CFMA Broadcast Reaches Thousands
Roots Music Canada’s CFMA weekend webcast December 3rd and 4th was viewed by over 2,000 music lovers. While we were hoping for more (of course), sharing the best of Canada’s folk music scene with the equivalent of a packed Massey Hall in Toronto is pretty awesome.
International viewers, led by the USA, accounted for over 25% of all viewers, including a surprisingly strong showing from South America and Europe. In Canada, Ontario led the views with 30%, followed by Quebec with 12%.
Doing the job well is also very satisfying, and we received lots of feedback complimenting our team. Technically, the biggest differences between this year’s broadcasts and last years first CFMA broadcast from Winnipeg were sound quality and stream quality. We invested some of our generous sponsors’ money in broadcast-sound technicians Jason LaPrade and Marty Smyth, and both gentlemen remixed the stage feed remarkably well. Meanwhile, Bell Aliant delivered a terrific video-feed to computers in homes around the world, without any dropouts or significant delays.
As the producer of this event, I reserve my heartiest compliment for “diRICKtor”, Rick Scicluna. His calling of camera shots and simultaneous live switching was incredible to observe. Cameramen Kate Adach, Rob Howard and Brian Crosby, whether standing on chairs, squatting in closets or skilfully shooting choirs, delivered great results. Shawna Caspi and Meghan Sheffield kept our viewers updated on news from the control room, and David Newland was— not surprisingly — a classy show host.
Looking ahead to next year in Saint John, New Brunswick, we hope to do this all again, this time in HD, with two additional cameras, and upgraded chat features.
Thanks to all of you for watching, and special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors for making this entrepreneurial venture a win. And a final thanks to Kirsten Jones, an angel who just happened to fall out of orbit and land in our office. Kirsten skilfully managed to raise enough money to make it all happen, and none of this would have happened without her.
Below are some photos taken by Shawna Caspi and me over the weekend. Enjoy!