Humble Canadian Greatness – Harlow-McGaw, The Haunted

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.

Humble Canadian greatness.

2. Harlow-McGaw – west, future, English.

This online publishing duo, based in Calgary, Alberta, owns a small collection of writing sites, the biggest of which are Daily Two Cents and Writedge. OK. I’ll give you the full list.

DTC-HN-logo-3x(cropped image from Daily Two Cents)

Harlow-McGaw pays their writers to post. It’s all based on how many views a post brings in, and how much overall advertising revenue the sites bring in.

They’re not the biggest game in town. Yet they’re growing fast.

I’m in. They seem honest and helpful, so far.

I’m banking that their typical, unassuming Canadian ways will keep them under the big boys’ radar. When it comes to drawing attention, the Canadian flag might as well be a cloaking device.

Only when it’s too late for the competition, Harlow-McGaw will uncloak in all their writing glory and lay waste, like a fleet of Klingon battleships uncloaking before a helpless Federation outpost.

leonard-nimoy-393861_640Humble Canadian greatness. It has its advantages.

Signing off,


(images from Pixabay, except as otherwise noted)

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