How many music streams does it take to earn a living? There aren't enough zeroes in the calculator to answer that question.
RIP: The Corner Snack Bar, better known as Moe’s diner next to the old Montreal Forum, is closing on Dec. 7th after serving up bacon and eggs for 57 years. Over the years, celebrities, hockey players, and locals alike nursing late night hangovers have eaten at the 24-hour diner which still has jukeboxes next to snug table booths. But, like so many other once-popular late night eateries in Montreal — remember Ben’s Delicatessen? — Moe’s has fallen victim to the times, starting with the closing of the Forum, home of Les Canadiens, in 1996. - Montreal Gazette
RIP: Norman C. Pickering, an engineer, inventor and musician whose pursuit of audio clarity and beauty helped make phonograph records and musical instruments sound better, died on Nov. 18th at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 99. - NYT
— The 36-strong Lyric Singers, an adult ensemble affiliated with Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, is presenting its sequel to The Great Canadian Songbook at the city's Mackenzie Art Gallery, Feb. 17-24. Artistic director Jane Ursan advises that the recital "will be all Canadian pop songs — everything from Bryan Adams to the Rankin Family, Paul Anka and Bachman Turner Overdrive." The performances will include various solos and duets, with an eight-piece band accompanying the choir.
— Oh Canada What A Feeling!, the Jeff Parry musical production, is to be reinvented late next year as Rock The Nation. As it stands, Rock The Nation will play for one night only in Calgary, then hit the road nationally as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017.
— Larry LeBlanc offers his personal perspectives on three Canadian music biz superstars next month in a radio broadcast entitled Inside The Music. It focuses on the careers of concert promoter Michael Cohl, record producer Bob Ezrin, and talent manager Bruce Allen. Inside The Music can be heard Sunday, Dec. 6 on Radio 2 at 3 pm ET and Radio One at 9 pm ET; Wednesday, Dec. 9 on Radio 2 and 7 pm ET; and on Sirius XM 169 on Dec. 4 at 2 pm, Dec. 5 at 5 am, Dec. 6 at 9 pm, and Dec. 9 at 7 am.
— Home entertainment is the buzz item for Christmas this year so why not dig deep and upgrade that MP3 player with some real gear? To get started, how about a banana-yellow Toblerone-shaped Pono music player that can be had for $400? Add in Woo Audio's headphone and speaker amp for US10K, a Kronos turntable costing $28K with a $50K Dan D’Agostino Momentum Monoblock amp matched with a pair of $100K+ YG Acoustics Anat III Professional Signature loudspeakers and a necessary pair of Transparent Reference XL Speaker Cables for $12K? Audio gear is all the rage this season and what is missing is any kind of assertive marketing from a financial sinkhole of music streaming services including Spotify. Give the gift of music once was a marketing slogan that rang true. Today it's give the gift of audio gear, presumably because the music is free.
— Puget Sound Radio reports that long-time morning show hosts Lisa Marshall and Michael Forbes have been pink-slipped from Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria. The Forbes & Marshall duo have been waking up listeners since 1996.
— Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson narrates Michael Bublé's Christmas Special for the 3rd year. It's the 5th year for the program, featuring a night of music, comedy and celebration, to be aired on NBC and Global TV December 10th. Red Robinson info here
— Hollywood Suite has announced a national free preview of its four HDTV movie channels, starting December 8 and running through to January 12. Television service providers participating in the national free preview are: Bell (Fibe, Satellite, Aliant), Shaw (Cable, Direct), Rogers, TELUS, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Access, Execulink, NorthwesTel, Source, Tbaytel, VMedia and Westman.
— Did you know that 6 corporations control over 90 percent of the media? That means nearly all the news we get on the radio and on television is spun by the vested inerests of General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. And it ain't a lot different in Canada that reconfigures much of what is dished out by US interests. Ever since Operation Mockingbird, a CIA-based initiative to control mainstream media, more and more people are expressing their concern that what we see in the media is nothing short of brainwashing. - Read on