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Fans of Chief Keef should listen to Kardinal? Um... not the greatest recommendation. (Try Deezy Tha Don from Edmonton.)
Who's Lorde's Canadian equivalent? According to Canadify, it's Grimes and Dragonette, which... aren't terrible recommendations.
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Young Thug's sing-rap is inimitable, so Canadify recommended... D-Sisive?
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Rivers Cuomo should be flattered that Canadify compared Weezer to Sloan.
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We could've told you that Anal Cunt's Canadian equivalent was Swallowing Shit. WINNIPEG STAND UP.
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Mastodon's equal parts proggy and riff-driven, which is why Buried Inside and Bison BC are perfect Canadian comparables.
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Into chongo hardcore like Terror? Try checking Liferuiner and Figure Four.
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The notoriously cranky Mark Kozelek has decidedly cheerier Canadian doppelgangers, like Julie Doiron, Hayden, and Great Lake Swimmers.
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Meanwhile, Kozelek enemy no. 1 the War On Drugs have incredible Canadian comparables: Women? Destroyer? Chad VanGaalen? Geez.
WAR ON DRUGS
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Dave Grohl, you mad? Your Canadian brothers from another mother are Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and Finger Eleven.
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Who's the Canadian Queen Bey? According to Candify, it's Deborah Cox.
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If big-room techno's your thing, Avicii fans, then you might as well be listening to MSTRKRFT.
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Honestly, Jack White fans probably would love the Pack AD—solid recommendation, here.
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One Direction fans: You guys ready to become true Beliebers?
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No, Ozzy fans, the fifth best member of Black Sabbath's Canadian musical comparable isn't a Hamilton tire fire. It's Sebastian Bach.
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Robbie Robertson fans always knew he was the Canadian Tom Petty. Right?
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Alberta's finest—i.e. Ian Tyson—is totally Canada's Johnny Cash. Stompin' Tom, too.
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Even Arcade Fire's biggest supporters wouldn't compare them to Radiohead. Yeesh.
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So, who's the Canadian Weird Al? It might be "Strange" Jian Ghomeshi, whose former band, Moxy Fruvous, is recommended by Canadify.
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
Plenty of Canadians were excited when Spotify, the much-ballyhooed U.S. streaming service, arrived in Canada last week. And now, the streaming-music behemoth has launched a neat web app that’s catered specifically to those north of the 49th: Introducing Canadify.
The concept of the web app is pretty simple: It helps people “listen to music like a Canadian.” What that means? Canadify allows you to enter any artist’s name, then finds their Canadian equivalent. And it works pretty well, too—enter Jack White, and Canadify recommends Vancouver garage duo the Pack A.D. Enter Mastodon, and it recommends Buried Inside and Bison B.C. And if you ask to Canadify Dave Grohl, it recommends Nickelback and Default (sorry, Dave).
According to Exclaim, the app is built with data from the Echo Nest, who’ve long been gathering streaming-music intelligence. Pretty cool, no? Check out a few of Canadify’s pairing in the gallery above, and test out Spotify here.