What would the ultimate Canadian version of Coachella look like?

Let’s indulge in a little fantasy. What if you could put together the greatest Canadian version of Coachella of all time? Who would you book, living, dead, or dormant?

Cameron Gordon over at Completely Ignored came up with this. Damn, what a weekend…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

13 thoughts on “What would the ultimate Canadian version of Coachella look like?

  • January 15, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    Either my eyes are failing me or The Grapes Of Wrath have faced an egregious judgement with their omission. Perhaps we could squeeze in some Skinny Puppy and Neil Young as well?
    Of course, if time is short maybe all three acts could form a Young Puppy Wrath supergroup?

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  • January 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    Many prominent bands and artists forgotten. The sheepdogs, Colin James, The Trews, Nickelback, Saliva, Theory of a dead man, Default, Bryan Adams, Corey Hart, Kim Mitchell, Triumph, Honeymoon suite, Sass Jordan, The Box, Glass tiger, Trooper, Sherriff, Frozen ghost, Alias, Haywire….

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  • January 15, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    What? No Rush? No Guess Who? No Neil Young and Crazy Horse?

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    • January 15, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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      Had to make room for Celine!

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  • January 15, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Could use some Maestro Fresh Wes, Shocore, Steppenwulf too.

    Glad there is no Nickleback or Default.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    Whoever commented Nickelback should be shunned. Also, in order for this fantasy to be at all accurate, it required picks from an era (which it accomplished- also best era of Canadian music ever, the 90s) the Guess Who, Kim Mitchell and the Sheepdogs would NEVER happen era wise.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Thomas Trio & The Red Albino, Nick Buzz, Blue Peter, Spoons, Men Without Hats, Do Make Say Think, Bruce Cockburn, Chris Brown and Kate Fenner, Dinner Is Ruined, Eric’s Trip, The Weakerthans

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  • January 17, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Wow, great line up. Who wouldn’t break the bank for tickets to this? So many 90s acts I probably wouldn’t have thought of again. Agree with Jeff Renton that Grapes of Wrath is a fairly glaring omission, but someone is always going to get left off. Maybe Jordy couldn’t get Afterall back together for it. Maybe World On Edge was busy.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    Having dedicated most of my adult life to making and promoting Canadian music, why is it that I dislike about 95% of the names that I can read? Comments above seem to agree. Fail.

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  • January 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    Where is Danko Jones? Plasticine?

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