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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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Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band, formed in Norwood, Ontario, Canada, in 1992, under the name Groundswell. After a breakup in 1995, the band reformed in 1997 under its current name and with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2003, Barry Stock was recruited as the band's lead guitarist. The band is based in Toronto.

After signing to Jive Records, Three Days Grace released two studio albums, Three Days Grace in 2003 and One-X in 2006, both of which have been certified platinum and double platinum in the United States and Canada, respectively. In 2007, the band was declared number one rock artist of the year by Billboard and was the number four artist in airplay in Canada that same year.

The band's third album, Life Starts Now, was released on September 22, 2009. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2010 Juno awards. Three Days Grace has been recognized for their musical efforts through several awards and nominations.

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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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Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004
Joni Mitchell, CC (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", "Woodstock") 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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"The Hockey Song" is a Canadian song, written and sung originally by Stompin' Tom Connors. The song first appeared on Connors' 1973 album, Stompin' Tom and the Hockey Song. The verses of the song are split up, so that each one describes a period of play in a typical hockey game.

The song did not reach its tremendous popularity until the 1990s. The Hockey Song (aka "The Good Old Hockey Game"), is now frequently played over sound systems at National Hockey League (NHL) games in both Canada and the United States.

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Anne Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1971. This led to her being the first female to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, "Snowbird".

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