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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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Canadian rock describes a wide and diverse variety of Canadian produced music, starting with American style Rock 'n' Roll in the mid 20th century. Since then Canada has had a considerable impact on the development of the modern popular music called rock. Canada has produced many of the genre's most significant groups and performers, while contributing substantively to the development of the most popular subgenres, which include pop rock, folk rock, hard rock and indie rock.

Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, and is credited with first using the phrase "rock and roll" to describe the musical sound of the Doo-wop vocal groups and the rockabilly singers who emerged in the 1950s. 1958 saw its first Canadian rock and roll teen idol Paul Anka, who went to New York City where he auditioned for ABC with the song, Diana. As the late fifties gave way to the sixties, stars of the previous decade were still producing hits, but they were quickly losing ground as they struggled to find material that would click with this new and energetic generation.

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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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Avril Lavigne at the 2007 MMVA

Avril Ramona Lavigne (; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and occasional actress. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide. She is currently one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the United States, with over 10 million copies certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. Billboard named Lavigne the #10 pop artist of the 2000s as well as the 28th overall best act of the decade based on album sales, chart success, and cultural relativity in the USA. Lavigne broke into the recording industry with her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002. As of 2009, over 16 million copies were sold worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States. Her second and third albums, Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing, reached number one on the Global charts.

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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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Joni Mitchell's album Blue was ranked number one by a readers poll conducted by Chart magazine in 2000. Sloan's album Twice Removed had won the 1996 poll and would reclaim the top spot again in 2005.

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  • 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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