To date, too many of Canada's musicians appear to be either ambivalent or tethered to the feed pot of grants at a time when core issues about the future of this country, its cultural funding programs, and the very existence of the CBC are hanging in the balance.
Producer Jeff Parry's musical adaptation of a pair of books by author Martin Melhuish chronicling the history of Canada's music scene is a success in the making.
"...I learned long ago when labels told a certain band from Liverpool that guitar bands were out, that the initial reviews for Les Miserables described it as a disaster, to not pay much heed to negativity in creating a new project."
"Website streams of broadcasts... presume we listen to radio for entertainment purposes when what we really do with radio is endure it during our painful commutes to and from work everyday."
"It’s unbecoming for our PM, who so often reminds us how good he and his ruling party are for the economy, to resort to being the pitchman-in-chief for a company which contributes nothing to it."
"There is nowhere on earth I’m more comfortable than when I have a mike in front of me."
Looking forward, the record business is about to go through another tectonic shift as the three majors move from selling records as a core business and reposition themselves as licensing companies.
Michael Brecker was an original – a player you looked to for a clear view of the future. His influence and grasp of varying genres was way beyond jazz.
Digital Music News has been running a series of informative 'how to' contract guides written by attorney and legal author Steve Gordon. We have included this one on sync contracts, and provide links to the ongoing series.
Tuesday's FYI included a guest column by Annie Lin discussing the difficulties in identifying song owners in the US as no single comprehensive database of song ownership metadata exists. The same is not true in Canada, however, as CMRRA VP Margaret McGuffin clearly points out.
Larry Sarbit on the success of Sirius/XM over the years: "I think it’s the unique content (available on SiriusXM) and people aren’t afraid to pay for it."