Gord Bamford (pictured) donates $10K to a Hamilton hospital, a cavalcade of stars will celebrate Joni at 75, and Belly announces a new album. Others in the news include NAFTA, CCMA Top of the Country, The SOCAN Foundation, Dolly Parton, People's Choice Awards, Paradigm Talent Agency, Ensign Broderick, Music Harvest Fest, and farewell Iosif Kobzon. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
Canadian cultural protections become a NAFTA issue, Bruce Springsteen ages well on Broadway, and Asian rappers face stereotypes. Others in the headlines include Tsianina Redfeather, Prince, Toby Mamis, Dolores O'Riordan, Aretha, Sistema Toronto, fentanyl, kindie rock, Dilly Dally, Garbage, Drake, Skookum, Paul Brandt, Vancouver opera, and Chinese Festival Halifax.
"Look, I know trade negotiators aren't in the business of ranking the intangibles of life. But wouldn't it be nice if we could consider the plight of our cultural ambassadors alongside our IT guys and hewers of softwood lumber?"
As the federal government undergoes trade negotiations, and as Parliament begins to embark on a statutory Copyright Act review, helping Canadian businesses succeed in the international market should be top of mind, panelists said at an event hosted by the Pearson Centre today.
A column about media and the regulatory environment within and beyond Canada's borders.