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Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Blast’

Oh! Canada, Vol. 1

Posted by bigincanada on June 12, 2009

Many thanks to the kind people over at “The Line of Best Fit” – an awesome music site based out of the UK – for keeping us up to date about some of the great things that they have going on over there! First and foremost, they have a new section called “Oh! Canada,” which currently features a piece on this year’s Canadian Blast! showcase (Dan Mangan, Ultimate Power Duo, Hey Rosetta!, Arkells, and many, many more) from the Great Escape Festival.

To take things one step further, they have also teamed up with a variety of artists and labels to release a compilation of tracks that they have aptly titled “Oh! Canada, Vol. 1.” Some of the notables on there: Hey Rosetta!, Dan Mangan, and Ohbijou. It is definitely worth checking out, and be sure to send a big thank you to our newly-made friends in the UK – The Line of Best Fit – while you’re over there.

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Canadian Blast @ SXSW

Posted by bigincanada on March 23, 2009

Featuring the stellar line-up of  Two Hours Traffic, Mother Mother, Beast, Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains, Shout Out Out Out, and The Arkells, the Canadian Blast BBQ & Showcase brought its highest turnout in the event’s 5-year history with 3000 music-loving souls. In addition, Canada further made its mark on Austin, Texas with its new “Canada House,” which showcased 40 artists over 4 nights of music.

Wondering what you missed? Check out the official Canadian Blast website @ and the full calendar here.

A list of all artists participating in this year’s Canadian Blast at SXSW is below (courtesy of the Canadian Blast website):


1 Hundred Dollars

Alex Cuba
Ann Vriend
Azeda Booth

Bedouin Soundclash
Bonjour Brumaire
Buck 65

Cancer Bats
Codie Prevost
Colin Moore
Colin Munroe

Dan Mangan
David Martel
The Deep Dark Woods
Moka Only + Def 3
Delhi 2 Dublin
The Details

Elliot Brood
Empire Isis
The Evaporators

Felix Cartal
The FemBots
Final Flash

Gavin Stephenson
Gentleman Reg
The Golden Dogs
Gordie Tentrees
Grand Analog

Handsome Furs
Hey Ocean
The High Dials
Hot Panda
Human Highway

Immaculate Machine
Inward Eye

Jay Semko
Jeff Pitcher
Jen Lane
Jenn Grant
Jesse Dangerously
Jill Barber
Jokers of the Scene
John Lajoie
The Johnstones
Josh Martinez
The Joys

Katie Stelmanis
Keys N Krates
Kim Beggs
Krista Muir

Les Handclaps
Lindi Ortega
Lions In the Street
Little Miss Higgins
Lorrie Matheson
Luke Doucet

Magneta Lane
Melissa Auf der Maur
Melissa McLelland
More or Les
Mother Mother

N.Q. Arbuckle

Oh Susanna

The Pack A.D.
The Painted Birds
Pat Thornton
Peer Pressure
The Perpetrators

Ruby Coast
The Rural Alberta Advantage

Sam Roberts
Sebastien Grainger
Shout Out Out Out Out
Slim Twig
Social Code

Telepathic Butterflies
Twilight Hotel
Two Hours Traffic

The Wet Secrets
We Were Lovers
Winter Gloves
The Wooden Sky

Young Galaxy


Zaki Ibrahim

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Canada ROCKS the GRAMMYs

Posted by bigincanada on February 3, 2009

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ – SIRIUS Canada, the country’s leading satellite radio company, today announced it will broadcast Canadian Blast(R) – a live concert event celebrating Canadian music excellence on the occasion of the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards(R). The concert, part of The Consul General of Canada’s Showcase and Celebration of Canadian Music Excellence will be held at the Official Residence for Canada in Los Angeles on February 5, 2009 during GRAMMY(R) Week and includes recognition of this year’s 12 Canadian GRAMMY nominees as well as the additional 4 nominations with a Canadian connection.

Hosted by SIRIUS Canada / CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence, the Canadian Blast concert broadcast will feature live performances by emerging Canadian musicians Jenn Grant, Plants & Animals, and Shad, and will honour Canadian artists nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards. The exclusive broadcast will air live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s CBC Radio 3 channel 86 at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday February 5, 2009.

“We are incredibly proud of the Canadian artists nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards and are honoured to host Canadian Blast in partnership with SIRIUS Canada,” said Mr. David Fransen, the Canadian Consul General in L.A. “An excellent opportunity to showcase the Canadian music industry’s achievements, the live broadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio will allow listeners to participate in the celebration.”

“It is a top priority for SIRIUS Canada to provide emerging and independent musicians with support and opportunities to increase their fan base in North America,” said Andreanne Sasseville, Director of Canadian Content Development and Industry Relations, SIRIUS Canada. “We are thrilled to support Canadian Blast and to give these exciting Canadian artists exposure to SIRIUS listeners throughout Canada and the U.S.”

Launched in December 2005, SIRIUS Canada continues to help emerging Canadian musicians grow their audiences in Canada and the United States. SIRIUS Canada promotes Canadian artists via direct sponsorship activities, music industry showcases and live broadcasts featuring Canadian talent.

“Live broadcast opportunities like Canadian Blast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio provide emerging Canadian artists with the exposure they need to achieve success, both at home and abroad,” said Duncan McKie, President and CEO of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA). “Many of the GRAMMY nominated Canadian artists achieved success today thanks in part to the support they received as independent artists in Canada.”

Canadian nominees for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards include:
– ARC Ensemble
– Deadmau5
– East Village Opera Company
– Ellen Page & Michael Cera
– Isabel Bayrakdarian
– Karina Gauvin
– Marc-André Hamelin
– Neil Young
– Northern Cree
– Rufus Wainwright
– Rush
– Walter Ostanek

GRAMMY Award nominations with Canadian connections include:
– David Foster
– Pierre and François Lamoureux
– Eric Mosher
– Shawn Pierce


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