Whatever the future brings The Stills, at least they have some well-learned lessons behind them. "After a while it can sort of get under your skin if you read into your own mystique too much," counsels Hamelin. "You can maybe lose the plot a bit and get a bit too self-conscious."
Side Note - Oh, Canada: There is so much more to Canadian talent than that perfume-peddling Celine Dion. "It's changing now," Hamelin points out. "There's The Dears, The Arcade Fire, and The Unicorns," not to mention Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, and Broken Social Scene. "So, Canada is actually doing better than the States right now in many ways. Your dollar's not doing well either, which sucks for me 'cause we get paid in American dollars," he laughs.
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The Stills' Greg Paquet (left), Tim Fletcher, Dave Hamelin, and Oliver Crowe prove there's more to Montreal than Celine Dion
at 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 17. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-375-3511.
As a kind of built-in support system, Canadian radio stations must make sure that 35 percent of the songs played in heavy rotation are Canadian music. Better still are the French-language stations, which must play 65 percent Canadian acts. On a related note, The Stills' first new song since Logic Will Break Your Heart, "Retour A Vega," is en français.