Stingray Music is a Canadian-based international multi-platform audio service that broadcast continuous streaming music and other forms of audio on multiple channel feeds. The service is owned by Stingray Digital.
|Launched||September 10, 1997|
|Owned by||Stingray Digital|
|Slogan||All good vibes!|
|Formerly called||Galaxie (1997 - 2014)|
While a song is playing on the audio, channel name and number, artist, song, album cover and information and the progress bar, as well as the previous and upcoming songs' album covers appear on screen on every music channel.
The service's beginnings in Canada started in December 1995, when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national pay audio service named Galaxie consisting of 30 channels in both English and French.
The service launched as Galaxie on September 10, 1997.
Because of service duplication, in 2002, Galaxie and Max Trax (a similar television service owned by Corus Entertainment at the time) agreed to provide a joint 40-channel audio distribution service to satellite and digital cable television providers called Galaxie Max Trax. The package consisted of 20 Galaxie and 20 Max Trax channels.
On October 1, 2009 the Max Trax brand was discontinued, as its owners, Stingray Digital, (who purchased Max Trax from Corus in February 2009) and the CBC merged the two services together under the Galaxie brand. Stingray Digital, who had been operating as the exclusive sales and development agent for Galaxie since late 2007, officially took over as managing partner in the service upon completion of merger.
According to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) records, Stingray purchased Galaxie from the CBC in May 2011 for a reported $65 million.
On November 18, 2011, Stingray announced it had expanded the number of Galaxie channels available to be offered to distributors to 100. On January 10, 2012, Shaw Cable was the first distributor in Canada to launch 15 of those additional channels, the majority of which were focused on various genres of multicultural and multilingual music. The full slate of new channels were rolled out to consumers when SaskTel became the first distributor to carry all 100 channels in May 2012.
On September 30, 2014, Stingray announced it was uniting all of its properties under the Stingray brand, effective immediately, with Galaxie rebranded as Stingray Music, albeit with audio channels still Galaxie branded until early 2015 and the OnDemand music video service is still branded Galaxie with only some music videos Stingray branded.
In 2014, Stingray Music launched a mobile app. The app was later updated in 2015 with 2,000+ personalized, channels known as "Vibes" and these channels are also available later on some TV providers, for instance Bell MTS.
Stingray Music primarily broadcasts music across over 400 uninterrupted channel feeds available worldwide, carefully curated by 25 Montreal-based music programmers and 75 more globally. Each channel is programmed around a particular musical genre or theme, and plays out between 150 and 3,000 songs a day. The channels cover a wide range of genres and sub-genres including pop, rock, jazz, electronic, classical, and more. Programming is primarily in English, however, multiple channels feature programming in French, Spanish, Punjabi, among multiple other languages. The majority of channels broadcasts music, however, other audio feeds are available that broadcast instrumentals, nature sounds, and others.
Stingray Music programmers select the music based on music trends and feedback from viewers. The sequence of tracks and the tracks themselves are constantly updated and scheduled at exact times using professional computer programs, with no block of programming repeats exactly itself and no random playing.
- Pop Classics - Popular classical works from composers of the Romantic to the present day, generally of shorter length than most other classical music channels. (e.g. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Frédéric Chopin)
- Baroque - Classical works from composers of the Baroque period, generally of considerable length. (e.g. Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Purcell)
- Chamber Music - A channel that plays chamber music non-stop, generally of considerable length. (e.g. Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin)
- Opéra Plus - Opera and classical vocal music. (e.g. composers Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vincenzo Bellini, e.g. performers Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming)
- Classic Masters - Concerto, symphonies and ballet works from popular composers of the Classical to the present day, generally of considerable length. (e.g. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
- Hot Country - Modern country music hits of today's hottest country stars since the 2000s. (e.g. Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum)
- Country Classics - Traditional country music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. (e.g. Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Ray Price, Anne Murray, Johnny Cash)
- No Fences - Popular country hits from the 1980s and 1990s. (e.g. Twain, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks)
- Franco Country - A mix of classic to today's French country hits. (e.g. Renée Martel, Paul Daraîche, Guylaine Tanguay, Georges Hamel and Véronique Labbé)
- Dance Clubbin' - A channel that plays dance, trance, house and techno hits. (e.g. Avicii, Chemical Brothers, Nervo, Tiesto)
- Dancefloor Fillers - A mix of electronic music and club hits that're trending in European dance floors. Electropop songs may also air. (e.g. David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix)
- Bass, Breaks and Beats - A channel that primarily focuses on new and upcoming dance music in all kinds. (e.g. Disclosure, Deadmau5, Jax Jones, CamelPhat)
- Dance Classics - A channel that plays 1970s-1990s electronic-styled dance music, disco and club hits. (e.g. Ace of Base, Amber, C+C Music Factory, Snap!)
- The Chill Lounge - A mix of electronic chill-out, downtempo, acid jazz and trip hop music. (e.g. Bonobo, Karavelo, Lemongrass and Deadmau5)
- Eclectic Electronic - A mix of house, trap, dubstep, chillstep, big beat, electro, D&B, minimal, breakbeat and glitch hop music. (e.g. Kaskade, Sofi Tukker, Nevve, Deadmau5)
- Dancehall Session - A channel that plays 1980s dancehall classics that're targeted to North American audiences. (e.g. Busy Signal, Beenie Man, Konshens)
Easy Listening & New AgeEdit
- Easy Listening - Instrumentals performed by string orchestras and soloists from around the world. (e.g. Mantovani, Ronnie Aldrich, Living Strings, Percy Faith, Frank Chacksfield)
- New Age - Mix of new age and ambient electronic music without descending into "muzak". (e.g. Georgia Kelly, Steven Halpern, Jim Brickman, Eric Tingstad, Enya)
Jazz/Standards & BluesEdit
- The Blues - Blues music from the classic and current artists. (e.g. B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton)
- Smooth Jazz - Modern jazz music with hints of pop and rock inspiration. (e.g. Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, George Benson)
- Jazz Now - "An aural snapshot" of current jazz. (e.g. Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Oliver Jones, Michel Camilo)
- Cool Jazz - Non-stop cool jazz. (e.g. Earl Klugh, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Chuck Loeb, Pat Metheny)
- Jazz Masters - Music from American artists who helped shape modern jazz. (e.g. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra)
Kids & FamilyEdit
- Kids' Stuff - A blend of music and stories popular with youngsters and "tweens", including TV and movie soundtracks. (e.g. The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Big Time Rush, Miranda Cosgrove)
- Mousses Musique - The French version of the Kids' Stuff channel. (e.g. Annie Brocoli, Dominique Dimey, Anne Sylvestre)
- Playground - Contemporary music aimed at under-8 year old group; includes lullabies that are played at night. (e.g. Laurie Berkner Band, Baby Einstein, Kidz Bop Kidz, Rockabye Baby)
- Be-Tween - Popular music geared towards 9-13 year old group. (e.g. One Direction, Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Tegan and Sara)
- Latin Pop - Today's hottest hits and pop music from Latin artists. (e.g. Shakira, Juanes, Luis Fonsi, Maná, Alejandro Fernandez, Natalia Jimenez, Camila)
- Latino Tropical - Music popular in tropical locations, such as the Caribbean. (e.g. Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, Luis Enrique, Víctor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, La India)
- Romance Latino - A mix of romantic and popular Spanish love songs from the past and present. (e.g. Olga Guillot, Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias, Ana Gabriel, Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony)
- Jazz Latino - Latin jazz music. (e.g. Gillespie and Pozo, Machito, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría)
- Latino Urbana - Urban music popular in Latin communities such as Reggaeton and Latin hip-hop. (e.g. Daddy Yankee, Wisin and Yandel, Ivy Queen, Don Omar, Pitbull)
Pop & DecadesEdit
- Pop Adult - A mix of pop hits that include youth orientated music with no rap. (e.g. Adele, Maroon 5, Colbie Caillat, Madonna).
- Rock'n'Roll - The biggest hits of the forties and fifties. (e.g. Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Little Richard)
- Jukebox Oldies - The biggest hits of the fifties and sixties. (e.g. Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes)
- Flashback '70s - Hits between 1968 and 1978. (e.g. Elton John, Stevie Wonder, The Bee Gees, Cher, The Jackson 5)
- Remember the '80s - Hits from the 1980s. (e.g. Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Whitney Houston, George Michael)
- Nothin' but '90s - Hits from the 1990s. (e.g. Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, Janet Jackson)
- Y2K - Hits from the 2000s. (e.g. Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child)
- Hit List - Popular and upcoming top 40 hits. Remixes may also air. (e.g. Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Usher, Lady Gaga)
- Maximum Party and All Day Party - Mix of music for special occasions and parties with the latter channel being more female-friendly. Cable providers may select which channel they wish to provide. (e.g. Rihanna, Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown)
- Greatest Hits - The biggest hits between the 1960s and 2000s. (e.g. Madonna, Rod Stewart, U2, The Beatles, The Police)
- Franco Pop - A mix of 1990s French pop and urban music. (e.g. Pierre Lapointe, Marie Pierre Arthur, Mara Tremblay, Ima, Coeur de Pirate)
- Franco Retro - A mix of 1960s-1970s French pop music. (e.g. Françoise Hardy, Les Classels, Dick Rivers, Pierre Lalonde, Renée Martel)
- Total Hits - The biggest hits on a country's charts. Currently there are eight linear editions: Austria, England, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia and Spain.
- Le Top Détente - A blend of the biggest English- and French-speaking hits.
- Rock - Rock hits of all kinds from the 1980s to today. (e.g. Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Korn, Shinedown)
- Hard Rock - A mix of classic to today's hard rock music. (e.g. AC/DC, Mastodon, Three Days Grace, Van Halen)
- Classic Rock - Album-oriented playlists from the late 1960s and 1970s with artists who helped pioneer the genre of rock music. (e.g. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix).
- Headbangers - Aggressive sounding metal music using exotic and experimental techniques and genres. Most, if not all music on this channel is from the 2000s and 2010s. (e.g. Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Metallica)
- Rock Alternative - Current alternative rock hits. (e.g. Weezer, Muse, Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, X Ambassadors, Vance Joy)
- Heavy Metal - An mix of 1970s-1990s heavy metal music. (e.g. Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motley Crüe, Dokken, Kiss, AC/DC, Van Halen)
- Adult Alternative - Alternative music from the 1980s to today that is targeted for more adult audiences. (e.g. Coldplay, Sting, Serena Ryder, Lana Del Rey, Jack Johnson, The Sheepdogs)
- Rock en Español - A mix of Spanish rock and Latin alternative music. (e.g. Heroes Del Silencio, Soda Stereo, Alejandra Guzmán, Café Tacuba, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, No Te Va Gustar)
- Franco Attitude - A mix of French-Canadian current and up-and-coming rock, folk and rap songs. (e.g. Karim Ouellet, Pierre Lapointe, Radio Radio, Bernard Adamus, Lisa Leblanc)
- Rock Anthems - An mix of arena rock and modern rock; music is played in blocks, separated by decade. (e.g. Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains, Nirvana).
- Southern Jams - "The southern crossroads of blues, rock, funk and soul." (e.g. Mofro, Dave Matthews Band, JJ Grey, Ben Harper)
- Alt Rock Classics - Classic alternative rock music. (e.g. Depeche Mode, the Cure, Blur, Morrissey and New Order)
- Urban Beats - Today's hottest hip-hop and R&B music. (e.g. Drake, Beyoncé, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Usher)
- Hip-Hop - Uncensored current and old school Hip-hop hits. (e.g. Run-D.M.C., A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G.)
- Classic R&B & Soul - Urban adult music and sultry, slow jams. (e.g. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Anthony Hamilton)
- Groove - a mix of old-school disco and funk music (e.g. James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang)
- Retro R&B - A variety of funk, soul, and Motown hits from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. (e.g. Ray Charles, The Supremes, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding)
Stingray Music sponsors a number of "Stingray Rising Stars Awards" (formerly Galaxie Rising Stars) presented at a variety of music festivals and awards presentations each year, including Canadian Music Week's Indie Awards, the East Coast Music Awards, and the Western Canadian Music Awards, among numerous others. Stingray also sponsors an annual Songs from the Heart competition for new and emerging songwriters. The Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award is presented to the winner of the competition.
Stingray Music is also carried in both the United States and the Caribbean via various television providers. Expansion began in 2009 with the addition of Stingray to various smaller market television providers in the U.S. and in 2010, Galaxie was added to WIV Cable TV in the Turks and Caicos as well as Trinidad and Tobago. In April 2011, Galaxie further expanded their reach in the US when American cable company Insight Communications chose Galaxie as their new radio provider to replace MTV Networks' defunct Urge service across their service area in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Galaxie further expanded into the Caribbean with the launch onto Jamaican television provider Telstar Cable. In October 2011, Galaxie was further added to more US television services. Galaxie furthered its expansion into the Caribbean and Latin American regions with its launch on various television providers in a number of different countries including St. Marteen, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and 10 others.
On October 29, 2014, Stingray Music launched on AT&T U-verse, adding approximately six million subscribers. In December 2018, Altice USA reached an agreement with Stingray to replace its main rival, Music Choice, on its cable systems (including former Cablevision systems in New York City, and Suddenlink). At the same time, Stingray abandoned its bid to acquire Music Choice.
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