Starbucks to Serve Up Music in Toronto?

Published: 2005-10-03
As if owning a coffee shop on what feels like every corner of every street in the entire city isn't enough (second only to Mr. Horton's of course), Starbucks is hoping to open a music store in Toronto as well.

But before it does so, it has to get through the federal government's Department of Canadian Heritage first. The government wants to make sure that the mega-corporation will have enough Canadian content and enough Canadian employees in their new store.

In 1999 Starbucks acquired Hear Music in California and has since opened a store in Santa Monica, and plans to open similar stores in Miami and San Antonio by 2006. One of the perks of the new store is being able to mix and match tunes and create your own customized CD. (Now wouldn't it be great if you could do that in the comfort of your own home?)

The planned Toronto venture won't be a Hear Music store, but that's all the information that Starbucks is giving out about it.

Starbucks has already been mixing music with java by offering a few CDs in its coffee shops. One of these CDs is Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill: Acoustic, which was initially released only to Starbucks stores. The move prompted a protest from music retail giant HMV, which pulled Morissette's stuff from its shelves.

No word on whether you can get a venti, low-fat, chai latte at the new proposed music store.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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