Bpm:tv

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bpm:tv
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LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001
ClosedJune 1, 2015
Owned by Stornoway Communications
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
SloganDance with Attitude
Country Canada
Broadcast areaNational
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) The Pet Network
ichannel
Website bpm:tv

bpm:tv (beats per minute television) was a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Stornoway Communications. bpm:tv's programming was devoted to dance music, club lifestyle, and the EDM genre - electronica, house, techno, eurodance, trance.

Television in Canada officially began with the sign-on of the nation's first television stations in Montreal and Toronto in 1952. As with most media in Canada, the television industry, and the television programming available in that country, are strongly influenced by media in the United States, perhaps to an extent not seen in any other major industrialized nation. As a result, the government institutes quotas for "Canadian content". Nonetheless, new content is often aimed at a broader North American audience, although the similarities may be less pronounced in the predominantly French-language province of Quebec.

English language West Germanic language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The language is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent by Latin and French.

A specialty channel can be a commercial broadcasting or non-commercial television channel which consists of television programming focused on a single genre, subject or targeted television market at a specific demographic.

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History

The channel's original logo on a blue background. A 2D version of its current logo, it has used several different colours through its use until 2004, when it introduced its current 3D version. Bpmtv original logo.PNG
The channel's original logo on a blue background. A 2D version of its current logo, it has used several different colours through its use until 2004, when it introduced its current 3D version.

In November 2000, a partnership between Stornoway Communications and Cogeco called Stornoway Communications Limited Partnership, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called The Dance Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to all aspects of dance." [1]

Cogeco Inc. is a Canadian telecommunications and media company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, which serves residential and commercial customers through various subsidiaries. The company provides cable television, telephone, and Internet connectivity services to consumers in parts of Ontario, Quebec, and some regions of the United States. Its subsidiaries operate radio stations and a public transit advertising company in Nova Scotia, as well as possible business telecommunications and information technology services through its "fibre-optic" and data centre network. Cogeco is an acronym for Compagnie Générale de Communication.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is a public organization in Canada with mandate as a regulatory agency for broadcasting and telecommunications. It was created in 1976 when it took over responsibility for regulating telecommunication carriers. Prior to 1976, it was known as the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, which was established in 1968 by the Parliament of Canada to replace the Board of Broadcast Governors. Its headquarters is located in the Central Building of Les Terrasses de la Chaudière in Gatineau, Quebec.

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as bpm:tv with a schedule largely focused on electronic dance music video programming but steered away from the European-based underground EDM and redirected its interest towards a more mainstream radio sound. [2]

Electronic dance music (EDM), also known as dance music, club music, or simply dance, is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves and festivals. It is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert or festival setting in what is sometimes called a live PA. In Europe, EDM is more commonly called 'dance music', or simply 'dance'.

In January 2004, the CRTC approved an application by Stornoway to acquire Cogeco's interest in the service. [3]

On April 30, 2015, Cogeco announced on their Facebook page that bpm:tv will be "shutting down operations" effective June 1, 2015. [4] The shutdown was subsequently confirmed by bpm:tv via an official announcement posted on their website.

Programming

The majority of bpm:tv's schedule consisted of music video-based programs. Other programs featured artist profiles, concerts, dance programming, and club lifestyle programs.

VJs & hosts

  • Jorie Brown
  • Marie Cauchon
  • René Escobar
  • Scott Fox
  • Aminder Gill
  • Dalton Higgins
  • Troy Jackson
  • Patricia Jaggernauth
  • Louie Lavella
  • A.J. Leitch
  • Brian Mangubat
  • MC Mario
  • DJ Marky D
MC Mario Canadian dance musician

Mario Tremblay, better known under his moniker MC Mario, is a French Canadian song producer, disc jockey and radio host from Montreal, Quebec.

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