In 1971, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) established Canadian Content regulations in order to support Canadian artists and Canadian content. According to current regulations, radio stations (in both languages) must ensure that at least 35% of the music broadcast each week is Canadian content, and at least 35% of the music broadcast between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday is Canadian content (50% if the station is owned by [[Creator/{{CBC}} CBC or Radio-Canada]]). What is "Canadian Content" is defined by the MAPL system (Music Artist Performance Lyrics) as described [[http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/r1.htm here]].

According to the CRTC, the purpose of [=CanCon=] regulations can be summed up as:
--> "Canadian attitudes, opinions, ideas, values and artistic creativity are shaped by our history and geography, our institutions and our linguistic and cultural diversity. They're part of our shared experience and our Canadian identity. The Broadcasting Act recognizes this and declares that the Canadian broadcasting system should encourage the development of Canadian expression"

To the layman, the purpose of [=CanCon=] is evident in the explosion of Canadian artists and musicians since the 1970s; there are now more than enough artists to support 100% Canadian Radio stations (check out one [[http://radio3.cbc.ca/ here]]). Similarly, [=MuchMusic=], the Canadian version of {{MTV}}, never had a significant problem with [=CanCon=] for itself and helped give native acts a big boost both by passively abiding by those regs and actively funding new talent itself.

Famous musicians from Canada:

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[[folder:Alberta]]
* Jann Arden
* Paul Brandt
* Cadence Weapon
* Faunts
* George Fox
* k.d. lang
* Loverboy
* Corb Lund
* MichaelMcCann
* Music/JoniMitchell
* Music/{{Nickelback}} (Now based out of Vancouver)
* Alyssa Reid (now based out of Ontario)
* Shout Out Out Out Out
* Music/TeganAndSara
* Music/{{Feist}} (see Ontario below)
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[[folder:British Columbia]]
* Music/ThreeInchesOfBlood
* 54-40
* Archspire
* Music/ArtOfDying
* Armistice (members are from Ontario and Quebec, but they formed in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics)
* Music/GeoffBerner
* Baba Brinkman
* Music/ChadBrownlee
* Blasphemy
* Music/MichaelBuble
* Chilliwack (and earlier, The Collectors)
* cub
* D-Cru
** Craig Smart
* Dan Mangan
* Music/TheDarkestOfTheHillsideThickets
* The Dayglo Abortions
* Default
* Delerium
* Destroyer
* Dirty Radio
* D.O.A.
* Doug and the Slugs
* Victoria Duffield
* Econoline Crush
* Faber Drive
* Frog Eyes
* Music/FrontLineAssembly
* Music/NellyFurtado
* GOB
* Hedley
* Music/{{Heart}} (though the members themselves are from Seattle, they formed in Vancouver)
* Music/HeyOcean!
* Music/HotHotHeat
* Music/CarlyRaeJepsen
* Diana Krall
* Limblifter
* Marianas Trench
* Matthew Good Band
** MatthewGood
* Moist
** David Usher
* Mother Mother
* Music/TheNewPornographers
** A.C. Newman
* Ashley Park
* Prism
* Raffi (though he's Armenian-Egyptian, he's officially a Canadian citizen)
* Music/SaidTheWhale
* Tyler Shaw
* Music/SkinnyPuppy
* Spirit of the West
* Stabilo
* State of Shock
* Swan Lake
* Sweatshop Union
* Swollen Members
* Theory of a Deadman
* Music/DevinTownsend
* Trooper
* The Veer Union
* You Say Party
** Formerly You Say Party! We Say Die!
* Yukon Blonde
* Zumpano
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[[folder:Manitoba]]
* Susan Aglukark
* Comeback Kid
* Bachman-Turner Overdrive
* Bif Naked
* Tom Cochrane
* Crash Test Dummies
* Burton Cummings
* The Guess Who
* Harlequin
* KEN mode
* Chantal Kreviazuk
** (Married to Rain Maida the frontman of Our Lady Peace, below)
* Daniel Lavoie
* KEN Mode
* Music/LoreenaMcKennitt
* Holly [=McNarland=]
* Music/VenetianSnares
* The Watchmen
* The Weakerthans
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[[folder:Newfoundland and Labrador]]
* Music/GreatBigSea
* Hey Rosetta!
* Terry Kelly
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[[folder:Nova Scotia]]
* April Wine
* Buck 65
* Classified
* Jenn Grant
* Ashley [=MacIsaac=]
* Matt Mays & El Torpedo
* Music/SarahMcLachlan
* Anne Murray
* Music/JoelPlaskett
* Plumtree
* The Rankin Family
* Sloan
* Hank Snow
* The Trews
* Wintersleep
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ontario]]
* Music/BryanAdams (born and lived till age 3, now based out of Vancouver)
* Music/{{Alexisonfire}}
* Paul Anka
* Music/{{Annihilator}}
* Anvil
* The Arkells
* Music/TheArrogantWorms
* Music/{{Ayria}}
* Aidan Baker
* Music/TheBand - four of five members were Canadians, one of them half-native.
* Music/BarenakedLadies
* Bedouin Soundclash
* Bent Wind
* Music/JustinBieber
* Big Sugar
* Big Wreck (from Boston, but their front-man Ian Thornley is very Canadian, thus making them most successful there).
* Music/BillyTalent
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre
* Jully Black
* Blue Rodeo
* Music/BrokenSocialScene
** Music/{{Feist}} (from Alberta, but her professional career has been based in Toronto, with some time recording in France)
* Divine Brown
* By Divine Right - {{Feist}} was once a member of this band as well
* Cancer Bats
* Choclair
* Music/CityAndColour, the acoustic/folk/roots act of [[StealthPun Dallas Green]], former co-lead singer and guitarist of {{Alexisonfire}}.
* Bruce Cockburn (pronounced Co-burn)
* Stompin' Tom Connors (born in New Brunswick and raised there, Nova Scotia, and on Prince Edward Island; lived during his professional career in Ontario)
* The Cowboy Junkies
* Deborah Cox
* The Creepshow
* Jim Cuddy
* Music/HeatherDale
* Music/{{Deadmau5}}
* Shawn Desman
* Die Mannequin
* Hugh Dillon
* Down With Webster
* Dragonette
* Music/{{Drake}}
* Dru
* Kathleen Edwards
* Elliot Brood
* The End
* Enter The Haggis
* Danny Fernandes
* Finger Eleven
* Five Man Electrical Band
* The Fringe
* Frozen Ghost
* Fucked Up
* Fuck the Facts (partially based out of Quebec)
* Emm Gryner
* Hail The Villain
* Sarah Harmer
* Jeff Healey
* Henri Fabergé and the Adorables
* Holy Fuck
* Honeymoon Suite
* I Mother Earth
* Idle Sons
* illScarlet
* Immersed
* k-os
* K'naan
* Kardinal Offishall
* Kittie
* Klaatu
* Music/AvrilLavigne
* Glenn Lewis
* Gordon Lightfoot
* Lighthouse
* Music/{{Lights}}
* Maestro
* MAGIC!
* The Marble Index
* Amanda Marshall
* Music/MaryAndTheBlackLamb
* Massari
* {{Music/Metric}}
* Kim Mitchell
** Also, he's a disc jockey for Q107 (a classic rock station) in Toronto.
* Music/AlanisMorissette
* Moxy Früvous (former drummer Jian Ghomeshi is now the host of Q on CBC radio)
* Neverending White Lights
* Nihilist Spasm Band
* Our Lady Peace
* Music/{{Peaches}}
* Pilot Speed
* Protest the Hero
* Prozzäk
* PRTY [=H3RO=] (the members are from Vancouver, but formed in Toronto)
* Raghav (actually of Indian descent, born in Toronto & grew up in Alberta)
* Razor
* Red Rider
* Music/StanRogers
* Rough Trade
* Music/{{Rush}}
* Saga
* Ron Sexsmith
* Sarah Slean
* Radio DJ Chris Sheppard and his dance groups BKS and Love Inc.
* Serena Ryder
* Silverstein
* Music/{{Sum 41}}
* Sweet Thing
* Tamia
* Music/TheTeaParty
* Teenage Head
* Ian Thomas
* Thornley
* Music/ThreeDaysGrace
* Thousand Foot Krutch
* Tokyo Police Club
* Toronto
* The Tragically Hip
* Treble Charger
* Triumph
* Shania Twain
* Veronica
* Hawksley Workman
* Music/WalkOffTheEarth
* Music/TheWeeknd
* Woods of Ypres
* Young Empires
* Music/NeilYoung
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[[folder:Prince Edward Island]]
* Arrows in the Air
* Meaghan Blanchard
* Boxer The Horse
* The Grass Mountain Hobos
* Haywire
* Paper Lions
* Tara Maclean
* Tim Chaisson and The Morning Fold
* Two Hours Traffic
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[[folder:Quebec]]
* Music/TheAgonist
* Music/ArcadeFire
* Beneath the Massacre
* Bowser and Blue
* Gregory Charles
* Terri Clark (born in Montreal, family moved to Alberta)
* Cœur de Pirate
* Music/LeonardCohen
* Les Cowboys Fringant
* Music/{{Cryptopsy}}
* The Dears
* Music/DespisedIcon
* Music/CelineDion
* Garou
* GodspeedYouBlackEmperor (and Constellation Records)
** Also Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (as they're known as at the time of writing)
* Music/{{Gorguts}}
* Handsome Furs
* Corey Hart
* Tim Hecker
* Elisapie Isaac
* Karkwa
* Kataklysm
* Music/JonLajoie
* Luba
* Lukay
* Malajube
* Marie-Mai
* Martyr
* Mashmakhan
* The [=McGarrigle=] Sisters
* Mes Aieux
* Music/MenWithoutHats
* Music/FrankMills
* Mobile
* Music/{{Neuraxis}}
* Aldo Nova
* Bruno Pelletier
* Oscar Peterson
* The Plasmarifle
* Quo Vadis
* Sam Roberts Band
* Simple Plan
* Stars
* The Stills
* Sunset Rubdown
* Les Trois Accords
* David Usher (started his career with Moist, a band formed in British Columbia)
* Gino Vannelli
* Voivod
* Music/RufusWainwright
* Karl Wolf (actually of Dubai descent)
* Wolf Parade (although they spend a lot of time in Vancouver and have a more West Coast sound--their first album was produced by [[/index]] [[ModestMouse Isaac Brock]][[/index]]).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Saskatchewan]]
* Colin James
* Into Eternity
* Streetheart
* The Waltons
* The Sheepdogs
* Wide Mouth Mason
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Territories]]
* Kim Beggs (Yukon)
* Digawolf (Northwest Territories)
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