OurBasement Playlist: Landmarks

By Regina Sienra

Whether you live in a big city or small town Canada, there’s always a feeling of pride, belonging or representation when a building, a street, a station or any other landmark you pass by on your daily basis makes it to a song that has the potential of reaching thousands of ears. In some cases, it’s like seeing a story cross paths with yours.

For outsiders, hearing about such landmarks is an unique way to learn about any given city through local artists or visiting musicians that were inspired enough to incorporate it into their art.

Take a trip across Canada through the places – popular or unknown, large or tiny, natural or manmade – that make each city or town unique.

Visit the ever-changing landscape of False Creek in Vancouver, beautiful Wascana Lake in Regina, a busy intersection in Winnipeg, bubbling Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montreal or an iconic venue in Halifax. You never know what you can learn from your neighbours. Or the place you live in.

Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for this playlist: Darbarspecial, Loozrboy, Shonica, Switters, CDNz1, GarfieldUK, Zammachus, Tiffy, Morgana, Old Abe and Scott. If your song isn’t here, be sure it’ll be used at a future OurBasement playlist.

Did you spot all the landmarks? Is there any other song that belongs on this list? Let us know in the comments.

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132 thoughts on “OurBasement Playlist: Landmarks

  1. Answer to your question from yesterday Old Abe. No, I wasn’t on R3 other than lurking on occasion I usually listened to R2 at work. My wife & I live in Midhurst (just north of Barrie). My Mom’s family comes from Chesley which is why I know Meaford and Keppel are close geographically.

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  2. The only thing I intend to post about the Donald today:

    All politicians who have a chance of being elected sell you a bill of goods — they promise far more than can ever be delivered; it’s inevitable. But re Drumpf in particular, how the hell is it that people are forgetting this? He’s a master at selling puffery. IT’S DONALD TRUMP!!!

    (I just heard someone on the radio who was a ‘Never Trump’ and now thinks she agrees with a few of his principles.)

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  3. Good morning!
    Amazing post @reg! Home-run after home-run, y’all are the awesomest! xo
    HaPpY BiRtHdAy BfO!!!:)

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  4. hotpatch, because a scared electorate is a docile electorate.

    I mean, seriously, I’ve been making a point of not tuning in to so many news reports, shows, etc., because the Orange Huckster is going to be featured.

    I’ve had more than my fill of that individual. I’m fully donalded.

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  5. Some of you may enjoy this: It seems that lichenologists (yes, that’s a word) have just found out (not quite proven yet) that lichens are not only symbiotes of fungi and algae, but that a yeast is also in the mix.

    They are stunned. It’s a new technique, on the back of someone noticing two “different” lichens were dna-identical (both the fungus and the algae), but one was an Amerindian edible and the other, poison.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/lichen-yeast-1.3689468?cmp=rss

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  6. @tiffy #3255 I totally hear you. Gurgle. Keep that smart & lovely head above water. Or maybe a snorkel would help? I might try that.
    xo

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  7. Oh goodie:
    *IOC reports 45 more positive doping cases in retests from 2008, 2012 Olympics*

    “A total of 1,243 samples have been retested so far in the first two waves of the reanalysis program.
    The 30 new positive cases from Beijing involved athletes from four sports and eight countries.
    The 15 athletes caught in the new London tests represent two sports and nine countries. The IOC did not say whether any were medallists”

    The names are being kept under wraps for the time being.

    http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/ioc-reports-more-positive-doping-cases-retests-from-2008-2012-olympics.html

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  8. Another great post for Our Basement! I may be playing favourites, but I love the picture in this post!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Benoit! If what Shonica says is true.

    Good morning, everyone else (unless it’s your birthday, too, in which case adjust accordingly)

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  10. Thanks for the good wishes everyone.
    Unsurprisingly, I feel just like yesterday. The similarity is astounding.
    Going to a ‘family’ b-day lunch, should be nice.
    BUT TOO HOT.

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  11. Instead of listening to angry orange man last night, I went the the pool last night with a friend, swam laps and lounged around by the pool after, felt so awesome, warm summer night. We then drove around looking for a cool bar to hang out on Saturday for a group get together. A much more uplifting way to spend the evening.

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  12. The angry orange man is scary. I hope he goes away in November. And I’m sorry you have a running injury, Justin. It must suck to not have that stress release.

    I am also having one of those weeks, tiffy. Hold your head up.

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  13. JG, 7:17, I agree. A much better use of your existence.

    We could usefully skip ahead to, um, October anyway, without hearing any more guff from anyone, and I for one wouldn’t weep.

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  14. ya, I love this weekly playlist thing! I like thinking that we’re all listening to the same thing at the same time. It feels like–I don’t know–a radio station?

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  15. that hip thing by cbc has just taught me a lyric is different than I’ve always thought it was.
    I always thought it was “teor voices rang with that area twang” but according to this cbc thing, it’s “their voices rang with that Aryan twang”.
    Huh.

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  16. FT I always heard that (Aryan) — which throws a brick into the song…
    What a great lyricist! (Gotta go!)

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  17. @reginula i have been looking forward to this playlist since yesterday morning; it is not disappointing:) i really appreciate your hard work, you keep ourbasement sounding most excellent.

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  18. @Morgana Hi! Thank you so much for reading and listening! Glad you’re enjoying it 😀 It’s teamwork what keeps OurBasement awesome!

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  19. @reginula #3308 i feel kinda bad that i don’t have the know how to contribute more. i harvested garlic today. i have the know how to do that …

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  20. @garfy #3311 nice of you to say. i can see that you and others are doing so much which makes me wish i could do more though.
    BTW how is the sleep going these days?

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  21. @funhog somehow #3312 makes me remember that we were talking about a winter meet up for a snow/music get together in Nelson. Winter shows are beginning to get booked so I can start sharing those details as they arise then we can pick a time.

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  22. @Morgana What Garf said 😀 You’re doing a lot by being here and commenting, but if you have any ideas, or want to write or would like to see some topic covered here, feel free to pitch it at us. And thanks again ❤

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  23. @Morgana, My body clock is somewhere around Japan at the moment (I got up about 3 hours ago) but I should be able to correct it a lot more over the weekend because I don’t have to worry about packages coming in the mail meaning I don’t have to stay awake until at least 10am waiting for the mail carrier

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  24. Guilty as charged. Muchas gracias. Sixty effing eight.
    And to think The Beatles’ When I’m Sixty-Four freaked me out (this much), four years ago….

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  25. @Garf What what? You’re experimenting with body clocks from around the clock or was that just a side effect from a not so scheduly sleeping schedule?

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  26. I feel you, Blink 182’s song that said “Nobody likes you when you’re 23” hit me hard over a year ago.

    :3 KIDDING

    (I mean, maybe still no one likes me)

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  27. @morgana… My Stepmom is OK. She had to have another surgery. Even with chemotherapy between the first surgery and this one they found more. 😦 . She is recovering and getting her energy back after this most recent surgery. She likely will be in hospital until Tuesday or so. Once she is strong enough she will go ahead and do some very intensive chemo moving forward. Her attitude is amazing and am amazed by her. She has been a Catholic all her life and has a very strong (and true) faith which I highly respect. She is fully aware of what all this means. More than anything I am supporting her and especially my Dad too. We remain hopeful and hope this next round will kick in.

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  28. @Reg, I have never been very good at keeping a regular sleep pattern but every so often it gets particularly bad and this just happens to be one of those times

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  29. @Garf I did not know that song. Willing to trade with anyone who plays Whack-a-mole for 17 hours a day.

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  30. @b from 0 #3315 getting older is very hard work. just remember you earned all of those battle wounds and keep raging on!!!
    remind me of that next weekend ok …

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  31. Sofa King great! I hadn’t seen it, but Jon Stewart got 13:30 minutes of Colbert’s current nightly talk show. (Last night?) In those 13:30 minutes (actually in far less time), he demonstrates just how much moral gravitas he has, compared or not to many others. Highly recommended viewing.

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  32. @reginlu #3316 I nominate @mcfflyer to contibute. so much knowledge tucked away there in california. i envision hearing threads of performers and their various project/gig tales, connect the dot style; “non radio three californiacation connections”.

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  33. @garfielduk #3318 resetting the internal clock can be difficult, especially when you have a tricky relationship with REM already. I have always found it helpful to physically wear my self out during what should be late to mid day then i can sleep better. an alarm and a big cup o’ tea when it is supposed to be wake up time O_0 yay caffeine for a reset assist!

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  34. The least news I could find. Not linking.
    “‘Mountain lion’ spotted in California was actually just a house cat”

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  35. I first heard that word because of the RHCP album/song. Never really looked the word up, but I bet there not much looking up to do.

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  36. @justingrady #3322 phew, surgery between chemo treatments! the dr’s must have really felt it was necessary and recognized her strength. please let her know that this total stranger is rooting for her:)

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  37. @Morgana, having a tenuous link with regular sleep patterns can have it’s good points, such as crossing several time zones without much problem, but it has it’s bad side as well

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  38. @b from o #3344 oh right, i remember watching some of that wank fest of a show.
    i gave @mcfflyers title a few more words but I thought the Califonication was a nice tip of the hat to the Shaggin Waggin and of course his State. nothing to do with any RH Chilli Peppers.

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  39. Just saw Jon Stewart at Colbert’s show. Amazing.
    (and big ups for the Hamilton reference. I first heard that phrase there, so I never really knew it was an actual historical statement)

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  40. i am back after an hour long power outage.
    rain and wind and such are also messing with my plans today …

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  41. also, something has shifted in the music scene in my region; there is a huge gap in bookings at the current local music venue but this afternoon i have discovered that snowblink and royal canoe are both booked this coming fall at a venue that is a 1.5 hours of highway driving away … and i don’t drive!!!!

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  42. Oh, hiii again! I was already trying to guess! I was playing with the Guess Who of my brain.

    The board game, not the Winnipeg band.

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  43. @reginula I will have to do some sleuthing to see what is going on re the main venue change in my region. i am spoiled by a 10min walk to my local venue … and like it that way!!!!

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  44. any who, i am just glad the power is back on. this morning was clean up from last nights dinner guests (inlaws) and now I need to get ready for a house/dinner guest for tonight.

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  45. @Morgana is the other venue in a bigger city? I’m wonder what could be going on.

    outages: I’d say there’s about one every two months, or once a month at worst, but they happen in tiny areas (like, a three block radius) and it’s usually fixed in 30 minutes or less. For anything longer, maybe we get them once a year.

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  46. @reginula nope, the other town is quite a bit smaller. something is amuck for sure! I really want to see Royal Canoe again and have yet to see Snowblink so I will have to figure out how to make that happen … but I don’t want the bookings to continue to go there so also have to find a way to communicate that to the right people.

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