Weekly Survey: Which musician should go on the new Canadian five-dollar bill?

It’s time for some new money. The Bank of Canada says it will soon as us about who should provide the new face for the five-dollar bill.

The rules are simple. Outside of the Queen, anyone on our money must be deceased and has to exemplify something great about Canada.

So far, the favourite seems to be Terry Fox, which is an excellent choice. But what about musicians?

Gord Downie has been floated. Sadly, so has Neil Peart. But on the happier side, many of our legendary musicians are still with us: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, etc., etc.

So to make this a little easier, I’ve created this poll with a few eligible deceased Canadian musicians: Gord, Neil, Frankie Venom, and Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Nothing is binding, of course, but let’s see what people think about these choices.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “Weekly Survey: Which musician should go on the new Canadian five-dollar bill?

  • January 13, 2020 at 8:51 am

    If I could make one addition, jazz legend Oscar Peterson.

  • January 13, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Leonard Cohen.

  • January 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah, Leonard Cohen or Oscar Peterson. Frankie Venom??? I had to look him up even though I listened to Teenage Head as a kid! Rufus Wainwright or even his dad should go before that guy!

  • January 13, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    maybe not a musician? how about a woman?


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