Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia

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The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia is a two volume encyclopedia of Canadian pop music, available in hardcover and online, detailing Canadian music from 1949 onwards.[1][2]


The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia was started by Jaimie Vernon on July 1, 1998, as an online service of the Toronto Sun newspaper website CANOE.[3][4] Vernon had been advised by music journalist John Sakamoto that the Toronto Sun had licensed a music encyclopedia, but that the company was not satisfied with it. They hired Vernon to write a new online edition in 1998.[1]

The encyclopedia was originally based on Vernon's association with independent Canadian label Bullseye Records,[5] established by Vernon in 1985,[6] where Vernon began to collect information about notable Canadian bands. This led to the publication of a music magazine, Great White Noise, which became the blueprint for the eventual hardcover version of the Encyclopedia.[1]

Volume One of the Encyclopedia was released in hardcover March 1, 2012. Volume Two of the Encyclopedia was released in hardcover November 14, 2012. A double sized single edition was released to Long & McQuade Music stores in Canada in 2013 but has since been discontinued. A Volume One e-Book was released in 2013. A Volume Two e-Book was also released in 2013.

The primary criteria for inclusion in the encyclopedia is that a band has been in existence for at least a year and has released music in a commercial format or as a commercially released solo act.[1] Many Canadian music photographers have contributed material to the encyclopedia, including John Rowlands, Andrew MacNaughton, John Fraser and Allison Janzen.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lenny Stoute, Jaimie Vernon and The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia Archived 2014-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. Cashbox, August 12, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  2. ^ "Stranded podcast #163". Stranded Radio, August 4, 2013
  3. ^ "Recommended Websites". London Public Library website.
  4. ^ "Bullseye back on target with new indie compilation release tonight"., April 16, 2016
  5. ^ "A Conversation With ... Jamie Vernon". FYI Music News, Oct 11, 2016 by Bill King
  6. ^ Bob Segarini, Jamie Vernon - The Untold Stories of Canadian Pop, Eh Thru Zed. Segarini: Don't Believe A Word I Say, September 22, 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-18.

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