My mentor at work is amazing. I’ve had a great time working with her. She’s given me fun projects to work on, has shown me the ropes, and become a good friend. It’s because of her I’ve enjoyed working at Microsoft.

She’s a huge music fan, and when I first started working at Microsoft she kept asking me questions about Canadian music – as if Canadians listen to music destinct from Americans. And although a lot of music on the radio is by American artists, there is also a lot of Canadian artists that are awesome and have become popular in Canada but don’t have a big profile in the United States. There do seem to be some distinctly Canadian artists. Maybe Canadians do have distinct tastes for music, or maybe the CanCon rules are actually working.

I decided to compose a mixed CD to give her a taste of Canadian music. I found this year’s Juno CD had many of the songs I was planning on using, so I bought her that CD and also created my own CD.

Grade “Eh” Canadian

Artist Title
The Tragically Hip My Music At Work
The New Pornographers Mass Romantic
Hawksley Workman We Will Still Need A Song
Sam Roberts Hard Road
Tegan and Sara Walking With a Ghost
Sloan Losing California
Doc Walker The Show is Free
The Chieftains & Great Big Sea Lukey’s Boat
Barenaked Ladies For You
The Weakerthans Left And Leaving
Sarah Slean Sweet Ones
Soul Decision Kiss the walls
Leahy B Minor
Sarah Mclachlan Adia
Melanie Doane Wilma Or A Betty Man
Sum 41 The Hell Song
Chantal Kreviazuk Time
The Trews Not Ready To Go
Vanessa Carlton White Houses
Sarah Harmer Silver road
Shania Twain I’m Gonna Getcha (Good)
Theme Hockey Night In Canada

Feel free to critique the choices I made. I think it’s a healthy mix of music popular in Canada.