I was thinking about this the other day. There are and have been a plethora of Canadian bands that have graced the airwaves of American Pop Culture throughout the history of modern tunes.
Seems to me, and keep in mind I am a rabid Rush fan, that most Canadian lead singers have very distinct (some may call annoying) singing voices.
Think about it, Friends...
I'll start with my most framiliar example:
-Geddy Lee from Rush. Very high-pitched voice. A lot of folks have told me that Rush is an awesome band, their lyrics are very cerebral and the musicianship is amazing, but I cannot STAND that voice.
-Niel Young: very subtle, Kermit the Frog-ish voice. I love his tunes, but as another Canadian, he too has a very distinct voice.
-Joni Mitchell: Me? Oh heck no. I am not a fan, but my mother is and growing up, I heard a lot of her. An very (some may be distinct again) annoying voice.
Recent quick examples: Think of the 1990s.
-Crash Test Dummies. Very low-pitched vocal styling of this group from Winterpeg.
-Alanis Morisette: Sounds like a lot of angry-chick rock vocalist, but tends to be throaty and "yelps" every now and then.
-The lead man for the Tragically Hip. Has a little different flavor to him. I just began listening to them though and cannot get into specifics.
So what gives, Canada? Is it the back bacon? Hockey Night in Canada? Tim Horton's donuts? The Labatt Brewing company? The Trailer Park Boys? I've sampled all of them and nothing has changed for me...
Please offer insight or other examples below...