For a comprehensive bibliography of resources related to Canadian music (over 800 items published 1996-2004), see Robin Elliott’s excellent listing in the Institute for Canadian Music Newsletter (September 2004 vol 2/3).



Relevant Links
General Overviews
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Folksong Collections
Francophone Musics
First Nations Musics
Musics of Religions
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Art Musics



Society for Ethnomusicology
Promotes the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts.

International Association of Popular Music
An international organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship, and analysis in the area of popular music / Organisme international ayant pour but de promouvoir les recherches, les bourses d’étude et l’analyse de la musique populaire.

Folklore Studies Association of Canada
A bilingual association (French and English), its purpose is to increase research and education in the field of folklore studies.

Northern Journey Folk Music
A comprehensive repository of links relating to Canadian folk music.

Helen Creighton Folklore Society
A society dedicated to Canada’s First Lady of Folklore.



The Garland Encyclopedia of World MusicThe United States & Canada (volume 3), ed. Ellen Koskoff.  New York: Garland Publishers, 2000.

Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, eds. Helmut Kallmann, Gilles Potvin and Kenneth Winters. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.

Music in Canada: Capturing Landscape & Diversity, by Elaine Keillor.  Kingston & Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.

Canadian Music: Issues of Hegemony & Identity, eds Beverley Diamond & Robert Witmer.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 1994.

“Canada,” by John Beckwith and Kathleen McMorrow, in The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th ed, ed. Don Michael Randel, pp 134-7. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2003.

“Canada” in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed, ed. Stanley Sadie.  New York: Macmillan / Grove, 2001. Vol 4: 903-919 [link available by subscription only].

Music in Canada: A Research and Information Guide, by Carl Morey.  New York: Garland Publishing, 1997.

Ethnomusicology in Canada: proceedings of the first Conference, Toronto, 1988, Toronto: Institute of Canadian Music, 1990.

Taking a Stand: Essays in Honour of John Beckwith, ed Timothy J McGee, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995.

Musical Canada: Words and Music Honouring Helmut Kallmann, eds John Beckwith & Frederick A Hall.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985.

Making Music: Profiles from a Century of Canadian Music, by Alex Barris and Ted Barris. Toronto: HarperCollins, 2001.

Music in Canada: A Collection of Essays, ed Brockmeyer, 1997.

Canadian Music in the 1930s and 1940s, ed. Beverley Cavanagh. Toronto: Institute for Canadian Music, 1988.



Canadian Museum of History

Digital Archives Initiative (DAI). Memorial University of Newfoundland.

folkwaysAlive! and the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology. University of Alberta.

Helen Creighton Collection. Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management.

Library and Archives Canada

Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Roud Folksong Index. Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

Roud Broadside Index. Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.



International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) [available by subscription]

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature [available by subscription]

Canadian Music Periodical Index

The Music Index [available by subscription]



MUSICultures (formerly Canadian Journal for Traditional Music/Revue de musique folklorique canadienne). 1973- [full-text for volumes 1 (1973) to 29 (2002) is available online]

Canadian Musician 1979-

Canadian University Music Review/Revue de musique des universités canadiennes. 1980-

SOCAN Yearbook. 1994-

Canadian Folklore Canadien (renamed Ethnologies). 1979-



Singing Our History: Canada’s Story in Song, Edith Fowke and Alan Mills. Toronto: Doubleday, 1984.

MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada. Memorial University of Newfoundland.



La vie musicale en Nouvelle-France, Elisabeth Gallat-Morin and Jean-Pierre Pinson, 2003 (Septentrion, Cahiers des Ameriques)

La chanson prend ses airs, ed Robert Giroux, 1993 (Triptyque)

Chanson et politique au Québec (1960-1980), Jacques Aube, 1990 (Triptyque)

Swinging in Paradise: The Story of Jazz in Montréal, John Gilmore, 1988 (Vehicule Press)

La musique au Québec, 1600-1875, Willy Amtmann, 1976 (Editions de l’Homme)







Sing out the Glad News: Hymn Tunes in Canada, ed. John BeckwithToronto: The Institute for Canadian Music, 1987.



The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada and Canadians in Jazz, Mark Miller, 2004 (The Mercury Press).

Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949, Mark Miller, 1997 (The Mercury Press)



Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-95, by Michael Barclay, Ian Andrew Dylan Jack, Jason Schneider, ECW Press, 2001.

Dreams, Fantasies, and Nightmares from Far Away Lands: Canadian, Australasian, and Latin American Rock and Pop, 1963-75, by Vernon Joynson. Telford: Borderline, 1999.

Before the Gold Rush: Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound, Nicholas Jennings, Viking, 1997.

Oh What a Feeling: A Vital history of Canadian Music,by Martin Melhuish. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1996.

Encyclopedia of Canadian Country Music, by Rick Jackson. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1996.

Encyclopedia of Canadian Rock, Pop, and Folk Music,by Rick Jackson. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1994.

Shakin’ All Over: The Rock’n’Roll Years in Canada, Peter Goddard & Phillip Kamin, Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1989.

Roll Back the Years: History of Canadian Recorded Sound and Its Legacy, Genesis to 1930, Edward Moogk. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1975.



Musicanada 2000: A Celebration of Canadian Composers, Montreal: Canadian Music Centre, 2001.

Music Papers: articles and talks by a Canadian composer, 1961-1994, by John Beckwith.  Ottawa: Golden Dog Press, 1997.

Canadian Women Making Music, by K. Linda Kivi. Toronto: Green Dragon Press, 1992.

The Fifth Stream, Hatch, Peter and John Beckwith, eds. Toronto: Institute for Canadian Music, 1991.
Three studies: College songbooks, Toronto Conservatory, Arraymusic, Rebecca Green, Gaynor G. Jones and Colin Eatock.Toronto: Institute for Canadian Music, 1989.

Hello out there! Canada’s new music in the world, 1950-85, eds John Beckwith and Dorith R. Cooper. Toronto: Institute for Canadian Music, 1988.

A History of Music in Canada, 1534-1914, Helmut Kallman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987.

The Music of Canada, by Timothy J. McGee. New York: W.W. Norton, 1985.

Celebration, eds Godfrey Ridout and Talivaldis Kenins. Toronto: Canadian Music Centre, 1984.

On Canadian Music, R. Murray Schafer. Bancroft: Arcana Editions, 1984.

Canada’s Music: An Historical Survey, by Clifford Ford. Agincourt: GLC Publishers, 1982.

Canadian Music of the Twentieth Century, George A Proctor. University of Toronto Press, 1980.

Music in Canada 1600-1800, Willy Amtmann.  Cambridge: Habitext Books, 1975.

Music in Canada, ed Ernest MacMillan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1955.



World Music Central. Your gateway to the World of Music. Articles, reviews, news, and other resources for researchers and fans.

Calgary Folk Music. Folk, fiddle, and Celtic music in Calgary, Alberta and the surrounding area.

Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society. Information and events listings for St. John’s, NL and the provincial folk festival.

Songs of the Iron Trail. Canadian railroad songs.

Back to the Sugar Camp. Steve Fruitman’s CIUT 89.5 FM radio show.