Throughout the past couple of years, Wilfrid Laurier University has had some amazing Canadian musicians perform on both Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Back in 2009, Juno-winning, platinum-awarded, indie rock band Metric headlined O-week at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

In the Canadian music scene, Metric is one name that will always come to mind whether you are a fan or not, simply because of the magnitude of their now widespread fame.

Only a week after Metric’s appearance, Alexisonfire, the band named after the world’s only lactating contortionist porn star, played at the main campus. When performing live they brought a ton of energy on stage with their high-enthusiasm dancing- or rather, their high-enthusiasm jumping- that pumped up the crowd like you wouldn’t believe.

Due to the band’s recent break-up, Laurier students of ‘09 were blessed enough to see a now lost piece of Canadian music gold.
This year, Laurier Brantford students were privileged with a performance by Candy Coated Killahz, Canada’s version of the “Black Eyed Peas” just without those two losers, Taboob and Apple Crisp. At least I think those are their names. Candy Coated Killahz are Canada’s next big party artists so for all you students who saw them perform at NV this year, you can now claim the hipster’s motto, “I liked them before they were big.”

And these are just a few of the great bands that have graced Laurier’s campuses.

This year, Classified, the Nova Scotian hip-hop artist known for his singles, “That Ain’t Classy” and “Oh Canada” performed at Laurier Waterloo’s O-week.

Ill Scarlett, the rock reggae fusion band from Mississauga, played during Brantford’s O-week in 2008. Down With Webster came to Brantford last September to perform at the Sanderson Center for both students and residents of the city. Faber Drive was my O-Week band last year, along with Vinyl Heart, an extremely underrated and unnoticed band that all of you need to check out.

Like them or not, these are some pretty great, not to mention wildly popular, artists that our school has managed to bring to us. Keep the good Canadian music coming our way, Wilfrid Laurier; you’re doing a fantastic job.

If there is just one request I can make for the future, it’s to completely stay away from Nickelback. I grew up in a small hick town and even I don’t like them.

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