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Espace Musique

Espace musique
Type Radio network
Country  Canada
Availability National, through regional stations
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada
Launch date 1974
Former names Radio-Canada (1974-1997)
La chaîne culturelle (1997-2004)
Official website Espace Musique

Espace musique is the French-language music radio service of Canada's national public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Société Radio-Canada). It is the French equivalent of the English CBC Radio 2, although it has a different programming focus.

On June 5, 2013, Radio-Canada announced a rebranding plan, under which the network will become known as Ici Radio-Canada Musique.


The network was originally launched in 1974, with stations in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Chicoutimi.

Previously known as La chaîne culturelle, the network was rebranded as Espace musique in September 2004 as part of a major repositioning of the CBC's French services.[1][2] Many high-brow cultural programs were moved to Première Chaîne, while the new Espace musique service adopted a more populist approach focusing on four genres – classical, jazz, world, and folk music – and French-language song.

For about two weeks in late August / early September 2004 leading up to the Espace musique relaunch, the network did not have any name, at least officially. The network "stunted" with a continuous stream of classical and jazz music, aside from hourly newscasts simulcast from Première Chaîne and regular reminders that la Chaîne culturelle had shut down and (later) that it would relaunch as Espace musique on September 7.

The rebranding was controversial. The network's previous format had been similar to that of CBC Radio Two, and was indeed regarded by some as superior to its English-language counterpart, leading many cultural commentators to criticize the new format. However, Bureau of Broadcast Measurement ratings taken soon after the relaunch [3][4] suggested that the service has indeed become more popular.

The network grew slowly; for a long time, its only full-fledged stations outside of Quebec were in Ottawa and Moncton. It presently covers the majority of Quebec, all provincial capitals (though Regina, Victoria, Edmonton, St. John's, Fredericton and Charlottetown are only served by rebroadcasters) and certain other large cities such as Ottawa and Vancouver.

Unlike most CBC broadcast networks, from its inception until fall 2010, all Espace musique transmitters aired the same programming simultaneously on all stations regardless of location, except for (from 2004 to 2010) two weekday evening programs that were interchanged on the British Columbia transmitters.

Since September 2010, the network has adopted the practice of the CBC's other French-language networks, whereby network programs are broadcast live in the Eastern, Atlantic, and Newfoundland time zones, then aired on tape delay (at the same local times as in the Eastern time zone) in Western Canada. At the same time the network devolved responsibility for the 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (10:00-4:00 AT) timeslot to regional stations. Separate daytime programs were slated to be produced by each of the network's originating stations, with the exception of CBAX-FM Halifax, which carries programming produced in Moncton.[5] However, at present it appears that a single set of daytime programs is produced for the Prairies (airing on both CKSB-FM and CBCX-FM), originating from Winnipeg.

On 4 May 2011, the network began transmitting on Sirius XM satellite radio channel 153 across North America.

On June 5, 2013, it was announced that Espace musique would be re-branded as Ici Musique as part of a wider re-branding of the CBC's French-language outlets around the brand "Ici".[6][7][8][9]


For interest only, the schedule as of fall 2010:[10]

Start Time (Local‡) End Time (Local‡) Genre Host Notes
6 a.m. 9 a.m. All genres Gilles Payer
9 a.m. noon All genres Local programming
Noon 3 p.m. All genres Local programming
3 p.m. 5:30 p.m. All genres Claude Saucier
5:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Jazz Stanley Péan
8 p.m. 10 p.m. Classical Michel Keable Monday-Thursday
8 p.m. 11 p.m. Blues France Castel Friday
10 p.m. 1 a.m. Jazz André Rhéaume Monday-Thursday
11 p.m. 3 a.m. Bande à part: rock-techno-experimental Élodie Gagnon, Alexandre Courteau, François Lemay Friday
1 a.m. 6 a.m. Simulcast of Espace jazz Monday-Thursday
3 a.m. 6 a.m. Simulcast of Espace monde (world music) Friday
6 a.m. 10 a.m. Classical music Mario Paquet
10 a.m. 1:30 pm Classical music Edgar Fruitier
1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Opera Sylvia L'Écuyer
5:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Jazz Dorothée Berryman
8 p.m. 10 p.m. All genres Rebecca Makonnen
10 p.m. 1 a.m. All genres
1 a.m. 3 a.m. Bande à part: rock-techno-experimental Alexandre Courteau
3 a.m. 6 a.m. Simulcast of Espace monde (world music)
6 a.m. 10 a.m. Classical music Mario Paquet
10 a.m. noon Classical music Alain Lefèvre
Noon 4 p.m. All genres François Dompierre
4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. World music Monique Giroux
5:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Jazz Dorothée Berryman
8 p.m. 10 p.m. All genres Daniel Lavoie
10 p.m. 1 a.m. All genres
1 a.m. 3 a.m. Bande à part: rock-techno-experimental Alexandre Courteau
3 a.m. 6 a.m. Simulcast of Espace monde (world music)


  • ‡ Local time for Quebec and west; add one hour in the Atlantic time zone, 90 minutes in the Newfoundland time zone.
  • Espace jazz and Espace monde are automated Web radio streams normally available only on the Radio-Canada website.


Frequency Call sign Location
101.9 FM CBAL-FM-1 Allardville, New Brunswick
88.3 FM CBFX-FM-3 Amos, Quebec
88.9 FM CBVX-FM-3 Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
89.7 FM CBCX-FM Calgary, Alberta
88.9 FM CBAL-FM-3 Campbellton, New Brunswick
88.9 FM CBAX-FM-1 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
100.9 FM CBJX-FM-1 Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec
90.1 FM CBCX-FM-1 Edmonton, Alberta
94.3 FM CBAL-FM-5 Edmundston, New Brunswick
90.1 FM CBFX-FM-5 Gaspé, Quebec
91.5 FM CBAX-FM Halifax, Nova Scotia
101.3 FM CBAL-FM-2 Lamèque, New Brunswick
91.5 FM CBVX-FM-2 La Malbaie, Quebec
107.5 FM CBRX-FM-1 Matane, Quebec
98.3 FM CBAL-FM Moncton, New Brunswick
90.1 FM CBFX-FM-6 Mont-Laurier, Quebec
100.7 FM CBFX-FM Montreal, Quebec
102.5 FM CBOX-FM Ottawa, Ontario
89.9 FM CJBC-FM-2 Paris, Ontario
95.3 FM CBVX-FM Quebec City, Quebec
88.9 FM CKSB-FM-1 Regina, Saskatchewan
101.5 FM CBRX-FM Rimouski, Quebec
90.7 FM CBRX-FM Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
89.9 FM CBFX-FM-4 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
100.9 FM CBJX-FM Saguenay, Quebec
89.9 FM CBVX-FM-1 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec
88.1 FM CBAL-FM-4 Saint John, New Brunswick
101.9 FM CBAX-FM-2 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
88.7 FM CKSB-FM-2 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
96.1 FM CBRX-FM-3 Sept-Îles, Quebec
90.7 FM CBFX-FM-2 Sherbrooke, Quebec
90.9 FM CBBX-FM Sudbury, Ontario
105.7 FM No Call Sign Timmins, Ontario (approved in 2007; not yet launched)
90.3 FM CJBC-FM Toronto, Ontario
104.3 FM CBFX-FM-1 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
90.9 FM CBUX-FM Vancouver, British Columbia
88.9 FM CBUX-FM-1 Victoria, British Columbia
103.9 FM CJBC-FM-1 Windsor, Ontario
89.9 FM CKSB-FM Winnipeg, Manitoba
106.1 FM CBAX-FM-3 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia


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