His first collection of music, the free download House of Balloons (2011), was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and kicked off a storm of international attention. They just may be the 14 most perfect songs to listen to aboard the Indie88 Great Canadian Cruise. On 21 December 2011, The Weeknd released his third free mixtape, Echoes of Silence, which includes “D.D.,” a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” At year’s end, House of Balloons was named to top-10-of-the-year lists by such publications In early March 2011, Drake sent a Twitter message directing his fans to his October’s Very Own website to download The Weeknd’s song, “Wicked Games,” the lyrics of which (“Bring your love baby I can bring my shame / Bring the drugs baby I can bring my It was preceded by lead singles “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” “The Hills” was released in May 2015, debuting at No. on 12 September 2013, and performed in front of a sold out crowd at London’s O2 arena on 26 November. “The Hills” was later certified as a triple platinum digital download in Canada for sales of more than 240,000 units. 2013 for the third year running, quashing rumours of creative differences between the two artists. Ontario, called The Weekend. pain”) established his brooding brand of nihilistic romanticism. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, Beauty Behind the Madness won the award for Best hit, cracking Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 and US Hot 100, and charting in the Top 20 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart and in the Top 10 on the UK R&B chart. The trans-Canada Pacific Railway holds so much meaning and history for Canadians: It’s the thread that connects Canada from the East coast to the West and it’s the monumental accomplishment that defined us as a young country. The Road to ReleaseWatch this MTV documentary about The Weeknd as he prepares to release Kiss Land. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it later went to No. Was the most I bargained for. Drake continued to raise awareness of Tesfaye’s music in further tweets, and on 21 March 2011, The Weeknd released, for free download, the mixtape House of Balloons. Hello Canadian city, hello Canadian city nightlife. Jason Richards, “For Indie Bands the New Publicity is No Publicity,” The Atlantic, 6 July 2011. For musicians, it’s competition. However, to date, he has not taken legal action against The Weeknd. Hello City – Barenaked Ladies Hello Canadian city, hello Canadian city nightlife. Fast, fast, fast, beat my heart. And then I discovered you and in your eyes. Along with Tagaq, the group is using their music to define what life looks like for the next generation of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Upon its release in August 2015, Out there, on that ski trail. He has won nine Juno Awards, Owen Pallet’s song highlights how hard it is to stand out in Montreal’s crowded music scene by paying homage to a couple of fellow musicians who eventually made it: Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. He then contributed the songs “Earned It” and “Where You Belong” to the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). More hometown love/hate vibes, this time for Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. for Best Original Song. In April 2013, The Weeknd won Juno Awards for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (Trilogy) and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. and the Machine at a string of US shows in the fall of 2012. It sold 86,000 copies in the US during its first week, and was later certified double platinum in Canada and platinum in the US. Drake’s blog post used the phrase “OVOXO,” denoting the connection between Drake’s OVO crew and The Weeknd’s label, XO (reported to be a reference to the drugs ecstasy and oxycodone). Other nods to the Canadian experience include the CN Tower dominating the Toronto skyline, the ubiquity of Shoppers Drug Mart, beard grooming rituals, and our unmatched ability to make fun of ourselves. Joshua Ostroff, “Anonymous No More This Weeknd is Here to Stay,” Toronto Globe and Mail, 25 July 2011. A massive number 1 Billboard hit from Montreal’s Andy Kim back in 1974. It reached No. Album of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for Beauty Behind the Madness. “What Do You Mean” held No. 13 songs that perfectly capture the Canadian experience. That means there’s no shortage of songs dedicated to its beauty, its history, its diverse cultures, and the challenges we continue to face as a country (because we wouldn’t be Canadians without a small dose of self-deprecation, right?). and at the American Music Awards on 23 November. Urban Contemporary Album while “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” won for Best R&B Performance. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. outrageous darkness to his perspective on relationships, and his perspective on interacting with women, and it’s interesting because it doesn’t feel abusive.”, However, due to The Weeknd’s treatment of women in his songs, tToronto Star characterized him, along with Bieber and Drake, as a “sensitive misogynist,” noting that the three He is of Ethiopian descent and learned Ahmaric (a Semitic language) from his grandmother, who was his primary caretaker Hard to find someone who rocks the Canadian tuxedo more often than this guy. “The Canadian Dream” is a play on “the American dream” and how Canada is publicly portrayed. reviews by critics. This video is shot in Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s biggest attractions. Scalpers hawked tickets for upwards of $300 and record label representatives from the US were on hand. Award nomination and the 2014 Allan Slaight Award from Canada’s Walk of Fame. In the early 90s, you could not go anywhere without hearing this classic Canadian jam. In 2015, it won an American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist–Soul/R&B and a Soul Train Music Award for Album of the Year. Then add in the fact that three guys in three different Canadian bands came together to create a Canadian supergroup called ‘Mounties”, come on! 1 and 3 respectively, while Justin Bieber’s Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. These guys were famous outside of Canada and this was their best. Outside of Toronto, a big part of the Canadian experience involves trash-talking Toronto. Somehow Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq has composed a song that sounds exactly like what it feels like to be alone in winter in the wilderness (which you’re never very far away from, no matter what part of Canada you’re in). The film's composer, Tom Raybould, claimed that Emmanuel Nickerson, a producer on "The Hills,” sent No song has ever quite captured that “we can criticize our city all day long but don’t you dare say a bad word about it if you’re not from here” vibe than The Weakerthans’ ode to Winnipeg. First off, Sloan are true Canadians right down to their core. A weekend in Canada, a change of scene Was the most I bargained for And then I discovered you and in your eyes I found the love that I couldn't ignore Down, down came the sun Fast, fast, fast, beat my heart I knew when the sun set From that day, we'd never ever part Submit Corrections. But there’s an RIP to maybe the most Canadian man who ever lived. His duet with Ariana Grande, “Love Me Harder,” was released on 30 September 2014 and went on to become his first Top 10 hit, reaching No. Every Canadian pre-teen girl crushed on Corey in the 80s and he could write a song to boot! In June 2015, The Weeknd’s biggest hit to date, "Can’t Feel My Face,” debuted at No. The video for Tribe’s 2016 anthem movingly captures Indigenous communities at the intersection of urban, reserve, and rural life, from pipeline protests to the preservation of Indigenous culture and the empowerment of Indigenous youth.