bpm:tv logo
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format480i (SDTV)
OwnerStornoway Communications
Sister channelsThe Pet Network
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001
ClosedJune 1, 2015

bpm:tv (beats per minute television) was a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by Stornoway Communications. bpm:tv's programming was devoted to dance music, club lifestyle, and the EDM genre - electronica, house, techno, eurodance, trance.


The channel's original logo on a blue background. A 2D version of its current logo, it has used several different colours through its use until 2004, when it introduced its current 3D version.

In November 2000, a partnership between Stornoway Communications and Cogeco called Stornoway Communications Limited Partnership, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called The Dance Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to all aspects of dance."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as bpm:tv with a schedule largely focused on electronic dance music video programming but steered away from the European-based underground EDM and redirected its interest towards a more mainstream radio sound.[2]

In January 2004, the CRTC approved an application by Stornoway to acquire Cogeco's interest in the service.[3]

On April 30, 2015, Cogeco announced on their Facebook page that bpm:tv will be "shutting down operations" effective June 1, 2015.[4] The shutdown was subsequently confirmed by bpm:tv via an official announcement posted on their website.


Main article: List of programs broadcast on bpm:tv

The majority of bpm:tv's schedule consisted of music video-based programs. Other programs featured artist profiles, concerts, dance programming, and club lifestyle programs.

VJs & hosts

  • Jorie Brown
  • Marie Cauchon
  • René Escobar
  • Scott Fox
  • Aminder Gill
  • Dalton Higgins
  • Troy Jackson
  • Patricia Jaggernauth
  • Max Julien
  • Louie La Vella
  • A.J. Leitch
  • Brian Mangubat
  • MC Mario
  • DJ Marky D


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-690 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Stornoway acquires Movieola Archived 2012-04-22 at the Wayback Machine New Technology Magazine 2001-10-03
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-2 CRTC 2004-01-07
  4. ^ Cogeco announces bpm:tv's shutdown