Capturing the spirit of Canadian rock from 1985 to 1995?a time when it became cool to be Canadian?this book chronicles how indie labels flourished, campus radio exploded, MuchMusic changed the way people view music, major labels tapped into the underground, and an exciting new generation of artists created a new canon of CanRock that altered the musical landscape. Bands like The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, and Sloan created a fever pitch for Canadian music, but there were also numerous others in the underground who created equally exciting work. This vital, lively, and entertaining examination of a groundbreaking decade contains vivid original photographs and interviews with all the major players.
Michael Barclay is the associate editor of Exclaim! Magazine, a national free monthly devoted to underground music. He is also a contributing writer to Toronto’s eye Weekly and a freelance writer and broadcaster. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. Ian A. D. Jack is an elementary school teacher and freelance writer, who contributed to Id magazine from 1995 to 1999 and was the entertainment editor for McMaster University’s Silhouette newspaper in 1995. He is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Headpets and operates the indie label Bipolarecords. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario. Jason Schneider is a freelance writer and novelist who contributes regularly to Exclaim! Magazine and covers music for the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. He was a contributing editor to Id magazine from 1995 to 1999 and currently plays bass with Shannon Lyon & The World Record Players. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.