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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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O Canada

National anthem of  Canada
Sheet music

Lyrics Adolphe-Basile Routhier
(French, 1880)

Robert Stanley Weir
(English, 1908)
Music Calixa Lavallée (1880)
Adopted 1980

"O Canada" the national anthem of Canada, was originally commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, the Honourable Théodore Robitaille, for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony. Calixa Lavallée wrote the music, which was a setting of a patriotic poem composed by the poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier.

The text was originally only in French, before it was translated to English in 1906. Robert Stanley Weir penned an English version, which is not a translation of the French. Weir's words have been revised twice, taking their present form in 1980, but the French lyrics remain unaltered.

"O Canada" was not officially Canada's national anthem until 1980, when it was signed into law on July 1 as part of that year's Dominion Day celebrations. Weir's original lyrics from 1908, consisting of three verses, did not contain the word sons, instead using the somewhat archaic "thou dost in us command", and it contained no religious reference. Weir decided to change his lyrics to "in all thy sons command" in 1914, and in 1926 added a fourth verse of a religious nature.

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Alanis Morissette in Espacio Movistar, Barcelona, 2008.

Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album (and the first to be released internationally) by Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette. The album is considered one of the most successful albums of all time for its many commercial achievements, received awards and cultural resonance, worldwide. The album garnered great success, spending twelve non-consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, and became one of only six albums to remain in the top ten for over a year.

In 1997 she was nominated for two more Grammy Awards: "Record of the Year" and "Best Music Video, Short Form" for "Ironic". The video Jagged Little Pill, Live won a 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Long Form Music Video". In 2003, the album was ranked number 327 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. By 2009, the album had sold 33 million units worldwide.

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Justin Bieber in 2012.

Justin Drew Bieber (/ˈbbər/ BEE-bər; born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian pop-R&B artist. His performances on YouTube proceeded his fame and success in mainstream music.

His debut single, "One Time", was released worldwide during 2009, and charted within the top 30 in over ten countries. It was followed by his debut release, My World on November 17, 2009, which was certified platinum in the United States, which at the time gave Bieber the highest debut by a new artist in the year, and made Bieber the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

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"The Ryans and the Pittmans" is a popular Newfoundland folk song. It tells of the romantic entanglements of a sailor named Bob Pittman, and his desire to sail home to finally marry his "sweet Biddy".

The most famous recent version of the song was recorded by Great Big Sea, who are best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, which draw from the island's 500-year-old Irish, English, and French heritage.

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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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