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 –
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 –
Gentle readers… I will be in Charlottetown from 1pm Friday to 5pm Sunday, staying at the beautiful Holiday Inn. In addition to the odd ECMA official event, I will be moderating the independent music panel at 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, and will be hosting a Meet and Greet at the Arts Guild at 2:30 on Saturday. The Centre for Arts and Technology is supporting both ECMA all ages program and the No Cases. For more – read more –
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!
NEWFOUNDLAND is talking tough with the oil companies that want to develop the provinceâ€™s offshore oil and gas potential, and that is raising the eyebrows of some in Nova Scotia who are wondering if it is having an impact on how the province is viewed by the energy sector. The ChronicleHerald.ca
I downloaded and printed off the HRM Cultural Plan last week, with the intention of reviewing it this weekend. I just could not bring myself to do it, it is 75 pages of dry bureaucratize. I will try and get to it tonight, Monday is a bad TV night, right?
Until today I thought I was going crazy, or blind, or had mad cow disease. 4-5 weeks ago I started having both physical and mental focus issues. Every time I sat at my desk I would loose focus in terms of concentration after 15-20 minutes of work. I thought it was psychological, because I was more productive with the laptop in a coffee shop than at my desk. And my eyes could not focus. I – read more –
I think one of twelve was not funny and one of twelve was racist, but I only think that because I saw them and read them. Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy I have worked a tiny bit on this article on Wikipedia, editing it for NPOV. It is an amazing and relatively well written, neutral article, or at least, it was when last I read it. It may be completely different now, such is the nature of Wiki. I – read more –
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 –
Dream job. HRM or NSDTC hires me as a program manager for arts and culture. Make the interface work. Or alternately, NSDTC pays for the creation of a new culture sector strategy that I am one of the lead authors on. The biggest issue facing people from culture these days is how many times we, the arts and culture community, have told funders “this is what we will do” just to see the the budget – read more –
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 –
Okay, this thing is finally working the way I want it too. I highly recommend upgrading to WordPress 2, the new edit interface is amazing, it previews right on the edit page, and is generally smoother in terms of the overall experience. The blog/website thing is all updated and I finally worked around to the point that the top page when you type in www.wayemason.com is not a more business like front page. I still – read more –