Portal:Music of Canada

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Introduction

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.

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Drum Dance Festival, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, 2004
Before European settlers came to what is now Canada, the region was occupied by a large number of Aboriginal peoples Each of the aboriginal communities had (and have) their own unique musical traditions. Chanting - singing is widely popular and most use a variety of musical instruments.

Being resourceful and creative they used the materials at hand to make their instruments for thousands of years before Europeans immigrated to the new world. They made gourds and animal horns into rattles, many rattles were elaborately carved and beautifully painted. In woodland areas, they made horns of birchbark and drumsticks of carved antlers and wood. Drums were generally made of carved wood and animal hides. These musical instruments provide the background for songs and led to aboriginal dances. The Inuit are well-known for Inuit throat singing or katajjaq, an unusual method of vocalizing found only in a few cultures worldwide. The Innu are among the First Nations of Canada. They have maintained a vibrant folk music culture, especially involving dance and percussion-based music. For many years after Europeans came to Canada, First Nations people were forbidden to practice their traditional ceremonies.

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Oscar Peterson in New York, 1977.

Oscar Peterson and The Trumpet Kings - Jousts is a 1974 album by Oscar Peterson consisting of duets with the trumpeters, Peterson had recently recorded individual albums with each of the trumpeters.

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, "O.P." by his friends, and was a member of jazz royalty. He released over 200 recordings, won seven Grammy Awards, and received other numerous awards and honours over the course of his career. He is considered to have been one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time.

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Canadian-born - American composer Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943).

Robert Nathaniel Dett (October 11, 1882 – October 2, 1943), often known as R. Nathaniel Dett, was a composer in the United States and Canada. During his lifetime he was one of the most successful black composers, known for his use of folk songs and spirituals for choral and piano compositions in the romantic style.

He was among the first African American composers during the early years of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. His works often appeared among the programs of Will Marion Cook's New York syncopated Orchestra. Dett himself performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Boston Symphony Hall as a pianist and choir director.

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive in Örebro, Sweden, 1991.

"Takin' Care of Business" is a billboard chart #1 single, written by Randy Bachman. Bachman (formerly of The Guess Who) released his new band's first album under the name Bachman–Turner Overdrive in spring 1973, which won two Juno Awards despite being largely ignored in the US. Their second album Bachman–Turner Overdrive II hit #4 in the U.S. BTO II was certified gold in eight countries.

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Maureen Forrester an operatic contralto has been awarded nearly 30 honorary doctorates. She has also received multiple accolades, including; Companion of the Order of Canada, Yale University's Sanford Medal and the National Order of Quebec.

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