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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The Calgary Folk Music Festival (also known as "Calgary Folk Fest") is held in late July each year at Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. While known for attracting both established and up-and-coming folk music, the festival features a wide variety of artists including hip-hop, alternative, blues, and world acts.
Over 60 artists play across seven stages (one main stage and six side stages). The festival also features an extensive arts market, beer gardens, family area, as well as a wide array of local food and beverage vendors. The Calgary Folk Music Festivals attracted nearly 50,000 people in 2009. Its success and acclaim is largely attributed to the kindness, dedication, and hard work of its 1300+ volunteers.
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(born Roberta Joan Anderson
; November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her native Western Canada
and then busking
on the streets of Toronto. In the mid-1960s she left for New York City and its rich folk music
scene, recording her debut album
in 1968 and achieving fame first as a songwriter ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning
", "Both Sides Now
") and then as a singer in her own right.
Finally settling in Southern California, Mitchell played a key part in the folk rock movement then sweeping the musical landscape. Blue, her starkly personal 1971 album, is regarded as one of the strongest and most influential records of the time.
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