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Informer: A Brief History of Canadian Reggae

From Jackie Mittto’s Studio One Sound to Bryan Adams’ “Reggae Christmas” and Magic!’s new “Rude”

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Magic!’s debut single “Rude” isn’t just the first Canadian track to top the U.S. Hot 100 since Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” — it’s the biggest Canadian reggae hit since Snow’s 1994 “Informer.” To someone outside the country, this combination of place and genre might seem oxymoronic, but as it turns out, Canadian reggae goes back nearly a half-century. With respect to those artists who didn’t make the list – Bonjay, the Sattalites and Earth, Roots and Water are all notable omissions – and side-eyes in the direction of some of those who did, here’s a brief history of its first 50 years.

In This Article: Bryan Adams, Kardinal Offishall, Rush, Snow


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