Welcome to the new blog for The Top 100 Canadian Singles book. It's going to be released soon, on Sept. 30th, from Goose Lane Editions. It's been two years in the making, and is sure to spark debate, conversation, and above all, lots of passionate talk about the great music of Canada.
This blog will serve a few purposes. First, you'll get up-to-date information about the book, and events surrounding its release. You'll be able to find out about special launches for music fans in several cities across the country, starting Sept. 30th. Next, it will provide a place to give readers and music fans some added music news. And I'll be able to write more about many of the artists featured in this book, and in The Top 100 Canadian Albums.
Best of all, it will be a place for your feedback, questions, and debate. Music fans are passionate about their favourites, and you know as soon as the Top 100 Canadian Singles list is revealed, there will be plenty of comments, and some pretty heated arguments over which songs made the list, and those that didn't. There will be memories, and those wonderful pieces of trivia that music fans love to share. Whether your first concert was April Wine or The Arcade Fire, we'll want to read about it.
Just to remind you, I didn't actually pick the songs that will make up The Top 100 Canadian Singles. That job fell to a jury of around 800 people from across the country. I polled music professionals, such as musicians, broadcasters, reviewers, label employees, retailers, managers, and more. Plus, I included a strong selection of just-plain fans from across the country, to give that flavour to the vote as well. Everybody was allowed to pick their top ten, with number one getting the most points. This was the same method used to compile The Top 100 Canadian Albums three years ago. So when you're arguing, remember this was a consensus vote, rather than just a few so-called experts.
So the countdown is on, and so is this blog. I'm going to start writing daily now, filling you in, giving you a few hints, looking back at the Top 100 Canadian Albums, and paying attention to all the news in Canadian music, especially from our favourites in the Albums and Singles book. Expect an in-depth look at the new Neil Young album very shortly, an advance copy is on the way to me, and you'll hear how Daniel Lanois tipped off fans of the Top 100 Canadian Albums book a full two years ago to his plan to produce an album for Neil!
Thanks for your interest, and I look forward to being in touch with you on a regular basis, as we celebrate Canadian music.