This week, B.C.’s The Province newspaper published the Top 10 Canadian songs chosen by their readers, and the Kingston area was represented by three of their picks.
At number 9 is “New Orleans is Sinking” by The Tragically Hip. The Hip – which formed in Kingston back in 1983 – consists of Gordon Downie on lead vocals and guitar, Rob Baker and Paul Langlois on guitar, Gord Sinclair on bass, and Johnny Fay on drums.
At number 3 is “Summer of ’69”, a song written by Kingston-born Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, was the fourth single from Adams’ fourth studio album Reckless in 1984.
An at #1 is “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne, born in Belleville and raised in Napanee – just 20 or so minutes west of Kingston. The song hit #1 around the world and the album it was featured on, “Let Go”, was certified four times platinum in the United States.
The Province is one of the two major daily papers in British Columbia and formed in 1898.
Photo of Avril Lavigne in concert in China by Tim Wang