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]


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.[2] 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, established by Vernon in 1985,[3] 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.[4] Volume Two of the Encyclopedia was released in hardcover November 14, 2012.[5] A double sized single edition was released to Long & McQuade Music stores in Canada in 2013 but has since been discontinued.[6] A Volume One e-Book was released in 2013.[7] A Volume Two e-Book was also released in 2013 [8]

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. Cashbox, August 12, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  2. ^, [1]
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Volume 1 Hardcover, Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia - Volume 1 (A thru K)
  5. ^ Volume 2 Hardcover, Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia - Volume 2 (L thru M)
  6. ^ Long & McQuade Edition Long & McQuade Music Store
  7. ^ Volume 1 e-Book Zunior
  8. ^ Volume 2 e-Book Zunior