We all know that Alanis Morissette, Snow and Sarah McLachlan had massive breakthroughs in the ‘90s, but with this list we’re going to go a little broader. Music festivals, TV and movies weren’t safe from the ‘90s Canadian invasion! It was like BritPop, but it wasn’t. Also, Bryan Adams was already famous in the ‘80s, so he doesn’t count. Happy birthday, America!
1. Mike Myers singing in all of his ‘90s movies
In 1993’s So I Married an Axe Murderer, Mike Myers dressed as an old Scotsman and sang Rod Stewart songs…
… and did this beatnik poem thingy …
… then in 1999’s Austin Powers, he did this thing with Matthew Sweet …
…but he’s probably most known for this.
2. Female Canadian singers on disaster movie soundtracks
Chantal Kreviazuk covered “Leaving on a Jet Plane” for Armageddon, Shania Twain lent “No One Needs to Know” to Twister and of course, Celine Dion, with the greatest song of all time. Yes, any of them getting famous in the states is noteworthy enough, just weird that they all wound up on soundtracks to films about death and destruction.
3. Woodstock ’99
It was filled with Limp Bizkit, Korn, Creed and more brilliant ‘90s trash, but it also had Our Lady Peace, Alanis Morissette (both of which made it onto the official album), the Tragically Hip, Big Sugar, and Serial frickin’ Joe!
4. Barenaked Ladies get barenaked in America
Not only did they play Peach Pit After Dark on 90210, but they gave us CHICKADEE CHINA, THE CHINESE CHICKEN.
5. Sub Pop finds its “new Seattle”
Signing Maritime bands Jale, Hardship Post and Eric’s Trip to the indie kingpin meant that a few hundred more people heard music from these great acts.
6. Due South gets two seasons on CBS
The show became a really fun satire when it switched over to CTV for seasons three and four, and was really good about showcasing Canadian music (most of which didn’t include Paul Gross and a train full of Mounties singing while Windom Earle from Twin Peaks held them hostage).
7. Tom Green’s “The Bum Bum Song (Lonely Swedish)”
Tom Green was really famous for a bit. He was engaged to Drew Barrymore. He even had a hit single that was nowhere as good as his MC Face or Organized Rhyme stuff.
He also did this:
8. Jim Carrey singing karaoke
This is pretty good, actually. I like The Cable Guy. It’s probably the third best film Ben Stiller has directed.
9. Paul Anka on The Simpsons
Canadian crooner Paul Anka appeared on The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror VI” to sing about evil advertisements. I quote “guarantee void in Tennessee” at least once a week.
10. Crash Test Dummies being a thing
Appearing on Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, and even getting a Weird Al parody for “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (muffins?)” means that Brad Roberts and friends were bonafide hit machines. You love this song and you know all the words.
Honourable Mention – Terrance and Philip
Fictional Canadian comedy duo Terrance and Phillip made their big screen debut with Asses of Fire in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, which features this rousing little number about staying close with family. Enjoy!