The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 702: A Brief(ish) History of CanCon

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the term “CanCon” a million times and you probably know that it’s short for “Canadian content.” But what does that really mean? What is it mean for a recording to be truly and officially “Canadian?” The answer can be trickier than you might think. And why do we have CanCon, anyway?

These are just some of the questions I will seek to answer on this week’s episode of The Ongoing History of New Music. It may give you a completely different perspective on the entire Canadian music scene.

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The show is coming soon to Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Kingston, so stand by. And if you think your local station should carry the show, lemme know, okay?

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.

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