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 You! Black Emperor, 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. ©2022
Introduction: Get In or Get Outix 1.Visualize Success: That Night in Toronto1 2.National Hum: Setting the Stage7 3.Dead Flag Blues: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Constellation Records44 4.Don't Be Crushed: The Cautionary Ballad of Hawksley Workman68 5.Second Acts and '90s Survivors: The Weakerthans, Sarah Mariner, Joel Plaskett, Danko Jones78 6.From Blown Speakers: The New Pornographers, Destroyer, Tegan and Sara, the Organ124 7.First We Take Berlin: Feist, Peaches, Gonzales171 8.Don't Mess with Our Love: The Dears, Sam Roberts213 9.Now More Than Ever: Royal City, the Hidden Cameras, Constantines, Jim Guthrie, Owen Pallett, Three Gut Records239 10.Country in the City: Corb Lund, the Be Good Tanyas, Kathleen Edwards, the Sadies297 11.Your Ex-Lover Is in the Band: Broken Social Scene, Stars, Metric344 12.Ain't Nobody Can Hang with Us: Kardinal Offishall, k-os, Swollen Members, Saukrates391 13.Must You Always Remind Me?: Nickelback422 14.Baiting the Public: Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, Fucked Up425 15.Weirdo Magnets: Kid Koala, Buck 65, Caribou, Cadence Weapon470 16.Drunk Clowns of the Victorian Era: Hot Hot Heat, Wolf Parade, the Unicorns, Black Mountain508 17.Crown of Love: Arcade Fire555 Conclusion: We Built Another World588 Acknowledgements597 Selected Sources600