Music is an art form that is communicated through sound. Common elements of music are pitch, which governs melody and harmony, and rhythm, which is associated with the concepts of tempo, meter, and articulation. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to cultural and social context. To many people in many cultures music is an important part of their life.

The musical heritage of Canada reflects the diverse historical influences that have shaped the country. Canadian music has also been heavily influenced by American culture because of its geographic proximity. The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian music artists and groups to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies. For the most recent music news, reviews, and charts in North America, visit Billboard.

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Music of all genres can be bought locally at HMV, a popular music retailer. Live music is also widely available in the Greater Toronto Area and listings for Mississauga can be found at 905 Live. For more information on Canadian independent artists and bands, visit Overhear. Some popular music television channels include Toronto’s own Much Music and MTV, which both show music videos, have top music video countdowns, and the latest Canadian music news. Some of Toronto’s most popular radio stations to listen to the latest hits include Virgin Radio 99.9, Today’s Best Music CHUM FM, Toronto’s Hit Music Station KISS 92.5, as well as music programs on CBC Toronto.

Some popular Canadian musicians and bands who have reached international fame include Our Lady Peace, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, K-OS, and Nelly Furtado. Review this comprehensive list of Canadian Musicians. Toronto is also home to many talented musicians including The Abrams Brothers, Ohbijou, Masia One, and Danny Fernandes. Stay on top of Toronto Music for local concert listings.