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Music Matters: Music Technology (free) Event at the Phoenix in Toronto

Attention all Music Geeks and Tech Freaks! We are excited to announce our next Music Tech MeetUp event, happening at the legendary Phoenix Concert Theatre on November 21, 2018. This time, I’ll be moderating a panel on the role of technology in education and well-being.  The networking and panel discussion will be followed by a [&hellip.. more

Friday Weirdness 1: Taylor Swift travels IN a suitcase

There was once a story about Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and how he made it past fans to the stage at certain gigs. He’d exit the tour bus, climb into a wheeled container (A roadcase? Some kind of wheelie bin?)  and then be pushed undetected by roadies to wherever he needed to be. That’s nothing. Taylor [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Friday, November 16, 2018

It was on this day in 1990 when Milli Vanilli was stripped of their Grammys in the biggest musical fraud case of its day. In current music news for November 16, 2018… Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal was supposed to travel to Paris to commemorate the third anniversary of the Bataclan attack but [&hellip.. more

Get to know Once a Tree, others in new JUNO TV series

Are you familiar with the Toronto-based duo Once a Tree? You’re about to be. The husband-wife electro-R&B band is the focus of the first episode of Rising, a new show from JUNO TV that features bands explaining their relationships with music, their songwriting process and their releases. Each episode features a different band or musician [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 21: The Headstones

[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 Headstones are a punk-influenced alt-rock band formed in 1987 in Kingston, Ontario, and remained continuously active until [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, November 15, 2018

I’m still at a health resort in Thailand. One of the new services offered is past life regression. I’m thinking about it. Meanwhile, here’s some music news for Thursday, November 15, 2018. The lead in the new A Star is Born almost went to…Jack White? That would have worked, no? Jennifer Lopez got $2 million for [&hellip.. more

Geeks and Beats Podcast, episode 208: THE WEED SHOW (Don’t Fear the Reefer!)

Ganja gadgets for beginners. Alan and Michael visit Canada’s biggest cannabis culture shop, The Friendly Stranger on Queen Street West in Toronto. Owner Robin Ellins reveals his plans for as many as 50 new stores, the surprising demographic entering his shop post-legalization, and the best gadgets for someone who doesn’t want to roll a joint. [&hellip.. more

U2 fans are panicked the the band may be calling it a career

U2 finished up their 2018 touring commitments with a gig in Berlin on Tuesday night (November 13), making good on a show that had to be canceled earlier in the fall when Bono lost his voice a few songs into the performance. The show ended with this statement from Bono: Bono: “we’ve been on the [&hellip.. more

Gift idea: A musical history map of London

Any music fan who’s ever traveled to the capital of the UK has some interest in some famous musical landmarks. While you could take a formal tour (and there are a bunch on offer), you might want to consider this new musical map. A company called Dex spent a year drawing this map, painstakingly locating [&hellip.. more

Carrie Underwood has a new songwriting partner: a computer program

When Carrie Underwood takes the stage at the Country Music Association Awards Wednesday and belts out her new song, the audience will likely jump to their feet and applaud wildly her latest hit. The thing is, she had nothing to do with it. The country music world, that of songwriting teams and tales of broken [&hellip.. more

Chris Cornell Tribute Announced

I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near Los Angeles these days, even if Dave Grohl has started his own BBQ company called Backbeat that generously fed hungry firefighters battling the California blazes that have already claimed the houses of Neil Young and Miley Cyrus. Hopefully things will have smouldered out by January 16th, 2019 so [&hellip.. more

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