Wilco played a two-and-a-half hour set at the Orpheum in Vancouver that included most of the material on their free Star Wars album. The tour celebrates the band's 20th anniversary and came with a surprise five-song acoustic encore set. Leslie Ken Chu at Vancouver Weekly has the review
— A US court has put copyright owners on notice that ownership does not entitle them to willy-nilly issue takedown notices because regular folk choose to include a part of a song as background music to a selfie video. "Copyright holders cannot shirk their duty to consider — in good faith and prior to sending a takedown notification — whether allegedly infringing material constitutes fair use," 9th Circuit Judge Richard Tallman wrote for the court in a decision that upheld the right of a mother to post a video of her baby dancing to a Prince song.
— Did you know CMW topper Neill Dixon once played bass guitar in a group called Misty Blue? The events promoter tells the Mississauga News that he did that, and booked a band called Sigma 6 who attended the same polytechnic U as he did in London. He attributes his longstanding success to thinking like a musician. “Bands can always tell if you’re just a guy in a suit or if you’re on their side,” he says. “I think I’ve been successful because I have an artist’s mentality.” Oh, Sigma 6 morphed shortly after into Pink Floyd.
— Oct. 8th Ritchie Yorke launches Christ You Know It Ain't Easy, John & Yoko's Battle For Peace—a bio story about his life and times with Ronnie Hawkins and the Lennons — John and Yoko — travelling to various parts of the world, including the Chinese border promoting the Beatles' 'Give Peace A Chance' campaign. The limited edition book and unlimited edition e-book has its actual launch the day prior to Oct. 9th, a date that doubles as Lennon's 75th birthday and youngest son Sean's 40th. Yes, the two were born the same day, different years. Yorke informs FYI that the launch party, in Toronto's Junction district, will "of course" go into the a.m. Same time, same venue (tba), the former Toronto-based writer/author, now living in his Aussie homeland, is releasing an e-book edition of Axes, Chops & Hot Licks with an updated foreword. The original '70s softback, published by Mel Hurtig, includes accounts of various artists of the time and sets up the times before and post CanCon legislation. Used editions can be found occasionally online atAbeBooks.com for forty-plus dollars.
— Canadian-based Hollywood Suite held a well-attended TIFF breakfast schmooze earlier this week to announce that its four HD movie channels will be relaunched on November 2nd as Hollywood Suite 70s Movies, Hollywood Suite 80s Movies, Hollywood Suite 90s Movies and Hollywood Suite 2000s Movies. Right now, the channel branding is Warner Films, MGM Channel Sony Movie Channel and AXN Movies and available to over 9.5M households via almost 20 different Telcos and platforms.
— Labatt will brew a limited batch of 91,000 black cans worth of Metallica Budweiser that are to be available starting Sept. 28th in Quebec. The promotion coincides with the band being the last to play the Quebec City Colisée Pepsi and the first on stage at the spanking new Centre Vidéotron in the capital city.
— Monday at the Carlu in Toronto is when the Polaris Music Prize winner is announced. Of course, the best part of the gala evening is the performances. On tap for the 2015 edition are Alvvays, Braids, Jennifer Castle, Tobias Jesso Jr., Buffy Sainte-Marie and Viet Cong. If you have a Spotify account you can listen to the Polaris nominees here.
— Canada's Walk of Fame Festival is turning into a wow event! Added to the already impressive marquee appearing round town are Johnny Reid and Jimmy Rankin, both of whom join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy at Massey Hall a week this Friday, on Sept. 25th. The Tea Party is in the house the night following. The two shows are priced at a reasonable $29.50 each. For information about the Festival and Canada’s Walk of Fame, visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com
— Former Crash Vegas singer Michelle McAdorey has her new album out Oct. 30. Into Her Future is produced by Greg Keelor. Sample "Disappearing Things" on SoundCloud here.
— Michael Hollett, Now Magazine co-publisher and president of NXNE rarely if ever gives interviews, but he is giving one today, appearing on The Bill King Show this morning on CIUT 89.5 FM between 9 and 10 a.m. Link here to listen live online.