B.C. Music – On the Global Stage

B.C. Music – On the Global Stage

April 26, 2018 Posted by Abby Pollen

Music is central to British Columbians as shown through our 285 music companies, 160 recording studios and 200+ music festivals.  Notable B.C.-born music-talents include internationally renowned artists such as Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams.

In March, Michael Bublé hosted the 2018 Juno Awards in Vancouver, B.C., which was the fourth time Vancouver has been chosen as the host city. As the third largest music production centre in Canada, B.C. was an ideal province for hosting. Among the B.C. Juno Award winners were Lights, Grimes, Jocelyn Morlock, the Anciients and Diana Krall. The awards showcased B.C. and Canadian talent and attracted an international audience.

B.C. cultivates exceptional music talent through education and industry support. Distinguished music programs are offered by the University of British Columbia, Selkirk College, Capilano University, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, Victoria Conservatory of Music and many other institutions. The music industry is also financially supported by the new $7.5 million Amplify BC fund.

With $2.6 billion spent in B.C.’s film and television industry during 2016-2017, local musicians have an array of opportunities to produce music for this booming sector. Talented music composers such as Steffan Andrews, who was nominated for a 2018 Canadian Screen Award, are finding recognition in composing music for screen.

Talent, cross-industry collaboration and community make British Columbia a hotspot for creative industries to thrive.

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