Stingray Loud

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Stingray Loud
Stingray Loud.jpg
Stingray Loud logo
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001
Owned byCHUM Limited (2001–2006)
CTVglobemedia (2006–2011)
Bell Media
Stingray Group (2016–present)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledMuchLoud (2001-2016)
Sister channel(s)Stingray Vibe
Stingray Retro
Stingray Juicebox
Stingray Ambiance
Stingray Now 4K
WebsiteStingray Loud
Shaw DirectChannel 586 (SD)
Available on many Canadian cable systemsCheck local listings
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 486 (SD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 580 (SD)
Channel 1580 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 313 (SD)
Optik TVChannel 581 (SD)
Channel 9581 (HD)
Telus QuebecChannel 352 (SD)
Channel 884 (HD)

Stingray Loud is a Canadian English language Category B television channel owned by Stingray Digital. The channel broadcasts music videos relating to rock, modern rock, alternative, punk, and heavy metal.


Logo used from 2001 to 2012.
Logo used from 2012 to 2016.

In November 2000, CHUM Limited was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch MuchLoud, described as "a national English-language Category 2 music video specialty television service dedicated exclusively to alternative, hard rock, metal and punk music or alternative music-related programming."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as MuchLoud,[2] fashioned after the former MuchMusic original program, Loud. The channel aired primarily music videos with a small selection of other programming including concerts and interviews. Existing MuchMusic rock music video programs were aired on a more frequent & regular basis on MuchLoud, such as The Punk Show, the network's eponymous metal block Loud, and the alternative rock program The Wedge.

In July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later called CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was MuchLoud.[3] The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007,[4] with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007.

While the channel, from its inception, had always been an ad-supported service, on August 31, 2009, commercial advertising was dropped from the music video portion of the channel's schedule. The only remaining commercials existed in programs such as concerts or other special programming.[5]

On September 10, 2010, BCE, Inc. (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD.[6] The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011[7] and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.[8]

On June 21, 2016, it was announced that Stingray Digital would acquire MuchVibe, MuchLoud, MuchRetro, and Juicebox from Bell Media[9] at a price-tag later revealed to be $4 million for all 4 channels.[10] The deal for MuchLoud would later close on August 15, 2016, with MuchLoud rebranded as Stingray Loud on August 12, 2016.[11] On June 1, 2017, Stingray announced the completion of the rebranding process for all 4 channels, which included new programming and a national promotional campaign.[12] With the rebrand, all non-music video programming was removed from the channel.


  • 21st Century Rock
  • Alt-Rock Classics Weekend
  • Daily Video Hits
  • Forever Loud
  • Metal at Midnight
  • Stingray Loud Top 15

Former Programming (as MuchLoud)[edit]

  • Loud
  • LoudTested
  • PunchMuch
  • The Punk Show
  • The Wedge


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-520 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ The history of CHUM Globe and Mail article 2006-06-12
  3. ^ Bell Globemedia acquires CHUM; Fasken Martineau; 2006-07-12
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165; CRTC; 2007-06-08
  5. ^ More Music Videos as MuchVibe, MuchLoud, MuchMoreRetro, and PunchMuch go commercial-free Channel Canada 2009-08-26
  6. ^ Bell Canada (2010-09-10). "Bell to acquire 100% of Canada's No.1 media company CTV". CNW Group. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  7. ^ CRTC approves BCE's purchase of CTVglobemedia
  8. ^ Bell completes acquisition of CTV, launches Bell Media business unit CNW 2011-04-01
  10. ^ Stingray Digital looks to bolster profits through international expansion, Globe and Mail, 08-03-16
  11. ^ Stingray Announces Closing of Its Acquisition of Three (3) Bell Media Specialty Television Channels, Market Wired press release, 08-15-16
  12. ^ Stingray Introduces a New Golden Age of Music TV with the Launch of Stingray Retro, Stingray Vibe, Stingray Loud, and Stingray Juicebox MarketWired press release 06 01 17

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