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Canadian Music That Made It
"Canada has produced some outstanding musical acts and singers, yet most people around the world would be hard pressed to name more than three Canadian groups. This is a quiz to introduce a few of the better known groups and singers."
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This group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is perhaps recognized for its most influential song 'American Woman'. The song has been sung by many many people since this group became big with it, most recently by Lenny Kravitz. Can you pick out the correct group?
The Guess Who
Remember the 80's? Who wore 'Sunglasses at Night'?
This singer made her debut in 1997 with 'Under These Rocks and Stones' and was also featured on the 'Armageddon' soundtrack. Who is she?
This group has been well-known in Canada for quite some time, but only managed more commercial success in Canada and the United States with the re-release of their song 'Brian Wilson'. What is the name of the group?
Crash Test Dummies
Great Big Sea
Our Lady Peace
These East Coast boys have catapulted Celtic folk songs into the mainstream, by fusing rock into the traditional versions. Their most well-known album 'Up' quickly went platinum, name the band?
Great Big Sea
Canada's most successful rock group ever, these guys had their biggest days in the 1980's, particularly with 'Permanent Waves'. Name the group?
The Guess Who
Not really a country crooner, but more a symbol of New Country, this woman grew up in considerable poverty, until she was finally able to burst onto the Country music stage. Who is this 'Diva' who seems to have a lot of woman in her?
Who has a 'Heart of Gold', likes to 'Keep on Rocking in the Free World', but doesn't like the 'Southern Man'?
Toronto's premiere (and perhaps Canada's) soul act has whammied its way into the charts in the last few years. The group's most well known hits were 'Cry' (a remake) and 'Hurts To Love You'. Name these boys?
The Philosopher Kings
This group mixes a delightful blend of pure rock and country music, making their brand of music acceptable to a wide range of audiences. Two of the main frontmen, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, quite often split from the group and produce solo recordings. Which of the following is the name of the group?
Big Audio Dynamite
Probably the biggest band in Canada in the 1990's and the 2000's, but virtually unheard of in the rest of the world. Ask ANY Canadian under 45 and I personally guarantee that they will have at least heard of this group. Ok, so a well known song?, try 'New Orleans is Sinking' or 'The Hundredth Meridian'. Name the group?
The Tragically Hip
Our Lady Peace
One of the most well known female vocalists in Canada and the US in the 1990's and the power and motivation behind Lilith Fair. Who is she?
This musician has been playing hit music since 1976 and has continued to produce up until today. He really liked the 'Summer of '69' and if you miss him so bad it 'Cuts Like a Knife', he's gonna 'Run to You'. Who is he?
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Ok, a sort of mean question here. This group is actually made up of three Americans and only one Canadian. BUT, and it is a big but, the Canadian is the lead singer and was also the momentum in relocating the group from Boston to Toronto. More of a name in Canada, but still known in the US, their best released single is 'Blown Wide Open' (in my opinion), but their bigger hits were 'The Oaf' and 'That Song'. Who are they?
Well known for their song 'The Weight' from the Easy Rider Soundtrack and a multitude of other well known songs, this group only actually had one top thirty single hit 'Up on Cripple Creek'. Despite a poor showing in the singles charts, this group managed to stage a gig at Winterland in San Francisco with guests including Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and Neil Diamond. They were also the first Canadian act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Who are they?
Levon and the Hawks
The Guess Who
This Francophone Canadian has made it into the bigtime in both French popular music and the English popular scene. Considered one of the few International Divas, who sang 'My Heart Will Go On' from the Titanic movie soundtrack?
This New Wave group from the 1980's, sort of a cross between Duran Duran and Def Leppard (yeah that didn't help really did it), had a huge hit with 'Crying Over You'. and became very popular in the North American market for a few years. Unfortunately, after discovering that they were being stiffed by their record label and management company over royalties in the late 1980's, they put out one more album and then folded. Who were they?
Canada had a singer who 'came out of the closet' around the same time as the US's Melissa Ethridge. This singer started with a very identifiable country edge, but moved into pop in the early 1990's with her album 'Ingenue'. Can you name her?
Ahhhh, sweet angst. This lady has had a hard time and is willing to tell you all about it. She originally started her career out by using only her first name, but became 'Too Hot'. Come on, this is someone 'You Oughta Know'. What with her 'Jagged Little Pills', she always feels 'Uninvited', but it's ok, she'll still 'Thank U' anyway. Who is this woman of the 1990's?
(Two Words - Again Re-read the Question!)
This woman was a major influence in North American folk-based music in the 1960's and 1970's. Famous songs include 'Clouds', 'You Turn Me On (I'm a Radio)', 'Raised On a Robbery', 'Help Me' and 'Big Yellow Taxi'. A compadre of such names as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, David Crosby (of The Byrds), Graham Nash and David Geffen. Who is she?
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