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New report on concert ticket resellers is a PR nightmare for Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster facilitates sales of massive amounts of tickets to secondary sellers? Apparently. A new investigation by the CBC and the Toronto Star is going to be a PR nightmare. There’s a division of the company called Trade Desk not only helps resellers/scalpers circumvent the usual 6-8 ticket purchase limit placed on the general public, but [&hellip.. more

Vote now for the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize

Now that the regular Polaris Music Prize is out of the way for another, the next order of business is to induct some albums into the Polaris pantheon that came out before the award was founded. The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize takes a look at Canadian records from several eras: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-2005. [&hellip.. more

Today is the second annual International Day of U2

It’s generally acknowledged that the boys who would become U2 first met in the kitchen of Larry Mullen Jr’s house on September 25, 1976. Last year–one year beyond the band’s 40th anniversary–a group of fans decided to declare September 25 “The International Day of U2. What does one do to mark the occasion? According to [&hellip.. more

Zoe Kravitz cast to star in Disneys’ TV adaptation of High Fidelity

You may already have heard that Disney is going to adapt Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity for a TV show that will run on The Mouse’s new streaming service. Anyone who’s read the book or seen the movie version with John Cusack and Jack Black knows that they should be regarded as a documentary for anyone [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Back in the home office for a few days, long enough for the dogs to recognize me again. Here’s what’s going on with music news for September 25, 2018. And there’s LOTS to talk about. Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -19.3%; digital albums, -19.8%; physical albums, -19.0%; [&hellip.. more

More on Ticketmaster’s latest PR nightmare: Some analysis from me.

[This is my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. It’s published every Sunday. -AC] A couple of years ago, Ticketmaster embarked on a makeover. The company, long regarded as a faceless inhuman monolith with a death grip on the sales of concert tickets along with a large percentage of tickets to sporting events and theatre productions, decided it needed [&hellip.. more

A major Glenn Gould exhibit is now on in Toronto

The Reality of Music, a new exhibit of the prescience of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, arrived in Toronto on September 20, culminating with a special evening September 25, the day of Gould’s birth. I’m involved with this one (see my write-up here). And there’s now a trailer for the event.. more

Did Bowie Know Something About Spiders From Mars Before NASA?

The latest round of good fun on the interwebs comes courtesy of NASA with a shout out to David Bowie! It turns out the ‘Spiders from Mars’ are not only the name of David Bowie’s band in the well-known concept album from 1972, but are real-life geological features etched across the surface of the red [&hellip.. more

Former Misfits Singer Appearance Cancelled After Social Media Review

It’s not every day a performer gets tossed from the bill at a music festival. Especially when it relates to their social media posts. A performance by former Misfits lead singer Michale Graves has been cancelled by the Up + Downtown Music Festival in Edmonton over views he expressed on social media. The festival announced [&hellip.. more

How much longer will airlines provide in-flight music?

I used to have a gig supplying music programs to Air Canada. Every month or two, I’d provide several hours of programming, complete with commentary which would then be loaded into the airline’s infotainment system. But then XM Satellite Radio struck a deal to provide music-only programs (i.e. no hosts, just straight music flow), so [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox for September 24, 2018: Shiragirl, AVEC, Stonefield, & More!

Artist: Shiragirl Song: “Get Em Hot” Album: Single From their newly released EP Brooklyn Goes Hollywood, Shiragirl shows off punk rock with a 80s dance-pop twist. The official video is a fun punk-meets-80s jazzercise mashup. Watch: Artist: AVEC Song: “Under Water” Album: Single This Austrian singer-songwriter is gaining popularity online and has played at various [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Monday, September 24, 2018

Winging home from Las Vegas today, so an entire day is lost to travel. But before I boarded my Air Canada Rough (yes, that’s how I spell it) flight–a flight with zero WiFi–I did manage to find some music news for September 24, 2018. Ticketmaster is now facing a class action suit over the whole they-help-scalpers [&hellip.. more

Arcade Fire Performs Funeral Album In Full

Well, that’s quite a way to open your set at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre! Arcade Fire performed Funeral in full for the first time last night, opening their set at L.A.’s Greek Theatre. They’re rumored to be doing the same at Greek Theatre shows tonight and tomorrow in Berkeley, California, according to Arcade Fire Tube. [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, Chapter 6: The Veer Union

[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 Veer Union is an alternative hard rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. The band was formed in [&hellip.. more

The Glenn Gould Hologram Tour. Yes, You Read That Right!

Glenn Gould was an innovator. His creativity knew no bounds and his life and music continue to influence to this day. These hologram tours are going to be more frequent in the years ahead. It’s appropriate he should be on the leading edge. Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion and Primary Wave Music Publishing [&hellip.. more

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