That’s right, every year we Canadians half-heartedly celebrate the vague fact of our existence as a putative nation state by tuning in to watch the beginning of the free agent hockey signings (UPDATE: The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed noted pugilist Colton Orr, traded defenceman Pavel Kubina, and have put it an offer on high-scoring centre Mike Camalleri). All I really want right now is some poutine, a beaver tail, a grosse bottle of Cinquante and an episode of SCTV.
Obviously, I am now going to post five (very random) covers of our beloved Joni Mitchell’s “Case of You,” which is pretty much our national song (“Tastes so bitter, and so sweet” — just like Canadians!). If you did not know, Joni Mitchell is the queen of Ontario. I’ve ignored the crappy adult contemporary torchsong versions by Diana Krall and KD Lang because they are super-lame; this song needs a guitar, losers.
The Original (which is awesome, and is the reason I am crying in the office right now. If you want me I’ll be in the bar.)
John Doe, ex of X (pretty great)
A Young Man with a Dulcimer (not that great)
Colin Meloy, of the Decemberists (really irritating)
Random Dude with crazy visual effects (bad, but weird bad)