000 The Power Of Love - Celine Dion


This is the decade that began with Sum41 and ended with Metric and had as many popular touring Canadian Rock Bands as there are miles on the Trans Canada Highway. I remember lots of these songs from Much Music's Big Shiny Tunes compilation albums which I loved so much. But there is also a softer side to this decade with awesome artists like Chantal Kreviazuk and Bedouin Soundclash that are so lovely to include in soft summer set-lists.

Fat Lip - Sum 41 Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne Innocent - Our Lady Peace Sunday Morning - K-OS Get Ready - Shawn Desman Promiscuous Girl - Nelly Furtado We Will Still Need A Song - Hawksley Workman One Thing - Finger Eleven Photograph - Nickleback Lies! (Rebellion) - Arcade Fire Save Your Scissors - City & Colour Sing Me Spanish Techno - The New Pornographers When The Night Feels My Song - Bedouin Soundclash Gimme Sympathy - Metric 1234 - Feist

2010s & 2020s

As the world of music got poppier and dancier over the last decade and a half, so did Canadian Music. Even Tegan & Sara created pop hits with Tiesto that everybody loved. From Walk Off The Earth to Justin Bieber, there are tons of awesome recognizable songs that are great to play acoustically in a lazy summer style.

Sorry - Justin Bieber What I Wouldn't Do - Serena Ryder Closer - Tegan and Sara Marry Me Archie - Alvvays Tokyo Summer - Mounties Spirits - The Stumbellas

Leather Jacket - The Arkells Make A New Dance Up - Hey Ocean

No Roots - Alice Merton Senorita - Shawn Mendes

Rootin For You - Alessia Cara Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake Starboy - The Weeknd Let's Go - The Beaches


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