Songs That Reference Canada

musicThere's an interesting discussion going on at Ask MetaFilter. Someone wanted to know "What pop songs mention Canada, or a place or city in Canada?" That question was custom made for me.

I piped in three times, suggesting tunes from The Tragically Hip, Rush, Neil Young, Guess Who, Barenaked Ladies, City and Colour and Maestro. Although someone beat me to it, I made sure to let this person know the two essential tracks are "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" by Gordon Lightfoot and "Northwest Passage" by Stan Rogers. They're both drenched in Canadiana.

When the discussion winds down I'll list my favourite songs that reference a place or city in Canada. Leave your favourites in the comments.

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My favs would include:
Hell For a Basement - Big Sugar
Waiting In Canada - Jann Arden
Wheat Kings - The Hip
Montreal - Blue Rodeo
Helpless - Neil Young
Canadian Man - Paul Brandt
Five Dollar Bill - Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans

December 9, 2006 @ 1:19 PM


Dont' forget Stompin' Tom- Bud the Spud, Sudbury Saturday night, etc.

December 9, 2006 @ 7:48 PM


Lately its been
Manitoba - The Loon

December 10, 2006 @ 2:55 AM


When I first read "custom made for me" I thought to myself,
"Duane Lavold never made any references to Canada, did he?"

December 10, 2006 @ 10:00 PM


Acadian Driftwood - The Band

May 11, 2013 @ 10:32 PM

Denis Donovan

Mike, there is a song about Canada that I have been trying to track down for many years. It is from the folk-rock boom of the early 70's, though with the steel guitr opening the flavor is more country-rock. It was released in Us but never went anywhere. The lyrics go:

Canada, Canada, you ever been there?
I've got more than one friend there.
Somewhere in the hills of North Ontario
There's a friend I know, friend I know.

The fist verse is pretty similar to the best I can remember.

Thank you for any help you can provide

July 7, 2014 @ 12:15 PM


One version of Huey Lewis' "Heart of Rock 'n' Roll" mentions Toronto and Montreal.

Falco's "Vienna Calling" mentions Toronto.

November 6, 2014 @ 6:33 PM

Bill Guthrie

Dennis....I have also been trying to track down the album this song was on and have had zero luck. I had a copy in the early 70's that my sister got from a record producer friend. I believe the name of the band was Timber.

May 6, 2016 @ 1:18 PM

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