Across an even greater expanse than the United States, from sea to shining sea, Canada’s flag flies high. Humble Canadian Greatness.
Canadian heritage extends back to colonial times too, just as distant. Though officially under the British Crown over a century longer than the United States, French culture and the First Nations kept Canada unique, not a clone of Britain, as later did an influx of immigrants such as Ukrainians and Germans. All much to the chagrin of rabid, British loyalists, many of whom fled from the U.S. after The Revolutionary War.
Again, humble Canadian greatness. Canadians never wave the Maple Leaf, finger in the air, shouting, “We’re number one!”
That ended when they stopped winning the Stanley Cup.
But enough of the history lesson, and on to more important matters. Here are Runbum’s best examples of humble Canadian greatness:
1. The Haunted – east, past, French.
According to the leader of this cult-classic garage band, Jurgen Peter, “We were the most sought after and highest paid Canadian band for many years. When I folded the band in 1971, I had to cancel a whole year of advance bookings…” The band hailed from Montreal, Quebec. Their last single is “Vapeur Mauve”, a French-language version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.
Yet my favorite Haunted song is in English, their first and biggest single. “One Two Five” was a smash hit across Canada in 1966. It seems I, Runbum, agree with most Canadians. I love the wailing harmonica, piercing lead guitar, in-your-face vocals, and off-beat, somewhat off-color lyrics.
As my username implies, I'm a long-time runner, and a lazy bum who would rather write than do real work for a living. I enjoy listening to roots music, such as James Brown and Elmore James, and discovering good, but little-known, movies and shows on Netflix. I live in the Seattle area.