Okay, Steppenwolf and 'Born to Be Wild'.
What's the Canadian Connection?
Well, to begin with, John Kay - the lead singer, who was born in Germany, moved to Toronto and joined 'The Sparrows' , who frequently played in Yorkville's (ie: The Village) Bars and Coffee Houses. I remember well at the age of 17 standing outside on a Friday night listening to the music filter out.
Additionally, the song was written by Dennis Edmonton (who would change his name to Mars Bonfire), a native of Oshawa, Ontario and a member of The Sparrows also - and was written during the Sparrows time but not recorded until the Sparrows had disbanded and Steppenwolf had formed.