Have you ever looked closely at any of the Canadian CDs in your collection?
You may have noticed a strange marking consisting of what looks like a pie cut into quarters and one or more of the following letters: M, A, P and L. What does that mean?
That’s the official Canadian content metric for the music on that disc–and it’s known as the “MAPL (pronounced “maple”) Mark.”
- M stands for “music”
- A is for “artist”
- P is for “producer”
- L is for “lyrics”
In order for a particular song to qualify as Canadian, it must have at least two of those letters. There are strange loopholes in this system. For example, a Canadian artist could cover a song written by an American and have the whole thing produced by a Brit.
That would make the song only one part Cancon (the artist)—making this recording by a Canadian artist NOT officially Canadian. Weird, huh?