The annual peer-reviewed journal, MUSICultures (formerly the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music / La Revue de musique folklorique canadienne, 1996-2009; formerly the Canadian Folk Music Journal 1988-1996), includes scholarly articles pertaining to Canadian, global, and transnational musics.

The quarterly magazine, Canadian Folk Music, contains articles, notices, reviews, and commentary on all aspects of Canadian folk and traditional music.

In addition to our publications, the CSTM manages an archive of journals, programmes, recordings, books, and pamphlets pertaining to traditional music in Canada. The archive may be accessed at the Music Library of the University of Calgary.

A one year's subscription to both MUSICultures and Canadian Folk Music is included with membership to CSTM.


MUSICultures is the scholarly journal of The Canadian Society for Traditional Music / La Société canadienne pour les traditions musicales. It is a refereed journal that is published digitally twice a year under the auspices of the Society.

The Journal is available to all CSTM members here. Non-members may access all issues beyond the last three years. Back issues will continue to be added until a complete run of the journal is available.

The Journal publishes original articles in English and French on a wide range of topics in ethnomusicology, traditional music research, and popular music studies. The Journal welcomes articles on music in Canadian contexts as well as music in global and transnational contexts. The Journal also publishes reviews of books, and sound and visual recordings. Please contact the Editor about submitting reviews.

Authors who wish to have an article considered for publication should send an electronic copy to Heather Sparling, Editor. The journal’s managing editor is Laura Risk.

The Review Editors are Marie-Christine Parent (French), Eric Smialek (popular music), and Glenn Patterson (ethnomusicology/traditional music). Although unsolicited reviews are not accepted, suggestions for items to review (including books, films, and websites) are. For guidelines on how to write an academic review, please consult Wendy Belcher's Writing the Academic Book Review.

Upcoming Issues

Vol 44/1 (2017): Special Issue: Songs & Singers of Social Protest, eds. Martin Power & Aileen Dillane

Vol 44/2 (2017): Special Issue: Generational Frictions in Musical Ethnography of South Asia, eds. Margaret E. Walker and Kaley Mason

Vol 45/1 (2018): Special Issue: Ecologies, eds. Aaron Allen and Jeff Todd Titon

Vol 45/2 (2018): open issue Call for Papers

Submission Guidelines

1. The article text should be typed, double-spaced (including explanatory endnotes, quotations, song texts, Reference List, and captions for figures and illustrations) and submitted as an attached electronic file (Word format). Quotations longer than three lines should be separate and indented on the left side of the page. Articles in the Journal are normally between 5,000 and 7,500 words.

2. As each article is assessed by two anonymous referees, information identifying the author should appear only in the e-mail message to the Editor.

3. Please format your submission according to the journal's style guide.

4. Musical Figures, Graphics, and Tables should be supplied in separate files with explicit indication of where they should be inserted in the article text. All Figures, Graphics, and Tables should carry complete captions, including full identification of the item and all necessary credits and acknowledgements. The author of the article is responsible for obtaining permissions for the use of copyrighted materials, as well as permissions of other materials, where appropriate.

5. Authors should provide an abstract of the article (up to 100 words) as well as a biographical note (not more than 70 words), typed and double-spaced in separate files accompanying the article.

Submission Process

A manuscript is assessed first by the Journal editor, who determines if it is of sufficient interest to proceed to the next step, which is to send the manuscript to two external referees. The referees write evaluations and recommendations, sometimes with suggestions for revisions. These assessments are sent to the editor who either rejects the manuscript, postpones a decision while suggesting revisions, or accepts the manuscript in its present state. The referees' assessments and recommendations are forwarded anonymously to the manuscript's author, along with the editor's decisions.

The review process normally takes between four and five months.


Tables of contents and full text articles (vol 1 1973-vol 29 2002)

Canadian Folk Music

A quarterly magazine, Canadian Folk Music, contains articles, notices, reviews, and commentary on all aspects of Canadian folk and traditional music:


Tables of contents and full text articles (1988-2003)

Cumulative Index (1982-2015)

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