Award shows — such as the Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMAs) — play an important role in showing respect to the artists and team of people behind them. Getting one’s name out front to an audience in a crowded market is near impossible these days, so why not pause and reach out?
Once in awhile it becomes exceedingly clear why being an artist is so important. It’s easy to forget when you are forced to face the reality that maybe you aren’t saving the world one person at a time as doctors and firemen do. It raises the question “are musicians truly lifesavers?”
CMW held its Social Music Summit and Music Conference at a crowded Sheraton Centre this Thursday. The healthy attendance at its social and digital-themed panels — by a solid cross-section of musicians, media, and business reps — indicated that an acceptance of the Internet’s role in music is finally well established.
It is day one at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel for the start of the 2015 CMW conference. I am at the registration booth on the concourse level sometime after 8 a.m. Thursday and the line-up is short. My particulars are in order and it’s off to the hotel lobby lounge for a coffee, armed with the ‘official program’, and ready to peruse the agenda and set up my schedule for the day.
Why tech critic Michael Geist's take on copyrights is misguided.
Cape Breton fiddler extraordinaire speaks with Bill King about her new LP with husband Donnell Leahy, life in Ontario, and how she fits into her storied lineage.
On the eve of his induction into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, we look back and look forward with the founding of his new Roundhouse Radio project.
It's like a bad marriage kept going for convenience sake with conversation kept to the bare minimum between the parties involved.
Ahead of their induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, we speak to the alt-country icons who turned wistful melancholy and a superlative Lou Reed cover into an enduring career.
This past Saturday was the big event day for Indy record stores nationwide, and by all accounts traffic was up significantly in the days leading up to, and record crowds on the day itself. Our own Kerry Doole stood for several hours at a couple of stores in Toronto's hipper districts, shelling out several hundred dollars to acquire rare vinyl and curios.
A majority of Canadians consider Canadian culture to be unique, worthy and critically in need of protection to survive. Those views explain why Canadians generally hold favourable views towards cultural institutions—the CBC and the CRTC.
Not long after Al Gore discovered the Internet, and a decade point five before George Bush discovered a few more, there were 22,000,000 online users.
Yes, I remember that sum to this day. We were about to endure a six hour sales pitch that promised to revamp our lives.