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Thursday, 19 August 2021

Ladies of Canada

There is an impressive list of major Canadian female singers - Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morrissette, Celine Dion, Peaches, Carly Rae Jespen, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan and k.d.lang to name but a few

Of these only Joni and k.d have graced these pages and I would be very surprised if any of the otheres ever do.As you may expect I have gone for some more relatively obscure artists who are more in keeping with this blog.

I've had The Reminder a 2007 album by Feist for years. However she had completely slipped off my radar until she recently turned up her as part of Broken Social Scene under her full name Lesley Feist.It was good to reaquaint myself with this one

Carolyn Mark is a Canadian singer based in Chicago who has performed as part of The Corn Sisters alongside Neko Case (who many folk think is Canadian but who isn't) The song below is taken from a Bloodshot compilation Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson.

Oh Susanna was the stage name of Massachusetts born but Vancouver raised Suzie Ungerleider. This is the title track of her 2001 album Sleepy Little Sailor on Hot Records.After years recording as Oh Susanna this year she released an album called My Name is Suzie Ungerleider.She is the only artist featured today that I have seen live.

I don't have any albums by Lindi Ortega and  don't know why that is the case. I'm pretty sure that I've had 2013's Tin Star in my hand at one stage but never pulled the trigger.

Bands of Canada next week.



  1. I saw Lindi Ortega a few years ago at Aberdeen's Lemon Tree and she was terrific, especially her covers of Cher's "Bang Bang" and Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire".

    If you like, you can read my review of the show here:

    1. An excellent review
      Makes me wonder even more why I have nothing of hers

  2. Let's not forget Kathleen Edwards...

    1. She was in contention
      Thought I'd featured here recently but have just checked and it was as far back as October 2018!

  3. There always has to be some smart arse pointing out a glaring omission and....well it appears to be my turn so..... Buffy Saint-Marie. Incidentally, knowing I was a fan of Neko Case, a mate gifted me The Corn Sisters' The Other Woman album recently and it was a pretty raw recording from the late 90s so I burned 3 or 4 tracks and put it in the pile to go but after your reference here I've withdrawn it and it's now in the 'pending pile' for further consideration. I'm so weak and indecisive!