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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

Seven ways streaming technology is changing the very nature of music

I’ve been rabbiting on how as a delivery mechanism, streaming is changing the very nature of the music it’s delivering. Output.com sums everything up in seen statements. The data collected from streaming is making songs simpler and less challenging. Social media is making songs more confessional. Songs are shorter. It doesn’t pay to make long [&hellip.. more

Attention, Juggalos: You can now choose from SEVEN different Faygo beers

Faygo, the chosen beverage of Insane Clown Posse, has been restricted to a couple of different types of soda. Okay, fifty different flavours, but who’s counting? Now, though, Faygo is now a beer. Seven beers, actually, taking the concept of craft brewing to new levels of insanity. According to Food & Wine, seven brews modeled [&hellip.. more

How is Tom DeLonge’s UFO research company doing? Financially, I mean.

Tom DeLonge has been spending is post-blink-182 years working on his To the Stars Academy, an organization dedicated to uncovering the vast government coverup of unidentified aerial phenomenon. The project includes all manner of research along with publishing fiction and non-fiction books on the subject. To the Stars has some pretty heavy-hitters on its staff [&hellip.. more

Artists trade music for murals to thank the Hip

For a band known for descriptive lyrics and beautiful melodies, there seem to be a lot of murals paying tribute to the Tragically Hip. But it’s not just murals. In Kingston’s Springer Market Square, where 25,000 people gathered to watch the band’s final concert from a nearby arena, there’s a stone inscribed with the lyrics [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It was on this day in October 1970 when Pierre Trudeau enacted the War Measures Act. It was a scary time for Quebec especially and Canada in general. And in music news for October 16, 2018… Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last week: Total albums, -20.3%; digital albums, -19.3%; physical albums, -20,9%; [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 12: Broken Social Scene

[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] Broken Social Scene is an indie rock band from Toronto, a musical collective with as few as six [&hellip.. more

Using their music to celebrate the Hip

While it didn’t necessarily start when news of Gord Downie’s illness was announced, covers of  the Tragically Hip’s music certainly have flourished since then. And why not? These are wonderfully written songs, complete with skilled storytelling and great compositions that feel like stepping into the lives of fully formed characters just waiting to step up [&hellip.. more

10 years ago today, Frankie Venom of Teenage Head breathed his last

In their day, Teenage Head was a force of nature. As one of the biggest Canadian bands to emerge of out of the post-punk/New Wave stew of the middle and late 70s, they were poised for international greatness until bad timing resulting from a car crash derailed their chances. But the band soldiered on, becoming [&hellip.. more

Pressing my own vinyl record with Viryl Technologies

The vinyl resurrection, now in its 11th year, remains so strong that new companies are being created to feed the demand. Viryl Technologies of Toronto, which has been online for a couple of years now, is not only in the business of pressing records, but they’re also manufacturing new pressing equipment. While most record pressing plants [&hellip.. more

Photos from Phil Collins’ “Not Dead Yet” performance in Toronto

[Andrei Chlytchkov was one against dispatched into the photo pit. His assignment? Bring back some photos of Phil Collins in concert at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on October 11. Text provided by L. Benny Sanders and Mayerling Rivera. – AC] Something was in the air tonight (sorry) at The Scotiabank Arena. It was clear that [&hellip.. more

Spotify just turned 10. Its impact on music has been huge, both good and bad.

[This was my weekly music column for GlobalNews.ca. -AC] Oct.7, 2008, wasn’t the greatest time to release a disruptive new product. With a worldwide financial crisis getting worse by the day, a Swedish start-up called Spotify AB unveiled a new online platform that allowed instant access to a vast library of songs to subscribers in [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Monday, October 15, 2018

WARNING: There may be Kanye music news ahead. It’s just so hard to avoid him for October 15, 2018. Prince’s estate to Donald Trump: “Cut it out.“ Another Bowie box set? Yes. This one focuses on the 80s. Michael Buble says his son’s cancer scare has prompted him to quit music. Or is this retirement [&hellip.. more

What are the world’s most popular music genres?

The IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industries) recently took a survey of 19,000 consumers around the planet to see what sorts of music were the most popular. At the top of the list was pop, which was cited as a number one preference by 64% of respondents. Rock was a reasonably close second. And although [&hellip.. more


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