MuchMusic launches The Wedge, Rapcity, #Trending and New.Music.Live

From a media release:

MuchMusic Launches New Original Music Programming

  • THE WEDGE returns, hosted by F**ked Up’s Damian Abraham
  • RAPCITY returns, hosted by by1 Love T.O.’s Tyrone Edwards
  • Find out what is hot and talked about on new series #TRENDING
  • New daily flagship show NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. brings fans everything new in music live Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET/PT

If it’s happening in music in Canada, it’s happening on MuchMusic. Much plugs viewers in to new music across multiple genres as it unveils a slew of fresh and cutting edge music programming in January. The legendary series known for showcasing trendsetting indie music, THE WEDGE, returns Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT in an all-new primetime format hosted by the always-engaging, constantly-outspoken, musical almanac Damian Abraham, frontman of Polaris Prize-winning band F**ked Up. The iconic RAPCITY returns Thursday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT in a revamped format, bringing viewers into the community of hip-hop and R&B music. Fans get a dose of the music, fashion and videos that everyone is talking about on #TRENDING, Much’s new viewer-driven series that delves into of-the-moment trends, premiering Friday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET/PT.

MuchMusic’s new original programming is anchored by flagship show NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. which brings viewers the newest in music, bands and videos, as well as interviews with and performances by the Canadian and international artists everyone needs to know and hear about. Broadcast live in front of a studio audience Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET/PT from Much’s newly renovated HD studio on Canada’s most famous music corner, Queen Street West and John Street in downtown Toronto, NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. deals in new music all week long. The week wraps up with two-hours of non-stop music videos, on a newly extended version of THE MUCHMUSIC COUNTDOWN, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.

MuchMusic’s New Programming:

Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET/PT (60 min.)
MuchMusic’s new flagship show, broadcast live from Much’s newly renovated studio, delivers the latest in music and entertainment, the hottest new music videos and live performances and interviews with Canadian and international artists and celebrities. Hosted by Lauren Toyota, Bonn Smith and Phoebe Dykstra, NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. brings viewers non-stop music, entertainment, and pop-culture news. While fans in the live studio audience rub elbows with their favourite stars, fans at home can interact via text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail. And that’s not all – viewers from across Canada appear on the show daily, introducing their favourite new videos. It all happens every weekday on MuchMusic.

Premieres Thursday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (60 min.)
Revamped in a live one-time-only format, the new one-hour RAPCITY returns. Hosted by1 Love T.O.’s Tyrone Edwards (a.k.a T-RexXx) RAPCITY features the hip-hop community in music videos, performances, interviews, and rare, classic moments from Much’s bottomless vault. The show represents the life of a genre under constant evolution and redefinition. RAPCITY kicks-off with a one-on-one interview with Drake in the hip-hop phenom’s studio, where the Canadian superstar talks about his music, getting his start on CTV and his upcoming JUNO AWARDS hosting duties.

Premieres Friday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET/PT (30 min.)
Top music videos, top fashion fixes, top beauty tips – it’s what’s #TRENDING right now. From the most current ‘Guru’ videos on personal style, shopping, and beauty tutorials to the most tweeted and searched music videos, this show focuses on what’s trending every week. MuchMusic combs the web for the latest online videos, delivering viewers of-the-moment trends, while also providing fans with originally produced segments from behind the scenes of a new music video, to designer profiles, and Canadian street style.

Premieres Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (60 min.)
Hosted by Damian Abraham from Polaris Prize-winning hardcore punk band F**ked Up, THE WEDGE highlights the most cutting-edge indie rock videos, presented and discussed in a live forum by a community of opinionated musicians. With live performances and edited interview segments, the show caters to a crowd that lives for forward-thinking music, and the culture and ideas that surround it.

THE MUCHMUSIC COUNTDOWNThursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT (120 min.)
The new two-hour MuchMusic countdown ranks the hottest 30 videos in the country.