Art in the Garden Tour Call for artists and artisans: March 30, 2013 deadline. “The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is seeking visual artists and artisans to participate in the 2013 Art in the Garden Tour, taking place on Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May […]
Whether or not we enjoy listening to Justin Bieber, there is no denying he’s a talented musician whose been very successful in his career so far. Despite his popularity among young girls around the world however, popular radio stations seem to assume that whenever a new Bieber song is released, we need to hear it at least five more times that day, everyday for the next three months.
This phenomenon made absolutely no sense to me until I learned about how our government has promotional regulations on how much “Canadian” content is played on our radio stations. Which means that they must play a certain percentage of “Canadian” songs in order not to break any rules. This is fascinating because many people are completely unaware it’s happening. It’s obvious when a word is bleeped out that some sort of regulating is going on behind the scenes. It’s hard to realize that promotional regulation is going on, unless you’re counting each song that comes on the radio and you figure it out by fluke. I always assumed though that when a DJ played the same song in the same hour it was because they had a really bad memory.
Truthfully my problem isn’t with the promotional regulation of our radio and other medium, it’s nice to know that our government is trying to promote Canadian content. We need a leg up sometimes competing with the massive amount of material that comes up from the south. What I do find problematic is the inability for popular radio stations to seek out NEW Canadian content. Rather it’s assumed we’re all pre-adolescent girls, and that we share the same taste of music. Virgin radio, the Beat and the new station Sonic are guilty of this. You can tell even before taking a look at their song lists. They all advertise that they play NEW MUSIC NOW, or THE LATEST HITS NOW!!! Basically every hour the same ten songs will be played and maybe they’ll throw in a few classics. It’s true that’s they’re trying to be “hip” so they try to stick to top 40 type lists. Is it possible however, that once in a while they don’t rely on what’s already out there. The number of Canadian songs on the top forty is limited but there is plenty of good Canadian music they haven’t given a chance that they could play once in while as well.
As for other Vancouver radio stations, Jrfm is pretty good at not playing new songs over and over again, of course they’re a niche station that play’s country music and don’t need to be all over new material. The people who listen to their station listen, because they enjoy the genre and the wide variety of classics that are played.
The winner is most certainly the Peak, not only do they rarely repeat songs, but they also offer a wide variety of music. They spend the time to actually go out and seek NEW music for their audiences to explore and experience. They don’t depend on top 40 ratings to bring them songs. They find them, or hold contests for upcoming musicians to seek them out and play them something brand new. What does any of this have to do with pulp? Well for me its like reading Twilight because the movie is coming out, rather than looking for something that -may not be as well known- will suit your taste better, expand your knowledge and hopefully expand our culture’s creative potential rather than hinder it.
“A Return To Form;” The Resurgence of Form Poetry Amongst Writing Students There’s often a knee-jerk reaction against form poetry among Creative Writing students. Some just don’t like the challenge, many see it as an outdated means of expression, like doing the jitterbug at a […]
It’s the end of production week for us Pulpers and the pages are going to the printers! This is a very exciting time for us, and a great relief (this week has been intense!) and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the Kwantlen community! Your submissions are what will make Pulp, Kwantlen’s first Arts and Literary magazine, a success. We’re making history here!
Pulp will be on stands on Friday, March 16th at all campuses. Make sure you pick up a copy!
We will be posting a PDF version of the first issue on the website as soon as we can. Also, make sure to keep checking because information on submissions for the Summer Web issue of the magazine will be going up in the near future.