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This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s


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

This Beat Goes On tells the story of Canadian music in the 1970s, a ground-breaking era of great sounds, from glam and progressive rock to punk and reggae. 

Mixing archival footage with candid interviews, the documentary features proven hitmakers as well as a wealth of new folksingers, blues artists and mullet-rockers. Solo artists and progressive rockers still rule, but it’s also a time of shaved heads and skinny ties, as punk and new wave artists push their way into the spotlight. By the end of the decade, the Can-rock revolution has arrived.

This Beat Goes On presents the wealth of music that sprang from the Great White North during the explosive Seventies.


Here is a list of the songs featured in the documentary, taken from videos and concert footage:

Dancin' Fool - performed by The Guess Who

Seasons in the Sun - performed by Terry Jacks

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Takin' Care of Business - performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Brain Damage - performed by McKenna Mendelson Mainline

Câline de blues - performed by Offenbach

Flip, Flop & Fly - performed by Downchild Blues Band

Move Up to the Country - performed by Dutch Mason

Hot Hot Papa - performed by David Wilcox & The Teddy Bears

Sundown -performed by Gordon Lightfoot

Alberta Bound - performed by The Good Brothers

Cotton Jenny - performed by Anne Murray

Rock and Roll Song - performed by Valdy

White Line - performed by Willie P. Bennett

Heart Like a Wheel - performed by Kate McGarrigle and Anna McGarrigle

Free Man in Paris - performed by Joni Mitchell

The Frog Song - performed by Robert Charlebois

Le picbois - performed by Beau Dommage

Chanson démodée - performed by Les Séguin

Quelle belle journée - performed by Gilles Valiquette

Spirit of the North - performed by Cano

Comme un fou - performed by Harmonium

Hot Child in the City - performed by Nick Gilder

Spaceship Superstar - performed by Prism

Raise a Little Hell - performed by Trooper

Screaming Fist - performed by The Viletones

New York City - performed by The Demics

Disco Sucks - performed by D.O.A.

Tired of Waking Up Tired - performed by The Diodes

Let's Shake - performed by Teenage Head

My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) - performed by Neil Young

Hot Property - performed by The Dishes

This Beat Goes On / Switchin' to Glide - performed by The Kings

Wolf - performed by Nash the Slash

Out of Luck - performed by The Pointed Sticks

Echo Beach - performed by Martha and The Muffins 

High School Confidential - performed by Rough Trade

Amelia - performed by Joni Mitchell

Down by the Henry Moore - performed by Murray McLauchlan

Barrett's Privateers - performed by Stan Rogers

A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter - performed by Figgy Duff

Sonny's Dream - performed by The Wonderful Grand Band

The System - performed by Leroy Sibbles

Wondering Where the Lions Are - performed by Bruce Cockburn

Stand Tall - performed by Burton Cummings

Sometimes When We Touch - performed by Dan Hill

I Just Wanna Stop - performed by Gino Vannelli

Closer to the Heart - performed by Rush

Paradise Skies - performed by Max Webster

Roller - performed by April Wine

Turn Me Loose - performed by Loverboy


Interviews with all featured artists, in order of credits:

Burton Cummings

Domenic Troiano

Frank Davies

Red Robinson

Joe Keithley

Terry McBride

Nardwuar the Human Serviette

Terry Jacks

Danny Marks

Duff Roman

Serena Ryder

Randy Bachman

Sam Feldman

Chris Thorsteinson

Sam Roberts

Kim Stockwood

Damhnait Doyle

Martin Onrot

Colin Linden

Nash the Slash

Simon Wilcox

Robert Léger

Donald Tarlton

Pierre Harel

Billy Bryans

Daniel Lanois

Don Walsh

Brookes Diamond

Morgan Davis

Kyle Riabko

Tom Lavin

Matt Minglewood

Neill Dixon

Murray McLauchlan

Alan Doyle

Ron Sexsmith

Ron Hynes

Gordon Lightfoot

Greg Keelor

Bruce Good

Anne Murray

k.d. lang


Dan Hill

Bruce Guthro

John Mann

Tom Wilson

Liam Titcomb

Bob Lanois

Daniel Lavoie

Joe Boyd

Tom Cochrane

Serge Fiori


Sophie Milman

Robert Ezrin

Roch Voisine

Corey Hart

Luc Plamondon

Fergus Hambleton

Gilles Valiquette

Marcel Aymar

Jean-Marc Pisapia

Denise Donlon

Nick Gilder

Al Harlow

Rocket Norton

Paul Dean

Ra Maguire

Kim Mitchell

Chris Murphy

Margo Timmins

Terry David Mulligan

Carole Pope

Cleave Anderson

Tony Bardach

Jade Blade

Ralph Alfonso

Ian Mackay

Steven Leckie

Jim Cuddy

Grant McDonough

Mark Gane

John Hamilton

Derek Adam

Brendan Canning

Moe Berg

Gord Lewis

Melissa McClelland

Rik Emmett

Nathan Wiley

Colin James

Steven Page

Gary Topp

Kevin Kane

John Collins

Martha Johnson

Kevan Staples

Geddy Lee

Bernie Finkelstein

Kiyomi McCloskey

Ben Mink

Bruce Cockburn

Jill Barber

Suzie Ungerleider

Garnet Rogers

Con O'Brien

Pamela Morgan


Tyler Stewart

Wes Williams

Haydain Neale

Lorraine Segato

James Black



Jerry Mercer

Bob Hallett

Bill Henderson



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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