Album Review | Buffalo Tom – Three Easy Pieces

Buffalo Tom Three Easy Pieces (UMG – 2007) This is the Buffalo Tom record you have been waiting for. Fans of the band know that their career is one of those Sloan or Replacement style arcs. They were the “next big thing” for years and years, always selling a fair number of records, but never blowing up in the mainstream as was expected. Musicians and music fans know this band, respect their work, love the songs, but at the same read more

The only big HRM event this summer – political infighting

It is a cruel word where your loyal scribe goes on vacation, and then all hell deliciously breaks loose in the world of massive expensive concert promotion in Halifax. Few things could compel me to put down the Corona and get off the beach in Pugwash to write a few words, but the situation between HRM and the Trade Centre Limited (TCL) is one. TCL, headed by Fred MacGillivray, is the Provincial/Municipal organization with the wide open mission to provide read more

Left and Leaving Halifax

It has not been a good year for those that sacrifice themselves to lead the energetic arts and culture sector in Halifax. There is a growing feeling, hovering somewhere between ennui and abject despair, and it is expressing itself throughout the province’s creative continuum. Halifax has never been an easy town to love if you are a creative person, or as the bureaucrats call them, “cultural worker.” The city and the province it is capital of have never had particularly read more

The Premier hits the barricades, better late than never.

It is hard to say just what the damage to government of Canada will be since the rhetoric over the Atlantic Accord hit the boiling point this week. Bill Casey’s lonely stand against his government has quickly became a heroic and principled stand, at least out east. Just what is at stake regarding the Atlantic Accord? Most regular citizens are unlikely to jump into the actual bills and acts to see precisely what was agreed to in 2004, what is read more

Casey offers a drop of water in Nova Scotia's political desert.

Yesterday Bill Casey, Nova Scotia’s most senior Tory MP, demonstrated a remarkable amount of guts by voting against his government’s own budget. As a result he is likely to be ejected from the government caucus today. The government has been spinning madly the last few days leading up to the vote, arguing that they are implementing “new phase” of the accord, or that the budget would result in an “improved” Atlantic Accord. Crossing the line between putting a spin on read more

God Damn the "New Government of Canada"

Here comes the new boss… same as the old boss. From: Waye Mason [] Sent: Friday, May 18, 2007 1:26 PM To: Stephanie Domet; Phlis McGregor; Stewart Young; Carmine Klassen; Steven Cooke; Dean Lisk; Stephen Claire; Tara Thorn;; Dawn Marie Sloane; Peter Kelly; Leonard Preyra; Maureen MacDonald;;;; Steve Maher Cc: Subject: Summer Student Program Importance: High Hi there folks. Please forward this email to whomever should be aware of our small part in this ridiculous read more

Label leads way with DRM-free music | Technology | Guardian Unlimited Technology

EMI’s move to release its catalogue without music protection has been welcomed, but critics claim Apple still has a lock-in Bobbie Johnson Thursday April 5, 2007 The Guardian The wired world, so they say, moves faster than meatspace. In that case, one month, three weeks and five days might seem like an awfully long time to the digerati. But that’s how long it took between Steve Jobs publishing his Thoughts on Music – an open essay telling the recording industry read more

Supplementary Funding Proposal Removes Protection, Choice

Please note this was updated at 8:00am to reflect that Arts and Music will be protected by the contract. BACKGROUND: There is a proposal to change Supplementary Funding that will be presented to HRM Committee of the Whole on Tuesday night (MARCH 20). There are many areas of concern with the current proposal, but simply put, Supplementary Funding was intended to provide funds to enhance education over and above core curriculum. The proposal will remove most restrictions on how the read more

Bid failure leaves lessons to be learned.

As the dream of a “world class” Commonwealth Games slips from the 2014 Bid Committee’s grasp, it is time to examine the root of many citizens mistrust and fear, and the politics behind the bid. There was palpable panic and frustration coming from Scott Logan — the bid’s head honcho — last week. Over the weekend fellow bid city Glasgow’s paper the Scotsman had run a well-written and researched news report on how our games bid was in “disarray”. Logan read more

So, me, Terry and Nora were chatting and…

Tonight at 10, with your host, Nora Young, listen to yours truly and Nettwerk guru Terry McBride analyze the future of music as signified by Sam’s Halifax closing. Listen to me namecheck Al Tuck, Jesse Dangerously,, and many more on national radio.