The Return of Great Canadian Music

In the 80’s there were numerous well known Canadian rock and pop bands. Too many to name here, ok not really, I just don’t feel like doing it.

While watching MuchMusic tonight I realized it’s happening again. Excluding Justin Bieber , which I’m only doing because he’s a phenomenon, in a different league than these other acts. Whether or not he’s good isn’t the point here.

There is a plethora of great talent out there that we should be supporting.

The first that comes to mind in Jesse LaBelle. If you haven’t heard of him I’m not surprised but believe me you will. For awhile he was sort of behind the scenes as a song writer. His second album comes out in August and I love his new single. Sadly no matter how hard I try I can not get the video embedded but follow the link, it’s worth it! Someone tell Jesse to get himself a Vevo channel!

Heartbreak Coverup featuring Alyssa Reid

My favourite song is Perfect Accident off his first album.

Another of the Great Canadian Groups is Marianas Trench. If you haven’t heard of them by now I don’t know why. Not only is their music great but their videos are done incredibly well. Full of pop culture moments that make them really fun to watch!

Marianas Trench has a new video for Desperate Measures

but one of my faves is Celbrity Status

The third band on the list is not one that I listen to a lot.  I have listed them here because they are a big selling act.   Hedley is a band with many fans and even though I am not typically one of them I do really enjoy their song Invincible

Finally, I present to you Shawn Hook, a performer I’ve only recently discovered, again thanks to MuchMusic.

and for everyone who remembers We’re Not Going To Take It or You Gotta Fight For your Right (To Party) listen to Shawn’s song Middle Finger.

I’ve shared some of great Canadian Talent faves with you now it’s your turn to share some with me. Let me knowwhich acts you think I should check out next.


Awesome Award Show

Sunday night was the MMVA’s which I was very much looking forward to seeing.  I was visiting my mom and we were working on something special and I forgot to watch them.  I caught a bit of them yesterday but was finally able to catch the whole show today.

Now, as previously mentioned I am NOT a teenage or even 20 something year old girl. I am a 41 year old woman and self-proclaimed Pop Princess. I look forward to the MMVA’s even more so than the Grammy’s. They are more fan oriented with much shorter speeches and usually the red carpet is a phenomenal spectacle of crazy exciting entrances as well as great performances.

I’ve seen Mariana’s Trench arrive in a Hot Tub and Katy Perry drive up in an ice cream truck. This year imagine my extreme disappointment when only Mariana’s Trench arrived in style. Dressed as soldiers on horseback and arriving in a bouncy castle thank you M.T. for not letting your fans down.  Although Carly Rae Jepsen did arrive with two buff guys cleaning her car.

As per usual the performances were fantastic. Carly Rae Jepsen sang Call Me Maybe from a phone swing and bantered with LAFMO who were incredibly fun to watch as the co-hosts of the show.

Hedley, Mariana’s Trench, LMFAO, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Nelly Furtado,

Flo rida  and

Katy Perry    all performed.

I loved the glow of the led rings that glittered in the crowd during Katy’s song.

And it wouldn’t be a MMVA show these days without Justin Bieber who arrived at the show holding his baby brother and closed the show with All Around The World/Boyfriend. My only question is what’s with the pants?

At first I thought I was back in the 80’s and he was wearing Hammer pants. I will say to my young friend E. that since we last discussed it at Maple Leaf Monster Jam, Boyfriend has actually grown on me. The more I hear it the more I like it but I still don’t think it’s his best. On that we’ll have to disagree. 🙂

Let’s not forget the tv actors that came by to present the awards like Glee’s  Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss, Rico Rodriguez from Modern Family, Lucy Hale star of Pretty Little Liars, Shenae Grimes flew in from 90210,  and Jesse Metcalf  left Dallas to present an award.

Hopefully by next year the fantastical entrances will be back but even if they aren’t I’ll be happy with as long as they keep bringing the incredible performances.