BMG Music Canada

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BMG Music Canada
Founded1987 (1987)
Country of origin Canada
LocationToronto, Ontario

BMG Music Canada was the Canadian division of BMG, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


BMG was formed in 1970. In 1986, it acquired RCA Records. In the acquisition, the company acquired RCA Victor Ltd. to form BMG Music Canada as part of a worldwide renaming of RCA's international division to BMG.[1] The next year BMG created a Canadian division of Ariola Records with BMG International, N.V.

Previously working for Henri Dès albums, it acquired the Lanoraie, Quebec-based Interdisc Distribution Inc. to form BMG Québec, in 1990, originally as BMG Musique du Québec under the direction of Nicolas Ferrier.

In the 1990s BMG released a number of dance compilation albums.[2] In 1995, Paul Alofs was appointed President of BMG Canada, and former artist manager Keith Porteous was promoted to Vice President.[3] Soon after, BMG arranged to be the Canadian distributor for the band Treble Charger.[3]

In 1998, Lisa Zbitnew who had served as General Manager the previous year, was appointed President.[4]

In 2004, the label merged with Sony Music Canada to create Sony BMG Music Canada Inc.

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  1. ^ Hennessey, Mike (September 20, 1986). "RCA Deal Gives Bertelsmann Multinational Label Ranking". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 98 (3B). Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Larry LeBlanc (25 May 1996). "Dance Compilations Moving in Canada". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 68–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ a b Larry LeBlanc (19 October 1996). Artist manager makes mark at A&R. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 57. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ Lisa Zbitnew named BMG Pres. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 21 March 1998. pp. 113–. ISSN 0006-2510.