Canada Rocks for Obama

“49 songs from North of the 49th parallel”

In response to the American Obama playlist (yes, there is one), Canada, by way of CBC Radio 2, is composing an all Canadian playlist for the president elect. Considering it our gift, this number one radio station nation wide is accepting nominations until January 12, 2009 from all Canadians. This playlist should represent all genres of music spanning the gamut from classical to rap and all in between (or not). Check it out –

You can make your own suggestion by simply sending mail to, or call 1-877-222-8166. Ensure you leave a message as to why you think yours is a good submission.

Unlike the American list which is comprised of songs reflecting Barack Obama’s campaign message of celebration and hope, the Canadian list is distinct in its mission to exemplify or truly represent Canada at its best through music.

Many well known Canadian artists such as Ron Sexsmith and Great Big Sea have already jumped on this band wagon and have started their blog in support of this list; but I think this process is a true reminder of the amazing talent we have here North of the border! Neil Young, Sam Roberts Band, Jann Arden, Bryan Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah Harmer, k.d. lang, Feist , Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip to name a few. And one must not forget to fight the big fight and vote for the little guys like The Stills, Jill Barber and her brother, Matthew, David Miles, Ian Tamblyn...the list goes on. We are GREAT! And, of course, this list represents my particular music interest.

I have to put forth Neil Young, Old Man as my personal favourite, though Neil is known to be political and his convictions are reflected in many other songs of his like A Song Alone where he notes “This is the Age of innovation. Hope matters. But not hope alone.” Mr. Young even sings about Obama in "Lookin' for a Leader".

What about you? What do you think? Tell me...

If you feel like you missed out on a chance to take part in an election when Governor General Michaëlle Jean suspended Parliament until the end of January – here is your chance to vote for something truly important. Voting takes place from January 12th until January 16th. The top 49 supported songs will sound out over the airways on January 20th to welcome Barack Obama as President, the first ever black man to inhabit the White House.



  1. I love this idea, it's so neat to listen to the nominations - just heard Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. This one gets my vote. Let it rock!

  2. I forgot about Gordon Lightfoot! How could I? I love that song too...

  3. Can someone explain to me why we as Canadians, are wetting ourselves over another Country's political figure???

    If I must add a song to the list I'm going to suggest that it be some Stomping Tom Conners - which song? doesn't matter just some Stompin' Tom

  4. Well Dave, I would have to say it is because we as Canadians are just so God damn nice. Sick, I know.

    Peace through music.


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