October is Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the women and girls from our past, and our present, who are contributing to a better, more inclusive Canada.

In 1992, the Government of Canada designated October as Women’s History Month, marking the beginning of an annual month-long celebration of the outstanding achievements of women and girls throughout Canada’s history.

This year’s theme #BecauseOfYou, celebrates women and girls in Canada who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact on our country.

From early trailblazers to today’s powerful agents of change, from the long journey for women’s suffrage towards equality of rights and opportunities for all, women have and continue to blaze a trail to create a better, more equal world for everyone. Take a look at the timeline to discover notable events in Canadian women’s history on the Government of Canada site.

Here at OurBasement, we are celebrating the women from our past and future in music. We start the playlist with some trailblazers in rock, pop and folk and then with some of the latest releases in Canadian music and finishing with Polaris Music Prize short list nominees. These women are all making an impact. Listen to the playlist on Spotify or on YouTube.