I've been to Canada a lot in the past year, and I've come to the conclusion that our brothers and sisters in the Great White North are churning out records that make the States' musical output look like a Baptist Sunday School singalong.
Say what you want about how we created rock 'n' roll and rap and The Grind and everything. But look: The Grind premiered 20 years ago, which in internet time is about three millennia. Let's take a look at right now. In a very short time, Canada has spawned music for all types of humans and situations: Feist for your first dates, Grimes for your post-internet road trips, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan for your visionary experi-sludge seshes, Arcade Fire for thumbing wistfully through your cousin's yearbook, Deadmau5 for your company's digital marketing team, Metz for when you're sick of your Mudhoney records, TRUST for all those Klonopin sleepovers… the list is longer than that, but you see where I'm going.
I'm not saying that the US doesn't have its own totally respectable music thing going on, or Canada doesn't rip us off every chance they get. I'm saying there is a series of conditions at play up there that allow bands to grow in ways that make me jealous. Here are all the things about Canada that make their pop music a bajillion times better.