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Who: Rob Pingle
What: Canadian Music
Why: Blame Australia

Song Exploder Episode 14: Open Mike Eagle

As a music fan I love finding ways to get behind the scenes of any song. Song Exploder does this really well with in-depth discussions of songs with the artists that made them. I’d love to steal the idea and use it on my favourite songs by Canadian musicians.

2014 Polaris Music Prize Short list

Last week on my Six Pack I picked six artists from the Polaris Music Prize long list that I thought would make the short list including my pick for the winner. Then I went on vacation and the short list was announced. Of my picks 4 made it to the short list: YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITANTimber TimbreOwen Pallett & Tanya Tagaq. I’m really disappointed that The Strumbellas and Rae Spoon didn’t make the list especially because I had picked Rae to win the whole thing. The Six Pack is still out there to be listened to so go hear what I think the Polaris Prize missed and tune in next week for more great Canadian music.

Geoff Berner

—Fighting to Stay in the Game

The recent news of Gino Odjick being diagnosed with a rare terminal illness affecting his heart inspired people to rally in Vancouver in his honour. This reminded me of Geoff Berner's song “Fighting to Stay in the Game” which recounts Gino's life. The song was performed in 2011 for a special concert called Stolen From A Hockey Card.

Upon the news Geoff posted this on his Facebook page, “Thinking of Gino Odjick today. He’s an intelligent, brave man. They say he has AL (Primary) Amyloidosis and is unlikely to live much longer. The symptoms of his disease are so close to Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome that it makes me suspicious, especially given recent articles in the nytimes casting doubt on even Lou Gehrig having ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). If your kid gets a concussion, get them out of contact sports. No more human sacrifice.”

I find Geoff’s song about Gino inspiring and more poignant than ever. Gino’s fight to stay in the game may be over but his actions will be remember for a long time.

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Home Game Six Pack on Zunior.com

Are you looking for some great Canadian music to celebrate Canada Day? Check out the Home Game Six Pack each episode contains 6 great songs my fabulous Canadian artists. This week features Bry Webb, Colleen Rennison, Sunfields, Matthew Barber, Emm Gryner and Benj Rowland from the Trent Radio Kitchen Sessions.

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