Excellent! Thanks for these links. I feel a musical investigation evening coming on. Now, where did I put that deer-stalker?Ahahah, yes! Spreading Fearing love wherever I go!
And, ooh, that's a bit of a toughie. There have been a lot of really great new artists to come onto the scene in the past decade, in my opinion, and some great standbys. In answering your question I came up with a long list, so, uh, I'm just going to hit you with youtube links now. :P
Blue Rodeo (country/rock) - Trust Yourself, This Town, Hasn't Hit Me Yet.
Tragically Hip (rock) - It's A Good Life if you Don't Weaken, Music at Work, Poets
Great Big Sea (maritime/rock)- Goin' Up, Lukey, Sea of No Cares, Boston and St. John's
The Weakerthans (indie rock/punk/pop) - Left and Leaving, Watermark, Aside.
Sarah Harmer (folk/pop/rock) - Oleander, Almost, Basement Apartment
Sarah Slean (pop/rock) - Get Home, Universe, Mary
Feist (pop-ish) - 1 2 3 4, My Moon My Man, I Feel It All
Arcade Fire (indie rock/punk/pop) - Rebellion (Lies), Wake Up, My Body is a Cage
City and Colour (acoustic/folk/pop) - Save your Sissors, Sleeping Sickness, Comin' Home
Sam Roberts (indie rock) - Where Have All The Good People Gone?, Don't Walk Away Eileen, Them Kids
Metric (indie rock/pop/new wave) - Help I'm Alive, Combat Baby, Poster of a Girl
Joel Plaskett (folk/acoustic rock) - Through and Through and Through, Nowhere With You, Deny, Deny, Deny
Bedouin Soundclash (reggae) - Walls Fall Down, 12:59 Lullabye, St. Andrews
Matthew Good (alternative/acoustic rock)- Alert Status Red, Weapon, Born Losers, A Silent Army In The Trees
Kardinall Offishal (hip hop/reggae fusion) - Dangerous ft. Akon Clear, Numba 1 ft. Keri Hilson
K-OS (alternative hip hop) - Crabbuckit, Man I Used To Be, 4 3 2 1
Classified (hip hop) - Anybody Listening, Trouble, Up All Night
Shad (hip hop) - The Old Prince Still Lives At Home, Now a Daze, I Heard You Had A Voice Like An Angel
Some old classics:
Stan Rogers - Bluenose, Barrett's Privateers, Northwest Passage
Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind (Bonus! Johnny Cash Version), I'll Be Alright
Any Canadians out there want to add to list, add away! I know I've completely bypassed Quebecois music, but I'm not familiar enough with the french-language stuff to make any good recommendations.