Portal:Music of Canada

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Music of Canada (by province or territory)

The music of Canada has reflected the diverse influences that have shaped the country. Aboriginals, the French, and the British have all made unique contributions to the musical heritage of Canada. The music has subsequently been heavily influenced by American culture because of its proximity and migration between the two countries. Since French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived in 1605 and established the first permanent Canadian settlements at Port Royal and Quebec City in 1608, the country has produced its own composers, musicians and ensembles.

The Canadian music industry has produced internationally renowned Canadian artists since the beginning of the 19th century. Canada has developed a music infrastructure, that includes church halls, chamber halls, conservatories, academies, performing arts centers, record companies, radio stations, television music video channels. Canada's music broadcasting is regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences administers Canada's music industry awards, the Juno Awards, which commenced in 1970.

The whole of the Canadian inhabitants are remarkably fond of dancing,
and frequently amuse themselves at all seasons with that agreeable exercise.

1807 — George Heriot (1759–1839)

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Canadian rock describes a wide and diverse variety of Canadian produced music, starting with American style Rock 'n' Roll in the mid 20th century. Since then Canada has had a considerable impact on the development of the modern popular music called rock. Canada has produced many of the genre's most significant groups and performers, while contributing substantively to the development of the most popular sub-genres, which include pop rock, folk rock, hard rock and indie rock.

Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, and is credited with first using the phrase "rock and roll" to describe the musical sound of the Doo-wop vocal groups and the rockabilly singers who emerged in the 1950s. 1958 saw its first Canadian rock and roll teen idol Paul Anka, who went to New York City where he auditioned for ABC with the song, Diana. As the late fifties gave way to the sixties, stars of the previous decade were still producing hits, but they were quickly losing ground as they struggled to find material that would click with this new and energetic generation.

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Blue Rodeo in Spencerville, Ontario, 2005.

Five Days in July is a 1993 album by Blue Rodeo, that has been certified six times platinum as of 2008. The album was recorded on singer/guitarist Greg Keelor's farm in Southern Ontario in July 1992.

While the band originally intended for the recordings to serve only as demos, they found that the songs had a warmth and spontaneity that warranted releasing the collection as an album. Guest musicians on the album include Sarah McLachlan and Colin Linden. To date Blue Rodeo have 12 full-length releases along with multiple solo albums, side projects, and collaborations.

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Justin Bieber in 2012.

Justin Drew Bieber (/ˈbbər/ BEE-bər; born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian pop-R&B artist. His performances on YouTube proceeded his fame and success in mainstream music.

His debut single, "One Time", was released worldwide during 2009, and charted within the top 30 in over ten countries. It was followed by his debut release, My World on November 17, 2009, which was certified platinum in the United States, which at the time gave Bieber the highest debut by a new artist in the year, and made Bieber the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Alexander Muir, ca. 1901 - 1906.

"The Maple Leaf Forever" is a Canadian song written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canada's Confederation, after serving in the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenians in 1866.

Muir was said to have been inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on his property: "Maple Cottage", a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto. The song became quite popular in English Canada and for many years served as an unofficial national anthem.

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Wonny Song a Korean-Canadian pianist and professor, has won first Prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the WAMSO Competition. He is presently Associate Director and Director of Artists-in-Residence project of LAMBDA School of Music and Fine Arts in Montreal.

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