Published Sep 25, 2009If you've been itching for more music in your life, a new TV channel debuting next month on Rogers Cable will have 24 series dedicated solely to music programming. AUX TV, which started as an Internet radio broadcast, will be the first television station in Canada to make the leap from online to the small screen, delivering a plethora of cool music shows for TV.
"AUX is a visual counterpart to Canada's exploding music culture," said Raja Khanna, co-CEO of GlassBOX Television and founder and president of AUX, in a press release. "We're capturing the amazing energy that you can feel and see in venues across the country and we're bringing it all to a TV channel created specifically for music fans."
Programming on the station will include original AUX shows with live performances, videos, talk shows and music news programs. The station will also broadcast such popular international music programming as Later... with Jools Holland, Classic Albums and Soft Focus, produced by VBS.tv.
But the coolest aspect to the channel for indie rock and Canadian music fans is some of the AUX original programming. Check this out: First and foremost, Exclaim!'s Sam Sutherland will be broadcasting from his basement (yes, folks, his basement) for a show called Talk Show Night at Juicebox Manor. The show will be a mix of band performances, surprise field-trips and trademark Sutherland zaniness. Bands set to appear so far include Voivod, NOFX, Tokyo Police Club, the Thermals, Fugazi's Joe Lally and many more.
Sutherland will also host Exclaim! TV's Garageland, of which frequenters of this site will already be familiar with.
Another cool-sounding show is Spookey Ruben's Dizzy Playground, which previously ran on Exclaim! TV, where Ruben does sketch comedy routines with the likes of Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene and Melissa Auf der Maur (ex-Hole/Smashing Pumpkins). Yes, it's a strange world we live in.
Other guest hosts on AUX will include Alan Cross, Alexisonfire's George Pettit, Philman George (aka I.E.), Ingrid Johansson, Laurence Currie and the Pursuit of Happiness's Moe Berg.
And that's just to name a few of the cool shows this station will feature. For a full rundown, check out the station's website.
It all gets started as of 9 p.m. EST on October 1 and will be available as a digital speciality channel on Rogers cable channel 107. Be there or be square.