Happy Canada Day! We kickoff our multi-day celebration of Canadian music with a group called April Wine!
April Wine formed in 1969 and initially caught my attention in in 1971 with a very catchy song called Could Have Been A Lady. Let’s listen…….
You have to love that guitar!
I kind of lost track of them for the rest of the 70’s but they once again caught my attention in 1981 with a song called Just Between You And Me. See what you think….
I completely lost track of April Wine after 1981 but based on a little recent research I am happy to report that they seem to still be a major concert draw in Canada. If you haven’t heard of April Wine before I highly recommend that you check them out, especially their early stuff. There are a number of greatest hits type collections that would be a good starting point. More great Canadian music tomorrow.
No…I am not a Canadian by birth but I absolutely love all things Canadian. Let me run down the list:
- The country of Canada is absolutely breathtaking. I have spent time on the Pacific Coast (British Columbia), the Atlantic Coast (Newfoundland), the Canadian Rockies, and in Ottawa and and all of it was absolutely beautiful.
- The people of Canada are the friendliest people that I have ever met. Everywhere I have travelled and worked in Canada the people are happy and helpful.
- A huge number of my favorite musicians are Canadian. How about just a top three list for now: Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joni Mitchell.
Based on this love of all things Canadian, this blog will be celebrating Canada Day through July 4. Each day we will feature some lesser known (in comparison to the three superstars mentioned above) Canadian musicians and enjoy their music.
By the way, in case you don’t know, July 1 is a national holiday in Canada celebrating the anniversary of the 1867 unification of three separate colonies into a single country called Canada. To kickoff the celebration, I think you will enjoy the following videos (made by Molson) celebrating some of what it means to be a Canadian.