Do You Like Canadian Music?

Bryan Adams

This 49-year-old Canadian idol recently made an appearance on "American Idol's" 2008 season finale, singing a medley of his hits with the six male finalists. His songs range from the rockin' "Summer of 69" to the more heart-felt ballad "Everything I Do," from the 1991 Kevin Costner film, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." Born in Kingston, Ontario, and settling in Vancouver during high school, Adams quit school when he was 15 to play in bands. He broke through with the album "Cuts Like a Knife," in 1983, and has been cranking out music ever since, with hits such as "Heaven," "Run to You," and "It's Only Love," with Tina Turner.

Not content with just music, Adams has also blossomed into a professional photographer. He has shot ads for Guess clothing, and his photos have appeared in British and Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar and Interview. In 1990, Adams received the Order of British Columbia for his artistic and philanthropic contributions made over the course of his life.



Alanis Morissette

"You Oughta Know" this musician's from Ottawa. Morissette, 34, who began playing piano at six, songwriting at nine and making TV appearances at 11 on the Canadian children's program "You Can't Do That on Television," came down to the U.S. to appear on the talent show "Star Search."

Although she didn't win the competition, Morissette forcefully returned to the U.S. in 1995 with the release of her second album "Jagged Little Pill." The album skyrocketed up the chart with hits, including "You Oughta Know," "Ironic," "Head Over Feet," and "Hand in My Pocket." The album became the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the U.S. Although Morissette became an American citizen in 2005, she kept her Canadian citizenship, saying in a statement at the time, "I will never renounce my Canadian citizenship. I consider myself a Canadian-American."



Arcade Fire

OK, well, perhaps you might consider them half-Canadian. Although this indie band's first incarnation took place at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in the late 90s, it's current lineup developed in 2003 when Win Butler, a Texan from Houston, who had attended Phillips Academy, met Qu├ębecoise R├ęgine Chassagne at McGill University in Montreal. Totally different in their musical backgrounds -- Butler from rock and Chassagne from jazz and classical -- the two married their styles, and later, each other, to form Arcade Fire.

The band's 2004 album "Funeral" was nominated for a 2006 Grammy, and their follow-up album "Neon Bible" won a 2008 Juno Award for alternative album of the year. This band's been hailed by musical greats, such as David Bowie, David Byrne and U2 for its innovative style and synthesis of intstruments. A rock band that incorporates viola as well as hurdy gurdy? Why not!



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