Galaxie-FrancoFolies de Montréal 2008 channel available on illico Digital TV, videotron.com and festival website

April 21, 2008, Montreal

For the second year in a row, Galaxie, CBC/Radio-Canada’s continuous music network, will be teaming up with Vidéotron and the FrancoFolies de Montréal festival to launch the Galaxie-FrancoFolies de Montréal music channel. Available as of Friday, May 9 to illico Digital TV subscribers on channel 546 and Vidéotron high-speed Internet customers at videotron.com/divertissement, the new channel will feature bands and entertainers on the FrancoFolies 2008 program. The channel will also be streamed on the festival website from July 24 to August 3. Starting July 10, content will be further expanded to include songs by artists appearing on the festival’s outdoor stages. This means that listeners across Quebec will get to hear FrancoFolies 2008 acts from all over the French-speaking world.

“This is an outstanding promotional opportunity for both established performers and those who could benefit from greater exposure. It’s one of the driving principles behind Galaxie,” says Jean-Richard Lefebvre, Galaxie’s Director of Partnerships and French Programming. The Galaxie-FrancoFolies de Montréal channel will be even more comprehensive on the Web: at videotron.com/divertissement, listeners will be able to buy show tickets and CDs, and even download artists’ songs during webcast performances. Fans of the French-language scene will also be thrilled to learn that music streamed from this address will be encoded at 128 kbps, allowing for a superior listening experience.

“Vidéotron is pleased to take part in the 2008 FrancoFolies de Montréal,” says Claude Foisy, the company’s Vice-President, Branding Management and Content. “Not only does this sponsorship help bring us closer to Quebecers—1.6 million of whom are our customers—it also allows us to contribute to the cultural life of the wider French-speaking world. That is why we’re so pleased to be actively involved in producing and distributing this channel, giving this major celebration the exposure it deserves.”

This sentiment is shared by Laurent Saulnier, the festival’s vice-president of programming: “We’re delighted with this initiative, which is perfectly aligned with the FrancoFolies’ mission of promoting French-language music and discovering new talent. We’re also pleased that the FrancoFolies, and especially its participating artists, can take advantage of this new Quebec-wide showcase.”

About Galaxie

Galaxie (www.galaxie.ca) offers its non-stop music channels in more than six million homes. CBC/Radio-Canada’s continuous music network is included on the basic service of most digital cable, satellite TV and IPTV distributors, as well as on some Internet portals. Galaxie is available on channels 501 to 545 of Vidéotron’s illico Digital TV service and for a limited time until August 3, on channel 546. Galaxie. Making your music simple. For 10 years.

About Vidéotron

Vidéotron Ltd. (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access services, cable telephony and wireless telephone service. Vidéotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television system and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of March 31, 2008, Vidéotron was serving over 1,652,200 cable television customers in Quebec, including approximately 802,800 illico Digital TV subscribers. Vidéotron is the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access, with approximately 965,300 subscribers to its cable modem service. As of March 31, 2008, Vidéotron had activated 49,900 lines on its wireless telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to nearly 691,600 Quebec households and organizations.

About the FrancoFolies

With over 200 concerts, including 150 free outdoor ones featuring more than 1,000 performers from a dozen countries, the FrancoFolies de Montréal (www.francofolies.com) is the world’s largest French-language music festival. For 11 days, over 900,000 people will take to the streets of downtown Montreal to celebrate the sounds of the Francophonie and expand their musical horizons. It’s an event not to be missed!

For additional information, please contact:
  • Marc Labelle
    Director, Corporate Communications
    tel. 514-380-4458
    cel. 514-512-5548
  • Mathieu Denolf
    Communications Officer, Galaxie
    tel. 613-288-6343
    mathieu.denolf@galaxie.ca

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