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We took a break from playing The Cure’s Drowning Man 19 -make that 20 times – in recent weeks to go on a Canada Day/ July 1 Canadiana tour here at Step On Mag HQ for our holiday afternoon at home before stepping out for a BBQ & fireworks with friends. In honest-to-goodness (perhaps retro) Canadian fashion, this list doesn’t aim to be cool or trendy but comes from the gut and goes for the heart, lending itself to air guitar, starting in stupified silence at the insane precision of Neil Peart’s more on time than machines drumming, wears ragged jeans and even “lumberjackets” unironically, loves its Mom and its ketchup chips (crisps in U.K. translation) and freely celebrates a land where Kinder Surprises are traded openly and without society crumbling. It includes some also-rans as well as some we’ve never stopped playing (and listening to like the sages they are). It allows for “girl pop” and “utterly boy prog rock” alike and nods cooly to our freckle-faced, skinned knee 80s roots as well as our 90s Alternative /Modern Rock growth. And anywhere else the time machine wanted to go. Enjoy, eh? Sorry. Thanks.

RUSH – SUBDIVISIONS

GORD DOWNIE – CHANCELLOR

NEIL YOUNG – BANDIT

SAGA – WIND HIM UP

STRANGE ADVANCE – WE RUN

THE LOWEST OF THE LOW – JUST ABOUT “THE ONLY” BLUES

RUSTY – CALIFORNIA

STARS – TAKE ME TO THE RIOT

THE WATCHMEN – ALL UNCOVERED

THE TRAGICALLY HIP  – IT’S A GOOD LIFE IF YOU DON’T WEAKEN

CHILLIWACK – FLY BY NIGHT

KINGS – SWITCHIN’ TO GLIDE (THIS BEAT GOES ON)

RUSH – TOM SAWYER

COWBOY JUNKIES – POWDERFINGER

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS – THIS IS NOT LIKE HOME

HAYDEN – THE PLACE WHERE WE LIVED

COWBOY JUNKIES – SUN COMES UP IT’S TUESDAY MORNING

BARZIN – PAST ALL CONCERNS

54-40 – LOVE YOU ALL

WILDLIFE – STAND IN THE WATER

MARTHA & THE MUFFINS – ECHO BEACH 

54-40 – I GO BLIND

54-40 – SHE LA

ARCADE FIRE – INTERVENTION

BIG WRECK – THAT SONG

I MOTHER EARTH – ONE MORE ASTRONAUT

OUR LADY PEACE – CLUMSY

THE DISRAELIS – IN MEMORY

OUR LADY PEACE – JULIA

THE TRAGICALLY HIP – NAUTICAL DISASTER

NEIL YOUNG – DON’T BE DENIED

(Please source/buy music from the artists’ official channels/sites.)

All pictures are c. Step On Magazine and /or Dave MacIntyre

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