Music Express (magazine)

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Music Express
Editor Various
Categories Music magazine
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Conny J. Kunz (1978-1990)
Keith Sharp (1990-1992)
First issue October 1976
Final issue
December 1996
Vol. 17, no. 178
Company Rock Express Communications
Country Canada
Language English
ISSN 0848-9645

Music Express (abbreviated ME on later covers) is a Canadian music magazine. [1] Published as a print magazine from 1976 to 1996, it ceased operations that year but has since been relaunched as an online magazine. [2]


History and profile

Founded in 1976 as Alberta Music Express by Keith Sharp, [1] it was renamed Music Express in 1978 for most of its run, [1] also becoming Rock Express for the duration of 1986 to 1988. [1] Initially published in a tabloid format, it adopted the magazine format in 1982. [1] Music Express primarily covered rock and pop music, with a focus on Canadian music; during the 1980s, its distribution expanded to the United States, with a corresponding U.S. edition produced. [1] It was distributed via exclusive deals with various record store chains, including Kelly's Records in Western Canada and A&A Records in Eastern Canada. [3]

Losing its distribution companies in the 1990s, [3] the magazine was renamed Impact in 1993, finally ending in 1996. [1] Meanwhile, Sharp founded the music and lifestyle magazine ACCESS in 1994, which continues today. [1]

In 2012, Sharp relaunched Music Express in its current online magazine format. [2] Sharp published Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada's Music Magazine, a book about the magazine's history, with Dundurn Press in April 2014. The book also featured a foreword by Alan Frew, the lead singer of Canadian rock band Glass Tiger.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Mowat, Bruce F. "Music Express". In James H. Marsh. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Foundation of Canada. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Music Express reborn" Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine .. New Canadian Music, 27 August 2012.
  3. 1 2 Megan Thow (Spring 2002). "Critical Miss". Ryerson Review of Journalism . ISSN   0838-0651. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.