Our neighbor to the north is celebrating one of its biggest holidays today. So if you know any Canadians, be sure to wish them a Happy Canada Day!
Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act – today referred to mostly as the 1867 Constitution Act – that united three colonies into a single country called Canada. Often referred to as “Canada's birthday,” it is Canada’s equivalent to our Fourth of July, as Canada became a country in its own right on that date – though the British Parliament maintained limited political control over Canada that was shed in stages over the years with the last surrendered in 1982.
Very importantly, like Independence Day in the U.S., Canada Day is celebrated with fireworks, parades, picnics and carnivals. Those are some of our favorite things. See, Canada is just like us where it counts!
Canada has given us much to be thankful for. It’s where we all threaten to go when something doesn’t go our way politically. Montreal is as close to Paris as you’re going to get without flying across an ocean (sorry, no Eiffel Tower though). About half of all movies seem to film in and around Vancouver. And it’s given us some seriously great tunes.
Over the years, Canada has churned out some of the biggest stars to hit the U.S. charts. It gave the mid-90s an injection of earthy rock when Alanis Morissette dropped her iconic Jagged Little Pill and provided the early-00s with some fun punk-pop from Avril Lavigne. These days, two of the biggest stars on the planet (Drake and Justin Bieber) come to us from our chilly northern neighbor.
Check out our favorite Canadian music superstars out below!
The new year means that some of the hottest ... we mean our favorite ... male musicians will be busy once more after the ball drops on New Year's Eve and everything gets back to normal.
As 2011 comes to a close, MTV Newsroom is looking ahead and rounding up what some of the studliest fellas in the music biz have planned for the coming months. What will the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Drake, Foster The People and even Justin Timberlake be up to in the next twelve months? Well, you asked and we got the answers!
By Morgan Schwartz and Matt Goodhue
If you’re not a pop person and found our first five songs of the summer to be a little, well, not your taste, don’t sweat it. We compiled our favorite rap/hip-hop jams for the summer to give you a taste of what we’re listening to. Whether the songs speak of summer romances or partying the night away, they are sure to set the mood for the best season of the year.
1. “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj
If we’ve learned anything from Ms. Minaj, it would be that girls can do rap and hip-hop just as well, if not better, than any man. In this new single, Nicki does what she does best and raps over an awesome beat before breaking into a catchy chorus that gives those of us not quick enough to spit along with her a chance to sing with this summer jam. The music video’s neon colors and sexy outfits are enough to put it at the top of our playlist, and the sex appeal combined with Nicki’s lyrics may just get us ready for our own summer romance!
2. “Out of My Head,” Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz
This has definitely been a great year for Lupe and it’s about to be an even better summer. Although this song of isn’t one of the singles off his new album, Lasers, his performance of this jam at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards got our attention. Like “Super Bass,” “Out of My Head” talks about a possible crush and is perfect for your blossoming summer love. Trey Songz’s hook – “girl I want you to know/I can’t get you out of my head, my head” – makes us think this song could be the soundtrack to your summer romance? You’ll have to download it to find out…