Your Canada Day Music Playlist, Featuring Local Artists

Many Canadian stars call the National Capital Region home, many of whom will be in town for Canada 150 celebrations this year.

If you’re going to party in downtown Ottawa on July 1, you’re going to be waiting in scary lines. So, to keep you entertained, we’ve rounded up some classic hits from local artists in Ontario and Quebec that have exploded onto national and international charts.

Consider it your Canada Day playlist.


Alanis Morissette Ironic

The anthem for when something’s wrong in life, Ironic is a Canadian classic. This Ottawa native rocked the music scene in the 90s.


Leonard Cohen- Alleluia

Alleluia was Cohen’s biggest hit, and arguably one of the biggest hits the world has ever known. Cohen passed away in November, but his legacy as a great Canadian lives on in this song.


Barenaked ladies – If I had a million dollars

If you ever win the OLG lottery, this song has some great ideas on what to do with the money. Would you build a tree fort in your backyard? Would you buy a monkey? Didn’t you always want a monkey?


Gordon Lightfoot- Canadian Railway Trilogy

Is there anything more Canadian than Gordon Lightfoot singing about Canada? While you’re sipping a cold drink on Canada Day trying to avoid all means of transportation, why not listen to this classic about the railroads that connect our home and our homeland.


VSheart hacker- Like children

This resounding success of the Montrealer Cœur de Pirate exploded in France. His vocal style is famous across Quebec and is perfect for celebrating Francophone history on Canada Day.


Bryan Adams- Summer 69

Adams closed out this year’s Juno Awards singing this throwback to the 60s. It quickly climbed the charts after its release and still remains a classic in 2017.


Shania Twain- At the top!

Name a song more catchy than At the top! Shania Twain is famous for her fun lyrics that play with situations that would normally get you down. When you’re lining up to get through Parliament Hill security on Canada Day, you might want to put on your headphones and listen to this song.


The Tragically Hip – bobcaygeon

They recently gave a concert that touched the whole nation and bobcaygeon is one of their best known hits. While you’re grilling burgers this weekend, listen to this classic from The Hip.


Were- Only

Garou became famous in Quebec during the Broadway show Notre Dame of Paris and the pieces of the musical are still close to the hearts of French speakers almost two decades later.


Eva Avila- I owe you everything

Do you remember canadian idol? Eva Avila won the singing contest in 2006 and made her debut with this song soon after. She has a special place in the region, because she is the only Idol Gatineau winner.


Paul Anca- Diana

Songs named after women are ubiquitous in the music industry, but this one is one of the best known – it’s even been covered in Italian. If you’re feeling nostalgic on Canada Day, this is the perfect Canadian hit to take you back to the 50s.