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Gord Downie Tribute T-Shirts: Vote On Your Favourite

Canadians from across the country are coming up with all kinds of way of honouring and celebrating the Tragically Hip as their final(?) tour is set to start on Friday in Victoria, BC. Christina and the people behind the DearGord website have come up with these fan-generated Gord Downie t-shirts with all proceeds heading towards [&hellip.. more


Music Technology Event: Lifting the Curtain on the Music Industry

I’m excited to announce my next Music Technology Event (August 16, in Toronto). This time we have joined forces with Ryerson University’s Music Den to “lift the curtain” on the music industry and shine light on the misconceptions surrounding the business of making and selling music. As usual, attending the event is free. And even though [&hellip.. more

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Random Music News for Saturday, July 23, 2016

Off to Dubai tonight on a diplomatic mission. Pray that my nickel-sized kidney stone doesn’t cause any problems on the 13 hour flight. And now, the music news. What can we learn from the Tragically Hip ticket sale fiasco? This. The city of Burlington, Ontario, will show the final Tragically Hip show  at Spencer Smith [&hellip.. more

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Note to Rush Fans: They Are NOT Donald Trump Supporters

Republicans managed to upset a large number of people this week at their national convention in Cleveland. Brian May of Queen was dismayed at Trump’s use of “We Will Rock You.” Bowie fans had a mild freak-out when the house band (led by GE Smith, the pony-tailed dude from the Saturday Night Live house band) [&hellip.. more


This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 22 July 2016

After combing through hundreds of songs over the past week, here are eleven that elicited a few goosebumps from me. Of course, your mileage may very. Love to hear your thoughts, though. And thanks to Mediazoic for the hosting. 1 Ledinsky DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack High Society EP 2 Prophets of Rage Prophets of Rage Single 3 Attica [&hellip.. more

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Kurt Cobain’s Daughter is Now an Artist. Buy Her Stuff Online.

Just like her daddy, Frances Bean Cobain has a thing for visual art. She’s now selling some of her work online for between $200 and $400 USD. Some of this material has been exhibited before under the name Fiddle Tim, but now they’re available under her own name. More at Exclaim.ca.. more

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The Next David Bowie Album Will Be the Long-Lost “The Gouster”

Even though I’d consider myself a pretty serious David Bowie fan, I had only the vaguest notion of a lost album he recorded in the midst his coke-and-alcohol phase in the middle 70s. Known as The Gouster, it was 40 minutes of soulful, funky R&B that eventually morphed into the Young Americans album. The record [&hellip.. more

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Retro 90s Music is Big Business and Getting Bigger

One more the more dependable cycles in the music are the regular booms in nostalgia that pop up with stubborn regularity. Here are some examples: Late 1950s: Trad Jazz briefly threatens to become the most popular genre in the UK. Early 1970s: 50s music sweeps North America. Late 1970s/early 80s: Pining for the 60s really [&hellip.. more

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And the Top-Grossing Tours of 2016 So Far Are…

Been to many shows so far this year? Revenue for touring is up in 2016 with these artists grossing the most so far. (All figures in USD.) Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band ($135 million) Madonna ($124 million) Beyonce ($97 million) Rolling Stones ($84 million) Coldplay ($68 million) Justin Bieber ($57 million) David Gilmour ($42 [&hellip.. more

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Turning a Dripping Sink into Music

Back in 1955, Canadian electronic music pioneer Hugh Le Caine created a “found music”  and samples piece called “Dripsody.” It sounds primitive today, but back then, it sounded like the future. Building on that tradition is this cleverly edited piece involving a kitchen sink. (Via Holy Kaw)  .. more


Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Concert Lineup Announced

The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize concert lineup has been announced. The tribute to four albums that won 2015 Heritage Prize awards will feature Peaches, Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson from Sloan, The Weather Station, Tanika Charles, Amelia Curran, Michelle McAdorey and more. All the acts will be backed by the Massey Hall Band, a [&hellip.. more


Here’s How You Can Be Involved with Making the Next Radiohead Video

Have you ever wanted to direct a music video? Now’s your chance. Radiohead has put out a call to their fans to help create their next music video. The band has been releasing weekly video vignettes for each song on A Moon Shaped Pool since the album’s release in May. According to Anti Music: “So [&hellip.. more


Champions Greenwood Could Become New Much-Needed Live Music Venue for Toronto

Toronto’s east end could be getting a 2700-person live venue, a new neighbour for the Opera House and Danforth Music Hall. Live Nation has submitted a development application to the City of Toronto outlining plans for a live event venue at the Champions Greenwood off-track betting location. According to trc.daily-beat.com: “The renovation would see interior [&hellip.. more

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Random Music News for Friday, July 22, 2016

Apparently, my right kidney contains a stone the size of a nickel. The doctor says he’s gotta go in and get it. You don’t want to know the route he’s going to take. And now, in music news… It’s been a good year for the touring industry. Revenues are up nicely in the first half [&hellip.. more

Air Miles Detour Big Break

And the Winner of the Air Miles DETOUR Contest Is…

Earlier this year, I was part of the Air Miles Detour contest which pitted five small Canadian communities against each other in a race to see which could pile up the most Air Miles points. People from across Canada choose which town–Nelson BC, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Mulmur, Ontario, Morin Heights, Quebec, and Port Hawkesbury, Nova [&hellip.. more

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Tragically Hip Announces Lottery for Last-Minute Tickets

Still without tickets to the final(?) Tragically Hip tour? There’s still a chance to score something at a reasonable price. All you need is a little luck. The band has announced a lottery that will allow winners to buy tickets to a given gig on the day of the show. Once you’re registered, you might [&hellip.. more

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