I'm going to Canada. When? I don't know, but some day I'll see my favorite band, Our Lady Peace, perform in their hometown of Toronto. In fact, I want to see as many Canadian artists as possible. They just seem so good up there. And they are. A lot of cheesy big-name artists (Céline Dion, Nickelback, Barenaked Ladies) and influential indie acts (Arcade Fire, The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene) have come from the land of the maple leaf, and there's still more talent to be discovered by us non-Canadian music fans—the problem is finding it.
Much to my luck, a real-life Canadian and music lover crashed at my apartment this past weekend after road tripping across America in a Toyota 4Runner (long story). Ray, a punky Toronto native turned New Yorker, happily traded me info on a few of her favorite artists for the use of my futon (a meager rental fee). Adding to the list are a few Canadian bands that I—a music lover not from Canada—enjoy.