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Music Streams

From the fringes of mainstream pop to progressive artists around the world, Adult Alternative is home to the contemporary, groundbreaking, and occasionally idiosyncratic music of today. Hear: Broken Bells, Death Cab For Cutie, Ray Lamontagne, Jayhawks, Frazey Ford, Bruce Springsteen, Blue Rodeo, Hozier, Glen Hansard

Breaking new ground, by breaking new sound. The best in Canadian independent music, as it happens. Hear: Chad VanGaalen, Wolf Parade, The Pack A.D., Rae Spoon, Mac DeMarco, The Unicorns, Malajube, Junior Boys, Foxtrott.

Excitment builds for the 2017 CBC Music Festival, May 27th at Toronto's beautiful Echo Beach.  Gear up with a mix of 2017 artists featuring Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Ruth B, Scott Helman, and Bobby Bazini - alongside past guests Hey Rosetta, Tegan And Sarah, Bahamas, Sam Roberts and The Strumbellas

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That magic experience when a movie scene and a song work so well mere mention of one conjures up the other. Hear: 'Ms. Robinson', 'Stayin' Alive', 'As Time Goes By', Born to Be Wild', 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

Music for the whole family. Classic sing-alongs from Raffi and Fred Penner along with the original songs from Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer and The Barenaked Ladies. Hear: Will Stroet, Elizabeth Mitchell, Fred Penner, Oozakazoo, The Kerplunks

Here's a selection of some of the most ambitious and grandiose rock music ever recorded. From the math rock of Rush to the mythical epics of Genesis and the space jazz of Magma, Classic Prog is rock and roll at its most far-out.

Parents, take the dull out of the lull! Let your babies drift off to these soft lullaby versions of your favourite hit songs! Hear: Adele, the Beach Boys, Pink, U2, Rush, Queen, and more!

Musically speaking, the best first impressions ever made in Canada. We looked back on over 6 decades of music across genres to select the top 25 debut Canadian albums of all time. Hear: Leonard Cohen, Metric, Tragically Hip + more.

This is the soundtrack to the greatest coming out party ever. Celebrate yourself, your friends, or the people you love by dancing the day away to iconic Pride songs. Featuring classic hits and new tracks by some of the best-loved LGBT artists throughout the world. Hear: Parachute Club 'Rise Up', Tegan And Sara 'Boyfriend', and Pet Shop Boys 'New York City Boy'.

The sound of today. A thrilling mix of artists climbing their way up the charts and those who have already reached the top. Hear: Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Tyler Shaw, Jason Derulo, Miley Cyrus

The best pop songs of the 90s and 2000's and the current hit songs of today. A delectable pop blend for making the day that much more danceable. Hear: Adele, Meghan Trainor, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson

Discover adult alternative bands and singer-songwriters from Canada and beyond. Hear: Arcade Fire, The Lone Bellow, Jenn Grant, Gabrielle Aplin, Hey Rosetta!, Vance Joy, The Staves, Aidan Knight

The rock tracks that will move you now, and forever. As timeless as the day they came out. Hear:Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin

Music to fill a stadium. Experience overdrive, crash cymbals, vocal cries, and swagger as they explode out of your speakers. Hear: Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys, Linkin Park, Garbage, Green Day

If you fondly remember Windows 95, Monica Lewinski, and Hale-Bopp, this stream's for you. Hear: Amanda Marshall, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Crash Test Dummies, Foo Fighters, Jewel, Our Lady Peace

Classic Pop from the 90s. From Prince to Whitney Houston, we have all your favourites to bring you down nostalgia road.

The decade where pop superstars reigned. From the idols to the one-hit wonders, every song shimmers. Hear: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Honeymoon Suite, Men At Work, the Bangles, Loverboy, Phil Collins, Journey

The glorious decade that brought us ABBA, CCR, BTO, and ELO. These hits still sound as good as the days when they were played in the YMCA, Studio 54, or from the 8-track in your Trans-Am. Hear: Fleetwood Mac, Guess Who, Alice Cooper, The Eagles, Chicago, Rod Stewart, Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick

The latest from the edges of the true underground music scene. Intensely creative, desperately cool. Hear: Spoon, Pixies, New Pornographers, Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Black Mountain, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Primal Scream

Celebrating the best of Polaris long list nominated artists. Hear this years short list nominees Basia Bulat, Andy Shauf, and Carly Rae Jepsen along with other long list nominees from the past including Patrick Watson, Alvvays, Drake and more.

An endless supply of easy-listening, guilty-pleasure inducing, mega-hits. Decades of Adult Contemporary radio distilled to a pure music mix of smooth, lyrical magic. C'mon, sing along. You already know the lyrics by heart. Hear: Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Adele, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Sade, Sarah McLauchlan

6 String instrumental classics, hand-picked by the legendary Randy Bachman. Surf, rock, jazz, rockabilly, blues and beyond. Hear: Bo Diddley, Duane Eddy, Chet Atkins, Jeff Beck

The place to discover adult alternative bands from Canada and beyond.  Arcade Fire and the Sheepdogs, the Wallflowers and the Black Keys alongside some of Canada's greatest songwriters, including Ron Sexsmith, Kathleen Edwards, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.

Music that feels your pain. The most heart-breaking, tear-jerking songs of all time will bring new depths of sorrow to your day. Because sad songs say so much. Hear: Adele 'Someone Like You', Jeff Buckley 'Hallelujiah', Phil Collins 'Against All Odds', R.E.M. 'Everybody Hurts'

The best of the 60s and late 50s. Timeless classic music from a bygone era of hotrods, soda-shops, sock-hops and switchblade combs. Hear: Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, The Turtles, Aretha Franklin, Del Shannon, The Coasters, Neil Sedaka, The Everly Brothers, Dion & the Belmonts

Late-night host Laurie Brown digs deep into the vault for an atmospheric, illuminating and cutting-edge mix. An experience that weaves its way through avant-garde classical, electronica, contemporary pop, and cross-genre experimental fare. Hear: Bjork, Laura Mvula, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Alt-J, Thom Yorke

Style meets art. Blurring the line between pop and punk, artists from the New Wave movement's emergence in the late 70's to the present-day revivalists. Hear: Talking Heads, The Cure, New Order, The Specials, Devo, Men Without Hats, The B-52's, Hot Hot Heat, Gary Numan

Music that continues to ignite generations. Loud, fast-paced, aggressive rock'n'roll classics from the UK early years, and new voices echoing out of Canada. Hear: Subhumans, Pointed Sticks, the Viletones, Forgotten Rebels, the Hot Nasties, D.O.A., and Propagandhi.