CANADA 150 Guide to Canadian Music
June 30, 2017

2017 is Canada’s 150th year! To mark the occasion, we’ve put together The Leading Note Guide to Canadian Music, with a list of Canadian composers, arrangers, and collections for you to browse. Check out some of our personal favourites below!


Canada has a rich and varied choral tradition, with too many composers to list all in one place! If you’re looking for that perfect Canadian piece for your choir to mark 2017, we recommend the following composers/arrangers: Stephen Chatman, Eleanor Daley, Matthew Emery, Stephen Hatfield, Laura Hawley, Donald Patriquin, Nicholas Piper, Sarah Quartel, Imant Raminsh, Mark Sirett, Nancy Telfer, Ruth Watson Henderson, Healey Willan, and James Wright.

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Laura Hawley – Vivre, Aimer, Partager

Local composer (and former Leading Note staff member!) Laura Hawley’s piece “Vivre, Aimer, Partager (Ahlamdoulillah / Tala’ al-Badru ‘Alayna)” gained international acclaim after going viral in December 2015!