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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.

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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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Gordon is the debut album by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. It was released through Sire Records on July 28, 1992. After The Yellow Tape was certified platinum in Canada, the group won a contest hosted by a local radio station.

With the winnings, Barenaked Ladies was able to hire producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda and record the album at Le Studio, north of Montreal. Though most of the album was recorded without incident, difficulty with "The King of Bedside Manor" caused the band to record the track naked—a tradition they would continue on other albums.

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Neil Young playing the piano in 1986.

Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and film director. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1995 and also as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Young's work is characterized by deeply personal lyrics, distinctive guitar work, and signature tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments—including piano and harmonica, his clawhammer acoustic guitar style and often idiosyncratic electric guitar soloing are the linchpins of a sometimes ragged, sometimes polished sound. Although Young has experimented widely with differing music styles, including swing, jazz, rockabilly, blues, and electronic music throughout a varied career.

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"'This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide" was a 1980 North American hit for the rock band The Kings.

On the strength of this single and two others they appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and earned the closing spot at the Heatwave festival in August 1980.

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The 1972 album Harvest by Neil Young is ranked number one on The Top 100 Canadian Albums that was compiled by Bob Mersereau in 2007. Neil Young also has the third position with the album After the Gold Rush released in 1970.

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