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Canada: Rock star blacklisted by radio station

14 September 2013

In Canada, the radio station Rock 97.9 in Fort McMurray will no longer play Canadian rock star Neil Young’s music after he made remarks about the oil-rich Alberta area while talking about the controversial Keystone X-L Pipeline project at a conference in Washington, USA. “The Indians up there and the …

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Canada: Artist publishes book about ‘dirty oil and government censorship’

27 May 2013

The ‘troublesome’ Canadian artist Franke James says that Canada’s Conservative government targeted, monitored and blacklisted her climate change artwork because it criticises the oil and gas industry’s environmental performance and clashes with the Canadian government’s push to develop Alberta’s tar sands. In 2011, the Canadian artist Franke James was supposed …

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Canada: Ban lifted on Dire Straits’ song ‘Money For Nothing’

2 September 2011

  ‘Money for Nothing’ was pronounced unfit for Canadian ears in January 2011 after a listener’s complaint about the word faggot in the lyrics. The ban on the song has now been lifted and Canadian radio stations can resume playing the song, reported BBC News on 1 September 2011. The …

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Canada: Old Dire Straits hit song deemed unacceptable for broadcast

1 February 2011

‘Money for Nothing’, a song by the rock band Dire Straits, was pronounced unfit for Canadian ears after a lone woman in Newfoundland complained about the word faggot in the lyrics. 25 years after the song ‘Money for Nothing’ first took off on the charts, one unnamed person who self-identifies …

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Canada: Country rock band defies “unofficial ban” from radio

18 August 2008

If a band is not getting mainstream acceptance, it is not necessarily because it has been banned or blacklisted. But the borderline can be hazy. Take the Canadian country rock band Dry County. They feel they’ve been ‘unofficially banned’ from the industry and recently wrote in a headline of their …

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Canada: Jamaica-boycott called off

22 May 2008

Stop Murder Music Canada, a group organising a boycott of Jamaica unless the country’s government takes action against homophobic violence, cancelled the action after receiving an official response from the Jamaican consul general in Canada. Stop Murder Music Canada tries to prevent the sales and performances of Jamaican musicians whose songs …

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Canada: Reggae shows cancelled after protests

2 October 2007

Jamaican reggae stars Elephant Man and Sizzla have been forced to cancel two concerts in Toronto, Canada, after locals protested against their homophobic lyrics. Elephant Man (real name: O’Neil Bryan) was due to play at the mega-club Kool Haus in Toronto on 5 October 2007, but the gig was cancelled …

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Canada: Public radio explores music censorship issues

22 February 2007

In a series of provocative documentaries, news features and interviews, the public service radio in Canada explores some of the issues around music and censorship this week. With the title ‘Censor This!’ CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two unite stories from all over the world into one special week …

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Media coverage of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

6 December 2006

| Start page | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews | 3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP   Sorted by country where published/broadcast in alphabetical order • In Canada Radio: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Global Village’ reported about the conference and “a musician censored by Turkey” – along with …

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Canada: ‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned

27 September 2006

A Toronto activist has filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against Canadian music store chain selling ‘gangsta rap’ that glorifies the mistreatment of women The Canadian activist Valerie Smith is represented by the lawyer Cynthia Watson of Watson Labour Lawyers – a cutting edge union side labour …

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