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 raise money for the good read more


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 Kelly is not a staffer read more


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. I know Councilors and staff read more


Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Trailer 2

Notwithstanding Tara T’s deep misgivings about Micheal Cera, this movie is going to be awesome.


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 required to make these events read more


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 to a private company for read more


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 email from Joella just now, read more


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 the beginning, right?” I was read more


The ECMA acceptance speech I wish I had given

Quite to my surprise, Halifax Pop Explosion won the East Coast Music Award for Event of the year… Completely unprepared I stumbled through an awful speech, my worst ever I suspect. Here is what I should have said: Thank you, this is completely and totally unexpected.


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 RIAA and music business lawyers read more