Our Anthem – A Top of Our Lungs Playlist

Happy birthday, Canada! At 149 your shores are looking a little weathered, but then haven’t they always? That’s what adds to your charm.

For all of you celebrating the birth of the True North Strong and Free, I’ve put together a little (okay, big) playlist for you. A lot of things have come to symbolize Canada on the world stage. Politeness, beavers, maple syrup, Tim Hortons “coffee,” attractive and/or drug-using politicians. Seeing as we’re all about music here, I thought we could honour (with a U) the most Canadian song. No, not the Hockey Night In Canada Theme (rights now owned by a broadcaster with next to know hockey to broadcast…)

It was 36 years ago that O Canada became our official anthem (Fun fact: That happened to coincide with it’s 100th birthday.) The words should be familiar to all you hosers, and the occasional Yankee, too. If not, you’ll find them in the playlist below.

Each word (prepositions, conjunctions, etc. excluded) is represented, in order, in the songs selected by some truly excellent Canadian bands.

You’ll find indie favourites like Kathleen Edwards, Arcade Fire and Joel Plaskett (check out our Instagram for where Joel and other acts are playing for today’s celebrations.) Canadian classics are there too — Great Big Sea, Gord Downie. Hopefully you’ll find a new act you love, too. Maybe Hexes & Ohs or Twin River.

Make sure you listen to the playlist before the sun goes down, though. It will be hard to hear the music over the fireworks.

Happy Canada Day!

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115 thoughts on “Our Anthem – A Top of Our Lungs Playlist

  1. Hi everyone! Hannah George’s is opening for Boy and Bear. Was super lucky to see her this past Tuesday at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She put on a wonderful performance.

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  2. Sorry if anyone was having issues with the playlist. There seemed to be some issue with the code I got from Spotify. I’ve changed it and it seems to be working now. Let us know if you run into any problems.

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  3. Took me a minute, believe it or not, but the penny dropped. CONTRATS ON THE ‘ANTHEM STRINGING’ IN THE GRAPHIC!

    Pretty damned good. A keeper.

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  4. TOOL @6:20: “Clever girl…”

    (I’m quoting of course the first and original Jurassic Park.)

    Off cycling while C. Day is still fresh, in more ways than one.

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  5. OMG, My penny hadn’t dropped! Thanks for the nudge, Benoit. That’s super super super super cool!

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  6. Hey Anonymous – I was at that Hannah Georgas show at the Ark, too. T’was wonderful, wasn’t it?

    Happy Canada Day, all.

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  7. I appreciate the new/old music as well! And funny how I’m getting adds all about artists that were at NXNE!

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  8. What song’s everyone listening to right now? I’m listening to True Patriot Love ๐Ÿ™‚ So sad I keep missing Plaskett Concerts due to timing or, more often, being in the wrong part of the country.

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  9. Samara are heading out for a walk with Molly. Going to see what’s going on in Meaford for Canada Day. See you all later.

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  10. Hi everybody!
    I’m so out of date on my operating system that Flash doesn’t work=no playlist for me. <:(
    I will try to rectify that 'cause this playlist/article is awesome!!! Thanks @zammy & tiffy & Garfy & JG & EVERYBODY!

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  11. This Sam Roberts tune is *killer*. Who ever thought of this idea was clearly inspired. That guitar riff totally makes me think of our sunny times in Toronto.

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  12. 2 statements from me right now:
    1. met up wit high school friends last night and today I have a fun induced headache.

    2. Met a guy last night – but I don’t think I could ever date him because I hate the music he listens to. That’s totally normal, right?

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  13. @tiffy – I wouldn’t make it a deal breaker but it is certainly a big factor. Finding some common ground is helpful.

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  14. HAPPY CANADA DAY.

    @Tiffy 2. I’ll say yes, although mine doesn’t even know who Arcade Fire is and sometimes that makes me scratch my head. ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

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  15. @Tiffy: Depends…do you hate *all* of his music, or just some? For instance, my partner loves RAA and Whitehorse (yay!) but also Billy Joel (no thanks….)
    I guess it depends. If he likes the Biebs allatime, and nothing but, then yeah; run for the hills.

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  16. @ Tiffy: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Dammit.
    Also going to check out that girl band now, thank you…

    @Samara: HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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  17. Also just found out that Pete Morey is hosting the CBC Music broadcast this eve, wooo! I will be at the Fireworks, but if anyone’s on later, check it out!

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  18. LAURITA IS HERE!

    Is the CBC Canada day stream geofenced? I want to see my Pirate Beatrice)

    (I like Blink 182 (._. )

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  19. @tiffy – But is he open to discovering other music? They have to at least be willing to check out other music with an open mind.

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  20. @Tiffy re guy / music: my husband and I have about a 40% crossover of music we like and we make it work!

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  21. Good morning and Happy Canada Day everyone! I just have gotten going today, I seemed to have gotten a stomach bug, feel like there’s a bunch of garbage in my guts.

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  22. Wow. I just turned my phone on and it buzzed for a full second with all of the NHL free agency notifications…

    Hello, everyone! Glad everyone is loving the playlist and thank you for all the compliments. It was a lot of effort and I’m not 100 per cent happy with the transitions, but it was the best I could do within the concept.

    Also, I know we repeat “O Canada, we stand on guard for thee” twice at the end of the song… but you try finding two more songs with “thee” in their title. (I found one, but it was the hardest of hardcore punk and I couldn’t figure a way to transition into it.)

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  23. I can just imagine the work that went into it Zammie!

    I started a less work intensive Canada Day playlist yesterday after the idea was planted in my head from you.

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  24. Reg,
    That advice was for Tiffy and her Blink 182-living snog

    Note: Snog, the real slang term from Britain, not schnog, the thing Grant is always looking for

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  25. I’m a blog killer, evidently

    My phone doesn’t hold blog name and email in those fields. Makes for a pain

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  26. KEPX is showing us what R3 doesn’t do anymore: program stuff you wouldn’t hear otherwise. In this case, Price doing A Case Of You live, in 1982.

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  27. I almost had a Canada Day miracle since the Canucks jersey I ordered two days ago is already in the city, but I don’t think DHL is still working.

    Yes, if there are Christmas miracles, there are Canada Day miracles.

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  28. @Garf Well, it was on Amazon, which I guess uses DHL.. I didn’t pay for extra shipping. It was meant to be here on July 16th, then July 8th. AND IT’S HERE. Now I’m seriously considering going skating just to show off, bahahahaha

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  29. I just realized why the live feed for The National rerun wouldn’t work when I tried it at 10pm. I am back on UK time now it was 4 hours before it was due to go out live

    *facepalm*

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  30. no, it goes out live at 1am with a rerun straight after at 2am UK time

    It’s the same as the fact that the main evening news from America is at 11:30 UK time but I couldn’t quite get my head around it in Canada so every time I saw it was coming up to 11:30 I would think that I would watch the NBC news before remembering it was 5 hours ago and Fallon was due to come on.

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  31. The poutine place may not be open :ยด( And the boyfriend wants us to go hang out with his friends….
    How desperate is going skating on my own on a Friday night if I can’t skate?

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  32. @Garf I like his friends, but it’s Canada Day ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    (You can point out who’s the mature person in this relationship!)

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  33. from what I have read it appears that you are meant to do what he wants but it doesn’t work the other way very often (but I may be biased here)

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  34. reg, in no way does it look weird because…
    I wouldn’t have known about the youth large if you hadn’t mentioned it.
    So… :sp

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  35. @reg yeah, I tried a bunch of times, radio 1 & 2 came in fine but all was silent on 3.
    (sniff)

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  36. I think I’m going to do what Benoit told me when I wasn’t sure of going to Toronto and dropping the boyfriend. It was something like “yeah, like you were going to compel to that”. Can’t remember the exact words. I guess I’ll try my best. (Thanks to Benoit for that)

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  37. @Garf That’s a very lovely statement. Thank you. (NOOO, it sounds like the most awesome group of friends. Not a cult at all)

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  38. reg, 4:55 I think it might have been “yeah, like you’d be muuuuch happier kowtowing* to him

    (except not sure it was “kowtowing”; bowing down?)

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  39. “being servile”; โ€œyeah, like youโ€™d be muuuuch happier being servile”

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  40. For luckymaloo, tomorrow (from the new R3 FAQ)

    Mobile Site / Mobile App
    What mobile devices do you support? And what kind of browser do you support for each device?
    We support iOS (8.4+) and Android (5.0+). For iOS devices, we recommend you use Safari. For Android devices, we would recommend Chrome.

    What mobile apps do you have?
    Our latest mobile apps are available for iOS and Android.
    To download:

    iOS: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cbc-music/id492672474?mt=8
    Android: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.cbc

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  41. Twice I’ve tried to post a CBC FAQ containing two links, and twice this site blew up: didn’t register, and threw me back up top.

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  42. @Benoit Yeah! THAT! (Think it was the second, I’d remember the kotowing ’cause I had never seen that word before) Thanks.

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