Hearts on Fire
Six Years that Changed Canadian Music 2000–2005
by Michael Barclay
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Pub Date 26 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 04 Feb 2022
An authoritative, unprecedented account of how in the early 2000s Canadian music finally became cool
Hearts on Fire is about the creative explosion in Canadian music of the early 2000s, which captured the world’s attention in entirely new ways. The Canadian wave didn’t just sweep over one genre or one city, it stretched from coast to coast, affecting large bands and solo performers, rock bands and DJs, and it connected to international scenes by capitalizing on new technology and old-school DIY methods.
Arcade Fire, Godspeed, Feist, Tegan and Sara, Alexisonfire: those were just the tip of the iceberg. This is also the story of hippie chicks, turntablists, poetic punks, absurdist pranksters, queer orchestras, obtuse wordsmiths, electronic psychedelic jazz, power-pop supergroups, sexually bold electro queens, cowboys who used to play speed metal, garage rock evangelists, classically trained solo violinists, and the hip-hop scene that preceded Drake. This is Canada like it had never sounded before. This is the Canada that soundtracked the dawn of a new century.
Featuring more than 100 exclusive interviews and two decades of research, Hearts on Fire is the music book every Canadian music fan will want on their shelf.
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Average rating from 5 members
Five years may not seem like a substantial amount of time, but the shear amount and quality of music coming out of Canada from 2000 - 2005 was staggering. I knew I'd love this book when The Hidden Cameras were mentioned within the first 20 pages. This book is loooooong, but I don't know of any other book available on this subject, so I was willing to take the journey.