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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 CBC or Radio-Canada). What is "Canadian Content" is defined by the MAPL system (Music Artist Performance Lyrics) as described here.

Prior to this regulation, Canadian music was widely ignored, by everyone. 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 1970's. When the regulations were first introduced, nearly every station was forced to play Gordon Lightfoot or Anne Murray at least once a day. Now there are more than enough artists to support 100% Canadian Radio stations (Check out one 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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    British Columbia 

  • Susan Aglukark
  • Comeback Kid
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Bif Naked
  • Tom Cochrane
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • Burton Cummings
  • The Guess Who
  • Harlequin
  • Chantal Kreviazuk
    • (Married to Rain Maida the frontman of Our Lady Peace, below)
  • Daniel Lavoie
  • KEN Mode
  • Loreena McKennitt
  • Holly McNarland
  • Venetian Snares
  • The Watchmen
  • The Weakerthans

    Newfoundland and Labrador 

    Nova Scotia 
  • April Wine
  • Buck 65
  • Classified
  • Jenn Grant
  • Ashley MacIsaac
  • Matt Mays & El Torpedo
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Anne Murray
  • Joel Plaskett
  • Plumtree
  • The Rankin Family
  • Sloan
  • Hank Snow
  • The Trews
  • Wintersleep

  • Bryan Adams (born and lived till age 3, now based out of Vancouver)
  • Alexisonfire
  • Paul Anka
  • Annihilator
  • Anvil
  • The Arkells
  • The Arrogant Worms
  • Ayria
  • Aidan Baker
  • The Band - four of five members were Canadians, one of them half-native.
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Bedouin Soundclash
  • Bent Wind
  • Justin Bieber
  • Big Sugar
  • Big Wreck (from Boston, but their front-man Ian Thornley is very Canadian, thus making them most successful there).
  • Billy Talent
  • The Birthday Massacre
  • Jully Black
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Broken Social Scene
    • 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
  • City And Colour, the acoustic/folk/roots act of 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
  • Deadmau5
  • Shawn Desman
  • Die Mannequin
  • Hugh Dillon
  • Down With Webster
  • Dragonette
  • Drake
  • Dru
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Elliot Brood
  • Enter The Haggis
  • Danny Fernandes
  • Finger Eleven
  • Five Man Electrical Band
  • The Fringe
  • Frozen Ghost
  • Fucked Up
  • Fuck the Facts
  • Emm Gryner
  • Hail The Villain
  • Sarah Harmer
  • Jeff Healey
  • Henri Fabergé and the Adorables
  • Holy Fuck
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • I Mother Earth
  • Idle Sons
  • illScarlet
  • k-os
  • K'naan
  • Kardinal Offishall
  • Kittie
  • Klaatu
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Glenn Lewis
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Lighthouse
  • Lights
  • Maestro
  • The Marble Index
  • Amanda Marshall
  • Mary And The Black Lamb
  • Massari
  • Metric
  • Kim Mitchell
    • Also, he's a disc jockey for Q107 (a classic rock station) in Toronto.
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Moxy Früvous (former drummer Jian Ghomeshi is now the host of Q on CBC radio)
  • Neverending White Lights
  • Nihilist Spasm Band
  • Our Lady Peace
  • 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
  • Stan Rogers
  • Rough Trade
  • Rush
  • Saga
  • Ron Sexsmith
  • Sarah Slean
  • Radio DJ Chris Sheppard and his dance groups BKS and Love Inc.
  • Serena Ryder
  • Silverstein
  • Sum 41
  • Sweet Thing
  • Tamia
  • The Tea Party
  • Teenage Head
  • Ian Thomas
  • Thornley
  • Three Days Grace
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Toronto
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Treble Charger
  • Triumph
  • Shania Twain
  • Veronica
  • Hawksley Workman
  • Walk Off The Earth
  • The Weeknd
  • Woods of Ypres
  • Young Empires
  • Neil Young

    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

  • The Agonist
  • Arcade Fire
  • Bowser and Blue
  • Gregory Charles
  • Terri Clark (born in Montreal, family moved to Alberta)
  • Cœur de Pirate
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Les Cowboys Fringant
  • Cryptopsy
  • The Dears
  • Despised Icon
  • Céline Dion
  • Garou
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor (and Constellation Records)
    • Also Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (as they're known as at the time of writing)
  • Gorguts
  • Handsome Furs
  • Corey Hart
  • Tim Hecker
  • Elisapie Isaac
  • Karkwa
  • Kataklysm
  • Despised Icon
  • Jon Lajoie
  • Luba
  • Lukay
  • Malajube
  • Marie-Mai
  • Mashmakhan
  • The McGarrigle Sisters
  • Mes Aieux
  • Men Without Hats
  • Frank Mills
  • Mobile
  • 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
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • 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 Isaac Brock).

  • Colin James
  • Into Eternity
  • Streetheart
  • The Waltons
  • The Sheepdogs
  • Wide Mouth Mason

    The Territories 
  • Kim Beggs (Yukon)
  • Digawolf (Northwest Territories)

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