Canadian News Jun 21, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Only music from Quebec to be played in Quebec government buildings from now on

Quebec Minister of Culture Nathalie Roy announced on Sunday at a press conference that from now on, all government buildings will have to play all music by QC-native artists 100 percent of the time.

Only music from Quebec to be played in Quebec government buildings from now on
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Quebec Minister of Culture Nathalie Roy announced on Sunday at a press conference that from now on, all government buildings will have to play all music by QC-native artists 100 percent of the time.

"We are proud of our artists' music. Therefore, I am announcing that our government will require the ministers and companies of the state to spread this music and these songs in their buildings," says the above caption, translated from the original French.

"Also, we will be investing $1.1M into ADISQ's 'Listen to my Album' project."

(ADISQ stands for Association Quebecoise de l'Industrie du Disque, or The Quebec Association of the Recording Industry)

This comes on the heels of federal legislation which will tighten up QC's language laws even further.

"I was personally on hold on the phone line at the Ministry of Culture and was shocked to hear an American singer singing a little song in English," commented Roy, saying that that made her notice that there was "no practice that encouraged the sharing of Quebec music in the State"

According to CTV News Montreal, the measure will also apply to buildings and physical areas controlled by crown corporations, such as the branches of the SAQ, Quebec's state-run chain of liquor stores.

Solange Drouin the president of ADISQ, was also present at the press conference and stated:

"The goal of the project is to introduce the general public to dozens of Quebec albums that were released during the pandemic and that are about to come to life on stage."

She continued, "Allow me to hope that this is just the beginning and that other people in the private sector will follow suit. Our music is beautiful, let's hear it."

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