Portal:Music of Canada

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The music of Canada has reflected the diverse influences that have shaped the country. Indigenous Peoples , the Irish, British, and the French have all made unique contributions to the musical heritage of Canada. The music has subsequently been heavily influenced by American culture because of the 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 Québec in 1608, the country has produced its own composers, musicians and ensembles.

Canada's music industry is the sixth largest in the world, producing many internationally renowned artists. Canada has developed a music infrastructure, that includes church halls, chamber halls, conservatories, academies, performing arts centres, record companies, radio stations and 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 first commenced in 1970.

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The Canadian hip hop scene was first established in the 1980s. Through a variety of factors, it developed much more slowly than Canada's popular rock music scene, and apart from a short-lived burst of mainstream popularity from 1989 to 1991, it remained largely an underground phenomenon until the early 2000s.

"The Bum Rap", was released in 1982. For the most part the infrastructure simply was not there to get most artists' music to the record-buying public. Even Toronto—Canada's largest city and one of its most multicultural—had difficulty getting an urban music station on the radio airwaves until 2000. As a result, if a Canadian hip-hop artist could get signed, it was very difficult for them to get exposure—even if their music videos were played on MuchMusic, many artists simply could not get their records into stores or played on the radio.

Beginning in 1998, a sequence of events spurred by the anthemic collaborative single "Northern Touch" finally brought hip hop back into the mainstream of Canadian music. Artists such as Devon, Maestro Fresh Wes, and Dream Warriors did manage, for a brief time in the late '80s and early '90s, to break into the mainstream.

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Mad Mad World is the first solo album by Canadian singer Tom Cochrane, originally released in 1991. The first single from the album, "Life Is a Highway", became a hit in late 1991, reaching #1 in Canada and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The album earned Cochrane four Juno Awards including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. In addition, Cochrane won two SOCAN Awards and an ASCAP Award. Mad Mad World achieved a Diamond sales award in Canada for selling more than 1 million copies in Cochrane's native Canada.
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Jeff Healey (born Norman Jeffrey Healey, March 25, 1966 - March 2, 2008) was a blind jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. Healey began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. When he was 17, he formed the band Blue Direction, a four-piece band which primarily played bar-band cover tunes.

His band released the album See the Light in 1988, featuring the hit single "Angel Eyes" and the song "Hideaway", which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. While the band was recording See the Light, they were also filming (and recording for the soundtrack of) the Patrick Swayze film Road House.

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive in Örebro, Sweden, 1991.

"Takin' Care of Business" is a billboard chart #1 single, written by Randy Bachman. Bachman (formerly of The Guess Who) released his new band's first album under the name Bachman–Turner Overdrive in spring 1973, which won two Juno Awards despite being largely ignored in the US. Their second album Bachman–Turner Overdrive II hit #4 in the U.S. BTO II was certified gold in eight countries.

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In 1989, Maestro Fresh Wes's single, "Let Your Backbone Slide", was the first Canadian hip hop single to break the national Top 40 and U.S. Billboard charts. It remained the bestselling Canadian hip hop single for the next ten years.

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