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This update of the music industry in Canada offers a detailed analysis of all of the country's main music industry sectors.


  • Canada is one of the world's larger music markets. For recorded music, it sits just outside of the top five, behind France.
  • However, last year saw recorded-music consumption increase at more than double the rate of the previous year. Growth in on-demand audio streaming easily offset declines in download and CD album sales, while the vinyl revival continued with sales of the age-old format rising for the seventh consecutive year.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers all aspects of Canada's music industry.
  • Assesses recorded-music sales, the retail sector, royalty collections, and the live industry.

Key questions answered

  • How did Canada's recorded-music sector perform in 2017?
  • What is the biggest revenue generator for record companies in Canada?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Rise in streaming and vinyl consumption

Music retail

  • Evolution in music retail from ownership to access

Copyright protection and rights administration

  • Copyright law review
  • Royalty collections


  • Falling broadcast radio revenue
  • Steady shift from traditional TV viewing to online


  • Popularity of live music events
  • Music support


  • Methodology
  • Author

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