Free Streaming Service Brings Canadians Biggest and Best Music Experience
Bell Media announced today that North America’s fastest growing digital audio service iHeartRadio is now available in Canada during a special preview period, before it’s official launch onMonday, Oct. 10. Featuring streaming channels and sought-after music events, the digital radio service is absolutely free to Canadians via iOS andAndroid apps, and at iHeartRadio.ca. With instant access to hundreds of stations including listener favourites like Virgin Radio, TSN Radio, Newstalk stations, and many more, the new and easy-to-use iHeartRadio Canadadigital service showcases an unparalleled amount of music, news/talk, comedy, and sports content from Bell Media, Canada’s largest radio broadcaster with 105 licensed English and French radio stations, plus more than 100 additional curated streaming music channels to suit every taste… with many more announcements to come.
“iHeartRadio Canada harnesses the strength of Bell Media’s radio stations in addition to more than 100 exclusive, curated digital music stations, placing them all conveniently at the fingertips of every Canadian,” said Randy Lennox, President of Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. “iHeartRadio is an enormously successful brand that will represent Bell Media’s radio strategy in Canada, in many incarnations, including must-see live concerts, events, and more.”
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“The iHeartRadio Canada brand offers consumers exclusive content from favourite music artists they can’t get anywhere else – from exclusive album sneak previews and secret sessions for fans, to exclusive interviews and live performances,” said Rob Farina, Sr. Advisor, iHeartRadio Canada. “TheiHeartRadio Canada app and desktop player delivering the best music, sports, talk, and more can be simply searched and customized by the user to easily move between stations and genres based on their moods, and set favourites to match their preferences.”
iHeartRadio Canada also announced today the inaugural iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball, with a can’t-miss lineup for all music fans featuring superstars The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Alessia Cara, Hedley, and many more. With additional Canadian concerts soon to be announced – ranging from big arenas to smaller, more intimate venues – the 2016 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball takes place Friday, Nov. 25 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Virgin Mobile customers get a front-of-line ticket purchase opportunity onOctober 8 and 9, with the public on-sale for the event of the season beginningTuesday, Oct. 11. As part of the iHeartRadio family, registered users ofiHeartRadio Canada will automatically get first crack at winning tickets to this and all iHeartRadio events in, both Canada and the U.S.
The iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball joins the tradition of iHeatRadio’s iconic festivals and concerts, consistently offering one-of-a-kind experiences, like last month’s 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival that rocked Las Vegas. In a Canadian exclusive, the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival featuring performances by U2, Sia, Sting, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, OneRepublic, and many more will air in a two-night special broadcast tonight, Thursday, Oct. 6, and tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 7 at 8-11 p.m. ET on CTV Two. Following the television broadcasts, highlights from the three-day festival will be available on iHeartRadio.ca.
Built for Bell Media by Mirego, iHeartRadio’s Canadian streaming service can be integrated into many platform devices including mobile phones, tablets, computers, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, turning any place into a performance space. There is no service fee or limit to the number of devices connected to a user account (standard data charges apply, where applicable).
As announced earlier this year, Bell Media entered into an exclusive partnership with iHeartMedia, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, making the iHeart brand available for Canadians for the first time. Since then, Bell Media announced a series of brand event, including the newly minted iHeartRadio Canada Fest, formerly known as CHUM FM FanFest. Most recently,iHeartRadio Canada TOP 20 hosted by iHeartRadio’s English Canada Ambassador Andrea Collins, and DÉCOMPTE iHeartRadio Canada, hosted by the French Canada Ambassador for the brand, Patrick Langlois, were launched in September, 2016. Many more exciting concerts and brand developments will be announced in 2017.