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What’s the Music Creation Capital of Canada? The Answer Is…

SOCAN, the performing rights organization that collects money for artists and composers every time their songs get played in public, did some serious data-diving to determine which area of Canada is responsible for creating more music than any other.

They did this by correlating the songs written by their 135,000 members with the postal codes of their registered addresses. Here’s what they found.

Top 10 Centres of Music Creation in Canada:

  1. Mile End, Montréal (postal code prefix H2T)
  2. Plateau Mont-Royal North, Montréal (H2H)
  3. The McGill Ghetto, Montréal (H2W)
  4. Trinity / Rua Açores-Little Portugal, Toronto (M6J)
  5. Parkdale / Roncesvalles, Toronto, Toronto (M6R)
  6. Petite-Patrie, Montréal (H2S)
  7. Outremont, Montréal (H2V)
  8. Dufferin / Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H)
  9. Christie, Toronto (M6G)
  10. Plateau Mont-Royal North Central, Montréal (H2J)

Some might find the dominance of Montreal puzzling, but given that Quebec is such a unique music market with so much concentrated in the one city, it kinda makes sense. And obviously SOCAN has been doing a great job signing up Quebecois songwriters.

They also went through the rest of the country, province by province.

  1. Alberta – Mount Pleasant / Capitol Hill / Banff Trail, Calgary (T2M)
  2. British Columbia – NE Downtown / Gastown / Harbour Centre / International Village / Victory Square / Yaletown, Vancouver(V6B)
  3. Manitoba – River Heights East, Winnipeg (R3L)
  4. New Brunswick – Moncton Central (E1C)
  5. Newfoundland & Labrador – Downtown North Central, St. John (A1C)
  6. North West Territories & Nunavut – Yellowknife (X1A)
  7. Nova Scotia – Upper Harbour, Halifax (B3K)
  8. Ontario – Rua Açores “Little Portugal” / Trinity-Bellwoods, Toronto (M6J)
  9. Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown Southeast (C1A)
  10. Québec – Mile End, Montréal (H2T)
  11. Saskatchewan – Regina South (S4S)
  12. Yukon – Whitehorse (Y1A)

Apparently SOCAN has some work to do in Nunavut.

Here’s some addition data about music creation in our three biggest cities.

SOCAN - Montreal copy

SOCAN - Toronto copy

SOCAN - Vancouver copy


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  • Does anybody else find it interesting how Ottawa is nowhere to be seen?


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