Hello Canada

There are so many great bands from Canada, from Leonard Cohen to the Wainwright family to Emily Haines and the Broken Social Scene folks. In the past couple of months I’ve seen some great Canadian bands, just off the top of my head I know Women, Ora Cogan and Mark Hamilton/Woodpigeon are all from Canada. I’ve probably seen some more without realizing it.

Here are 3 more Canadian bands that’ll be playing in London soon:


Photo by Beth Sweeney

Charming, relaxed folk pop from Halifax. Share will be playing at the Slaughtered Lamb on the 28th of January and at the Brixton Windmill on the 8th of February. The band have dates all over the country, including one in York with Peter Broderick. For a full list of tour dates and to hear songs you can go to their Myspace. My personal favourite song they have up is Silhouette, and I also noticed another great Canadian musician, Julie Doiron, in their top friends. It’s a shame I won’t be able to make the Slaughtered Lamb show (it clashes with Loney Dear) but if you’re free I’d recommend going. Shows at the Lamb are always very intimate and cosy (and cheap) so it would be fun to catch this band.

The Olympic Symphonium

The Olympic Symphonium

Beautiful, intricate folk songs from New Brunswick. I enjoyed all of the songs on their Myspace player and I look forward to catching them live. They have a show on the 3rd of February with Rod Thomas at the Big Chill House, which is FREE! So unless you are busy you have no excuse not to go. They have another date on the 8th at The Windmill with Share, and another on the 10th at The Slaughtered Lamb. On their Myspace they list llamas as their influence, any band that is llama-influenced is clearly worth investigating.

Grand Theft Bus

Grand Theft Bus by ???

Grand Theft Bus by ???

Upbeat, energetic pop songs. They have a date on February 2nd at the New Oxford Street Barfly and another on the 6th at 229 on Great Portland Street. You can find out more on their website or Myspace. Private Wars is very poppy and catchy and my favourite of the songs on their Myspace player. It feels like a summertime song so doesn’t really fit with the grim weather we’ve got at the moment. Looking out the window now I thought I saw a parrot in the garden, but it was just a pigeon. How disappointing.

If you love live music it might be worth popping along to one of these shows.

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4 Responses to Hello Canada

  1. Chalky January 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    I’ve just put my husband on a plane to Canada, wish I could have gone as well :(

  2. tomatobrown January 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    Canadian bands are amazing, love the site. You might like mine too: http://foodforthebeloved.wordpress.com

  3. Ming Wu January 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Love your blog!
    Yay for Canadian acts!
    I missed out on The Olympic Symphonium on the weekend when they were in Ottawa


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