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ECW Press Spring 2022 Trade

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    Lexile measure: 1050L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Apr 05, 2022 On Sale Date: Apr 26, 2022 Carton Quantity: 10 $39.95 CAD
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    Distributor: BTPS Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Apr 05, 2022 On Sale Date: Apr 26, 2022 Carton Quantity: 10 $31.95 USD
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Hearts on Fire
Six Years that Changed Canadian Music 2000–2005
By (author): Michael Barclay
Michael Barclay


ECW Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket


General Trade
Apr 26, 2022
$39.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 1.7 in | 2.3 lb

Page Count:

616 pages


one 24-page colour insert, one 16-page colour insert
ECW Press
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
Popular music|Musicians, singers, bands and groups|Biography: arts and entertainment|Popular culture|History of the Americas|Rock
  • Short Description
Hearts on Fire is a history of five years of triumph for Canadian music and a celebration of the innovative new artists that rose the profile of Canadian music on the international stage. Everyone from The Be Good Tanyas to Broken Social Scene to Feist to Arcade Fire is celebrated in this triumphant tale of unparalleled creativity.

An authoritative, unprecedented account of how in the early 2000s Canadian music finally became cool

Hearts on Fire is about the creative explosion in Canadian music of the early 2000s, which captured the world’s attention in entirely new ways. The Canadian wave didn’t just sweep over one genre or one city, it stretched from coast to coast, affecting large bands and solo performers, rock bands and DJs, and it connected to international scenes by capitalizing on new technology and old-school DIY methods.

Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Feist, Tegan and Sara, Alexisonfire: those were just the tip of the iceberg. This is also the story of hippie chicks, turntablists, poetic punks, absurdist pranksters, queer orchestras, obtuse wordsmiths, electronic psychedelic jazz, power-pop supergroups, sexually bold electro queens, cowboys who used to play speed metal, garage rock evangelists, classically trained solo violinists, and the hip-hop scene that preceded Drake. This is Canada like it had never sounded before. This is the Canada that soundtracked the dawn of a new century.

Featuring more than 100 exclusive interviews and two decades of research, Hearts on Fire is the music book every Canadian music fan will want on their shelf.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Canadian music had never been cool before the year 2000. Hearts on Fire covers the era when Canadian music came into its own and became a force on the international stage, and when the world began to look to Canada to discover innovative new artists across genres. For the first time, the international profile of Canadian music was not just the domain of a few superstars, but rested on the shoulders of dozens upon dozens of acts, regardless of musical style or measures of success.

  • Discover artists from across the nation: Quebec (Arcade Fire, Sam Roberts, Kid Koala), Ontario (Metric, k-Os, Peaches, Alexisonfire, Sarah Harmer), Alberta (Feist, Tegan and Sara), B.C. (New Pornographers, Swollen Members, Hot Hot Heat), Nova Scotia (Joel Plaskett, Buck 65)

  • Barclay’s The Never Ending Present spent four months on both the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller lists, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was shortlisted for both the Speaker’s Book Award and Heritage Toronto Book Award.


  • Fans of Michael Barclay and his previous books, especially Never Ending Present

  • Fans of Canadiana

  • Regular listeners to Indie88 and other regional alternative music radio stations

  • Younger audience, 25-40 indie music fans

Michael Barclay is the author of the 2018 national bestseller The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip. He is also a co-author of Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–95, to which this book could be considered a sequel. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Hearts on Fire is a love letter to a seminal time in our country’s collective music history sometimes forgotten. At nearly 600 pages, ample space is devoted to revealing the rich sonic landscapes these artists created and painting a vivid picture of their divergent paths to success.” — Toronto Star

“This book is catnip for me. There is no Arkells if not for so many of the artists chronicled here. I was a teenager when I started going to clubs to see all of these acts, and it informed so much of the way I think about being in a band. This era of Canadian music is revered in my mind, so it is amazing to have the curtain pulled back to reveal the goals, temperaments, and egos of my heroes. A must-read for anyone who wants to celebrate the golden age of Canadian indie rock music.” — Max Kerman, Arkells

“A thorough and intriguing history made no less appealing by its length. For pop music historians and fans, particularly of Canadian bands from 2000 to 2005, whether they know it or not.” — Library Journal

“Sets out the when, why, how and magnitude of the change, with reams of granular details and an eye for practicalities.” — Maclean’s

“Barclay’s personal connection to many of the artists, as well as important moments such as the recording sessions for Arcade Fire’s Funeral and Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot It In People, bring the stories to life as no other writer could, making Hearts On Fire the definitive account of the era.” — FYI Music News

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