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The term classical music in this article refers to the western or European classical music tradition. Canada’s multi-cultural population includes a majority of people of European descent, especially among its earliest settlers. Therefore, the nation’s most established music schools and ensembles specialize in the western tradition, which includes a range of styles from the Medieval era up to the present. Canada’s cultural mosaic has also lead to the continuation of other classical music styles within its ethnic communities. Examples of these include Indian classical music and Chinese classical music. The focus of this article will be the western classical tradition. Canadian music includes pop and folk genres; the latter includes forms derived from England, France (particularly in Quebec), Ireland, Scotland, and various Inuit and Indian ethnic groups. ... The Maritime Provinces of Canada are culturally marked by the strong influence of Scottish and Irish settlers. ... Music is a part of the warp and weft of the fabric of Nova Scotias cultural life. ... Prince Edward Island is a Canadian province. ... New Brunswick is a Canadian province. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nunavat is a province of Canada, inhabited mostly by Inuits and other members of the First Nations. ... The Northwest Territories are a territory of Canada. ... Prior to the 1896 Gold Rush, the area now known as Yukon Territory was sparsely populated by the Inuits. ... The city of Edmonton is the musical center of the Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta; it is sometimes called the Nashville of the North due to the predominance of country music there. ... The following are some musical figures associated with the Canadian province of Alberta. ... Manitoba has been well known for producing some of Canadas most famous music ever since the early 1960s. ... Saskatchewan is one of the Prairie Provinces of Canada. ... There are hundreds of tribes of Native Americans (called the First Nations in Canada), each with diverse musical practices, spread across the United States and Canada. ... The Inuit live across the northern sections of Canada, especially in Yukon, Nunavat and Northwest Territories, as well as in Alaska and Greenland. ... The Dene live in northern Canada. ... The Innu are among the First Nations of Canada. ... Ontario is a Canadian province. ... Popular music Popular music in British Columbia is strongly associated with the city of Vancouver. ... Being a modern cosmopolitan society, today, all types of music can be found in the Canadian province of Quebec. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Celtic music is primarily associated with the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as the popular styles derived from folk culture. ... Canadian hip hop developed much more slowly than the rock music scene. ... Canada has been a source of rock and roll music for decades, beginning with Paul Anka who in 1957 went to New York City where he recorded his own composition, Diana. The song brought him instant stardom and went to No. ... The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands. ... The Félix Award is a music award, given on an annual basis to artists in Quebec. ... The Canadian Music Hall of Fame honors Canadian musicians for their lifetime achievements in music. ... Desktop Wallpaper from the ECMA website with the ECMA logo. ... The CASBY Awards are a Canadian award for independent and alternative music, presented annually by Toronto radio station CFNY. The name CASBY stands for Canadian Artists Selected By You. ... The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) was founded in 1976 as the Academy of Country Music Entertainment to organize, promote and develop a Canadian country music industry. ... Michelle Trachtenberg at the MuchMusic Video Awards preshow, 2004 The MuchMusic Video Awards (or the MMVAs, as they are also known) are annual awards presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic to honour the years best music videos. ... Established in 1996, the Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) is the voice of Canadas urban entertainment scene. ... Jam! is a Canadian website, which covers entertainment news. ... Chart is a monthly Canadian music magazine. ... Exclaim! (a/k/a !*@#) is a monthly Canadian music magazine. ... A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. ... CMW 2007 logo Canadian Music Week (or CMW) is an industry conference and music festival held over four days in various venues throughout Toronto. ... North by Northeast (or NXNE) is an annual 3-day live music festival and music conference in Toronto, Ontario held the second weekend each June. ... Featuring the very best in new and innovative music from Halifax, Canada and around the world, the Halifax Pop Explosion a small annual music festival that takes place every fall in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Founded in 1993, the Halifax Pop Explosion has actually been three different events that are... The Vancouver Folk Music Festival takes place in the third weekend of July. ... Caribana is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held each summer in the city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. ... The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, informally known as Stanfest, is an annual three-day music festival held in Canso, Nova Scotia. ... The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is an anual music festival help in downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick that features Blues, Jazz & World music. ... Chart is a monthly Canadian music magazine. ... Exclaim! (a/k/a !*@#) is a monthly Canadian music magazine. ... The Record was a Canadian music industry magazine that featured record charts, trade news and opinions. ... RPM was a Canadian music industry publication that featured song and album charts for Canada. ... The Coast is a free weekly newspaper in Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada. ... MuchMusic (often referred to only as Much) is a Canadian cable television specialty channel owned by CTVglobemedia dedicated to music and music-related programs. ... MTV Canada (usually just called MTV), formerly known as talktv, is a Canadian cable television specialty channel devoted to talk and lifestyle programming, and is owned and operated by Bell Globemedia through CTV, in collaboration with MTV Networks. ... MuchMoreMusic is a Canadian cable music specialty television channel, owned by CHUM Limited. ... Country Music Television or often just refered to as CMT is a Canadian cable specialty television channel, which airs programming devoted to country music; in the form of music videos, award shows, concerts, and more. ... MusiquePlus is a Canadian French language cable television music specialty channel that launched on September 4, 1986, owned by media conglomerate Astral Media and CHUM Limited with both companies holding a 50% stake in the channel. ... MusiMax is a Canadian French language cable television music specialty channel operating out of Montreal, Quebec. ... A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is evoking and eulogising the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognised either by a countrys government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. ... Sheet music O Canada is the national anthem of Canada. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The origins of Indian classical music can be found from the oldest of scriptures, part of the Hindu tradition, the Vedas. ... Chinese classical music is the traditional art or court music of China. ...


Western classical music is an international phenomenon and has continued to experience growth in Canada since its emergence as a nation in 1867. Since that time, the young country has produced composers of its own that have contributed to contemporary classical music literature and it has also produced musicians and ensembles that are internationally renown for their performance and interpretation of classical works. Canada also attracts classical musicians from around the globe to perform and to become employed within its borders. Similarly, Canadian musicians are involved in ensembles and musical institutions throughout the world.


Canada has an international reputation for its classical musicians, ensembles, and music schools. The country is fortunate to have a large number of fine teachers and training institutions, as well as a high level of public interest in classical music and education. Due to a lack of political will, however, Canadian orchestras and performing ensembles continue to suffer from a deficit of financial resources. Nevertheless, Canada has produced a number of internationally renown musicians and ensembles and has attracted some of the world's greatest musicians, conductors, and teachers to work within its musical community.

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Challenges to the industry

Professional opera companies and orchestras are not naturally suited to the country of Canada. This is because staging professional opera and orchestral performances is an extremely expensive undertaking. To hire 40 to 50 musicians or more (plus support staff) on a 52-week contract, which will include performance and rehearsals, combined with expenses of renting concert hall space and the required advertising and promotion costs ultimately guarantee that the venture will lose money even with completely sold out shows. Classical music organizations are more likely to flourish in nations that have a denser population, such as European nations or south of the Canadian border. Even in Europe the classical music industry is completely underwritten by the state, while in the United States it would not exist without corporate sponsorship. Canada does not have very many large cities, and its cities are spread thousands of kilometers apart. These factors, combined with a Canadian climate that demands first priority over aesthetic endeavors, have presented challenges to the Canadian classical music industry.


Financial support for the arts

Arts organizations in Canada are usually expected to raise 50% of their funding through ticket sales and/or fundraising campaigns that they organize and execute themselves. Another 25% is traditionally covered by corporate sponsorship. The remaining 25% is typically provided by three separate levels of government: federal, provincial and municipal. Canadian arts organizations are constantly lobbying all three levels of government for a more prominent place in their budgets and must therefore compete with other public concerns such as health care and education.


Orchestras and ensembles

Joseph Rescigno conducting the Orchestre Métropolitain
Victor Braun as Duke Bluebeard in the 1993 Canadian Opera Company's production of Bluebeard's Castle.
Victor Braun as Duke Bluebeard in the 1993 Canadian Opera Company's production of Bluebeard's Castle.
Opera baritone Gino Quilico
Opera contralto Portia White
Naida Cole, pianist
Norbert Kraft, guitarist
Liona Boyd, guitarist
R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), African-Canadian composer, pianist and conductor

Symphony orchestras: Image File history File links Joseph Rescigno conducting the Orchestre Métropolitain. ... Image File history File links Joseph Rescigno conducting the Orchestre Métropolitain. ... Image File history File links Victor Braun as Duke Bluebeard in the 1993 Canadian Opera Companys production of Bluebeards Castle. ... Image File history File links Victor Braun as Duke Bluebeard in the 1993 Canadian Opera Companys production of Bluebeards Castle. ... Image File history File links (Opera baritone Gino Quilico. ... Image File history File links (Opera baritone Gino Quilico. ... Image File history File links Portia White, Canadian singer. ... Image File history File links Portia White, Canadian singer. ... Image File history File links Naida Cole, Canadian classical pianist. ... Image File history File links Naida Cole, Canadian classical pianist. ... Image File history File links Norbert Kraft, Canadian guitarist. ... Image File history File links Norbert Kraft, Canadian guitarist. ... Image File history File links Liona Boyd, Canadian guitarist. ... Image File history File links Liona Boyd, Canadian guitarist. ... Download high resolution version (600x991, 176 KB)R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), African-Canadian composer, pianist and conductor, ©, Library and Archives Canada , nlc #8931, [1] File links The following pages link to this file: Robert Nathaniel Dett Canadian classical music Categories: Canada copyright images ... Download high resolution version (600x991, 176 KB)R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), African-Canadian composer, pianist and conductor, ©, Library and Archives Canada , nlc #8931, [1] File links The following pages link to this file: Robert Nathaniel Dett Canadian classical music Categories: Canada copyright images ...

Community orchestras: The CBC Radio Orchestra is the orchestra of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that is based in Vancouver. ... The logo of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. ... The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is a Canadian orchestra in Calgary, Alberta. ... As the professional orchestra of Alberta’s creative capital city, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presents over 80 concerts a year of symphonic music in all genres, from classical to country. ... The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performs in the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and throughout the province of Manitoba. ... The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) (in French: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)) is a major orchestra based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with its home venue at Montreals Place des Arts. ... The National Arts Centre Orchestra is considered one of Canadas top orchestras. ... Orchestre symphonique de Québec / The Quebec Symphony Orchestra is one of the major orchestras of Canada The Quebec Symphony is also Canada’s oldest active orchestra. ... The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a leading Canadian orchestra. ... The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is an Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario. ... The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is a Canadian orchestra based in the city of Kitchener-Waterloo. ... The logo of Symphony Nova Scotia Symphony Nova Scotia is a Canadian orchestra located in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. ...

  • Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Baroque orchestras and chamber ensembles:

The Amati Quartet is a Canadian string quartet. ... Canadian Brass is a brass quintet founded by Chuck Daellenbach, Stuart Laughton, and Gene Watts in 1970. ... The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is a Canadian orchestra based in the city of Kitchener-Waterloo. ... I Musici de Montréal is a Canadian chamber orchestra. ... The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (also known as Tafelmusik) is a Canadian baroque orchestra specializing in early music. ... Quartetto Gelato is a Canadian new classical quartet currently composed of Peter DeSotto, Elinor Frey, Alexander Sevastian and Shalom Bard, and based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra is a classical music ensemble based in Winnipeg, Canada. ...

Opera and vocal

  • Opera Canada Magazine - Founders of the Opera Canada Awards (The Rubbies).

The Canadian Opera Company (COC), located in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest opera company in Canada and the sixth largest in North America. ... The Vancouver Opera is an opera company in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Manitoba Opera is an opera company in Winnipeg, Manitoba that was founded in 1969. ... The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is a Canadian large vocal ensemble based in Toronto, Canada. ... Nicholas Goldschmidt (December 6, 1908 - February 8, 2004) was a Canadian conductor, administrator, teacher, performer, music festival entrepreneur and artistic director. ... Lotfi Mansouri (born Iran, 1929) was the general director of the San Francisco Opera from 1988 through 2001. ... The Canadian Opera Company (COC), located in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest opera company in Canada and the sixth largest in North America. ... The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is a Canadian choral group that specializes in Afrocentric music of all styles including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. ...

Opera singers

Pierrette Alarie (born November 9, 1921, Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian soprano. ... Isabel Bayrakdarian is a world-renowned Armenian-Canadian soprano. ... Russell Braun is a Canadian operatic lyric baritone. ... Victor Braun as Duke Bluebeard in the 1993 Canadian Opera Companys production of Bluebeards Castle. ... Measha Brueggergosman (born on June 28, 1977 at Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a critically acclaimed Canadian soprano, who performs both as a concert artist and opera singer. ... Maureen Forrester (born July 25, 1930 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian contralto. ... Judith Doris Forst (born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian mezzo-soprano. ... Ben Heppner OC (born January 14, 1956) is a Canadian tenor, specializing in opera and classical symphonic works for voice. ... George London could refer to two different people: George London: American operatic baritone George London: Landscape architect. ... Richard Margison is a Canadian operatic tenor. ... Lois Marshall, CC , D.Mus , LL.D (January 29, 1924 – February 19, 1997) was a Canadian soprano. ... Agathe Martel is a Canadian Soprano. ... Gino Quilico (b. ... Louis Quilico (January 14, 1925 - July 15, 2000) was a Canadian baritone opera singer. ... Michael Schade is a Canadian operatic tenor who was born in Geneva and raised in Germany and Canada. ... Teresa Stratas (b. ... Jon S. Vickers, CC , D.Mus. ... Portia May White (June 24, 1911-February 13, 1968), was a singer who achieved international fame because of her voice and stage presence. ...

Pianists

Dang Thai Son (Vietnamese: Đặng Thái Sơn) (born 1958 in Hanoi Vietnam) is a noted classical pianist. ... Naida Cole (born in Durham, North Carolina) is a pianist. ... Alberto Guerrero (standing) with his student Glenn Gould, 1945 Alberto Guerrero (6 February 1886 – 7 November 1959) was a Chilean–Canadian composer, pianist, and teacher, perhaps now best remembered as a mentor of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. ... Glenn Gould rehearsing in 1974. ... Marc-André Hamelin, OC, CQ, (born September 5, 1961) is a French-Canadian classical pianist and composer. ... Angela Hewitt OBE(born July 26, 1958) is a Canadian classical pianist. ... Anton (Emil) Kuerti (born July 21, 1938, in Vienna, Austria) is a Canadian pianist, music teacher and composer. ... Louis Lortie (born 27 April 1959) is a French-Canadian pianist. ... Joanna MacGregor (born July 16, 1959) is an internationally renowned classical, jazz and contemporary pianist. ... Jon Kimura Parker is an Canadian pianist. ...

Violinists

Canadian violinists:

Non-Canadian violinists within the Canadian music community: Martin Beaver is a Canadian violinist. ... Angèle Dubeau, CM, CQ (born March 24, 1962) is a Québécoise violinist. ... James Ehnes is a Canadian violinist. ... Chantal Juillet, O.C., C.Q., (born 19 December 1960, Montreal) is a Canadian violinist. ... Moshe Hammer (born in Budapest 1946) is a Canadian violinist. ... Susanne Hou Yi-Jia Susanne Hou is a Canadian violinist. ... Peter Oundjian is a violinist and conductor. ... Walter Prystawski is a Canadian violinist. ... Erika Raum is a Canadian violinist. ... Lara St. ... Scott St. ... Steven (Sam) Staryk (born 1932, Toronto) is a Canadian violin virtuoso. ... Harold Sumberg (1905-1994) is a Canadian violinist, teacher, conductor, and adjudicator. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Jacques Israelievitch (born in Cannes, France) is a French violinist. ... Image:Zukerman. ...

Oboists

James Neville Mason (May 15, 1909 – July 27, 1984) was a three-time Academy Award nominated English actor who attained stardom in both British and American films. ... Brian James can be Brian James (musician) (UK), former guitarist of The Damned punk band Brian Joseph James (1957-1992), Major US Marine Corps, astronaut candidate. ... Marc Rogers is a Canadian acoustic and electric bassist. ...

Violists

Rivka Golani, Canadian violist Rivka Golani (b. ...

Cellists

Julian Armour has distinguished himself as a performing musician on the cello in a career spanning 20 years, an artistic director, an administrator and as strong inovator in the presentation of music. ... Ofra Harnoy (born January 31, 1965, Hadera, Israel) is a Canadian cellist. ...

Organists

  • Healey Willan

Healey Willan, CC (October 12, 1880 - February 16, 1968) was a Canadian organist and composer. ...

Organ builders

Casavant Frères is a prominent Canadian company that builds fine pipe organs. ... Gabriel Kney is a Canadian company that builds pipe organs. ...

Guitarists

Liona Boyd. ... Norbert Kraft (b. ...

Composers

Robert Aitken (b. ... Louis Applebaum, CC (April 3, 1918 - April 19, 2000) was a Canadian composer, administrator, and conductor. ... Michael Conway Baker (born March 13, 1937 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA) is a Canadian composer resident in North Vancouver, British Columbia. ... DENYS BOULIANE / Biographical notes (January 2005) Denys Bouliane was born in 1955 in Grand-Mère, a small town in the Province of Quebec. ... Brian Cherney (born 1942) is a Canadian composer. ... Robert Nathaniel Dett (October 11, 1882–1943), often known as R. Nathaniel Dett, was a composer in the United States and Canada. ... Malcolm Forsyth (born 1936) is a Canadian trombonist, composer and was honoured as Canadian Composer of the Year in 1989. ... Rachel Laurin, Canadian organist and composer (Saint-Benoit, 1961) Rachel Laurin leads a brilliant dual career as organist and composer. ... Imant Karlis Raminsh (b. ... Raymond Murray Schafer (b. ... Harry Somers, CC (September 11, 1925-March 9, 1999) was the foremost English-Canadian composer of his period. ... Daniel George Theaker (born March 30, 1967 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a neoclassical composer, conductor and woodwind instrumentalist. ... Healey Willan, CC (October 12, 1880 - February 16, 1968) was a Canadian organist and composer. ... The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada or SOCAN is the only nationwide performance rights organisation in Canada. ...

Conductors

Canadian and non-Canadian conductors of instrumental and vocal ensembles in Canada:

  • Kazuyoshi Akiyama (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra)
  • Karel Ančerl (Toronto Symphony)
  • Raffi Armenian (Canadian Chamber Ensemble)
  • Dwight Bennett (Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Royal Opera Canada)
  • Mario Bernardi (Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, CBC Radio Orchestra)
  • Tadeusz Biernacki (Saskatoon Opera, Manitoba Opera)
  • Boris Brott (Symphony Nova Scotia, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Sergiu Comissiona (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra)
  • Sir Andrew Davis (Toronto Symphony)
  • Roberto DeClara (Oakville Symphony)
  • Pierre Dervaux (Orchestre Symphonique de Québec)
  • Charles Dutoit (Montreal Symphony Orchestra)
  • William Eddins (Edmonton Symphony Orchestra)
  • Noel Edison (Toronto Mendelssohn Choir)
  • John Eliot Gardiner (CBC Radio Orchestra)
  • Gunther Herbig (Toronto Symphony)
  • Otto Klemperer (Montreal Symphony Orchestra)
  • Julian Kuerti (Toronto Symphony, Boston Symphony)
  • Luigi von Kunits (New Symphony Orchestra, precursor of the Toronto Symphony)
  • Jacques Lacombe (Montreal Symphony)
  • Sir Ernest MacMillan (Toronto Symphony)
  • Zubin Mehta (Montreal Symphony Orchestra)
  • Alexander Mickelthwate (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra)
  • Kent Nagano (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal)
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal)
  • Peter Oundjian (Toronto Symphony)
  • Seiji Ozawa (Toronto Symphony)
  • Wilfrid Pelletier (Quebec Symphony Orchestra)
  • Trevor Pinnock (National Arts Centre Orchestra)
  • Douglas Sanford (Saskatoon Symphony, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra)
  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Toronto Symphony)
  • Kerry Stratton (Toronto Philharmonia)
  • Walter Susskind (Toronto Symphony)
  • Daniel Swift (Niagara Symphony)
  • Rosemary Thomson (Calgary Philharmonic, Canadian Opera Company)
  • Bramwell Tovey (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra)
  • Yuli Turovsky (I Musici de Montréal)
  • James W. Wright (Vancouver Opera)
  • Pinchas Zukerman (National Arts Centre Orchestra)

Kazuyoshi Akiyama is a Japanese conductor. ... Photograph of Karel Ančerl. ... Raffi Armenian (born June 4, 1942) is a Canadian conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher. ... Mario Bernardi (born 1930, Kirkland Lake, Ontario) is a Canadian conductor and pianist. ... Boris Brott (born March 14, 1944) is a Canadian conductor and motivational speaker. ... Sergiu Comissiona (1928 in Bucharest, Romania - March 5, 2005, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) was a Romanian-American conductor. ... Andrew Frank Davis (born February 2, 1944) is a British conductor. ... Charles Édouard Dutoit (born October 7, 1936) is a Swiss conductor. ... William Eddins William Eddins (born December 9, 1964 in Buffalo, New York) is an American pianist and conductor. ... Gardiner conducting Sir John Eliot Gardiner CBE (born April 20, 1943, Fontmell, Dorset, England) is an English conductor. ... Günther Herbig (born November 30, 1931 in Ústí nad Labem, current-day Czech Republic) is a German conductor. ... Otto Klemperer (May 14, 1885 – July 6, 1973) was a German-born conductor and composer. ... Sir Ernest Alexander Campbell MacMillan (August 18, 1893 – May 6, 1973) was an internationally renouned Canadian orchestrial conductor and composer. ... Zubin Mehta (b. ... Alexander Mickelthwate is the Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Music Director for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. ... Kent Nagano is the current music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. ... Yannick Nézet-Séguin (born 1975, Montreal) is a French Canadian conductor. ... Peter Oundjian is a violinist and conductor. ... Seiji Ozawa , born September 1, 1935) is a Japanese conductor. ... Wilfrid Pelletier (June 20, 1896 – April 9, 1982) was a Canadian orchestra conductor. ... Trevor David Pinnock CBE (born December 16, 1946) is an English conductor and harpsichordist. ... Jukka-Pekka Saraste (born April 22, 1956) is a Finnish conductor. ... Jan Walter Susskind (May 1, 1913 - March 25, 1980) was a Czech-born British conductor. ... Rosemary Thomson is a Canadian conductor and chorus master. ... Bramwell Tovey is an English-born conductor and composer born 11 July 1953. ... Image:Zukerman. ...

Classical record labels

Classical radio stations

The primary source of classical music on Canadian radio is the national CBC Radio Two network, which also airs some jazz and popular music programming. CBC Radio Two is an FM radio network in Canada, operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ...


There are only three commercial radio stations in Canada offering a classical music format:

The CKUA radio network in Alberta also airs some classical music programming, as do some campus radio and community radio stations. CFMZ-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts classical music at 96. ... Cobourg (2001 population 17,172) is a town some 75 km east of Toronto. ... CHLX is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 97. ... Motto: Fortunae meae, multorum faber[1] Location of Gatineau in Quebec, Canada Coordinates: , Country  Canada Province  Quebec Administrative Region Outaouais Amalgamated 2002 Government  - Mayor Marc Bureau  - Governing body Gatineau City Council  - MPs Lawrence Cannon, Richard Nadeau, Marcel Proulx  - MNAs Roch Cholette, Stéphanie Vallée, Charlotte LÉcuyer, Norman MacMillan... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Location of the City of Ottawa in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Established 1850 as Town of Bytown Incorporated 1855 as City of Ottawa Amalgamated January 1, 2001 Government  - Mayor Larry OBrien  - City Council Ottawa City Council  - MPs List... CJPX-FM is a French language Canadian radio station located in Montreal, Quebec. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... CKUA is a Canadian radio station. ... Motto: Fortis et liber(Latin) Strong and free Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Official languages English (see below) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong - Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 28 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (split from Northwest Territories) (8th [Province]) Area Ranked... Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution. ... Community radio is a type of radio service that caters to the interests of a certain area, broadcasting material that is popular to a local audience but is overlooked by more powerful broadcast groups. ...


All radio stations in Canada are required by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to meet Canadian content targets. For classical music stations, the requirement is 20 per cent Canadian content. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC, in French Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes) was established in 1968 by the Canadian Parliament to replace the Board of Broadcast Governors. ... Canadian content (abbreviated cancon or can-con) refers to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requirements that radio and television broadcasters (including cable/satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. ...


Classical music publications

  • The Wholenote magazine (Toronto)
  • Opera Canada magazine

Musical schools

The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 387 KB)Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. ... Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 387 KB)Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. ... The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) is a music school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that is noted throughout the country. ... The Schulich School of Music is one of the constituent colleges of the McGill University in Montréal, Canada. ...

Awards and competitions

  • Glenn Gould Prize
  • Banff International String Quartet Competition
  • Montreal International Music Competition/Concours international de musique de Montréal
  • Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the Performance of Canadian Music/Concours national de musique Eckhardt-Gramatté
  • John Robb Organ Competition/Concours d'orgue John-Robb
  • Canadian Kiwanis Festival
  • Opera Canada Awards (The Rubbies)
  • The 1985 International Bach Piano Competition/Concours International Bach de Piano 1985
  • Juno Awards

The Glenn Gould Prize is an international award bestowed by the Glenn Gould Foundation. ... The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands; they could be considered the transnational counterpart to the United States Grammy Awards. ...

Classical music venues

Some of the major concert halls that are home to a professional performing group:

View of the Place des Arts esplanade. ... The Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Alberta The Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, Alberta was built in 1997. ... The Centennial Concert Hall, as part of the Manitoba Centennial Centre, was built as a Canadian Centennial project. ... For the performing arts venue in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, see National Arts Center. ... The Hummingbird Centre The Hummingbird Centre is a major performing arts venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Construction and fundraising for the Four Seasons Centre in May 2006. ... Roy Thomson Hall Roy Thomson Hall is a concert hall in Toronto, Canada. ... Massey Hall, Main Entrance as seen from across Shuter Street, December 2005. ... Toronto Centre for the Arts The Toronto Centre for the Arts, previously known as the Ford Centre for Performing Arts, opened in 1993 and is designed by Canadian architect Eberhart Zeidler for musicals, theatre productions, and other performing arts. ... Queen Elizabeth Theatre The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. ... The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium is a performing arts venue located in the Dalhousie University Arts Centre. ...

See also

André Gagnon O.C. (born 1 August 1942 in St-Pacôme-de-Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian musician. ... Jorane (b. ... Domaine Forget is an international music festival as well as music and dance academy located near La Malbaie in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. ...

External links

  • opera.ca An association of many Canadian opera companies.
  • chamberfest Ottawa Chamber Music Society.

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Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day.
The term classical music did not appear until the early 19th century, in an attempt to "canonize" the period from Bach to Beethoven as an era in music parallel to the golden age of sculpture, architecture and art of classical antiquity (from which no music has directly survived).
Classical music is primarily a written musical tradition, preserved in music notation, as opposed to being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings.
John Weinzweig, Canada's dean of classical composing, dies (1701 words)
Canadian classical music composer John Weinzweig died Thursday night in a Toronto hospital.
A founder of the Canadian League of Composers, he was a champion of Canadian classical music throughout his lifetime.
His music was known for its clarity of texture, economy of material, rhythmic energy and short melodic outbursts contrasted with long flowing lines.
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