The Canadian Music Industry

Canada has produced many influential artists over the decades. A lot of these singers and songwriters have won countless awards, making the country a great source of talent. The eclectic mix of cultures and influences has led to Canada nurturing its own thriving music industry. Here are the various aspects of this burgeoning sector:

Mainstream vs. Indie Music

Music and artists alike are usually predominantly defined as either mainstream or indie. There are several things that separate these two characterizations. Mainstream music is typically backed by a record label where the artist or band signs a record deal. They usually target a large audience and have considerably larger funds to spend on their endeavours. In comparison, Indie artists usually are not signed to a label. If they are, they still tend to have more creative control than their mainstream counterparts. Indie artists also typically have a smaller audience as well. The mainstream music industry has lately been taking off due to an influx of Canadian artists. It appears that these artists are topping charts both locally as well as internationally. In particular, they have been performing quite well in America. Though there have been several influential artists from Canada before, it is a rare moment when so many of them are simultaneously taking the lead. It is estimated that the mainstream industry is responsible for over 400 million dollars in yearly revenue. The indie music industry is also quite strong in Canada. Thanks to technology, as well as more music festivals, this is a thriving scene. While it is not currently overtaking the mainstream industry, it is certainly holding its own. It is becoming a more common trend to see Canadian indie artists becoming popular in America as well. The indie industry contributes about 300 million each year.

Most Popular Artists and Bands

For decades now, Canada has been producing artists that are truly a cut above the rest. Some artists that will be etched in history are the likes of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. They contributed a great deal to the progression of music and are considered inspiration for many modern artists. Canada certainly was not short on bands either. The country was home to Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Rush, and the Guess Who. Canada also produced The Band, who was originally the backing for Bob Dylan.

Canada has also been host to a number of pop singers over the years. Of note are Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Paul Anka, Corey Hart, Alannah Myles, and Sarah McLachlan. All of these artists found varying degrees of success, with Celine Dion being one of the best-selling artists of all time. Crooner Bryan Adams comes in a close second.

Canada contributed largely to the pop/punk genre, even in America. This was largely attributed to bands such as Simple Plan and Sum 41. Though the fanfare has died down in the recent years, these bands still maintain a large following. Barenaked Ladies were also a powerful contribution to the Canadian music scene. Arcade Fire was also an indie band that reached international fame.

While many of these musicians have enjoyed intermittent turns of popularity, Canadian artists are certainly having their moment in the spotlight. Of course it has been building for years. It possibly started with Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, and Carly Rae Jepsen. With the addition of Drake and The Weeknd, however, there has been a phenomenal rise in popularity for Canadian artists. In 2016, Justin Bieber, Drake, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, and Alessia Cara dominated the charts. They are cementing their position on the music charts locally as well as around the world.

It would seem that with all of these new introductions that the Canadian music industry is growing to incredible proportions. More and more people are becoming aware of all that Canada has to offer music-wise.