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CBC Music Magazine: best of 2015

Brad Frenette

What a year it was for Canadian music.

From the Weeknd, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber dominating the international pop charts, to Buffy Sainte-Marie's remarkable Polaris Prize-winning album, to the rapid emergence of acts like Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes, there has never been a better time for Canadian music.

In the fourth issue of the CBC Music Magazine, CBC Music explores all of the above, plus lists the best Canadian releases of 2015.

In addition, we speak with one of the driving forces of the last Canadian pop explosion, Alanis Morissette, as she walks us through her album Jagged Little Pill, 20 years after its release.

Plus, Irish singer Glen Hansard writes about how Leonard Cohen influenced him as a musician, and we look at some of the science behind your favourite music.

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