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Chilly Gonzales Canadian Music Masterclass: Songs in the Key of Eh

Reuben Maan

"Hi, I'm Chilly Gonzales, the musical genius."

If you're a fan of Chilly Gonzales, you may have heard him introduce himself as such. For an artist who transcends musical genre and has written or co-written some of the best pop tunes of the past decade, he's earned the right to call himself genius.

So when he came to CBC Music to record the "Canadian Music Masterclasses - Songs in the Key of Eh," we were surprised he didn't introduce himself the same way. When asked why he'd dropped the "genius" from his self introduction, he replied that it's now up to his audience whether to call him genius or not.

Decide for yourself if Chilly Gonzales is a musical genius, as you watch our three-part series, Canadian Music Masterclass, below.

Video 3: Chilly Gonzales analyzes cadence in Canadian music, using our national anthem, Gowan's "A Criminal Mind," Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," Joni Mitchell and more:

Video 2: Chilly Gonzales examines folk music harmony through the music of Bryan Adams, Frank Mills, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Mozart and more:

Video 1: Chilly Gonzales breaks down and analyzes melody and motif in the music of Leonard Cohen, Shania Twain, Drake, Feist and Bach:

For more Chilly Gonzales content, including an interview with Feist and "five songs that changed his life," go to He's also touring in support of his latest album, Chambers, across Europe and Canada. He plays Toronto's Massey Hall Feb. 5 and Montreal's Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Feb. 8. For tickets.