Canadian folk music is a rare phenomenon that Canadian music lovers all have the curiosity to explore. This music genre is a blend of several types of music that form what is now known as Canadian folk music. If you are one such person looking to find out more about Canadian folk music, this post will shed some light on the same.


Canadian folk music traces its origins to the 16th and 17th centuries. This music genre came about as a result of the settlers that came to Canada. The blend of their music and that of the locals was the first-ever recorded birth of Canadian folk music.

Although many historians credit much of this to the settlers, over time, Canadian folk music has evolved to embrace more of the natives’ music genre aspects. Folk music makes that distinct difference from the indigenous people music and that of the settlers because of its manner of composition and the nature in which it is played.


Unlike most other music genres that are popular with Canadians, Canadian folk music does not have as many instruments that are used in composing beats and whatnot. However, the fiddle plays a huge role in shaping what would later come to be known as Canadian folk music. This instrument was first put to use at a wedding in Quebec on the 27th of November, 1645. At this time, this genre was gaining popularity in the country and would form part of the entertainment at most social functions.

A peculiar thing, however, is noticeable when you probe the history of the fiddle. For the last 100 years, the instrument has been rare in Canada and folk music suits itself to more common music instruments of that time such as drums. They would however make a comeback and continue to support the genre.