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Mark Steinmetz, Canada's Music Man At the CBC, Is Moving On

After 30 years at the CBC (15 in his current position), Mark Steinmetz has announced he is leaving the pubcaster at the end of May.

Mark Steinmetz, Canada's Music Man At the CBC, Is Moving On

By David Farrell

After 30 years at the CBC (15 in his current position), Mark Steinmetz has announced he is leaving the pubcaster at the end of May.


A former live music producer and professional musician, Steinmetz has been the flag bearer for Canadian music initiatives at the corp where he is Sr. Director of Music, overseeing content on Radios One, 2, and 3–and leading the transformation of its online streaming platform that started out as a haven for alt niched music and matured to include 180+ free digital channels.

He is also the driver in returning the Junos home to the public broadcaster and was behind one of CBC's most popular and critically acclaimed programs ever, The Tragically Hip - A National Celebration.  

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Other successful initiatives he has helped initiate include The Canadian Music Class Challenge, Searchlight, and the annual CBC Music Festival.

As to his future plans, he promises to tell all in good time.

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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