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Friday timesuck: How music tastes evolved

If you’re looking to kill some time before the weekend starts, you might want to have a look at this visual examination of how music tastes have evolved over the last 60-something years. The Pudding, which digs into all sorts of data analysis involving top five singles on the Billboard charts “so we can stop [&hellip.. more

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 831: It’s a family affair

Music is one of those things that can bring families together. Sometimes, that togetherness grows into a business. The Bee Gees had the three Gibb brothers. Baby brother Andy was also part of that universe for a while. The original Beach Boys included Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson along with their cousin, Mike Love. Murray [&hellip.. more

And now, some good news about Ticketmaster. No, seriously.

Ticketmaster has been in the news a lot this year, mostly for the wrong reasons. But when the company does something good, it’s only fair that we pay attention to that, too. This is a bit complicated but stay with me. Ticketmaster has bought a company called Upgraded which touts blockchain technology. It “converts traditional [&hellip.. more

Another look at how technological development has changed the music industry

[A guest post by Lucas Cappel – AC] The music industry has experienced profound effects from technological development resulting in the rapid growth of the industry. These advancements in music technology took a short duration to revolutionize the entire industry. Technological development, generally, is the change in the way of doing things, from a simple [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Friday, October 19, 2018

Still no societal collapse in Canada following the legalization of weed. You know, if we do this right, we can become a world leader in so many ways. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, here’s music news for Friday, October 19, 2018. Britney Spears has signed up for a new series of shows in Las Vegas. She’ll get [&hellip.. more

Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera Is Coming to Toronto

This November, Toronto opera and rock fans alike can enjoy Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera. Based on the lyrics and music of Roger Waters’ The Wall, this operatic version was composed by Julien Bilodeau with the concept and stage direction by Dominic Champagne. As a timeless work, an operatic adaptation seemed an ideal [&hellip.. more

There’s even MORE trouble for Ticketmaster and their alleged cozy relationship with ticket resellers, brokers, and scalpers. Now band managers want answers.

More bad PR for Ticketmaster over how the company deals with bulk sales of tickets to resellers, brokers, and scalpers. Back in September, a joint CBC/Toronto Star investigation broke the story of TradeDesk, an arm of Ticketmaster that facilitates the selling of tickets on the secondary market. The issue has become a PR nightmare for Ticketmaster and [&hellip.. more

#HatsforHope: Raise awareness for brain tumours with a tuque and a smile

Do you have a favourite tuque? Keep it handy on Oct. 24 and prepare to smile. It’s the first #HatsforHope campaign with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, but it’s part of an longer effort to bring awareness to brain tumours, both malignant and benign. “We estimate 27 Canadians a day hear they’ve got a [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox: Shaed, Dahlia Sleeps, Vöx, and more!

Artist: Shaed Song: Melt Ep: Melt Melt is a rhythmic alt-electro track with strikingly powerful vocals and a plot twist ending that will take your breath away with its gorgeous simplicity. Listen: Artist: Dahlia Sleeps Song: Settle Down EP: Love, Lost Sensitive, bold alt-synth track with heartfelt vocals and good dynamics. This is music that [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, October 18, 2018

Weed’s been legal in Canada for 24 hours. Society didn’t collapse. I think we’ll be okay. Here’s music news for October 18, 2018. Now that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have broken up, what’s going to happen to their pet pig, Piggy Smallz? Just like his friend Donald Trump, Kanye is making friends with brutal [&hellip.. more

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 204: Courage (for Gord Downie)

Michael insists this is our 200th episode, but as you can see from the above headline he can’t count. However you want to number this podcast, it arrives on the one year anniversary of the death of Gord Downie. Hip historian and author Michael Barclay joined us mid-book tour to talk about the last year [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 13: The Tragically Hip

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC] The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, is a rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting [&hellip.. more

Going green and Gord: medical marijuana, brain cancer and the Hip

The Tragically Hip announced their partnership with Newstrike, a Brantford-based marijuana producer, in May 2017. It’s a partnership that makes sense for the band: brain cancer patients, like Gord Downie, are very interested in the seemingly bright potential of pot to help not only ease the side effects of cancer treatment but might hold some [&hellip.. more

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