Music Programmers

 

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Stingray Music's programmers are all experts in their field. With expertise and passion, they have created an amazing musical universe. Delve into this world of sound where there are no commercials to mar your experience. Here is just a few of our Stingray music experts:
 

 

 

 

Henry van den Hoogen

Henry Van Den Hoogen has been surrounded by music all his life. His father made him listen to everything from country-legend Hank Snow to marches by Johann Strauss (and everything in between). Henry says “…there were radios in every room of the house”. He spent countless hours doing homework with headphones on. He mentions: “My mother still can’t believe I make a living from listening to music!”

He had the good fortune of starting his career as Assistant Music Director at 680 CFTR in Toronto (then a Top 40 powerhouse and now one of the most popular radio stations in Canada). From there, he went on to be Music Director at MIX 96 and later, when seeking new musical perspectives, he joined Sony Music Canada as Promotions Representative for Montreal and Ottawa.

The opportunity to program Hit List, a music channel, without restrictions, announcers or commercials, is a dream come true.
 

Favourite bands
There are too many to name.

Pierre-Jean Lavigne



Favourite bands
Chico, Buarque, Sahib Shihab, Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, Lenny Breau.

Pierre-Jean Lavigne

Pierre-Jean Lavigne has been a DJ and host various radio shows and podcasts since 1999. His involvement in the music scene has not only enabled him to play at numerous festivals, but also open for many of his favorite acts.

Thanks to his expertise in writing and broadcasting, he has been selected as a member of the jury for many festivals (Montreal Jazz Fest, Mundial, etc.) and has collaborated on music publications.

He has always believed that music’s capacity to surprise and touch on many emotional levels is one of the best ways of bringing people together. For that reason, a musician’s sincerity is one of the qualities he looks for in new music.

Charles Boyer
 

Favourite bands
Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Charles Aznavour, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Robert Charlebois and Vincent Vallières

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Charles Boyer

Charles Boyer’s passion for rock 'n' roll was passed down from his father, a huge Elvis fan! His love of music led him to numerous positions in radio, including coordinator of a student-run college station and host of a community station. As a trained computer sound engineer, he then worked on various commercial soundtracks.

After winning the Coup de cœur Award at Granby’s International song festival with his group Chapeaumelon, he toured various clubs and festivals throughout Quebec. In 2003, his first album was named one of the top ten albums of the year by Montreal newspaper Le Devoir. Although he is always at home on stage, he has not left behind his love for studio recording. His material and songs have been used on various American TV shows and movies. His musical adventure now continues with the creation of quality musical content for Stingray Music channels.

His father’s enthusiasm for rock ‘n’ roll had an enormous influence on Charles; the love of music transcends time and generations!
 

Éric Beaule

Éric Beaule grew up with the sounds of 60’s & 70’s music. He would listen to records or to the radio while doing everything, even his homework.

His musical knowledge and interests led him to hosting a radio show for a few semesters while in college. This same passion drove him to learn bass and guitar by playing along to records. He ended up becoming a full-time musician!

For over 15 years, Éric was fortunate enough to make a living as a touring musician with signed bands and recording artists. He performed all across Canada, the US and Brazil. During those years, Éric was exposed to a variety of styles of music and learned many of them to meet the demands of being a touring musician.

Although 70’s rock will always be his first love, R&B and funk music of the 60’s and 70’s hold a special place in his heart. His CD and box-set collection has grown along with his interest and knowledge of these genres.
 

Favourite bands
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Boston, Bad Company, Eagles, ELO, Steely Dan, Van Halen, 60’s & 70’s Motown & Stax Records’ Artists

Zachary Monson

Zachary Monson’s whole life has been made of music: from his humble beginnings as a solo acoustic guitarist, to his ever-growing passion for electronic dance music that crumbles club floors. He grew up playing violin, guitar and piano in a household filled with the music of Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac and Boz Scaggs.

Zac has a degree in Sound Engineering and owns a recording studio in Montreal where he writes music for television, film and commercial projects.

Zac is always looking for new artists and music styles to broaden his horizons.
 

Favourite bands
Rudimental, Kidnap Kid, Adventure Club, Richard Beynon, Bobby Tank, Disclosure, Bondax, Deadmau5, Paul Simon and Tchami.

 

Rosa Marina Nunez

Rosa Marina Nuñez

Rosa Marina Núñez ‘s childhood, filled with songs and instruments, fueled a lifelong passion for music. Her mother sang Christian music, something her uncle continues to do to this day. For Rosa, music is as life-sustaining as air, water and family.

A native of El Salvador, Rosa draws from her rich cultural heritage and Latin roots to support, through the promotion of their music, the depth, beauty and diversity of Latin-American cultures.

For over 12 years, she held the position of Manager of TouchTunes’ Latin music and world music department. There, thanks to her vast knowledge of the genre, she developed an impressive catalogue of Latin music. Rosa was responsible for content acquisition, production, licences and programming.

To this day, she maintains warm relationships with record labels, publishers, associations and artist managers. Her dream of programming channels for Latin America has now become a reality!