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Brian Fauteux, BA (University of Western Ontario), MA in Media Studies (Concordia), PhD in Communication (Concordia), Postdoc in Media & Cultural Studies (University of Wisconsin)

Assistant Professor



About Me

Brian Fauteux is Assistant Professor of Popular Music and Media Studies. He holds a PhD in Communication from Concordia (Montreal) and has completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently researching satellite radio, independent music, and the constitution of culture through private and mobile listening practices. His recent book, Music in Range: The Culture of Canadian Campus Radio (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015), explores the history of Canadian campus radio, highlighting the factors that have shaped its close relationship with local music and culture. The book traces how campus radio practitioners have expanded stations from campus borders to surrounding musical and cultural communities by acquiring FM licenses and establishing community-based mandates.

Representative Works:

Fauteux, Brian. Music in Range: The Culture of Canadian Campus Radio. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015

Fauteux, Brian. "The Radio Host and Piloted Listening in the Digital Age: CBC Radio 3 and Its Online Listening Community." Journal of Canadian Studies 51.2 (2017): 338 - 361.

Fauteux, Brian. “'Songs You Need to Hear': Public Radio Partnerships and the Mobility of National Music.” Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 15.1 (2017): 47 - 63.

Fauteux, Brian. “Satellite Footprint to Cultural Lifelines: Sirius XM and the Circulation of Canadian Content.” International Journal of Cultural Policy 22.3 (2016): 313 - 330.

Fauteux, Brian. "Blogging Satellite Radio: Podcasting Aesthetics and Sirius XMU's Blog Radio." Journal of Radio & Audio Media 22.2 (2015): 200 - 208. [open access]

Fauteux, Brian. “Reflections of the Cosmopolitan City: Mapping Arcade Fire’s Reflektor and its Intermedia Promotional Campaign.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 21.7 (2015): 48 - 68.

Fauteux, Brian. “Beyond Campus Borders: Canadian Campus Radio and Community Representation on the FM Dial.” The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media 11.2 (2013): 137 - 153.

Fauteux, Brian, Dahlman, Ian, and deWaard, Andrew. “The Cultural Capital Project: Radical Monetization of the Music Industry.” IASPM@Journal 3.1 (2012): 35 - 47. [open access]

Fauteux, Brian. “‘New Noise’ versus the Old Sound: Manifestos and The Shape of Punk to Come. Popular Music and Society 35.4 (2012): 465 - 482.


Research Areas:

Popular Music Studies
Media Studies
Cultural Studies
Radio Studies
Music/Media Industries
Music Scenes
Sound Studies
Cultural Policy
Community and Independent Media


Interested in supervising a range of projects within the larger fields of Popular Music Studies and Media Studies, particularly in the areas of: Popular music and radio, music industries, music scenes, independent and/or local music, popular music and Canada 

Current and Recent Research Projects:

Satellite Sounds and the Transnational Circulation of Music:
Combining cultural history, sound studies and critical policy studies, this project investigates the development of satellite radio broadcasting in North America and explores the ways in which satellite radio broadcasting organizes programming. This research is currently exploring spatial transformations in policy-making and business strategies in the satellite radio industry. Specifically, how has satellite radio moved from emphasizing its spatial advantages over terrestrial broadcasting to being in competition with mobile and digital listening devices and practices? A second key component of this project involves hearing the ways in which satellite radio continues a tradition of radio transmitting cultural and musical centers to private spaces.

The Cultural Capital Project: Digital Stewardship and Sustainable Monetization for Canadian Independent Musicians:
This collaborative research project explores the historical antecedents, theoretical trajectories, legal ramifications and technical components involved in the creation of a non-profit patronage system and social network uniting musical artists and fans. Incorporating the multitude of individuals who propel the cultural industries with their creative labour, including fans, photographers, artists, labels and others, the Cultural Capital project aims to establish a ‘radical monetization’ of the music industry based on equity, connectivity and sharing. Integrating the ideas of Bourdieu, Attali, Lessig and more, this research will explore new avenues of development for the digital cultural industries and assess potential opportunities for innovative cultural labourers to facilitate this transformation. In March 2012, the project was awarded an Art+Exchange Planning Grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

Canadian Campus Radio and the Shaping of Sounds and Scenes:
This project focuses on Canadian campus radio broadcasting and local music-making. Following extensive analysis of policy and archival documents, as well as interviews with radio station staff members, volunteers and local musicians, I argue that a campus radio station does not simply respond to federal broadcasting regulation by ensuring programming differs from that available on commercial and public radio – although policy is critical in ensuring the operations and sustainability of the sector. Rather, stations are inherently connected to the individuals and various cultural institutions within their broadcast range, and these connections largely determine a station’s programming and operations. Moreover, campus radio stations are significant institutions that have resources and technology such as record collections and recording equipment that helps to educate and train cultural producers – whether radio hosts, musicians, DJs, singers, writers or producers. I also argue that campus radio practitioners, staff members and volunteers play an integral part in policy debates surrounding the sector, and have been central in the sector’s development.


Fall 2019:

Music 484/584: Studies in Music and Society: Music Scenes and Creative Cities

Music 103: Introduction to Popular Music

Winter 2019:

Music 203: Issues in Popular Music Studies

Music 670: Proseminar in Popular Music and Media Studies (open to all graduate students with an interest in the topic)