I think it's that weird conflicting identity issue whereby we like to think ourselves better than the US, but at the same time will clap and squeal like giddy schoolgirls at the thought that something of "ours" getting recognition outside of our borders. The unholy trinity of Celine Dion, Nickelback, and Justin Bieber notwithstanding.
and personally I'm not a fan of the Tragically Hip. I think they're horribly overrated. Not sure what you'd call "our version of rock". It seems similar in terms of scope and range of sounds as the US. I just happen to like The Trews a lot, acknowledging that they're a little on the lighter side of the spectrum and they get accused of being one of those dreaded mainstream sellout bands that gets too much radio play to actually be any good.
"Your version of rock," being the Canadian indie rock scene at the present moment. The music is quite different from country to country and Canada's seems to have a distinctly low-distortion, gritty voiced music with folkish lyrics. Don't you guys require Canadian radio stations to play a certain percentage of Canadian music? Seems like a forceful way to push bands on people due to nationality.
But hey, there are tons of great acts coming from Canada. I'd be a fool if I didn't consider the impact that Canada has had on the world music scene, not even counting the unholy trinity.
"there's nothing good about dubstep." - The Nemesis
Maybe I'm ignorant, but I think it's a mistake for the Sharks to play a finesse game against speedsters. I think they should be taking it to the body and finish their checks. They're peeling off of hits an awful lot right now.