This past week I was turned on to a cover version of The Tragically Hip’s Ahead By A Century that is unlike any version you’ve ever heard. It’s by a group from Iqaluit, Nunavut called The Jerry Cans. They sing in Inuktitut and incorporate traditional throat singing as well. Have a listen:
Their bio states that The Jerry Cans are “a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group” that play a “unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae.” The band are passionate about preserving their indigenous language and are committed to representing northerners and to challenging common misconceptions about life in the Arctic.
They will be performing in Winnipeg on Wednesday August 2nd as part of the Canada Summer Games Festival at The Forks.
But an interesting thing happened when I went to search for cover versions of Ahead by a Century. There. Were. So. Many.
Which leads me to the question: is Ahead By A Century one of the most Canadian songs ever?
Here are a couple highlights. And you better believe I saved my personal favourite for the end.
So what do you think: Is there a more iconic Canadian song than this? Is there a cover version you particularly like?