The Beauty of Diversity in the Canadian Music Industry
The diversity of the Canadian musical landscape is in pretty good shape these days. This great blog post by Trebas Institute discusses the beauty of diversity in the Canadian music industry with some interesting examples. Radio is a good way to see how this has developed over the years. For many years it was next to impossible to hear any rap on commercial radio but that all changed when Toronto finally got urban radio station Flow 93.5 and there became more TV shows devoted to hip-hop. The Canadian Broadcasting Act was last amended in 1991 to outline industry guidelines for portraying diversity. There was initially resistance to including a minimum of 30 percent Canadian content but by the time it increased to 35 percent, Canadian musicians were dominating the charts. Supporting domestic artists through grants, radio and video play, festivals and other forms of industry support helps to create a healthy scene.
“The establishment of thriving immigrant communities has vastly enriched the culture so that today’s Canadian music scene is more diverse than ever. The availability of accessible recording equipment and audio engineering courses has empowered a new generation of musicians with a greater degree of self-expression. Despite reduced governmental support, epitomized by the axing of the Canadian Musical Diversity program in 2009, several grassroots local scenes are in good shape with supportive reggae, jazz, and latin music communities popping up across the country.
As cultures become more integrated there are increasingly fusions between various genres of music, which makes musicians and graduates of sound engineering school more versatile, and gradually creates more tolerant and inclusive attitudes among greater society.”