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Radio-Canada to Destroy 151,000 CDs!

It appears that the Montreal offices of Radio-Canada will be destroying over 151,000 compact discs from their library to save space according to Radio-Canada International.

These recordings will be copied to a digital format by 2019, just before the french public broadcaster’s move to a new smaller building in 2020. And only around 56,000 compact discs from their extensive collection will be offered to cultural or educational organizations.

When asked why all of the recordings could not be sold or given away, a spokeswoman for Radio-Canada stated it would have been too expensive and time consuming to confirm what rights were involved, although one has to wonder about this excuse because of the early 2012 sale of Calgary’s CBC music archive to The Inner Sleeve, a Calgary Record store in March 2012.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sold 27,000 LPs and 35,000 CDs in that transaction and several other archives were closed since early 2012 because these were basically duplicates of the archive in Toronto.

Of the 650,000 compact discs contained at these archives in 2012, only 140,000 were “unique to one particular library” according to Exclaim. And some archivists and audiophiles are concerned about the potential loss of rare recordings in the process.

It’s a shame they couldn’t have simply forwarded Cancon recordings to Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. But according to the CBC and Radio-Canada these were cost cutting measures…

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Sting on Vinyl

Sting’s solo albums have been re-released in an eleven LP collection entitled “The Studio Collection”, including both “Brand New Day” and “Sacred Love”, which weren’t previously released on vinyl.

This collection is available from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Secondspin.comicon

Now if only his label would re-release a music video collection on DVD. Seriously, i’d love the “Fields of Gold” compilation with some bonus videos including the “Stolen Car” remix with Mylene Farmer.

Any Queen Fans ?

Queen’s full catalogue will be remastered and re-released on vinyl soon.

Their 15 studio albums will be re-released in an 18 coloured Vinyl LP collection on September 25th, 2015 and this collection is available for pre-order at Amazon Canada, Amazon Italy, Amazon Germany and the Official Queen Store in the U.K.

This collection includes a 108 page hardcover book and the original album artwork has been duplicated from the cover to the inner sleeve, some of the albums including posters.

Queen’s individual albums will also be re-released on September 25th, 2015
and are available for pre-order as well from Amazon Canada

Canada Post Honours Canadian Country Stars

Canada Post have recently issued stamp collections honouring five of Canada’s top country music stars : Shania Twain, Hank Snow, Tommy Hunter, K.D Lang and RenĂ©e Martel.

The Shania Twain Limited Edition Framed Prints went rather quickly so don’t delay on placing your order for the framed prints dedicated to the other artists.

Click here for more details.