AUX music television debuts October 1 on Rogers Cable with 24 series devoted to music and music culture

TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - GlassBOX Television brings the face of thriving music culture to TV screens on Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m. EST when its multi-platform AUX music channel premieres as a new digital specialty on Rogers Cable channel 107. AUX debuts its full programming lineup - focused entirely on music and music culture - along with new additions to its on-air talent roster as it launches AUX music television. AUX is the first Internet broadcaster in Canada to expand into a TV station with its programming also available at www.aux.tv and on mobile.

"AUX is a visual counterpart to Canada's exploding music culture," said Raja Khanna, Co-CEO GlassBOX Television and Founder and President of AUX. "We're capturing the amazing energy that you can feel and see in venues across the country and we're bringing it all to a TV channel created specifically for music fans."

HARD, AUX Weekly, Talk Show Night at Juicebox Manor, AUX Chart, and AUX Live are the new original titles coming to AUX. Imports include the renowned artist showcase series, Later... with Jools Holland, and the world television premiere of Soft Focus, produced by VBS.tv. New add, Classic Albums, complements AUX's programming assets alongside acclaimed music docs, specials, and films.

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"We've produced and culled the finest shows that are focused on nothing but great music," said Jeff Rogers, AUX Music Director. "From secret recording sessions to gritty live performances, AUX takes viewers to the forefront of the music universe as it uncovers the artists and scenes defining today's best music."

Full-length music videos from groundbreaking artists are slated to play in packs of video flow and during themed music video blocks spanning rock, hip hop, and dance genres. Other AUX original series include MasterTracks, Band Foto, ExploreMusic with Alan Cross, Cypher, Strange Notes hosted by George Pettit of Alexisonfire, Camera Music, Volume, Alt.Sessions, Exclaim! TV's Garageland, and CBC Radio 3's R3TV.

Barry Taylor is among the new additions to AUX's stable of on-air hosts and music authorities. Barry is set to co-host AUX Weekly. This former Toronto radio DJ is widely acknowledged for his instrumental role in breaking some of Canada's top indie acts including City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Bedouin Soundclash, and Ill Scarlett. Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Kings of Leon, Perry Farrell, and Silversun Pickups are just a handful of artists that he has interviewed over the years.

Andrew Alba and Lavonne Allen are also on board to join Barry Taylor as co-hosts of AUX Weekly. AUX brass couldn't resist Andrew's infectious energy and love of music. So they quickly upped this self-proclaimed music junkie from intern to music coordinator to co-host of AUX Weekly since he began working for the channel in June 2008. Andrew was born and raised in Prince George, BC. Lavonne Allen just signed on with AUX. This Kitchener, ON, native is no stranger to the Canadian music scene with stints fronting and managing various bands. Alan Cross, Alexisonfire's George Pettit, Philman George (a.k.a. I.E.), Ingrid Johansson, Laurence Currie, Moe Berg, and Sam Sutherland are all of the previously announced AUX hosts.

Viewers can visit www.aux.tv on Thursday, September 24 to watch this evening's AUX music television launch event, including the performance by Moneen. AUX programming continues to be available at www.aux.tv. Beginning October 1, entire episodes from all AUX series will be posted online after they air on television. At the same time, an extensive new library of online music videos will be unveiled, featuring all the premium acts seen on AUX.

Select AUX properties are currently available on mobile through Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility. A weekly two-hour AUX program pack airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on BiteTV, GlassBOX Television's Emmy-winning multiplatform channel.

AUX music television debuts on Rogers Digital VIP, a service enjoyed by the majority of Rogers Digital Cable subscribers. It is available at no extra cost to Digital VIP subscribers, with placement on the same tier as some of Canada's most popular digital specialty channels.

GlassBOX Television received CRTC approval for a category 2 specialty television license for AUX this past March.

AUX (www.aux.tv) is the face of thriving music culture. It's an interactive, multi-platform channel dedicated to musical groundbreakers in Canada and from around the world. Launched online in November 2008, it features a mix of music content including videos, live performances, artist interviews, in-depth profiles, behind-the-scenes docs, news, and insider reports on top industry events. AUX plans to be available anywhere its core audience of 18-49s wants it, with a strong focus on reaching 18-34 year olds.

GlassBOX Television Inc. (www.glassbox.tv) operates cross-platform broadcast and VOD channels that engage audiences across the globe with targeted, multiple content streams. GlassBOX's first channel BITE TV (www.bite.ca) has led the way in defining a new generation of multi-platform interactive television services. Winner of the coveted International Interactive Emmy Award for Best Interactive Channel, BITE TV is now available on cable, satellite, IPTV and mobile carriers. Newly launched AUX, is Canada's first and only interactive, cross-platform channel dedicated to emerging music (www.aux.tv).

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ADDENDUM: AUX PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS - SEPTEMBER 2009

    NEW AUX ORIGINAL SERIES
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    HARD
    New AUX Original Series
    Premieres Wednesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET (30 min.)

There's no place for earplugs on this show as AUX thrashes its way through the world of hardcore music. Each weekly edition shocks the system with an explosion of the best metal, alt, punk, and screamo acts on the planet. Every instalment is comprised of three doc-style band profiles and a featured music video. Artists and music video directors provide exclusive insight into the method behind their madness. DevilDriver, Poison The Well, Gwar, and Sweden's In Flames are just some of the shredders slated for HARD this season.

AUX Weekly
    New AUX Original Series
    Premieres Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. ET (60 min.)

It's a one-stop weekly shot of all the most important happenings in the world of music. AUX Hosts Andrew Alba, Barry Taylor, and Lavonne Allen deliver the headlines and speak to the issues that matter. Everything from musical trends and events to choice interviews and charts are covered in this hour-long music roundup.

Talk Show Night at Juicebox Manor
    New AUX Original Series
    Premieres Tuesday, October 6 at 11 p.m. ET (30 min.)

Things get wonderfully weird when Sam Sutherland hosts an unpredictable mix of band performances, random antics, and cheeky banter from the comfort of his own home, Juicebox Manor. It's the kind of charming lo-fi vibe that can only be achieved from an urban basement with surprise field trips to an assortment of destinations reflective of music culture - brewery to big stage. Among the many performers are The Flatliners, The Thermals, Joe Lally, and L.A.'s Crystal Antlers. Viewers can also catch special appearances by Alexisonfire, Malajube, Tokyo Police Club, NOFX, Voivoid, and more. The series is co-hosted by Sam's best bud, Justin Taylor.

AUX Chart
    New AUX Original Series
    Premieres Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET (30 min.)

    Each edition breaks down the Top 10 music videos of the week from defining
artists at the forefront of thriving music culture.

    AUX Live
    New AUX Original Series
    Premieres Sunday, October 4 at 11 p.m. ET (60 min.)

This is stripped-down raw concert footage at its best. Acts like Thunderheist, The Stills, and Still Life Still are captured performing live and thrilling fans. Each edition encapsulates the essence of the featured artist's live show. Recorded live to tape at clubs and concert halls across Canada. It's the next best thing to being there.

AUX Interactive Video Flow

The best full-length music videos culled from the cutting edge including dance, rock, and hip hop. Viewers comment in real time via text during each robust block of video flow.

NEW AUX EXCLUSIVE SERIES
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    Soft Focus
    WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE
    New AUX Exclusive Series
    Premieres Tuesday, October 6 at 11:30 p.m. ET (30 min.)

Helmed by accomplished musician and author, Ian Svenonius, each episode features one interview with one artist. Shot at the Guggenheim in New York and the ICA in London with luminaries such as Terry Hall of the Specials, Henry Rollins of Black Flag, Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays, Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, and Mark E. Smith of the Fall. Soft Focus is produced by VBS.tv.

NEW AUX SERIES & FILMS
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    Classic Albums
    New AUX Series
    Premieres Monday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET (60 min.)

From U2's The Joshua Tree to Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks this series delves deep into the making of the world's most impactful rock and pop albums of all time. Every hour-long edition features exclusive in-studio interviews with the legendary performers and industry veterans behind each musical masterpiece.

AUX Box Office
    Premieres Saturday, October 3 at 9 p.m. ET (2 hrs)
    Airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET (2 hrs)

    Top music-fuelled films turn couch time into party time featuring cult
classics and other contemporary favourites.

    AUX Docs
    Premieres Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET (2 hrs)

    A compilation of acclaimed and award-winning documentaries focusing on the
musicians and music scenes that matter.

    Later... with Jools Holland
    New AUX Exclusive Series
    Premieres Monday, October 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET (30 min.)

U.K. music legend Jools Holland hosts this intimate artist performance showcase series. Each episode features musical groundbreakers - rising and established - coming together in the same studio to perform separately and as a collective. Holland interviews the acts between performances to glean the meaning behind their music. Between four and six different artists belt out their best in every edition including Franz Ferdinand, The Who, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Taj Mahal, Lily Allen, Depeche Mode, Metallica, Thom Yorke, and many more. Recorded live to tape at the BBC Studios in London.

OTHER AUX ORIGINAL SERIES
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    MasterTracks
    AUX Original Series
    Airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET beginning October 5 (30 min.)

One band. One day. One Master Track. Series executive producer Jake Gold gives rising artists the chance of a lifetime: record one original track with acclaimed producer Moe Berg, former frontman of The Pursuit of Happiness, and accomplished sound engineer Laurence Currie. Every half hour edition profiles a different aspiring artist featuring Hunter Valentine, Spiral Beach, Stereo Goes Stellar, and more. Viewers are immersed into each band's recording process and the pressures that come with it. All the MasterTracks will be available for download at www.aux.tv. Taped at Metalworks Studios.

Band Foto
    AUX Original Series
    Airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning October 6 (30 min.)

Go behind the scenes as Band Foto host and pro photographer Ingrid Johansson leads a team of image overhaulers who lay custom style treatments on bands just before Johansson takes new photos of them. Fans get a close up on each band's make over process and the music they make in every half hour episode. Hexes and Ohs, Crash Karma, The Johnstones, and Dearly Beloved are some of the bands featured this season.

ExploreMusic with Alan Cross
    AUX Original Series
    Airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning October 7 (30 min.)

One of Canada's foremost authorities on everything music, Alan Cross hosts this weekly half hour panel discussion dissecting topical happenings in music from the previous week. Nothing is off limits, and there's no holding back, as a rotating roster of expert pundits join Cross to deliver the kind of insider's perspective and candid industry review that fans won't find anywhere else. ExploreMusic with Alan Cross on AUX is an extension of the ExploreMusic brand, which includes a nationally syndicated ExploreMusic radio show and www.ExploreMusic.com. Alan also hosts of The Ongoing History of New Music, the longest-running rock documentary on Canadian radio.

Volume
    New AUX Original Series
    Airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET beginning October 7 (30 min.)

Volume blows the music scene wide open. From Canada to the U.S. and beyond, each half-hour installment delves deep to uncover the stories making headlines in the world of music. Due diligence is paid to rising indie stars, world-renowned artists, and the important issues and trends shaping the musical landscape for a 360 degree look at the industry. Fans can watch for interviews with The Crystal Method, The Virgins, Health, Bloc Party, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and the U.K.'s White Lies. Crank it up! The nation needs more Volume.

Cypher
    AUX Original Series
    Airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET beginning October 2 (30 min.)

It's all about hip hop when emcee I.E. gives fans a flava for the underground scene and beyond. Each half hour highlights a mix of elements shaping hip hop culture, including special aspects like fashion designers and those who use hip hop to foster change in their communities. Backstage interviews, live concert footage, and exclusive freestyle cyphers are captured in their rawest form. This season includes features on emcees like K'naan, Shad, and KRS-ONE along with stories on DJ Premiere, Kid Glyde, beatboxer Scratch Cat, and graffiti artists Elicser and EGR.

Strange Notes
    AUX Original Series
    Airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET beginning October 14 (30 min.)

Alexisonfire's George Pettit has no doubt paid his dues as an indie musician. His band grinded it out for years on the tour circuit and built a massive following before they got signed. So it's no wonder he's able to drill down and table the topics that matter while interviewing the hottest emerging acts in this new artist profile series. Featuring bands like Constantines, Attack in Black, Ladyhawk, and Rise Against, the show reflects the DIY work ethic that's driving these artists into the spotlight. It's shot guerrilla style with raw behind-the-scenes footage dispersed throughout each 30-minute episode - including bands performing on stage, jamming at rehearsals, recording in studio, and prepping for tours.

Camera Music
    AUX Original Series
    Airs Mondays at 11:30 p.m. ET beginning October 5 (30 min.)

Raw. Honest. Intimate. This is music for your eyes. Featuring Sarah Slean, Sebastian Grainger, Chad VanGaalen, Great Lake Swimmers, Wintersleep, $100, Timber Timbre, and more artists performing stripped down sets that truly showcase their music genius. Toronto filmmaker and video director Scott Cudmore produces each edition.

Alt.Sessions
    AUX Original Series
    Airs as part of AUX Live on Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18 at 11 p.m. ET (60 min.)
    As as part of MixTape after October 7 DATE/TIME TBA.

Each 30-minute episode features two different artists performing alternative versions of select original tracks that they've reworked especially for this series. Adding to the ALT-ness are the unique and meaningful settings in which performances take place - including The Arkells at Hamilton's Jackson Square, Shad in the vinyl section of a record store, and Spiral Beach on a scaffold atop a club. Fans can tune in to find out why these venues are relevant to these artists.

MixTape
    Airs Wednesdays at 11 p.m. ET beginning October 7 (60 min.)

    It's a marquee destination on AUX where collections of segments and short
films air back to back to satisfy viewers' late-night music cravings.

    City Sonic Short Films
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

    A collection of short films about extraordinary Canadian artists -
including Geddy Lee, Divine Brown, and Serena Ryder - and their connection to
places where their musical lives were transformed. The films were directed by
some of Canada's most innovative and award-winning filmmakers. They are
interspersed throughout AUX's short-form programming blocks.

    XLR8TR
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

    This international artist profile series brings viewers trailblazing
musicians from around the world. From electro hip hoppers to art disco divas
to dance rockers, each episode features a variety of musicians making waves in
their respective genres.

    Secret Sessions @ T.A.R.A.
    AUX Original Series
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

    There's nothing artificial here when rising Canadian indie artists
including The Junction, Gravity Wave, The Most Serene Republic, and Michou
perform original tracks at The Audio Recording Academy of Toronto.

    Exclaim! TV's Garageland
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

    Host Sam Sutherland captures interviews, stupid stuff, and good jams with
assorted characters from the rock 'n' roll universe.

    R3TV
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

    This is CBC Radio 3 in colour and moving. The series features a
compilation music reports and band interviews, including one-on-ones with X3
Artist of the Month feature acts.

    Spookey Ruben's Dizzy Playground
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

    Take a wild ride through the warped world of Spookey Ruben's Dizzy
Playground where each sketch comedy segment pushes to the extremes of the
weirdness barometer. Each episodes features a different guest celebrity
including appearances by Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene and Melissa
Auf der Maur of Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins.

    The Rhyming Chef
    GlassBOX Original Series
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

    AUX/BiteTV Host Philman George (a.k.a. I.E. and The Rhyming Chef) is an
accomplished chef who fuses his passions for cooking and hip hop on this
BiteTV original production. Every edition features Phil creating a new
culinary concoction while he details the recipes through rhymes.

    Closer
    Airing as part of MixTape on AUX

AUX brings viewers Closer to their favourite bands in this artist spotlight series that profiles every X3 Artist of the Month including Thunderheist, Rural Alberta Advantage, Apostle of Hustle, Malajube, and K'naan.

For further information: Graham Machacek, Acting Manager of Communications & Media Relations, GlassBOX Television, graham.machacek@sympatico.ca, (416) 575-2899