• Michelle Chamuel
  • Childish Gambino 3005
  • Panama Wedding
  • Glorious Sons Heavy
  • Pop 101
  • Jaden Chase Incredible
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Grimes Go
  • TheNewPornographers
  • One Bad Son
  • Chromeo
  • Hey Rosetta!
  • Mohrs – Better
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Phantogram

Is It Can-Con?

It’s the question I’ve been asked at least once a week for the 15+ years I’ve been in the promotion game. “Is my single Can-Con?” The answer I generally give is. Possibly.

The reason I’m always hesitant to simply concede an affirmative Can-Con status based on the loose information a manager or label provides me stems from a general misunderstanding of how that status is reached within the music industry. My misgivings are generally rebutted with “it’s close enough, no?” But in the Con-Con game, close enough doesn’t cut it. Here’s why. If you tell a radio station that a song is Can-Con and they play it under that guise, they’ll count it as such in their “promise of performance” report to the CRTC. As you know, the very existence of the Canadian Content law is for radio stations to play a minimum of the percentage of Can-Con they promised in their broadcast license application to the CRTC (which is renewed, on average, every 7 years). If a station fails to meet that clause in their license they face fines and possibly revocation. As you can imagine, like any of us with laws in society, stations generally play exactly the required amount of Can-Con, with perhaps a razor-thin buffer. Just like how you drive faster than the speed limit, but not quite fast enough to get you a ticket (hopefully).
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What Went Where — Wrapping-up the Bell / Astral Asset Sale Extravaganza

Over the past year-and-a-half, we’ve thought — and written — about the then-impending ownership changes that were looming across the country (The Evolving Landscape of Canadian Radio Ownership from October 2013, along with the earlier February 2013 piece Changes Are Coming). Let’s have a look at how things played out.

First, a quick recap to freshen the memory: Bellmedia had paid $3.4-billion for the assets of Astral Media (various radio outlets & specialty TV channels) but needed to shed ten radio stations in order to stay within the CRTC’s market ownership guidelines, while Newcap Radio announced their plans to sell off their Alberta-based holdings during the same time-frame. The fates of dozens of stations (and their staff) were up-in-the-air.

Even though Newcap Radio eventually mothballed their Alberta divestiture plans (reportedly unable to find interested buyers), they did become a major participant in the Bell asset sell-off, picking up five properties in Toronto and Vancouver for the tidy sum of $112-million. The big question now becomes, what are they going to do with their new assets? [Read more...]

POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES THE LONG LIST

The 2014 Polaris Music Prize Long List was announced in Calgary on Thursday. Congrats to all of our clients who made the list of 40 albums, which were narrowed down from 189!

Basia Bulat performed her nominated album Tall Tall Shadow live at the event. It’s the third album by the Toronto singer-songwriter and her most personal to-date. The ten songs from the album tell the story of a very hard year in the artist’s life and all the love that helped her through it.  Chromeo‘s fourth album release, White Women marks the tenth anniversary of their debut album She’s in Control.  The record’s cover art, featuring the duo walking a veiled bride, serves to represent this long musical union. Also on the list are Mounties, a super-trio made up of members  [Read more...]

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Think Tank: MARKET FOCUS – HALIFAX

Our semi-regular series of market explorations continues this month with a look at Halifax, the largest population centre in the Maritimes and the 13th largest radio market in Canada, with 10 commercial stations that, according to the CRTC’s 2012 Statistical and Financial Summaries report, generate $21.7-million in revenue

Perhaps one of the more unique pieces of radio trivia about Halifax is that since 2009, all 22 of the commercial, non-commercial and campus signals servicing the region broadcast on the FM band only. While AM is still an active and ongoing concern elsewhere across the country, the wholesale migration away from AM in Halifax may be the the way of the future elsewhere, especially in light of the increasing operational and maintenance costs associated with keeping aging AM transmitters on the air.
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New Panel Changes

Effective with the airplay week of April 27-May 3, 2014, the following changes will be made to Mediabase Published Panels (unless otherwise noted). The data will be reflected the evening of Friday, May 2. The next panel change, based on results released on the Winter 2013 ratings period, is scheduled to be announced in June.

CANADA-TOP 40
ADD CFRK/Fredericton, NB
ADD CKQB/Ottawa, ON

CANADA-COUNTRY
ADD CKDK/London, ON

CANADA-MAIN AC
ADD CKWS/Kingston, ON

CANADA-HOT AC
ADD CJEC/Quebec City, QC

CANADA-ALTERNATIVE ROCK
ADD CIND/Toronto, ON