- Music of Canada's Maritimes
The Music of Canada's
Maritimeshas included many artists from both the traditional and pop genres. The traditional genre is heavily influenced by the music brought to the region by the European settlers, the most well known of which are the Scots & Irish celtic and Acadiantraditions. Successful pop acts from all genres have had degrees of national and international success since the beginning of recorded music period. Performers as diverse as Hank Snow, Stan Rogers, Anne Murray, the Rankin Family, Barachois, The Men of the Deepsand April Winehave all experienced tremendous success as popular music acts with considerable national and international tours and record sales.
While closely related to the three Maritime provinces,
Newfoundland and Labradoris culturally and politically separate. However, the two areas share a regional awards show, the East Coast Music Awards, and a common musical heritage.
The Maritime provinces are best known for the strong influence of Scottish and Irish settlers on the sound of the regions traditional music. This celtic derived music is most strongly expressed on
Cape Breton Island, which is especially well-known for the Scottish influx in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Scottish-style fiddlemusic, sometimes accompanied by the piano, was popular at the time, and these traditions survive today. In some cases, like Cape Breton Island, Scottish folk traditions are better-maintained than in Scotland itself.
The work of
Helen Creightonand Louise Mannyis particularly noted for documenting the traditional ballads and sea shanties of the region. The Miramichi Folksong Festivalpreserves the lyrics and music of northeastern New Brunswick, especially ballads from 19th and early 20th century lumber camps.
The last two decades of the 20th century saw a revival in Maritime (Celtic music), spurred by a wave of similar
roots revivalsin Quebecand the rest of Canada, Scotland, Ireland and the United States. The first wave of Maritime traditional music was lead by folk artist John Allan Cameronin the 1970s . By the late 1980s, Cape Breton had produced two crossover acts, the multi-platinum selling The Rankinsand the less successful but critically acclaimed Barra MacNeils, Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, Lennie Gallant, and Slainte Mhath. Other modern performers have continued to add new influences to traditional Maritime music, including Gaelic lyrics in Mary Jane Lamond's "Suas e!", Western classical music in Puirt a Baroque's"Bach Meets Cape Breton" and Middle Eastern musical influences in Laurel MacDonald's "Chroma". New Brunswickhas seen a roots revival of their own Acadian traditions, dating back to before the French settlers of the area were expelled to Louisianaand became the Cajuns. Barachoisis probably the leading band of this revival, while The Gallantsand The Arsenaultsare two of the most famous Acadien musical families of the East Coast.
Halifax, Nova Scotia has become a center for black music in the Maritime provinces, both in the continuation of the traditions of the freed slave and loyalist blacks especially
gospel music, and also with music arriving with Africanimmigrants.
The region has made considerable contribution to national and international popular music, primarily by performers from Nova Scotia, though both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have made contributions as well.
uperproducer Scott Storch
Halifax was the birthplace music superproducer
Scott Storch. Currently, Storch is listed along with The Neptunes, Timbaland, Kanye West and Dr. Dre as the largest, most successful music producers in the US. While Storch found success in the US market, he is a proud East Coast Canadian. Storch is rarely recognized by the east coast music community, despite his vast success. At age 33, his fortune was recently quoated at $70 million+. He has produced music for 50 cent, Fat Joe, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Lil Wayne, etc. and is known for hits like Candy Shop, Fighter, and Lean Back.
List of songs produced by Scott Storch
Hip hop musicfrom the Maritime Provinces is mostly centered around larger urban centres, especially Halifax. While historically isolated from the Toronto-centric Canadian hip hopscene, Halifax has an increasing number of nationally known acts. Universal Soulhave seen considerable national exposure since being nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards in 2003. Classified is an MC and producer nominated for a 2004 CUMA. The Goodswith members Kunga 219and Gordskihave successfully toured across North America. Kaleb Simmondsachieved a national reputation after a showing in the Top Ten on the first season of " Canadian Idol" Scratch Bastidcame in second in the 2004 Canadian DMC finals in Winnipeg and won the 2003 and 2004 Scribble Jamin Cincinnati.
Maritime provincesare a haven for many heavy metal acts with support for the genre especially strong in New Brunswick. Many new acts are of the death metal/ black metalsub-genres, one example being Obscene Eulogy, although all styles are represented.
Music of Nova Scotia
Music of New Brunswick
Music of Prince Edward Island
Cape Breton fiddling
East Coast Music Awards
* [http://www.maritimemetal.net Official Maritime Metal Website]
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* [http://www.rockinhalifax.net Rock In Halifax]
*Mathieson, Kenny. "Cape Breton". 2001. In Mathieson, Kenny (Ed.), "Celtic music", pp. 96-109. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-623-8
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