“Can Con” is a Canadian system of quotas that require radio stations to set aside a percent of airtime towards playing Canadian-created music.

Because of this system, you sometimes get exposed to some unexpected acts here in Canada. Musicians that never made it big globally.

This is a collection of Canadian “Can Con” gems that I like.

I discovered Martha and the Muffins through this gem of a series from the 1980s profiling Toronto’s neighbourhoods:

I’m sure that Gino Vanelli’s Black Cars inspired the goth band Sisters of Mercy. Listen for the vocal similarities with Walk Away:

And now, for a lesser-known Canadian musician from a more recent decade: