Canadian Music Boom

Surprisingly talented and very well-known musicians such as Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, and bands like The Moffats and Simple Plan had left some undeniable mark in the music industry and their legacy keeps on going until now. But perhaps one of the most surprising thing are their origin. They all  come from Canada– the most staid and safest of nations.

Is Canada now better at producing distinctive musicians than the USA? We will try to weigh them up here. (Note that the above/below lists of musicians are ranked according to their popularity impact worldwide)

Though, California do have a fair share of their own musicians such as Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, Fergie of The Black-Eyed Peas, Amy Lee of Evanescense, and the only sole singer among the Californian’s well-known is Katy Perry. (Know more about Katy Perry and her concert tickets on sale at

The ranks of Canadian singers and bands making a name worldwide have grown swiftly through the year 2000s. The pacesetter was Nelly Furtado, whose 1st album, “Whoa, Nelly!”, an imaginative mixture of folksy pop and hip-hop, is as invigorating nowadays as it was on its first release. She pursued to be a major R&B star with her sleekly third album, “Loose”.

Ever since then, wave after wave of innovation and excitement took part in the music world—punk, indie, hip-hop, techno, grunge—has streamed back and forth. To name some globally successful and recognizably Canadian musicians like Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback have carried out their blockbusting careers to the highest level.

The rise of Canadian force in pop music coincides with the decline of its domineering neighbor. So dominant American pop has been since the birth of rock’n’roll in the mid-1950s that the term “world music” is applied to anything that can’t trace its roots in the Appalachian mountains or the Mississippi delta. Lately the US mainstream has been changed by the efficiency of “American Idol” contestants. But none of them really stood out. American pop has stealthily slipped into stagnation— struggling to be heard over the babble of mediocre. It would rather be a nice irony if those disparaging jokes about Canadians made by people whose favorite singers are, in fact, Canadians.