I don't like rating bands or music at ALL. That's why I like to see everyone's favorite mentioned. My bestie and I have discussed this often (he being a pro musician) - who is the greatest guitar player?
That is IMPOSSIBLE to quantify. His choice? Chris Smither. Right - most folks would say WHO? Then there's BB King, Clapton, Hendrix, Cale, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, etc. etc.
and why not lump Cdn. musicians (our BEST) with Americans? skeeter's comment illustrates my point .... (no offense, skeeter!)
Canadian music - that would be like Gordon Lightfoot. When I want people to go home or to end a party, I just put on my Edmund Fitzgerald. No wonder Canadians consume alot of alcohol!
Okay, I know Lightfoot is brilliant, but yes, listening to his music, to me, would be a good reason to drink. That's like saying everyone who lives in the south likes twangy, who-shot-my-pa, music. It's insulting.
Some of the early 'greats' were Canadian, and some of us do get a little tired of living next to the giant who takes all the credit.
The Guess Who, Neil Young, The Band (except Levon Helms), Papa Denny from the Mamas and Papas, then Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO), Rush, Jeff Healey, Bryan Adams, and on and on. Then, think of all the reknowned Cdn. comedians - John Candy, Jim Carrey, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, Tom Green, Rich Little and Lorne Michaels (producer & creator of SNL), movie stars, etc. , who are assumed to be American by many. Let's not even get started with actors and directors! hello, James Cameron and Norman Jewison - 2 of the biggest directors EVER.