Halifax

Waye Mason Turns 40! A Fundraiser for the Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank

Waye Mason Turns 40! A Fundraiser for the Parker Street Food & Furniture BankFeaturing seven short sets in a relentless deluge of some of the best music Halifax has to offer:Three Sheet 1:30 We’re Doomed 1:00 The Extremities 12:30 Alright Already 12:00 Old Blood 11:30 This Ship 11:00 Sacrificing Sound 10:30I’m turning 40, and I couldn’t be happier. My friends in these bands have agreed to play this show to celebrate my birthday, and to – read more –

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What Should Happen Now?

Well, tomorrow council is meeting, behind closed doors, to discuss what the heck they are going to do now with the concert scandal report. What should happen is a process that is clean and transparent, free of concerns of impropriety and manipulation. The first thing council needs to do is move back into the public eye.  Not after a lengthy debate, and regardless of what the over cautious lawyers in HRM’s employ might say.  Peter – read more –

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On Ticketing, Loans, and Economic Impact

Well, looks like a federal election is going to swamp the media for the next 45 days.  This means that the Halifax concert scandal will slide off the front page for the next while.  Before I go back to blogging about things I want to see in Halifax, as opposed to what I DO NOT want to see, I want to wrap up with a resource piece about how concerts work from a money perspective. – read more –

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More on the Paul McCartney scandal.

I just posted this follow up on a local message board. Again this is not mainstream vs indie, or Beatles vs Arcade Fire, or whatever. The issue is this: Lets say I accept the Economic Impact argument. Lets say I accept that Paul Macca brought $8 million to Halifax. I have a document using generally accepted practices that says that HPX bring $2 million to Halifax. Using that logic, saying yes, this is the investment – read more –

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Chronicle Herald | Hearing the Music in Opposite Land

Note: This article was published in the Thursday, April 15th 2010 issue of the Chronicle Herald on the Op/Ed page. Here we go again. Pundits, operators, bureaucrats and politicians across opposite land will mobilize to support or deride the newly revealed government handout for the Paul McCartney concert. Welcome to just another day in opposite land. In 2006, the Rolling Stones came to Halifax, and just before the show the media uncovered the Province’s handout – read more –

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High dudgeon in the arts and culture world!

Apparently some people were still talking about a $1.1 million cut to the Culture Division by the NDP government. While I was one of those people, I quickly called around and got the straight goods – most of the cut is through one time programs being over, or funding responsibility being moved to other divisions. So luckily I was able to talk about that on the CBC on budget day. However, I got a great – read more –

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Last Day at HPX

Today is my last day as Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion. Sometimes when you are really close to something you don’t see it the way the rest of the world does, and you cannot see how you are seen to be related to it. I have been gratified by the interest from the media around my departure, but you would be surprised how many people have said something like “You’ve been there since – read more –

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Google fail, & RIAA once again misses the point.

There is a furor, yes, a raging furor, on the internet right now over Blogger’s deletion of some music/mp3 blogs from their service. For those of you who don’t know, an mp3 blog posts a review of an album AND a song or two as mp3. Usually, the reputable blogs have permission, which marketing people are more than willing to give, because many of these blogs get hundreds of thousands of unique views.  And the – read more –

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RIP Kate McGarrigle

Kate and Anna played HPX in 2005 or 06. It was the day after the CBC strike had ended, and it was really hard to get the word out to the Kate and Anna audience without CBC. I had been told by other, older promoters that Kate and Anna were really hard to work with, with one memorable show in particular where they were they refused to go on stage at the Cohn for hours – read more –

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Thoughts on a lazy Sunday afternoon

My friends Craig and Liz are in Brazil for three weeks. He is blogging the thing, and he calls the place, Florinopolis, “laid back”. This got me thinking about the RiP A Remix Manifesto movie that we watched in class and played at HPX this year.  You get the feeling that people around the world are just laid back about stuff, like following copyright laws, or stopping mashups, or creating a western based IP ownership – read more –

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My views on ECMA

Over the last 24 hours, between posts on a local message board, some emails that have resulted from that, and Scott Long’s interviews on CBC Mainstreet Sydney and Halifax, friends and colleagues in the music industry have exchanged a lot of words about the ECMA. While I am a Board member of Music NS these views are mine alone.  I feel comfortable sharing these views because I think this is a dialog that needs to – read more –

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The Music Is So Damn Beautiful

I gave this speech at the Lockeport Fire Hall this past summer, on Saturday, July 25 2009 to be precise. I called it “The Music Is So Damn Beautiful.” I think it went okay, I wish I had had time to practice it more, but I had a couple people moved to tears at the end, so what else can you ask for? Good evening, it is truly an honour to be here. People always – read more –

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Song of the day – Lights, covered by the Jayhawks.

Lights, by Victoria Williams Lights of the city look so good Almost like somebody thought they would Thought they would What kinda song would you give If you had a song to give? What kinda life would you live If you had a life to live? Now, wouldn’t you wanna make something good That you could look on Give you lots of pleasure? Yeah, you would What about this thing that you gave What if – read more –