Canada’s Dance Television Channel, bpm:tv continues to expand boundaries with their 2009-2010 program schedule. The network’s fall launch on September 7th will feature two of the channel’s perennial favourites returning with new looks, and a new show featuring indie artists will televise dance videos rarely ever seen on television.
bpm:tv producers are creating new format features for their hit countdown show, Hot 20 Dance Chart. Head of Programming Rosemary Fusca says, “Since bpm:tv’s launch in 2001, Hot 20 Dance Chart has been a regular feature and audience favourite on our prime time schedule. We continually freshen up the look of the show, as well as the style and delivery. Our viewers are a very dynamic demographic with trendsetting tastes in their TV program choices; we have to consistently make the show new and exciting to keep them coming back night after night. Trendsetting has been one of the network’s common denominators each season. We’ve been the first in Canada to interview artists like Lady Gaga or to premiere Grammy winning dance videos like ‘Days Go By’ by Dirty Vegas.”
Another bpm:tv production receiving a facelift, or at least a shot of Botox is Back @ Ya! The one-hour interactive all-request video show, produced at bpm:tv studios, features professional dancer Jorie Brown reading viewer requests, including dedications, sent via email or through the bpm:tv website. This year, the show’s been fitted with a redesigned set in preparation for another new season of requests for the music industry’s latest hot dance video releases.
As far as dance music videos go, they don’t come any fresher than those seen on the new program “The Underground”. The show’s producers mull through hundreds of video submissions from artists, talent management and indie music labels to present the “cream of the independent dance music crop”. “The Underground” is meant to provide up-and-coming Canadian and international artists with visibility on national television, and at the same time present the bpm:tv audience with the finest new dance music, not yet discovered by the masses.
Other new premieres include episodes of bpm Spotlight and bpm:tv Presents. Spotlight features interviews, bios and performances by some of the dance industry’s biggest stars, including performers, producers, choreographers and DJ’s. Presents visits concerts, festivals, nightclubs and events, including Toronto Pride, Bal en Blanc, Summer Rush (Toronto and Halifax), and BBCM’s Black and Blue.
For an entirely cultural and even educational experience, viewers can tune into Dance Files, where each episode profiles a particular style of dance, whether it be Flamenco, African, Irish, Bollywood or Bellydance. This season, Dance Files explores another eclectic roster of international and multi-genre dance styles and customs from around the world.
Network favourite Electronica will also return with host Miss Raquel, and Friday Nite and Saturday Nite Dance Party are back with fresh episodes and new videos. These two hour continuous dance music video shows bring the nightclub experience into viewers’ homes, for high energy dance party events every weekend.