Volume 96, Issue 86
Thursday, March 13, 2003

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Canada's musical slump

Re: "Canada's music scene gains independence," Mar.7


To the Editor:

I appreciated The Gazette's article about Canada's music scene. It's good to hear that Canadian independent music is growing and I think it's important to keep people informed about the state of the Canadian music industry – so, thank you.

However, I feel that the article failed to paint a complete picture of the nature of today's music industry. It should be noted, that the music industry is experiencing its worst slump in over a decade. So, while there are a few new successful Canadian artists, their success is limited by the present state of the music industry.

Whether we like to admit it or not, American artists such as Eminem are leading the industry in sales. I am not a fan of Eminem, but I would venture to say that he has had more record sales in the previous year than all the current Canadian groups combined.

In regards to the suggestion of an increased quality in Canadian music, I suppose there is some merit to that opinion. However, given the current state of the music industry, I would argue that the success of Canadian music is also due to a lack of competition. The music industry is dying for a musical revolution to take place, and neither Canadian nor American bands have accomplished this. There is almost nothing new happening in the music industry, but because a mediocre alternative is needed to fill the void, we are forced to settle for Canadian music. I would like to see Canadian bands be truly successful by revolutionizing the music industry. Until then, the "Canadian Invasion" is crap.

Jesse Feyen
Music Administrative Studies II

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