It is possible that Canadians were involved in one of the first songs that could be called
ska. In many reference books you can read that Chris Blackwell used a white
Canadian band for his first recordings, to back Laurel Aitken on 'Boogie In My Bones'
and 'Little Sheila'. But in other books you will read that this concerned Australian
musicians (see also Australia/New Zealand and References).
After leaving the Techniques in 1965, the famous Jamaican singer Slim Smith visited
Canada where he recorded his first solo album, Toronto'66, which sank into obscurity
almost instantly. A lot of Jamaicans lived in Canada. It was one of the few countries
where the single 'Bend down Low'/'Mellow Mood' credited to 'Bob, Rita & Peter' (Bob
Marley & The Wailers) was released. As happened everywhere, it received a poor
reception. Lastly, I know that both Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and Sonny Bradshaw
toured Canada in the 1960's.
Joey Lewis and the Skalettes