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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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Crooked Still playing the Folk Music Fest, 2007.

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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Surfacing is multi-platinum album by Sarah McLachlan, released in 1997. Building a Mystery a fan favourite song from the album, was an immediate Top-40, Soft AC, and Hot AC hit which paved the grounds for her future songs "Sweet Surrender", "Adia", and "Angel", all from the Surfacing album. It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, which was awarded to James Taylor's Hourglass, however the singer won the Best Pop Instrumental Performance award for the track "Last Dance" at the Grammy Awards of 1998.

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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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Alexander Muir, ca. 1901 - 1906.

"The Maple Leaf Forever" is a Canadian song written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canada's Confederation, after serving in the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenians in 1866.

Muir was said to have been inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on his property: "Maple Cottage", a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto. The song became quite popular in English Canada and for many years served as an unofficial national anthem.

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Canadian music WikiProject

  • The Canadian music WikiProject was created on March 18, 2007, with the purpose of assembling writers and editors interested in Canadian music.
  • The aim of this project is to standardize and improve articles related to the various genres of Canadian music, as well as to create missing articles.
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