Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool

Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool Activity 3.2 Listening Patterns Most of us listen to music every day, and often our selections feature artists from around the world. But how much Canadian music do we listen to? 1. In small groups, make a list of Canadian artists you listen to, and discuss what percentage it makes up of all the music you listen to. Where are most artists you listen to from? Why do you think that is? How did you discover your favourite music and artists? Are there any Canadian artists that you think deserve more attention? 2. Read the TCE article on the CRTC, and the rules regarding Canadian music content on the radio here. 3. As a class, discuss what you think are the reasons behind regulations on providing Canadian content. Do you think this helps provide a platform for Canadian artists? Remembering that the CRTC was established long before the internet, how might modern technology and social media have impacted the effectiveness of these regulations? What other methods can be employed to promote Canadian music? What other effects might these regulations have on the music scene in Canada, historically and today? Activity 3.3 Make a Local Playlist 1. Make a playlist of 20-25 songs showcasing local (community, regional, or provincial) music. Try to include some variety in the artists you choose and the styles of music. 2. Write one paragraph detailing whether you feel your playlist is an accurate reflection of the community. What makes these artists or songs important for this community? Is there a clear pattern in the genres or lyrics? Was it easy or difficult to find artists to include? 3. Form small groups and compare playlists: how much overlap is there? Did anyone discover something you missed? Discuss what you learned about your local music scene. Will you continue to listen to any of these songs or artists in the future? 11. Oscar Peterson statue, Ottawa (Paul Mckinnon/