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Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s

Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s

A two-hour documentary that aired on television in 2009 and was released on DVD  that same year.

Looks at the digital age of Canadian music in the 1980s, a visual era of big hair and shoulder pads, when music videos helped homegrown artists to take off internationally.
The documentary is split into nine segments: 
- Video Rock
 - Reggae / New Wave
 - Quebec Pop
 - Art, Pop & Politics
 - Alt-Country
 - Heartland Rock
 - Roots / Hip Hop
 - Blues Rock
 - Divas & Icons

Songs featured in concert footage and videos (in alphabetical order):

"A Criminal Mind" – Gowan

"Ain't No Room For Cheatin' – Handsome Ned

"Black Velvet" – Alannah Myles

"Body In Trouble" – Mary Margaret O’Hara

"Boy Inside the Man" – Red Rider

"Bye Bye Mon Cowboy" – Mitsou

"Cuts Like a Knife" / "Summer Of 69" – Bryan Adams

"Doin' It Right" – Doin’ It Right

"Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" – Glass Tiger

"Don't It Make Ya Feel" – Headpins

"E Uassiuian" – Kashtin

"Eyes of a Stranger" – Payola$

"FBI" – 20th Century Rebels

"First We Take Manhattan" – Leonard Cohen

"Gonna Get Close To You" – Dalbello

"Hanky Panky" – k.d. lang

"Hélène" – Roch Voisine

"I Go Blind" – 54-40

"I'm An Adult Now" – The Pursuit of Happiness

"If I Had a Rocket Launcher" – Bruce Cockburn

"Ils S'aiment" – Daniel Lavoie

"Insane" – Slow

"Jamaican Funk Canadian Style" – Michie Mee

"Jolie Louise" – Daniel Lanois

"L'Affaire Dumoutier (Say To Me...)" – The Box

"Let Your Backbone Slide" – Maestro Fresh Wes

"Magic Power" – Triumph

"Makin' It Work" – Doug and the Slugs

"Me and the Boys" – Matt Minglewood

"Metros #1 Problem" – Truths & Rights

"Mimi On the Beach" – Jane Siberry

"Misguided Angel" – Cowboy Junkies

"My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)" – Chilliwack

"New Orleans Is Sinking" – The Tragically Hip

"Nova Heart" – Spoons

"Patio Lanterns" – Kim Mitchell

"Peace of Mind" – The Grapes of Wrath

"Rise Up" – The Parachute Club

"Rock You High" – Messenjah

"Safety Dance" – Men Without Hats

"See The Light" – Jeff Healey

"Somewhere Down the Crazy River" – Robbie Robertson

"Sunglasses At Night" – Corey Hart

"Teenland" – Northern Pikes

"Tom Sawyer" – Rush

"Try" – Blue Rodeo

"Why'd You Lie?" – Colin James

"Wild" – The Sattalites


Here is a list of all artists interviewed in the documentary (in alphabetical order):

Adrian Miller

Alan Doyle

Alan Frew

Bernie Aubin

Bernie Finkelstein

Bev Davies

Bill Henderson

Billy Bryans

Bob Hallett

Brendan Canning

Brookes Diamond

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Guthro

Bryan Potvin

Burton Cummings

Carole Pope

Christopher Ward

Cleave Anderson

Colin James

Corey Hart

Damhnait Doyle

Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lavoie

Darby Mills

David Foster

Denise Donlon

Derrick Ross

Donald Tarlton

Dustin Hawthorne

Fergus Hambleton

Florent Vollant

Geddy Lee

Gordie Johnson


Grant McDonough

Greg Keelor

Haydain Neale

Ivan Berry

James Black

Jean-Marc Pisapia

Jim Cuddy

John Collins

John Mann


k.d. lang

Kathleen Edwards

Kevin Kane

Kim Mitchell

Kim Stockwood

Kyle Riabko

Lily Frost

Lorraine Segato

Maestro Fresh-Wes

Margo Timmins

Matt Minglewood

Melissa McClelland

Michie Mee


Moe Berg


Molly Johnson

Morgan Davis

Nardwuar the Human Serviette

Nathan Wiley

Neil Osborne

Oh Susanna

Paul Hyde

Ra McGuire

Red Robinson

Rik Emmett

Rob Preuss

Robbie Robertson

Roch Voisine

Ron Sexsmith

Sam Feldman

Sam Roberts

Serena Ryder

Serge Fiori

Simon Wilcox

Sophie Milman

Steven Leckie

Steven Page

Tara Slone

Terry David Mulligan

Terry McBride

Tom Cochrane

Tom Lavin

Tom Wilson

Tomi Swick

Tony Bardasch

Tyler Stewart



Gary McGroarty, director

Nicholas Jennings, writer, researcher, interviewer

Bill Kerrigan, cinematographer

Chris Holmes, editor

Joe Sherman, graphic designer

Pierre Touchette & Nick Orchard, producers

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