The CRTC Financial Report for Canadian radio in 2015 includes average salaries before and after benefits. In Toronto the average with benefits is $83k and $76.4k excluding, as compared with $50k and $43.9k in Moncton, and $86.6k and $79.5k in Vancouver. Montreal appears to be the city paying top dollar, with $108.7k and $99k. Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa come in slightly under Toronto, and if you are in Timmins the average is $61k and $55k. Link here, and scroll down to related links to see individual market survey reports.
-- Music Monday, a nationwide event supporting music education, will see more than 200 students led by Dr. Robert Taylor and Dr. Jonathan Girard from the UBC School of Music, perform a mass concert emceed by Juno award-winning children’s musician Charlotte Diamond. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the value of music programs such as band and strings, and the need to keep music in schools. The annual event is organized by the Coalition for Music Education. Similar events are to be staged across the country on May 2nd. View events in your area here.
-- The Ontario Media Development Corp. (OMDC) is mapping out a new cultural strategy for the province and is seeking input from stakeholders. You can view the background and purpose for the strategy here, the draft here -- and make comments here.
-- Drake has two Madison Square Garden shows on his upcoming Summer Sixteen tour with Future--on Aug. 4 and 5. Tickets are scaled between $49.50 and $179.50. Tickets for his ACC concerts on July 31 and Aug. 1 don't go on sale until Friday (29th), but reseller Jumbo Tickets is advertising same between $139.00 and $3,255.00.
-- Here's what a Drake VIP meet-and-greet package gets you:
. One ticket in the first five rows
. Professionally taken Individual photo with Drake
. One 6 God Candle
. One 6 God Incense Holder
. One 6 God Custom Disposable Camera
. One 6 God Frame
. One 6 God Foam Hand
. Set of Summer Sixteen Pins
. Set of Summer Sixteen Patches
. Summer Sixteen Car Freshener
. Summer Sixteen "Floaty Pen"
. Summer Sixteen Bag
-- Justin Bieber's stop in Chicago to perform at the Allstate Arena on Friday included dropping by The Underground Club the night before and spinning discs with DJ Dolo and Rock City, then joining hip hop artist Post Malone and DJ Tay James at Studio Paris Nightclub, according to local paparazzi.
-- The re-invented MMVAs, now the iHeart Radio Canada MuchMusic Video Awards (iHRCMMVAs?) has swimsuit model Gigi Hadid returning as a presenter at the annual airing live on Bell Media platforms on June 19. Fan faves Alessia Cara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Nick Jonas are among the high-profile named performers.
-- Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. says it will seek binding arbitration to settle a dispute with Sirius XM Radio Inc. which is asking for an additional US$33.9m in activation fees under its license agreement. The US company has demanded the Canadian firm pay the money it says it is owed under the deal from 2005 to the end of January 2016. Sirius XM US also wants its methodology to be used for calculating activation fees from February onwards.
-- The Pet Network is no more. Stornoway Communications had asked the regulator for revocation of its license and Monday the request was honoured. The privately held firm continues to operate iChannel.
-- MusiCounts has just announced that $55,000 worth of instruments and equipment is being distributed to six schools in BC through the Band Aid Program. The announcement was made at a celebration sponsored by Bell Media that featured a performance by Marianas Trench at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School.
-- The fifth anniversary edition of Edmonton's Interstellar Rodeo takes place at Hawrelak Park's Heritage Amphitheatre, July 22 to 24. The just-announced lineup is led by Cat Power, Jose Gonzalez and Kathleen Edwards, and also features Sam Roberts Band, Whitehorse, the Strumbellas, Lord Huron, Reuben and the Dark, Marty Stuart, Margo Price, the Mariachi Ghost, and Sam Outlaw. Passes go on sale on April 30.
-- Virgin Radio Montreal daytime host Andrea Collins joins the Bell Media brand in Toronto starting May 2. Who gets her 9am-1pm gig hasn't been disclosed.
-- Canadian Festival Guide offers a decent but not exhaustive listing of music festivals across the country with hyperlinks. Unfortunately the list is neither alpha nor numeric.
-- Robin LeBlanc has her first published--book delving into Ontario breweries in the province--on general release this month. The guide, entitled The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, is co-written with suds aficionado Jordan St. John, and published by Dundurn. The authoritative 432pp softback and eBook tells the stories of some of the trillium patch's most notable breweries and provides expert ratings for nearly a thousand beers. In case you wonder why the column is hyping a book about brewskies, we share the fact that LeBlanc is daughter to noted scribbler Larry and song plugger Anya Wilson--and edited by Liner Notes' brother Dominic Farrell.
-- Did Prince Charles have a fling with Barbra Streisand? Author Chris Andersen suggests the two MAY have had a fling in the '90s at the fashionable Bel Air in LA. The Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate and the Throne is cagey about being definitive in answering the question he suggests. Does anyone care? Probably not, but it's an assertion that might help sell a few books and get Hello! readers rattling their tea cups. It's Babs 74th this week. Her memoir is due to be published on the occasion of her 75th.
-- Coldwell Banker is listing Babs' former LA estate at 301 Carolwood Drive for US$150m. The 38k square-foot, 10 bedroom, 20 bathroom pile has a 5,300 square-foot master bedroom, its own "private" hiking trail and a movie theatre with what is described as "valet parking."