I’m Looking for a Few Specialized Music Experts. Are You One?

I have a new gig as Head Curator for Songza Canada.  My job is twofold:

(1) Help create playlists for the Songza universe with a distinct Canadian bent.

(2) Supervise a stable of curators who are experts in certain fields of Canadian music.

I’d like to talk to you about point (2).

There’s more to Canada than just Arcade Fire and Tragically Hip–or Justin Bieber and Celine Dion, for that matter. Consider:

  • The Maritimes have their own musical culture, ranging from what you’d hear at a kitchen party to the folk songs of Newfoundland and Cape Breton.
  • Canadian hip hop continues to grow and thrive.
  • We need to consider the modern and traditional music of our aboriginal peoples (and I mean more than just A Tribe Called Red.)
  • Canadian jazz and classical music need to be represented.
  • And country music continues to be a force all across the nation.

If any of those genres is near and dear to your hear, please drop me a line to [email protected] and let’s talk about helping out with some Songza Canada curation.  I’ll forward you all the details.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “I’m Looking for a Few Specialized Music Experts. Are You One?

  • January 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I like Songza. It is so close to that perfect music experience of having a curated playlist that can be somewhat modified as your mood/ day/ ambitions change. If this could somehow be adapted to the car so that you can pick your experience through a high-quality Siri spoken interface, then give you a heads-up/ cue between songs with a ‘what is next’ -with options and brief- or long- witty curator-DJ description, which leads you down the path (or picks for you if occupied) to a fully choose-your-day’s-music-and-DJ-as-you go with the right amount of comforting/inspiring DJ babble inserted per your spoken feedback. If choice is undesirable, interrupt Siri and the DJ – discuss options (and the program should profusely apologize if bad, and congratulate on your sophisticated choice if good) It could be called Over-the-Shoulder-Program-Director.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I have enjoyed music since I was young. I used to sing at St Michaels choir school for about 4 years. The last eighteen years I have collected all kinds of music from ABBA till ZZ Top. I have a great voice and I think I can bring you ideas to what you are looking for. I still buy CD’s and support artists new and upcomming local and international music.

  • June 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I would love a collection of cape breton fiddle music. There’s so much to choose from. There’s not even a category for it that I’ve been able to find.


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