Win Nick’s Voucher [Extended]



We’re all freezing in a winter wonderland. So why not put the kettle on, put your feet up and get ready for another weekly music competition?

This week I want to know: What’s your favourite song by a Canadian artist?

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of winning a maple syrup-licking €25 Golden Discs voucher.

The winner will be chosen by my perfect Canuck cousin.

Please include video links if possible, thank you.

Lines MUST close at SATURDAY 11am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week’s winner here.

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89 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher [Extended]

    1. Cú Chulainn

      I’m not playing I thought I was cool in my 20’s .. it’s like looking at a daisy chain that’s gone wrong… this fecker is Canadian.. (I think) chill out.. and get with 2020..

    1. Marie

      I used to be a big Rush fan back in 1977.
      I bought all of their albums.

      Later on I found out that they were big fans of Ayn Rand.
      I haven’t listened to them since.

      1. Tarfton Clax

        They once expressed an interest in one of her books. Once in 1977. I think it could be time to get over that now 43 years later. You are missing out on awesome music.

        1. Marie

          @ Tarfton Clax:
          I like your name.
          Wanna swap?

          I’ll give you 7 albums by Rush for one 7″ by the Pistols.

  1. Penfold

    “2020” by Suuns
    Love the wobbly deep bass throughout.

    Loads of other bands came to mind, but this is on my usual Friday playlist.

    1. Micko

      Great track and band.

      Fun fact, myself and the Suuns guitarist are the spit of each other. So when they were over in 2018 at the grand social I nabbed a snap of the two of us together.

      Like lookin in a mirror. :)

  2. Ragamuffin

    My favourite Neil Young track is ‘Needle and the Damage Done’, a poignant song about the desolation caused by heroin addiction in the 70s. Undoubtably a great song, but the reason I particularly love it is because it reminds me of driving in the car as a kid with my dad. A deadpan RTE Radio 1 presenter ended an otherwise boring segment about oul ones knitting, with this track and my dad nearly crashed the car he was laughing so hard. The next day he went out and bought me Harvest on CD, and to this day its one of my all time favourite albums.

  3. eamonn

    Didn’t realise Robbie Robertson was Canadian, but that gets my vote. I really enjoy that tune whenever it hits my eardrums.I don’t think I will be posting tunes today, I don’t know I know many Canadian Artists.
    Looking forward to learning another thing or two all the same.
    Happy Friday

  4. missred

    The legendary Kate & Anna McGarrigle; so very many songs in their wonderful folk repertoire, but from their self titled album I cannot resist Complainte Pour Ste Catherine. Whistling, endorphin-inducing harmonies, infinite instruments and singalong French lyrics. * sighs *

  5. Specific Gravity

    Qu’Appelle Valley,Saskatchewan – Buffy Sainte-Marie

    I absolutely adore this evocative and v moving song by the remarkable Buffy Sainte-Marie. The wonderful Katell Keineg did a cover version of it on NIghthawks with Shay Healy in the early nineties and it still haunts me. Love it.

  6. Liam

    This thread is going to be overloaded with Neil Young songs.. so lets have another!

    Ambulance Blues is the devastating closer on (IMO) his best album On the Beach. He was singing about Nixon here, but it could easily apply to a much more recent president:

    I never knew a man could tell so many lies
    He had a different story for every set of eyes
    How can he remember who he’s talking to?
    ‘Cause I know it ain’t me, and hope it isn’t you

  7. Tarfton Clax

    And of course the mighty Triumph. Hard Rock Par Excellence!

    live at the 1983 US Festival. I remember reading about that festival in Kerrang back in 1983 wishing I could experience it or something like it, when realistically I barely had the bus fare into town then. You tube is amazing in that I can watch it now whenever I want. But If I believed in Reincarnation or time machines were invented…..

    I know where I’d be making a beeline to.

  8. alickdouglas

    I have a crystal clear memory of seeing the music video for Tout Nu Sur La Plage (Naked on the Beach) by Quebec’s finest band Les Trois Accords in a rural Quebec hotel during an interval in Ronald Reagan’s Funeral in 2004. Why was I watching Reagan’s funeral, I have no idea, it was raining probably.

    Which is weird, because I’ve just checked, and this song came out in 2006.

    Anyway, translating the lyrics into English is a bit weird, but includes the immortal verse:

    ‘Curious residents, dreaming a bit, on seeing my tatoos: bleeding cobras, swimming dolphins, in the browness of my tan’.

    Nifty bit of video editing at the end to get the lead singers head onto a bodybuilder towards the end, not bad for 2006…

  9. yupyup

    My favourite from The Band – It Makes No Difference.

    Love Danko’s vocals here. Sings it with such conviction and manages to blend the smooth with the heartache and pain. Garth Hudson’s break in with the sax later in the song is also class. It really shows off these guys talents which can be easily overlooked with Robbie Robertson around (whose playing here is also unbelievable)

  10. Harry Warren

    An excellent folk-bluegrass band, The Dead South.

    In “Hell I’ll Be In Good Company”. The song is about a man who knows his wife is cheating on him and thinks that if he kills his beloved, they will both meet in Hell.
    “It didn’t hurt/flirt/blood squirt/stuffed shirt hang from a tree”.
    Superbly played instruments that are delivered in a Nuevo bluegrass style that will bounce around your head long after you hear it.

    The Dead South “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company”

  11. v AKA Frilly Keane
    Nowhere to Stand

    Not my favourite of KD Lang’s tunes
    But it still scorches me inside
    A family tradition
    The strength of this land
    Where what’s right and wrong
    Is the back of a hand
    Turns girls into women
    And a boy to a man
    The rights of the children
    Have nowhere to stand

    and leaves me haunted

    and its one of her own compositions her follow up album – Absolute Torch & Twang

    Her first, Shadowland was mainly covers and not released here at the time
    import only, well that’s how I got it, on cassette

    In a very unique experience, back in ’88 maybe
    KD was an unknown here
    and played support to the Hot House Flowers in the Cork Opera House

    We’d no idea what to expect tbh
    She sang Orbison’s Crying – totally bald and totally unexpected

    and she wiped the floor with all of us
    the Flowers had nothing to top it

    don’t know if ye know this but the best sound in Ireland
    at the time anyway
    was to be got in the Opera House
    so imagine this

    She’s had me since

  12. Slightly Bemused

    Never liked Neil Young. Met him a time or two, and to be honest he was stuck up with himself. In the place I worked a fan met him, but was just brushed off as being unimportant
    Everyone is important.. Nobody should be brushed off, no matter your fame

  13. Stephen Moran

    Rush “The Spirit or Radio”. I recall Rush kicked off their epic early May 2011 three hour show at The Point with this masterpiece which bemoans the robotic fomulistic playlist driven commercial mid- Atlantic accented monster that is modern radio (particularly in Dublin; a city of Universities that can’t even sustain a single Indie / College station). I always think of the halcyon early days of late great Phantom FM when I hear it

  14. Otis Blue

    “The government is corrupt
    And we’re on so many drugs
    With the radio on and the curtains drawn…”

    A soundtrack for the post-pandemic apocalypse from probably the best multi-instrumentalist, anarchist collective around.

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Dead Flag Blues

      1. Andy Pipkin

        Great tune!

        I was fortunate enough too get too go sound for the great man many years ago at an in-store, it was only him, his Guitar and a small amp.

        He was fascinated with the sound desk , probably because it was so old?, but he loved it.

        I suggested putting a mic on the amp and putting some re-verb on the amp mic, he just looked at me! and then said, “yeah let’s give it ago”.

        It worked and he just smiled at me, made my day!! Still have the signed CD ,

        This Is What Is


  15. Nomie

    My first and last internet dating journey started with a question, what’s the 5 best things to come out of Canada? Along with Leonard, Joni, Neil, Margot and Maple Syrup both Mary Margaret O’Hara and Sarah McLachlan were considered. We agreed that Sarah’s “Ice Cream” was the best love song! And since we had a COVID elopement on June 29th that’s my choice!

    1. Paulus

      I’d listened to Colter several times before I’d seen a pic or read much about him. Couldn’t believe how young he is.

      1. Chicken Suspenders

        Same – I was expecting a “Crazy heart” looking Jeff Bridges Type, not a feller still wet behind the ears!

  16. Jimmy

    Our Newfie cousin’s on the east of North America. The VHS quality, the mysterious mo-cap tracksuited fiddle player and the unofficial national anthem of Newfoundland. First heard it 10 years ago at my own wedding.

  17. Nicorigo

    I saw Ron Sexsmith live at the Ambassador years ago. He had requested the bar to be closed for some reason. Fair enough I hear you say, he does’t want some disorderly winos ruining his perfect folk songs, until he shows up for the encore with a can in hand…utter gobshite.

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