Music is a huge part of my life and I love finding new music and sharing it with my friends. For some reason French music is very appealing to me. I often find myself obsessed over a french artist that nobody has heard of and that’s the beauty of finding new music. I get sick of listening to the same songs get played over and over again on the radio and it’s the worst in Canada because of the ‘Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission’ (CRTC) regulations that enforce minimum percentages of ‘Canadian music’ on radio stations. Shocked? well this should clearup why we are forced to hear so much Nicoleback and Avril Lavigne on radio stations (I mean really, they are not that popular even in Canada!). Here are the current percentages that must be met by all radio stations in Canada:
The Following information can be found on CRTC’s official site: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/cancon/r_cdn.htm
A licensed station is required to devote a percentage of its weekly music broadcasting to Canadian content. The required amount of Canadian content depends both on the type of radio station and the type of music it broadcasts: Popular Music (Category 2) or Special Interest Music (Category 3):
- 35% for Category 2 music (imposed by regulation); and
- 12% for Category 3 music (imposed by condition of licence).
Isn’t that kind of crazy when you think about it? In 2015 we are FORCED to listen to Canadian produced music just because we are in Canada? Does the government not understand the internet…? What is more ridiculous to me is the qualifications of what constitutes “Canadian Music” take a look:
To qualify as ‘Canadian content,’ a musical selection must generally fulfill at least two of the following conditions known as the MAPL system:
M (music) — the music is composed entirely by a Canadian
A (artist) — the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian
P (performance) — the musical selection consists of a performance that is:
1) Recorded wholly in Canada, or
2) Performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
L (lyrics) — the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian
Who even qualifies as a “Canadian artist” under these conditions? Not many artists. I am all for promoting Canadian content and I think we have some amazing Canadian talent, but we are living in a GLOBAL society and a GLOBAL market especially when it comes to music. I think these filters prevent us all from hearing the best artists out there and I for one will not just feed off of whatever mainstream popular music radio stations offer~ So I invite you to share your music with me!