Unless you are tone deaf, you probably enjoy listening to music. I love to listen to music; it is one of my favourite pastimes. I have a large CD collection as well as a large amount of mp3s on my laptop (which I regularly backup to my external drive). I even have some vinyl LPs and cassettes that I have saved from my youth.
I have always listened to music; the first album I ever bought was Elton John’s “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player”. Now, besides classic rock, I enjoy Jazz, Classical, Blues and even ‘Ambient’ music.
One of things I miss about living in a big city is FM radio. Where I live is in a radio no-man’s land, unfortunately. So I rely more on my personal music collection than I did previous to my move east. However, I do have high-speed cable internet, so I can get all those Toronto stations I listened to on my home stereo on the Internet now.
I thought I would list some of the ones I listen to and you can add your favourites in a comment here.
- Jazz.FM Jazz FM91.1 is Canada’s Premier Jazz Station, listener supported. You can listen to the current programming live, or they have two streaming channels, The Grooveyard and High Standards.
- Classical 96.3FM They play what I consider ‘light’ classical music, but their programming is varied somewhat. They have a live feed as well as On Demand content
- CBC Radio 2 A real mix of music can be found here on Canada’s national broadcaster. You can listen live to current programming, or click on Music Channels and select streaming content from Classical, Jazz, Canadian Songwriters and Canadian Composers. Lots of Concerts on Demand to choose from as well.
- JazzRadio.com is my most recent favourite online music source. You are welcome to listen for free, but for $4.95 per month (or a yearly rate of $45.00), you get full access to all 23 jazz stations, CD quality sound, no commercials and you can listen in your choice of players. Try a 30 day free trial and see what you think.
Those are my top four that I mainly listen to on-line. Can’t go a day without music!