|First issue||April 1992|
|Company||1059434 Ontario Inc.|
|Based in||Toronto, Ontario|
Exclaim! is a monthly Canadian music magazine that features in-depth coverage of new music across all genres with special focus on Canadian and cutting-edge artists. Content is based on the monthly print publication, publishes 11 issues per year, distributing over 100,000 copies to over 2,600 locations across Canada.
Exclaim! began as a discussion among campus and community radio programmers at Ryerson's CKLN-FM in 1991. It was started by Ian Danzig, together with other programmers and Toronto musicians. The goal of the publication was to support great Canadian music that was otherwise going unheralded. The group worked through 1991 to produce their first issue in April 1992, with monthly issues being produced since. Ian Danzig has been the publisher of the magazine since its start.
Similarly to an alternative weekly newspaper, the magazine is distributed as a free publication at campus and community radio stations, bars, record stores, libraries, and coffee shops. It also offers mail subscriptions. With Chart's decision to cease publication of its newsstand edition in January 2009, Exclaim! is now Canada's only nationally distributed general interest music magazine operating as a print publication.
The magazine's website features reviews, interviews and profiles not found in the print publication. It includes a news page that is updated with the latest in music and music-related culture. The site reaches 211,000 unique users every month. It also features Exclaim! TV, which includes weekly instalments of video interviews with musicians, as well as a section titled Click Hear where readers are guided to the latest music released on the Internet. As well as music, exclaim.ca reviews films, DVDs, music DVDs, concerts, and video games. Exclaim.ca is also increasing its coverage of film festivals, such as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Sundance Film Festival. The magazine also covers smaller Toronto festivals such as the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
The magazine's website also has contests where readers can enter for a chance to win various music-related prizes.
In February 2009, Exclaim participated with CBC Radio 3 and Aux.tv to launch X3, a new collaborative cross-promotional platform which sees all three outlets air or publish feature content spotlighting a particular "Artist of the Month". These artists are featured on the cover of Exclaim's monthly issue. X3 artists of the month have included K'naan, Malajube, Thunderheist, Japandroids, Apostle of Hustle, You Say Party! We Say Die! and The Rural Alberta Advantage.
Since 2012, senior editor Stephen Carlick produces a week-in-review segment for !earshot 20, a nationally syndicated campus/community radio program available through the National Campus and Community Radio Association and produced by CFMH-FM in Saint John, New Brunswick.
- Megan Thow (Spring 2002). "Critical Miss". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007.
- Carly Lewis (12 March 2012). "Twenty years of Exclaim!". The Grid. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- Sadaf Ahsan (13 January 2017). "Freedom of the press: How Exclaim! became the last Canadian music magazine still standing by giving a voice to the underground". National Post. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
- Brent, Paul (April 26, 2004). "Targeting spendthrifts: the young male market: Exclaim! thinks it knows how to reach 18-to-24-year-old men", National Post, p. FP4.
- X3 Artist of the Month