These days I'm not as likely to know pop stars as, well, to know their mothers.
But an up and coming Canadian artist whose music I love is Stewart Reynolds of Brittlestar.
His song The Long Weekend has been flirting with #1 for the Amazon.com pop/rock downloads for a few weeks now. Click here to download it yourself and help push it to the top.
(I think Gasoline is actually my favorite song on the album... and you can download that from the Amazon site too.)
I met Stewart because he's a fellow Lilac Time fan.
Another Canadian I like is the very funny Doug Gordon, a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio. He works for one of my favorite radio shows, To the Best of our Knowledge.
He created the three-part New Audio Showroom, my favorite part of which is This Canadian Existance.
As you might suspect, it's similar to one of my other favorite radio shows, This American Life, except... it's about Canada.
I met Doug because he's a fellow John Wesley Harding fan.
My other favorite Canadians are a trio of bloggers.
Maktaaq writes some of my favorite blog entries ever, even when she's feeling low. There's no use trying to write the best blog entry ever... Maktaaq has already written it. I have to keep checking back in, I never know what Crenguţă the hamster might be up to next. (Maktaaq is possibly not technically a Canadian - I'm not sure - but she lives there now and that's good enough for me.)
The irrepressibly funny Happy and Blue 2 almost gave up on blogging because of the many recent Blogger troubles, but was persuaded to continue by the pleading comments of his many fans.
The impossibly tall, handsome young FORMS, well known in Starbucks throughout the land, has been busy, traveling to Russia, going undercover at the Canada's Next Top Face auditions, and playing water polo.
I met the bloggers because of their blogs, or because of this one. I don't even know any of their real names. It doesn't matter.
Geez I love the internet.
I don't really know any of these people, except in an online sort of way, an "exchanged a few emails or blog comments" kind of way.
As for experiences in "real life" with Canadians - my husband and I went on an extended driving vacation north of the border a few years ago. We loved it. We ate a lot of lobster and poutine.
Oddly, we felt at home there, in a way that we hadn't at our other stops in Washington D.C. and Maine.
Are Canadians more like people from the southern US than the northern US? Or do Canadians just make everyone feel at home?
We also happened to catch the entire run of Twitch City while in Nova Scotia. Since that time I have loved Don McKellar in particular and all other Canadians in general.