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Ten Canadian Reissues Worth Checking Out

When it comes to album reissues, all the attention seems to go to American and British acts.  ChartAttack thinks that’s wrong.  That’s why they want to draw our attention to the following ten Canadian reissues, new editions that will certainly delight 90s kids–and a few older folks.

Here’s their list, but if you want full details on these records, you need to go here.


  1. Constantines/Shine a Light (2003, coming in 2014)
  2. Arson/White Folks (1979, reissued in 2012)
  3. DOA/War on 45 (1982, reissued in 2013)
  4. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet/Savvy Show Stopper (1988, reissued in 2012)
  5. Skinny Puppy/Last Rites (1992, reissued in 2009)
  6. Sloan/Twice Removed (1994, reissued in 2012)
  7. Limblifter/Limblifter (1996, reissued in 2012)
  8. Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars/Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars (1999, reissued in 2013)
  9. Weakerthans/Left and Leaving (2000, reissued in 2011)
  10. Peaches/The Teaches of Peaches (2000, reissued in 2011)
  11. Arcade Fire/Funeral (2004, reissued in 2009)


I’d like to add one more:

  • Rush/Rush (1974, coming in 2014)

But there has to me more, right?  Can you recommend any CanRock reissues for this list?






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4 thoughts on “Ten Canadian Reissues Worth Checking Out

  • I second ‘Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars.’ Was my favourite album when it came out…I was a fan of both halves of the collaboration beforehand so it was amazing to hear them work together. Wooden Stars were one of the hidden gems, and I’m glad Michael Feuerstack is still making great music.

  • Alan, it always surprises me the labour of love small labels go to in preserving past masters by often long-forgotten Canadian artists.

    The most recent being True North’s reissue of a ’60s album by Ottawa group The Children, notable because it included David Wiffen and Bruce Cockburn.

    Pacemaker run by Peter Burnside is another label that devotes a lot of love to Canadian reissues. No need to cite the article but here’s a link I wrote about same in NCM some time back:

    From same article, there is Unidisc, in Montreal, that quietly has become one of Canada’s largest independent record labels through acquisitions of catalogues such as Arc, Attic, Aquarius and Daffodil, along with a troupe of American and European dance labels. In Toronto, Linus Entertainment, which owns the True North catalogue, has just purchased the Solid Gold music publishing and record catalogue of hits by Chilliwack, Good Brothers, Headpins, Pukka Orchestra and Toronto,

    There are also a several micro labels that license catalouge titles for reissue. Among them is Pacemaker Entertainment, a Toronto label that has persevered in pursuing Canadian treasures and developed a sizable catalogue of titles that include albums by the Ugly Ducklings, Esquires, BB Gabor, Indio and Kengsington Market.

    David Farrell @

  • was just moving down to comments to suggest LOTL shakespeare reissue and some intelligent fellow named Pat has beat me to it…


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