In 2016, Canada has been exerting a notable influence on the world of R&B. Artists like the Weeknd and Majid Jordan have global followings and Drake, to whom both acts are affiliated, has almost single-handedly influenced the shift towards the atomospheric sound of the genre in recent years. It’s a good time then to take a look at some of the significant recordings Canadians have contributed to the genre in recent years, connecting the present day to the past — something that CBC Radio 2’s new R&B show, Marvin’s Room hosted by Amanda Parris, does every Friday night at 8 p.m.
Within the Marvin Gaye to Drake era the show encompasses, we’ve seen a number of developments in the scene since ’70s pioneers Crack of Dawn were the first Canadian R&B act to get signed south of the border. Ranging from powerhouse singers like Deborah Cox and Jully Black to today’s ambient sounds, take a look at our list here.