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    Quote Originally Posted by smcfee View Post
    What is the point of this thread? I find Rush more than sufficient.
    Ummm....because there are lots of excellent Canadian bands and some people might be interested in checking them out. I mean, I hear lots of talk about Scandi bands, British bands, US bands, Swedish bands , etc, etc, etc. Why not Canadian bands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlneudorf View Post
    Ummm....because there are lots of excellent Canadian bands and some people might be interested in checking them out. I mean, I hear lots of talk about Scandi bands, British bands, US bands, Swedish bands , etc, etc, etc. Why not Canadian bands?
    He was sarcastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlneudorf View Post
    Ummm....because there are lots of excellent Canadian bands and some people might be interested in checking them out. I mean, I hear lots of talk about Scandi bands, British bands, US bands, Swedish bands , etc, etc, etc. Why not Canadian bands?
    That may have been Sean's dry sense of humour - as he was instrumental in the ProgQuebec label.

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    Does Mahogany Rush count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlneudorf View Post
    Ummm....because there are lots of excellent Canadian bands and some people might be interested in checking them out. I mean, I hear lots of talk about Scandi bands, British bands, US bands, Swedish bands , etc, etc, etc. Why not Canadian bands?
    It was really inside humour you had no way of knowing about.
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    I've got the Nightwinds CD. I've listened to it a handful of times. The singer is a little tough to get used to. He looks a lot like the Canadian magician Doug Henning! I think the drummer was a percussionist with a Canadian orchestra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarplyrjvb View Post
    I've got the Nightwinds CD. I've listened to it a handful of times. The singer is a little tough to get used to. He looks a lot like the Canadian magician Doug Henning! I think the drummer was a percussionist with a Canadian orchestra.
    Yep. Also, it was produced by Terry Draper of Klaatu. I had the cd a long time ago but currently only have a cdr copy. I agree about the singer, who's name ironically enough is Sandy Singers, but I've gotten used to him. Also, I've always felt the bass playing was rather similar to Chris Squire's. Speaking of Doug Henning, it's also been pointed out that Neil Peart also looked a bit like Doug in the mid to late 70's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Does Mahogany Rush count?
    And my question would be do tribute bands count? If so, you can't get any bigger and better than THE MUSICAL BOX from Quebec.
    Everyone knows how exceptional they are, even Peter Gabriel has endorsed them for using certain copyright materials. And Steve Hackett played with them live on stage some time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajaz View Post
    And my question would be do tribute bands count? If so, you can't get any bigger and better than THE MUSICAL BOX from Quebec.
    Everyone knows how exceptional they are, even Peter Gabriel has endorsed them for using certain copyright materials. And Steve Hackett played with them live on stage some time ago.
    I first saw TMB in Monteal in 1993. Many times since. They're spectacular!
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    Sorry in advance, I know I am spoiling a bit of the fun here
    Though, hopefully it will help someone to see what's out there, at least till something like 2002.

    Below is my haul of Canadian albums before 2002 or so, the time when I pretty much have stopped cataloguing albums:

    AARON LEE BODY ROCK 1989 HARD ROCK
    BAIRD KEN FIELDS 1998 PROG ROCK
    BUCHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE BEST OF B.T.O. (REMASTERED HITS) 1998 ROCK
    COCHRANE STEVE THE PUREST OF DESIGNS 1998 PROG ROCK
    COHEN LEONARD THE BEST OF LEONARD COHEN 1975 SOFT ROCK
    COHEN LEONARD DEATH OF A LADIES MAN 1977 SOFT ROCK
    COHEN LEONARD RECENT SONGS 1979 SOFT ROCK
    COHEN LEONARD I'AM YOUR MAN 1988 SOFT ROCK
    COHEN LEONARD THE FUTURE 1992 SOFT ROCK
    COHEN LEONARD COHEN LIVE 1994 SOFT ROCK
    CRICHTON IAN GHETTOS BY DESIGN 1997 HARD ROCK
    DAGMAHR MY MAGNIFICENT INSTABILITY 1997 PROG ROCK
    DAGMAHR AS FAR AS WE GET 2001 PROG ROCK
    DILLINGER DILLINGER 1974 HARD ROCK
    ET CETERA ET CETERA 1976 PROG ROCK
    EXISTENCE SMALL PEOPLE, SHORT STORY, LITTLE CRIME 1999 PROG ROCK
    FIRE IN THE KITCHEN FIRE IN THE KITCHEN 1998 FOLK ROCK
    FM BLACK NOISE 1977/93 PROG ROCK
    FM RETROACTIVE 1994 PROG ROCK
    FOOT IN COLD WATER, A A FOOT IN COLD WATER 19??/93 HARD ROCK
    FOOT IN COLD WATER, A A FOOT IN COLD WATER 1972 HARD ROCK
    GODDO 12 GAUGE GODDO 1976-89/90, COMPILATION HARD ROCK
    GODDO GODDO 1977/2000 HARD ROCK
    GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR LIFT YR. SKINNY FISTS LIKE ANTENNAS TO HEAVEN! 2000 PROG ROCK
    GOWAN GOWAN 1982 ROCK
    GOWAN STRANGE ANIMAL 1985 ROCK
    GOWAN GREAT DIRTY WORLD 1987 ROCK
    GOWAN LOST BROTHERHOOD 1990 ROCK
    GOWAN LAURENCE GOWAN … BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LARRY 1993 ROCK
    GOWAN THE GOOD CATCHES UP 1995 ROCK
    GOWAN HOMEFIELD 1998 PROG ROCK
    HAMADRYAD CONSERVATION OF MASS 2001 PROG ROCK
    I MOTHER EARTH DIG 1993 HARD ROCK
    I MOTHER EARTH SCENERY AND FISH 1996 HARD ROCK
    IRRGARTEN HOME AND SANCTUARY 1997 PROG ROCK
    JACKAL AWAKE 1973/94 PROG ROCK
    KLAATU 3:47 E.S.T. 1976 PROG ROCK
    LEBLANC GUY (NATHAN MAHL) SUBVERSIA 1999 PROG ROCK
    LEE GEDDY MY FAVORITE HEADACHE 2000 HARD ROCK
    MACISAAC ASHLEY HI HOW ARE YOU TODAY 1995 ROCK
    MANEIGE LIVE MONTREAL 1974/1975 1974/75 PROG ROCK
    MANEIGE LIBRE SERVICE - SELF SERVICE 1978/94 PROG ROCK
    MAX WEBSTER HIGH CLASS IN BORROWED SHOES 1977 HARD ROCK
    MAX WEBSTER A MILLION VACATIONS 1979 HARD ROCK
    MCKENNITT LOREENA TO DRIVE THE COLD WINTER AWAY 1987/94 PROG ROCK
    MCKENNITT LOREENA THE MASK AND MIRROR 1994 SOFT ROCK
    MCKENNITT LOREENA PARALLEL DREAMS 1989 SOFT ROCK
    MCKENNITT LOREENA THE BOOK OF SECRETS 1997 SOFT ROCK
    MIND GALLERY GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN RICH 1994 PROG ROCK
    MIRIODOR MEKANO 2001 PROG ROCK
    MOXY MOXY 1975 HARD ROCK
    MOXY RIDIN' HIGH 1977 HARD ROCK
    MYLES ALANNAH MYLES ALANNAH 1989 ROCK
    MYLES ALANNAH ROCKING HORSE 1992 ROCK
    MYLES ALANNAH A-LAN-NAH 1995 ROCK
    MYSTERY DESTINY? 1998 PROG ROCK
    MYTHOS THE REALITY OF A DREAMER 2000 NEW AGE
    NATHAN MAHL PARALLEL ECCENTRICITIES 1982/97 PROG ROCK
    NATHAN MAHL THE CLEVER USE OF SHADOWS 1998 PROG ROCK
    NATHAN MAHL HERETIK - VOLUME 1 BODY OF ACCUSATIONS 2000 PROG ROCK
    NATHAN MAHL HERETIK VOLUME II THE TRIAL 2001 PROG ROCK
    NIGHTWINDS NIGHTWINDS 1979/91 PROG ROCK
    NORTHWINDS GREAT GOD PAN 1998 HARD ROCK
    PANGEE HYMNEMONDE 1995 PROG ROCK
    RUSH POWER WINDOWS 1985 HARD ROCK
    RUSH HOLD YOUR FIRE 1987 HARD ROCK
    RUSH PRESTO 1989 HARD ROCK
    RUSH ROLL THE BONES 1991 HARD ROCK
    RUSH COUNTERPARTS 1993 HARD ROCK
    RUSH TEST FOR ECHO 1996 HARD ROCK
    RUSH RUSH 1974, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH CARESS OF STEEL 1975 HARD ROCK
    RUSH FLY BY NIGHT 1975, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE 1976, LIVE HARD ROCK
    RUSH 2112 1976, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH A FAREWELL TO KINGS 1977, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH HEMISPHERES 1978, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH PERMANENT WAVES 1980, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH EXIT…STAGE LEFT 1981, LIVE HARD ROCK
    RUSH MOVING PICTURES 1981, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH SIGNALS 1982, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH GRACE UNDER PRESSURE 1984, REMASTERED HARD ROCK
    RUSH A SHOW OF HANDS 1989, LIVE HARD ROCK
    RUSH DIFFERENT STAGES / LIVE 1998 2CD + 1978, LIVE HARD ROCK
    SAGA IMAGES AT TWILIGHT 1987 PROG ROCK
    SAGA SAGA 1987 PROG ROCK
    SAGA SILENT KNIGHT 1987 PROG ROCK
    SAGA WORLDS APART 1987 PROG ROCK
    SAGA IN TRANSIT 1987, IN CONCERT PROG ROCK
    SAGA THE SECURITY OF ILLUSION 1993 PROG ROCK
    SAGA GENERATION 13 2000 PROG ROCK
    SAGA HOUSE OF CARDS 2001 PROG ROCK
    SAGA HEADS OR TALES 1983 ROCK
    SAGA BEHAVIOUR 1985 ROCK
    SAGA WILDEST DREAMS 1987 ROCK
    SAGA STEEL UMBRELLAS 1994 ROCK
    SALEM SALEM 1995 PROG ROCK
    SPACED OUT EPONYMUS II 2001 PROG ROCK
    SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS LIES TO LIVE BY 1974/90 PROG ROCK
    SPIRIT OF THE WEST TWOHEADED 1995/96, PROMO COPY ROCK
    STARCASTLE CHRONOS I 1973-76/2001, COMPILATION PROG ROCK
    TEA PARTY SPLENDOR SOLIS 1993 HARD ROCK
    TEA PARTY THE EDGES OF TWILIGHT 1995 HARD ROCK
    TEA PARTY TRANSMISSION 1997, PROMO COPY HARD ROCK
    VISIBLE WIND NARCISSUS GOES TO THE MOON 1996 PROG ROCK
    VISIBLE WIND CATHARSIS 1988 PROG ROCK
    VISIBLE WIND A MOMENT BEYOND TIME 1991/99, 2 BONUS TRACKS PROG ROCK
    VISIBLE WIND EMERGENCE 1994 PROG ROCK
    VISIBLE WIND BARB-A-BAAL-A-LOO 2000 PROG ROCK
    WARPIG WARPIG 19?? HARD ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL OLD WAYS 1985, ORIGINAL MASTER RECORDING FOLK ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL NEIL YOUNG 1968 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL HARVEST 1972 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT 1975 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL COMES A TIME 1978 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL LANDING ON WATER 1986 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL FREEDOM 1989 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL HARVEST MOON 1992 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL UNPLUGGED 1993 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL MIRROR BALL 1995 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL LUCKY THIRTEEN 1982-93/93, COMPILATION ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL SILVER & GOLD 2000 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE 1969 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE AFTER THE GOLD RUSH 1970 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE ZUMA 1975 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE RUST NEVER SLEEPS 1979 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE RAGGED GLORY 1990 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE SLEEPS WITH ANGELS 1994 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE BROKEN ARROW 1996 ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & CRAZY HORSE WELD 1991, 2CD LIVE ROCK
    YOUNG NEIL & THE BLUENOTES THIS NOTE'S FOR YOU 1988 ROCK
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    It was really inside humour you had no way of knowing about.
    Thanks for the heads up.

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    I didn't mind leaving Rush out. The bulk of the bands we mentioned are a lot more prog than Rush were. Rush had a prog phase that gives them a pass for the rest of their career with prog fans, but even at their most prog they weren't really that much. IMO
    I was going to say almost the exact same thing.

    Even at their most prog, they pailed in comparison to the best Canada has to offer

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    During the heyday of so called, but not called then, prog, Rush were not a part of the conversation. In fact I don't recall any Canadian bands back then that were included. My first taste of Canadian prog was a band in Toronto called BREATHLESS[B] They played original music that was comparable to what we were listening too at the time.
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    During the heyday of so called, but not called then, prog, Rush were not a part of the conversation. In fact I don't recall any Canadian bands back then that were included. My first taste of Canadian prog was a band in Toronto called [I]BREATHLESS[[B] They played original music that was comparable to what we were listening too at the time.
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    Should mention a Franco-Ontario prog band. Cano. From Sudbury.

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    These are purportedly prog. (I'm not entertaining much hope.)
    Can anyone elaborate?:

    Mock Duck
    David Bendeth
    Spaced Out
    The Code
    Rouge Ciel
    Five After Four

    Also dates would help. (If any are non-70's, that would tell me a lot.)

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    Should mention a Franco-Ontario prog band. Cano. From Sudbury.
    CANO are more of a folk-rock band with a diverse set of influences, prog being only one of the stripes in their musical rainbow. There’s even some country in there. I have only heard the first two of their albums, but they are worth investigation to for the open-minded listener.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    CANO are more of a folk-rock band with a diverse set of influences, prog being only one of the stripes in their musical rainbow. There’s even some country in there. I have only heard the first two of their albums, but they are worth investigation to for the open-minded listener.


    On the whole CANO (Cooperative Artistes du Nouvel Ontario) was more like a Conventum troupe, mixing music with theater (if memory serves well) and other multidimernsdional artistes.
    Their first two are quite (and equally) good symphonic prog folk.
    Their third album Eclipse (never released in CD) is more standard Canadian "prog" (like prog-related in Prog Archives) and bilingual and still quite worth a listen.
    Their fourth Rendez Vous is actually really very average (the flipside is much better than the A-side) and almost sounds a bit like Bryan Adams because of Jim Valance's production. They made two further albums in the early 80's, which I've never seen in record shops



    There was also another amalgam of local artiste in Hull (across Ottawa) called Connivence


    Quote Originally Posted by Shamus Nym View Post
    Can anyone elaborate?:

    Rouge Ciel
    00's Québécois avant-prog group with strong Klezmer/Manouche roots (three albums), in the line of Miriodor (late 80's and still existing - 11 albums - three of which are live) and Interference Sardines (00's - three albums as well)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamus Nym View Post
    These are purportedly prog. (I'm not entertaining much hope.)
    Can anyone elaborate?:

    Spaced Out
    I think I saw these guys at Nearfest. 00s Jazzy Prog with a few Space Rock overtones iirc. They were OK.
    I like the part where Icarus hijacks the Little Red Hen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    00's Québécois avant-prog group with strong Klezmer/Manouche roots (three albums), in the line of Miriodor (late 80's and still existing - 11 albums - three of which are live) and Interference Sardines (00's - three albums as well)
    re: Rouge Ciel. Both Rouge Ciel from 2002 and Veullier Procéder from 2005 are excellent. There was a third release which I still haven't heard.

    They were perhaps not as decidedly playful as Miriodor but neither as formalist as Interférence Sardines (who were great as well), rather somewhere in the middle and arguably bent more towards "academic" modern chamber-jazz sonorities.

    A fourth very good, modern avant-progressive (and not post-rock, as their tiny Wiki article claims) Canadian band are Fond of Tigers. Release the Saviours from 2007 is a gem of an album; their sound is/was huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamus Nym View Post
    These are purportedly prog. (I'm not entertaining much hope.)
    Can anyone elaborate?:

    Mock Duck
    David Bendeth
    Spaced Out
    The Code
    Rouge Ciel
    Five After Four

    Also dates would help. (If any are non-70's, that would tell me a lot.)
    Five After Four (5 After 4) released 7 albums between 1990 and 2015 (see: https://www.discogs.com/artist/4502799-5-After-4)
    I only have the third one, Notorious, especially because this jazz-rock/fusion album features Scott Henderson in one track.

    The Code is also a jazzrock-band, although more rockier than 5 After 4.
    According to https://www.discogs.com/artist/4721848-The-Code-5 they released 3 albums between 1995 and 2009.
    I have their second CD, Figli Di Baia.

    Spaced Out was indeed a heavy progressive jazzrock group, formed by Antoine Fafard, who would release several solo-albums after 2011.
    Between 2000 and 2008 Spaced Out released 5 studio-albums and one live-CD plus 2 DVD's, from which the first one (Live in 2000) is only interesting because of its audio; the filmed sections have little to do with the things you hear and are often repeated.

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    Another obscure artist just came to mind. Kurt Swinghammer. Actually a friend of mind from way back. A Niagara Falls native. I don't know all his music well but Vostok 6 should qualify as prog.

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    I remember CHUM fm playing Swinghammer. It's not prog.

    Also Dave Howard Singers (one guy) with strange lyrics and lots of cheap modified Acetone organ with real cutting edge.
    The Road Warrior - remember that one?

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