On Stadiums, Summer Concerts, and Business Columns – Concerts in HRM Part 1

Look closely at that picture over there. Rolling Stones, right? Halifax, or Moncton show? Neither. That my loyal readers is a picture of the Rolling Stones at Frank Clair Field in Landsdowne Park in Ottawa. The concert took place in a stadium. Let’s talk about stadiums. In the Chronicle Herald yesterday (Wednesday Oct 5) the columnist for (corrected, I thought he was editor) the business section, Roger Taylor, wrote a column that included the sentiment that “If there was seating read more


McCartney scandal discussion still simmering

Almost caught up on missed work from last week, and when I am I will post more, but until then, here is a recent post from Locals. Look, this is such a circular argument. People like Folkie think Paul McCartney is better, for no quantifiable reason. Mainstream music consumers (a shrinking commodity, but still a huge force) think that “of course this music is better” meaning mainstream old school pop and rock. So the government and bureaucrats can justify the read more


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


Budget Time!

It is budget day in Nova Scotia. A year of limping through the broken remains of the Conservative’s election year budget has finally come to a close. Now comes the fear and trepidation… What sacred cows will be cut? What blatantly political projects are going to be funded? Or…. not? But more importantly, will the NDP be really actually different than any past government? If so, how? Since July we have had a government that was so far into a 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


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 like princesses. So here we read more


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 say that don’t they? “It read more


Music Industry Drops Lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America has revealed its new strategy in fighting against the downloading of copyrighted music by working with internet service providers to sever abusers’ net connections. The decision to scrap the legal attack was first reported in The Wall Street Journal. In an interview Friday morning, Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), said many of the details have yet to be hammered out. The music industry, he said, which also announced read more


Dr. Disney, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the themepark.

Let’s just lay the cards on the table.  My family is not a normal family.  We are NOT strange like AdamS family strange, nor are we scary like Manson family strange.  But we are different. I work in the music business, Marnie works at the alternative weekly, Rhett has been going to punk rock gigs since he was nine, Emma alternates between Hannah Montana and Acrade Fire as her favorite bands.  Marnie and I just got married after 10 years read more