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OK, I think we can all agree that some of the best music nowadays is coming from North of the (U.S.) border – in other words, Canada. It seems like every week there’s another discovery of a Canadian artist that is going to be the next big thing. While they don’t always deliver on that particular promise, in general, Canada seems to be the hotbed of some pretty amazing music acts.

I(heart)music recently posted their 2007 edition of the Hottest Canadian Bands. Votes came in from a pretty impressive panel of bloggers and the like.

They were all asked to submit lists of the top 10 Canadian artists they believed were "hot" in 2007. What exactly defined "hotness" was left entirely up to each individual voter -- as was, for that matter, exactly what constituted "Canadian", which led to one person voting for the Florida-born (but Montreal-residing) Jade McNelis, while another reasoned that even though The Zoobombs hail from Tokyo, Dan Burke brings them to Toronto enough that they must qualify as, at least, honorary Canadians. All these lists were compiled into one long list, with points being given for placement on a list as well as position.
You can see the full list here (mp3s included), but these are the top ten:

10. Tokyo Police Club
9. The Besnard Lakes
8. Caribou
7. The Acorn
6. Handsome Furs
5. Basia Bulat
4. Sunset Rubdown
3. Miracle Fortress
2. Arcade Fire
1. Feist

I haven’t heard all the top ten yet, and to be honest I didn’t quite expect Leslie Feist (much as I love her) at the number one spot. Also a bit interesting to see The New Pornographers down at number 18 and Stars all the way down at number 26. I would have loved to see one of this year's faves, Young Galaxy somewhere on there, but as they have unfortunately not achieved much notice, it did not surprise me. What IS surprising, to me at least, is while there are mentions of two members’ projects, Broken Social Scene – certainly one of, if not the, hottest Canadian acts around – is not mentioned at all!

Thoughts, anyone? (Not just about BSS's exclusion, but the list as a whole)


*edited to fix link confusion/burial
 
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That post is getting a little buried: new link

I'm guessing Feist's "hotness" is mostly from being on an iPod commercial.

I guess BSS isn't there because they didn't exactly do anything this year. "Spirit If.." was pretty much all Kevin Drew (despite the "BSS presents..." bit), and he's touring with mostly studio artists since like half the band is on individual tours.

I'm glad to see Basia Bulat getting some recognition; I really enjoyed her debut album (I'd like it even more if I could actually buy it).
 

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Feist is definitely the most well known of the indie Canadians with the iPod commercial and ensuing MTV play.

Arcade Fire is more over-rated than the Spiderman movies.

Sunset Rubdown takes the cake for me.

*As a side note, coincidentally, this is my second post in 5 minutes that uses the word "cake".
 

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bdb said:
I guess BSS isn't there because they didn't exactly do anything this year. "Spirit If.." was pretty much all Kevin Drew (despite the "BSS presents..." bit), and he's touring with mostly studio artists since like half the band is on individual tours.
That makes sense I guess, but doesn't explain Wolf Parade's presence. Not only are they on it even though they've only been working on (rather than having released) a new album, but side projects of both Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner (Sunset Rubdown and Handsome Furs) are in the top ten. No objections, just an observation. Granted, they did tour some, I think. I wonder, did BSS have no activity as a band at all this year?

Maybe I'm letting my own likes/dislikes cloud my judgment here, but I contend that, new release or no, BSS is one of the hottest things Canada has going for it (musically). Period. They should have made the list.
 

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papayaninja said:
Feist is definitely the most well known of the indie Canadians with the iPod commercial and ensuing MTV play.

Arcade Fire is more over-rated than the Spiderman movies.

Sunset Rubdown takes the cake for me.

*As a side note, coincidentally, this is my second post in 5 minutes that uses the word "cake".
Whoa, MTV plays music?
 

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papayaninja said:
Is Handsome Furs as good as and/or similar to Sunset Rubdown? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
I never quite warmed to Sunset Rubdown for some reason, so I'd definitely say Handsome Furs are better. Also, a number of the tracks have that electronica element you were looking for awhile back in the Postal Service-esque thread. Not exactly Postal Service, but check them out, I think you'll like them.
 

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antiditz said:
I never quite warmed to Sunset Rubdown for some reason, so I'd definitely say Handsome Furs are better. Also, a number of the tracks have that electronica element you were looking for awhile back in the Postal Service-esque thread. Not exactly Postal Service, but check them out, I think you'll like them.
Probably never warmed to them because they're freaking weird. But I like them because of that.

I will definitely be getting some Handsome Furs shortly, thanks a lot.
 

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They're not hot in 2007, significantly older, as a matter of fact, but I've always been partial to The Tragically Hip. Have to admit, it was weird when I went to Canada to hear their music on the radio a lot.
 

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You can't leave out the greatest Canadian rock band ever, RUSH. They're in the middle of their Snakes & Arrows tour.
 

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Cryptopsy anyone??
too bad the Lord's Gone and they hired some ###core dude and some samplist to try to appease the dissapointed Worm fans. i hope they dont end out like what ive been reading from music comunty sites that their next release'll suck mahor balls.
 
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