• Childish Gambino 3005
  • Panama Wedding
  • Pop 101
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Grimes Go
  • TheNewPornographers
  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Chromeo Jealous
  • Mohrs – Better
  • Summertime
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Phantogram
  • Dear Rouge – Best Look
  • Disclosure – Latch

THINK TANK: How Much Indie Music Gets Played On Commercial Radio? This Much…

When we started Frontside back in 2003, the landscape of the music business was changing seemingly daily. Frankly, the technology of just about every device we used was changing every couple of months (remember Palm Pilots?). A few things were static in our business however, especially this simple premise: Don’t service indie records to radio in … [Continue reading]

Mediabase Panel Change Announcement October 2013

Effective with the airplay week of October 27-November 2, 2013 (and for the charts posted on Sunday, November 3), the following changes will be made to Mediabase Published Panels. In addition, AQH will be updated based on Spring 2013 Nielsen Audio numbers, as well as revised weights for the Country panel. The new panel changes will appear beginning … [Continue reading]

THINK TANK: The Evolving Landscape Of Canadian Radio Ownership

Now that the dust has pretty much settled on the Bell Media acquisition of Astral and final CRTC approval is all that's stopping the transfer of ownership for the various divested properties, we thought it would be helpful to look at what these ownership conversions may mean to their respective markets. In the markets where they had to shed … [Continue reading]

Mercury Prize Shortlist

With Wednesday's announcement of the 2013 Mercury Prize shortlist, Frontside is honoured to be associated with four of the twelve nominated records. Critically-acclaimed releases from Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Disclosure and Villagers have been recognized as some of the most innovative and exciting music produced this past year in the UK, music … [Continue reading]

THINK TANK: Active Rock, Canadian vs USA

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Say “Active Rock” and chances are those words will conjure up thoughts of tattoos, long hair and aggressive guitar-driven music, the creation of which was probably fueled by large amounts of Jack Daniels and testosterone. An old saying alleged that it was “music to weld by,” but does that hold true for Active Rock today, especially for the unique … [Continue reading]

Indie 88.1 Toronto Launching On July 31st


Central Ontario Broadcasting has signed-on 88.1 CIND Toronto. The new station is currently testing with a loop of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. It will begin regular programming as Adult Alternative “Indie 88.1” on Wednesday, July 31st. CIND was licensed by the CRTC last September. Its programming will consist of independent and … [Continue reading]

THINK TANK: Canadian Radio is a Billion Dollar Industry

From where we sit on the music industry side of things (chasing adds, spins, concert presents and the like) it’s easy to forget that radio is actually an entirely separate industry in its own right. There are legions of people beyond the music department that make the whole machine run, to the tune of $1.62 billion in gross revenue, $369 million in … [Continue reading]

Big Week for Frontside!

June's off to a great start for us as this week's Mediabase charts just rolled in showing that Frontside has 5 acts in the Top 20 at Alternative Radio! Said The Whale, Metric, Mounties, Half Moon Run, and Monster Truck are all currently North of 20. We're primed for the coming weeks as well with both Jake Bugg and Mother Mother sitting at #21 and … [Continue reading]

Frontside Clients Among Juno Award Winners

We're proud to announce that four Frontside clients took home Juno Awards last night! BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND) Monster Truck ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE) Metric - "Synthetica" ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP Elliott BROOD - "Days … [Continue reading]