Isolation is inherent in Canada’s geography. We’re often called a country of two solitudes, but it’s really a land of thousands. Before the Internet, most shared experiences were the result of proximity – you were defined by who and what was nearby. Beyond that, all you had was what could be bought or beamed into your living room.
This is a feeling that music often responds to – like, in 1994, when Sloan named their sophomore record Twice Removed, pointing out just how far they felt from the world’s grander narratives. Back then, I was in their neck of the woods – the Maritimes – filling my time playing Nintendo in my parents’ basement. I felt far from just about everything, but playing games such as Mario and Zelda felt like sharing a common experience with people around the world.
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