Canadian Music Periodical Index

The Canadian Music Periodical Index (CMPI) is an index of articles from Canadian music periodicals. Full texts of articles are not available from this site, but you can inquire about them in person at LAC or at your local library.

The CMPI database includes over 37,000 entries on articles dating from the late-19th century to the present day. Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines are represented here, almost 200 of which are currently active and continue to be indexed.

The CMPI database focusses on articles and news items touching on various aspects of music in Canada. In addition, since 1999, significant articles published in Canadian periodicals about international music and musicians have been added to the index. 

What fields are included in the CMPI database?

  • Keywords
  • Year
  • Periodical Title
  • Article Title
  • Author
  • Classification (e.g. pianist, harpsichordist, writer, disc jockey, conductor, etc.)
  • Subject Headings (e.g. cultural policy, orchestras, jazz, pop, sound recording industry, etc.)
  • Article Type (e.g. interview, obituary, review, etc.)
  • Language
  • Geography
  • Item Number 


This index was made possible through the collaboration of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, which provided indexers on contract to Library and Archives Canada until 2002. A special thanks to Florence Hayes, whose patience and indexing expertise was integral to the maintenance of the CMPI.

This site was originally sponsored by Industry Canada.  We also gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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