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(ju) No Cases

After a weekend where the weather teased us with sun, but gave us cold and rain, the bars pounded us with five am last calls, and Toronto came to play in Halifax for a few days, things are slowly returning to normal. In fact, the Junos have gone home and one of the few reminders that they were ever in Halifax are the still sick & tired music, culture, government and media folks who were – read more –

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Still tired…

Juno weekend is now behind us and I am still tired and trying to get over my post-event head cold. I took it comparatively easy, based on the damage reports some of my culture, tourism and music colleagues have been sharing, because I was actually in bed before 2:30 am on Saturday and stayed home to watch the telecast on Sunday. I worked 14 days straight, capped it with a 20 hour shift production managing – read more –

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VOGUE THEATRE, the Khyber, and the City.

As the Daily News readers out there know, the Vogue Theatre is in jeopardy. The Swim brothers, who, through their company Foundery Developments own the Vogue/Cove, have had the property sold for $250,000 to Empire Group in a “tax sale.” The Swims have the option to pay the back taxes and stop the sale within 6 months. The taxes are only $16,000. However, the building COULD end up in the hands of Empire Group, who – read more –

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Jack Bonaparte…

He did not play the music I listen to. I only met him once or twice. We emailed back and forth, and it was mostly business. But he build the kind of show from the ground up that was growing regional awareness into the the music of Atlantic Canada. He was passionately committed to east coast culture of all types. He showed us that the regular every day Joe in the street can be reached, – read more –

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ECUA/ECMA/No Case redux

Well I already came home. Marnie had to work today, the kids have a PD day and none of my family could take the day off work to watch ’em. ECMA was fun, though, in retrospect, I should have spent more time watching bands and shmoozing. I got a lot of good work done in the (re)building relationships area, saw a lot of great people, met a lot of people who might help with Halifax – read more –

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Joel Plaskett, Case Study…

Today I spent an amazing hour talking with Brendan from SpinART Records, about how hard it is for the kind of music we both like to break out in the United States these days. Media and college radio are into really quirky arty stuff and a straight forward rocker like Joel Plaskett does not seem to be able to get a lot of traction with key media support. Note to cooler than me readers. Joel – read more –

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NO Case Juno Update

Number of bands that applied: 39 Number of bands with actual packages: 27 Number of spots available: 24 Number of bands who supplied NO CONTACT INFO in package: 13 Number of bands who did not even have a return mail address or contact info of any kind!: 1 Number of bands so far who applied and members are unavailable to play that weekend: 1 Good times!

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Music Nova Scotia

Nice re-brand on the organization formerly known as MIANS. Check out http://musicnovascotia.ca I went to the mixer/press conference at the inventively named “Labbat Beer Institute.” Enjoyed watching Charlie A’Court. Drank half a beer. Ate some food. Chatted up my former fellow Board members and many musicians and government folks. It was nice. Must remember not to crack jokes in mixed company though. I said to Stuart “Yes, I am trying to get out and be – read more –

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My letter to the Coast.

Cut to the chase (their title, obviously) To the editor, Regarding the article “MacDonald Bridge” in last week’s issue: Andrew Terris has repeatedly stated both in your article and other venues that the Nova Scotia Arts Council being shut down and the Cultural Federations having their budgets cut in 2002 coincided with the launch of the Nova Scotia Music Sector Strategy. In fact, it was launched in August 2004, two years later than he states. – read more –

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Last FM, not the answer

So you are registered on Last.fm. You go to check the recommendations to see what you should ask for for Xmas. You make the mistake of listening to the Lowest of the Low first record, for old times sake, the week before. One listen! And all of a sudden Last.fm is telling you to go listen to the Tragically Hip. OMFG. Yech. So the other 400 tracks of NOT Canadian Classic Alternative that I listened – read more –

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CD of the Week

Bill Janovitz – Lonesome Billy This record was released in 1996 on Beggars Banquet, and was the first solo record by Buffalo Tom frontman Bill Janovitz. To me, Bill’s voice is such a part of the sound of Buffalo Tom, so for the most part, this record is one of the best records the Tom never released. Those of you who remember Buffalo Tom, remember the mixed reception that 1993s “Big Red Letter Day” recieved – read more –

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The Record Glut

The Record Glut It used to be that Santa wouldnít appear until after Halloween, but for the music industry, Christmas has always come early ó most major label product gearing up for a holiday push hits retail shelves in September. But this year, an unusual number of high profile, independently released Canadian artists are swimming in the big tank. Competing for rack space, press coverage, radio airtime and touring spots are some of Canadaís biggest – read more –

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