Music database that filters musical acts by genre and their country of origin?
February 18, 2009 12:17 PM   Subscribe

Looking for an online music database, music search engine which would allow me to filter musical acts by genre and their country of origin (Canada, specifically). Is there a site out there like AllMusic or offering this? I've looked in vain for filtering of this sort from these and other musical databases.

I host a music program at a radio station in Canada. In Canada broadcasters must adhere to Canadian content (Cancon) requirements whereby 35% of popular musical selections must be Canadian. I usually struggle to fill that quota each broadcast.

Searching for releases by genre and country of origin using a music database would allow me to better prepare for my broadcasts. I'll be able to sample in advance different Cancon music of a certain style.

Most of what I play is electronica, experimental rock, some hip-hop. I need a way to quickly and easily find similar styles of music to match my broadcast.

While my station indicates which records in its music library are Cancon, the station's largest music category, 'General Music' -- which I draw from most heavily -- covers innumerable music genres: pop, hip-hop, electronic. Jazz, classical, folk have their own categories. Releases in each category are then organized alphabetically.

Right now it's incredibly difficult and inefficient to browse this amorphous music category looking for Cancon releases (again, to fill that 35% quota) that I think might match the style of music I happen to be playing.
posted by concourse to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

And, of course, here is lastfm's tag "Canadian"
posted by rongorongo at 12:41 PM on February 18, 2009

CBC Radio 3 is all canadian, and you can search by genre
posted by lizbunny at 1:05 PM on February 18, 2009

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