Canada for Asia – Benefit Concert

As I write post this (7:55pm Atlantic time), the Canada for Asia concert is playing on CBC tv and radio, plus a bunch of other stations around the world. You can watch the webcast or listen to the audio stream here.

Scheduled to play are: The Tragically Hip, Rush, Blue Rodeo, Sloan, Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Oscar Peterson, Bruce Cockburn, Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Anne Murray, Sam Roberts, Molly Johnson, Daniel Lanois, Mir, David Usher, Doc Walker, Jason McCoy, Marc Jordan, The Trews, Shaye, Keisha Chante, and many more artists, most who I’ve never heard of or never listen to. But it’s for a good cause, so check it out if you can.

Annoying Canadians

To rival the The Most Embarrassing Canadian for 2004 and the Greatest Canadian, we have The Most Annoying Canadian. I heard about the poll on Weekend Mornings, a CBC radio program on here in the Maritimes. According to the them, the Most Annoying Canadians are:

  1. Don Cherry
  2. The Super Store Guy (from a TV commercial, just in Atlantic Canada, I suspect)
  3. Ben Mulroney
  4. CBC Promo Girl (I don’t know this one)
  5. Celine Dion
  6. The Canadian Tire Guy

Autonomous Source is also conducting a Who Is the Most Annoying Canadian poll (you can vote on the page’s menu on the right). I haven’t heard of some of the nomines on his list (eg. who the hell is Antonia Zerbisias?). Maybe it’s a Quebec thing.

Jean Chretien Is Canada’s Biggest Embarrassment

Jean CretienJean Chretien has been voted the The Most Embarrassing Canadian for 2004 (a contest I previously reported on):

Although Canada has two official languages, Chretien seems to speak neither very well, which may explain how he managed to lead three straight majority governments. Nobody knew what he was talking about, but, in typically Canadian fashion, we were all too polite to mention it!

Rheostatics

Whale MusicIn 1992, Rheostatics released the brilliant album Whale Music, where every song has cohesiveness and originality: you can’t imagine Martin Tielli’s unique vocal style being replaced, and his guitar rhythms are beautiful; and the other musicians make contributions equally astounding, including the underrated song Palomar.

Phillip and I have most of their albums, but Whale Music and Melville are the only ones I don’t grow tired of.

They recently released a new album: 2067. I’m not purchasing it, though: since Whale Music, I haven’t heard anything they’ve produced that grabs me like their first few albums did. I’ll wait for Phillip‘s opinion: I trust him (most of the time).

Incidentally, Whale Music was inspired by Paul Quarrington‘s enjoyable novel Whale Music, which spawned an equally enjoyable movie. A book, CD, and movie of the same name, all worth reading, listening to, and watching.

Canada Arrests George W. Bush

george bush under arrestIt appears the inevitable has happened: Canadians Authorities Arrest U.S. President Bush On War Charges:

Canadian authorities have arrested US president George W. Bush in Ottawa. He has been charged with several offences under Canada’s War Crimes Act. Vice-President Dick Cheney has mobilized the American military and all border crossings between the two nations have closed. Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has urged for calm in a short radio and television broadcast to the Canadian people immediately after the arrest.
A Britney Spears concert which had been scheduled to occur this evening in Ottawa has been postponed. A spokesman for the entertainer said that Ms. Spears was concerned for the President’s wife and two daughters. The spokesman also said that Ms. Spears would be praying for the president.

Man, did we “polite” Canadians fool them!