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Tech Tuesday: Do You BBM?

In Business, Canada, Customer Service, Mobile, Tech, The Social, YouTube on July 20, 2010 at 22:24

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In the mobile messenger space you can still use AIM.  Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook all have chat messenger services too.  But one rules them all.  Do you BBM?  Blackberry Messenger is the king of “Instant Messaging”  Apple’s iPhone might have the cool factor and Google Android is just everywhere but you just can’t touch the BBM.  Hey even the Queen BBM’s!  Full full disclosure, I use an iPhone and love it…but if RIM every made BBM for the iOS4 platform, I’d use it.

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You can read Tim Kiladz ‘s full article in The Globe and Mail here

Speed, privacy and price give BlackBerry’s Messenger an edge

…”When teenagers are asked why they bought BlackBerrys, “Two years ago the answer was always ‘My parents have a Verizon plan,’” …“Now, the answer is: ‘I need this for BlackBerry Messenger.’”

He attributes BBM’s growth to three things. First, the speed: BBM operates on RIM’s “push” architecture, so message delivery is almost instantaneous. While there are other instant messaging applications, such as WhatsApp, they have a 15 or 20 second delay, making them feel much more like an e-mail conversation.

Secondly, BlackBerry’s network is private. When a regular text message is sent, the recipient’s number shows up on the phone bill. This might not seem like a pressing concern for older users who pay their own bills, but teenagers might not want their parents to know who they’re talking to.

Thirdly, there is the cost. BBM operates on the BlackBerry data plan so there isn’t a charge per message, and each is so small that it uses very little data. This isn’t a big issue in North America, Mr. McCourt said, but it’s very advantageous for someone who lives in France and goes to Germany and is suddenly paying 40 cents per text message…”

and from Perez Hilton.  Yo can read all here

Snooki Accidentally Tweets Her BBM!

“Snooki Snickers, you big silly! Always causing a commotion, whether you mean to or not!

Our most beloved apparently made the intense contract negotiations for the third season of Jersey Shore that much more difficult yesterday when she accidentally posted her Blackberry’s BBM to her Twitter account, which prompted a good majority of her 310,000 followers on the microblogging site to inundate her phone with messages!”

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Tits for Tat

In Business, Canada, Celeb, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Me Myself & I, Media, The Social, YouTube on July 20, 2010 at 21:06

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I forgot to send this one out last week but if you missed it, here it is.  The Globe and Mail’s Norman Spector, hit the CBC hard by making it seem like it was a dinosaur for still having a male news anchor on The National.  CTV and Global recently promoting Lisa LaFlamme and hiring Dawna Friesen respectively to their main Canadian news programs.  The CBC’s Neil Macdonald hit back.  You can read both below, but it got me thinking, does it really matter?  Not, “does it really matter about whether it’s a male or female behind the desk”, but does watching the news on TV really matter.  Maybe I’m not your typical news person, but the majority of my news comes from RSS feeds on Google Reader.  I listen to CBC radio here and there, but I’m eating at 5.30/6pm and if I’m up past 10 news isn’t my first have to watch when I’m clicking.  There is a lot problems with how the news gets in front of  the Canadian views.  A lot of distractions and numerous alternatives.  Don’t worry so much about who’s reading.  Many people just don’t care.

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Now to the main event Norman Spector’s full article can be found in The Globe and Mail here

TV’s Last Man Standing

…How embarrassing it must be for the Corporation — centre of all that is “progressive” and a paragon of diversity — that both Ms. Friesen and CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme have broken through the glass ceiling, while it’s still stuck in a single-X-chromosome world in the anchor chair, er, floor. Not to speak of the morally inferior Americans, who’ve done likewise with Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer.

It must be especially galling to CBC employees: with its stable of outstanding women, the public broadcaster has long had the option of closing the gender gap.”

And now Neil Macdonald counter punch that can read in full at The Globe and Mail here

Letter to the Editor: July 15

May the best Anchor win

…Norman Spector, though, seems to think the CBC should immediately replace Peter on the grounds of his gender, just because the other two anchors are women (TV’s Last Man Standing – July 14). Perhaps that’s Mr. Spector’s background as a government functionary asserting itself, but speaking as a career reporter, I’m encouraged to see Canadian television news maintain a highly visible meritocracy.

Incidentally, I seem to recall Barbara Frum anchoring The Journal and Pam Wallin co-anchoring CBC’s The National. But I am sure Mr. Spector, as an expert commentator on the Canadian media, had some reason for overlooking their accomplishments.

Neil Macdonald, Senior Washington Correspondent, CBC TV News

Music Monday: The Power of Coke’s Wavin’ Flag

In Business, Canada, Celeb, Entertainment, Media, Money, Music, Sports, The Social, The World, TIA (This Is Africa), YouTube on July 19, 2010 at 18:21

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This 32 year old music mystro may have created one of the greatest collaboration between a soft drink maker and artist since MJ!  Well maybe not that big but Coca Cola is a very happy partner.  K’naan is pretty happy as well.

Celebration Mix

K’Naan ft. Nancy Ajram

K’Naan ft. David Bisbal

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You can read Duane Stanford’s full article in Bloomberg Businessweek here

Coke’s World Cup Song is a Marketing Winner

Wavin’ the Flag has boosted sales and light-heartedly tied its brand to things young consumers care about—soccer and pop music

Music industry executives have been making an unusual pilgrimage to Coca-Cola’s (KO) Atlanta headquarters, a telling measure of the company’s successful World Cup soccer marketing blitz. They want to learn how Coke turned a song called Wavin’ Flag by a little-known Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist into a World Cup anthem and No. 1 iTunes hit in 17 countries in less than a year. “They are getting on planes from New York, from U.K., from Los Angeles,” says Joe Belliotti, Coke’s director of global entertainment. “Word of mouth is a great thing in the music industry.”…

…Coke’s marketers liked Coke’s World Cup Song is a Marketing Winner Wavin’ the Flag has boosted sales and light-heartedly tied its brand to things young consumers care about—soccer and pop musicthe singer and his multinational upbringing as well as Wavin’ Flag‘s sweeping melody and hopeful chorus: “When I get older, I will be stronger. They’ll call me freedom, just like a waving’ flag.” Darker verses detailing K’naan’s struggle as a child in Somalia and his “fighting to eat” wouldn’t work. So K’naan (full name Keinan Abdi Warsame) offered to write a version of Wavin’ Flag with lyrics more befitting a soccer tournament.

K’naan and his producers added a bridge with Coke’s five-note melody and pumped up the African vibe with chanting and drums. The lyrics now talked of champions taking the field and fans rejoicing in “the beautiful game.” K’naan also recorded versions of the song with pop stars ranging from the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am to Japan’s AI and Spain’s David Bisbal, broadening its appeal.

Although financial details are confidential, Coca-Cola co-owns the rights to its Celebration Mix of Wavin’ Flag along with K’naan and his record company, owned by Vivendi’s Universal Music Group. Coke, which split the cost to tour K’naan around the world, is plowing the unexpected profits from the sale of Wavin’ Flag downloads into its six-year, $30 million Replenish Africa Initiative, which seeks to provide clean water and better sanitation. The continent figures big in Coke’s long-term growth plans, where water scarcity is an immediate problem as well as a long-term threat to the company’s beverage production.

Music Monday: Broken Social Scene

In Canada, G8 & G20, Government, Media, Music, The Social, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto, YouTube on July 19, 2010 at 09:06

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If you didn’t get to see the new Broken Social Scene music video “Meet Me In The Basement”, you can watch it below.  A very powerful statement.  The song is from Broken Social Scene’s fourth album and Polaris Music Prize nominee Forgiveness Rock Record.

Also in the world of BSS is the release next week of This Movie is Broken.  Written by Bruce McDonald and Don McKellar, This Movie is Broken is a love story that kind of happens before, during and after a rock concert.  “A Rock Show Romance”

Never a bad thing bringing Toronto, Music and Love together in one.  It’s got to be better than Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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This video was made as a response to the G20 Summit in Toronto June, 2010. The rest speaks for itself.
It was sent to us by a lover of our music who wants to remain anonymous.
We are very proud to share this mash-up with you.

– Broken Social Scene

You can read Liem Vu’s full article in the National Post here

Broken Social Scene releases G20-themed music video

…Running just under 4 minutes, the visually epileptic video is a cross between a CIA intersect flash and a Dharma Initiative brainwashing video. It uses footage from the G20 weekend presumably ripped from YouTube and also features shots of Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Tyra Banks and Perez Hilton’s black eye.

This screams copyright infringement but my question to the ‘anonymous’ director is: Why didn’t you show National Post love by featuring our G20 footage? (Full Disclosure: I made the National Post video)…

You can read Brad Wheeler’s full article in The Globe and Mail here

Broken Social Scene: No longer going for broke

…Now, however, there’s a new firmness to Broken Social Scene. The band recently released its third album, Forgiveness Rock Record, a disc considered to be its most cohesive yet. The “sprawling collective,” as it is so often described in the press, has stripped itself down to a core six-piece band, solidifying an outfit that still welcomes the guest spots (in studio and on stage) of such talented alumni members as Jason Collett, Leslie Feist, Amy Millan and Metric’s Emily Haines and James Shaw.

So the band, which collapsed under its own weight in and around 2006, has its house in order. As co-founder Kevin Drew puts it: “We’ve put the certainty back into the Social Scene.”…

…The film, written by McDonald and Don McKellar, isn’t necessarily about Broken Social Scene, but the buoyant concert sequences are revealing nevertheless. Amid the big music there are numerous gentle moments, including a spot where Haines, one of the group’s long-time quasi-members, says “I miss my friends.”

Friendship, in some ways, is what both Broken Social Scene is about and what This Movie is Broken is about. Or, more like it, knotty friendships. “I imagine being in that band can be very complicated, very political,” director McDonald, a hard-core BSS fan, told The Globe and Mail. “There’s a lot of history.”

Berman’s book on the group, This Book is Broken, delves into the history, ending with an epilogue that reaches the conclusion that the only certain thing about Broken Social Scene is that everything about them exists in a permanently temporary state. On Forgiveness Rock Record, the softly wistful ballad Sentimental X’s has Haines, Millan and Feist singing about the transitory nature of relationships. The film This Movie is Brokencentres on childhood friends who reunite, struggling to enjoy an ephemeral love affair…

“Meet Me in the Basement”

In Canada, Film, G8 & G20, Law & Order, Media, The Social, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto on July 16, 2010 at 12:12

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Just watch the new Broken Social Scene video here, and enjoy.  I don’t often watch music video anymore (though I use them a lot on this blog) but this one caught my eye.  Special cameo from the City of Toronto G20 streetfest!

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You can read Ryan Dombal’s full article in Pitchfolk here

Political New Broken Social Scene Video

The Political New Broken Social Scene Videofan-made, band-approved, found-footage video for Forgiveness Rock Record‘s epic “Meet Me in the Basement” looks like a visual analog for his worldview. Made as a response to the recent riot-filled G20 Summit in the band’s hometown of Toronto, the clip slices together storm-trooper footage from that event along with a flashes of what could be interpreted as “distractions”: Justin Bieber, violent video games, Lady Gaga, Obama girl. It’s pretty intense.

According to the band, “This video was sent to us by a lover of our music who wants to remain anonymous. We are very proud to share this mash-up with you.”

Why there is no love for Alberta

In Alberta, Canada, Government, Loss of Life, Oil, Politico, South of the boarder, The Social, The World, YouTube on July 16, 2010 at 08:52

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The Calgary Stampede is on this week.  Instead of enjoying the thousands of people coming to the event, organizers have had to bring out the PR police to thwart all of the negative arrows being thrown at them.  This of course isn’t new for the Stampede, however after 5 animal deaths, that black eye isn’t getting any better.  On top of Calgary’s bad news, the province of Alberta is feeling the hate as well.  Thinking about visiting Alberta for a vacation?  Maybe a trip to oil trailing pond might be up your alley.  Bird watching would be fun.  As long as you enjoy watching oil soaked feathers.  Corporate Ethics International is making the point that as bad as Gulf Spill is,  Alberta, Canada is doing so much worse.  As a Canadian I’m not feeling so good about looking this bad, but also as a Canadian I know, at least with oil situation, I’m not helping to make the situation any better.  No car this weekend.  TTC I’m you bitch, where are going?

You can download a PDF version of the Ed’s letter to the US here

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You can read Petti Fung’s full article in The Toronto Star here

Stampede horse deaths spark debate

Animal welfare advocates say more are calling for historic event to be shut down

There have been animal injuries or death almost every year at the Calgary Stampede but the death of four horses within 24 hours has left organizers of the event reeling and critics renewing their calls to stop the use of animals for entertainment.

Two of the horses died from heart attacks, and two were injured so badly they were ordered euthanized at the scene.

Stampede officials call the deaths “unfortunate,” but animal welfare advocates say the debate is changing.

“It is unusual and it is unfortunate,” said spokesman Doug Fraser, with the Calgary Stampede. “To lose an animal regardless of the circumstance is difficult for the Calgary Stampede and the owners.”

Last year, there were four animal deaths, including three horses and one steer that had suffered a spinal cord injury during a rope steering competition.

Desiree Arsenault with the Calgary Humane Society said the rash of deaths has altered public attitudes.

Last year, she said, about 70 per cent of people talking about the Stampede were in favour of the rodeo events, which carry prizes worth $2 million, while 30 per cent were animal rights advocates who said horses and steers should not be used for entertainment.

This week, Arsenault said she estimates that the numbers have changed and now 50 per cent want to keep the rodeo while the other half want to see the events shut down.

You can read Kim Guttormson’s article in the Calgary Herald here

U.S. ads call for Alberta boycott

Oilsands spark push to keep tourists away

Billboards in four American cities compare oil-covered birds in the Gulf of Mexico with dead ducks in a Syncrude tailings pond. The ads, calling the oilsands the “other oil disaster” and asking would-be visitors to rethink a trip north, spurred immediate reaction from politicians and the oil and tourism industries.

“The Alberta government needs to think about the fact that in the coming years they have the potential to become the environmental South Africa of the Western Hemisphere,” said Michael Marx, executive director of Corporate Ethics International, which is leading the campaign, referring to the former apartheid regime. “Over time, when the potential tourists, who tend to be wealthier and better educated, see what’s going on in Alberta, they’re not going to want to support it.”

Premier Ed Stelmach, who recently took out a half-page ad in the Washington Post defending the oilsands, said the continued bashing and misinformation is frustrating.

“But it also gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the facts of the situation,” Stelmach said, noting he was showing a delegation from Japan around the Stampede on Wednesday. “Once people are here and see for themselves, they appreciate Alberta and the natural landscape.”

An open letter to Christie Blatchford by Scaachi Koul

In G8 & G20, Media, The Social, Toronto, Writers on July 11, 2010 at 11:59

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It’s Sunday, you should be watching the World Cup and drinking Bacon Beer courtesy of The Drake Hotel.  Can’t we all just get over the G20 crap.  Probably not.  I came across this retweet from Elena Yunusov @communicable (originally from Antonia Zerbisias @AntoniaZ)  Say what you will about the political aspect, the protesters or the police during the 48hours of G20 in Toronto, one thing is clear; The media’s coverage of what happened wasn’t so clear.  But is that media Cp24, the CBC and the New York Times or is it Twitter and every other iPhone and Flip Camera on Queen Street.  Is there a blend or a separation of old and new.  The truth of what was covered may not have been the issue.  The speed of which that information came to us the viewer or reader and the credibility of the person giving us that information may have been.

An open letter to Christie Blatchford

Dear Ms. Blatchford,

On my first day at Ryerson’s School of Journalism a few years back, we were told that from that day forward, we were to consider ourselves journalists. No, we weren’t “journalists-in-training,” nor we were just students. From then on, we were working journalists, looking for ideas and trying to be intrepid. They could have just as easily told us to start smoking unfiltered cigarettes and to keep a flask at our desks for those tough days.

For me and my colleagues in the field, nothing solidified our fire quite like covering the G20 protests. Some of us had press passes, most of us didn’t, but we all had an eagerness (the kind typically found in young idiots like ourselves – you know, the 20-something crowd). With a little help from the social networking sites we know so well, we helped deliver the news in our small way. We posted pictures, we Tweeted details about where we were and what was happening. Our information was picked up by outlets like the National Post and the CBC. We swelled, just a little, to think that seedlings like ourselves were somehow going to be part of this big thing.

Many of these friends were inevitably detained and arrested. Some were peaceful protesters and some were fellow journalists. This morning, I heard from a few more of them, letting me know they were released and mad as hell. I followed these conversations by readingyour column in The Globe and Mail about how members of the media shouldn’t receive preferential treatment simply by flashing a press pass. You went on to say that those who were detained for taking pictures, filming or spreading information shouldn’t be considered anything close to journalists, since they are not held to the same ethical code “working journalists” are.

I agree with you that a press pass is not a shield from a rubber bullet during a riot. G20 reporters, in reality, had no special rights when it came to where they wanted to go and certainly couldn’t avoid arrest simply by saying, “But wait! I have this laminated piece of paper!”

What I can’t get behind is your claim that those who disseminated information but have no degree in journalism cannot be considered journalists, even briefly. Where would we be if we didn’t have amateur footage of the tsunami wave hitting hotel rooms and washing over people? Where would we be if we didn’t have the legendary “Don’t tase me, bro!” clip? And moreover, where would we be if we didn’t have all that footage of rioters burning down Toronto’s trendiest streets, and the overreaction of police the following day?

Do not discredit what these people did. Certainly, they aren’t held to any corporate ethical code. When you work for The Globe full-time, I’m sure you have to sign the same things any American Apparel employee needs to sign: sexual harassment policy, loss prevention policy and the like. Certainly, their information needs to be fact-checked by another media member (like The Globe), thus giving it credibility. But without that “apparently endless stream of unfiltered, unedited consciousness,” we wouldn’t have the amazing pictures of riot police, the footage of the peaceful protests getting ugly or the images of stores destroyed by Black Bloc tactics.

Besides, I’ve only been in journalism school for two years, but I’ve been published for the past six. If I don’t have a degree, does that make me any less of a journalist or any less credible? You say of the shotgun reporters, that their work “isn’t subject to editing or lawyering or the ethical code which binds, for example, the writers at The Globe.”

Journalists lie every day. They make bad calls every day. They humiliate the rest of us every day. Just because your press pass says “The Globe and Mail” and mine says “Student reporter” doesn’t make you any less prone to lying, editing or slanting your reporting to fit your world view.

I’d be remiss, however, if I didn’t point out that in my journalism classes, you are consistently held up as an example. When we started our reporting unit and were sent on assignment, you were who many of our professors would point out as what not to do. And yet, you have the gall to judge the journalists around you because they lack a degree or corporate footing?

“Christie Blatchford gets The Globe a lot of readers,” said one of my professors. “But you shouldn’t write like her.” You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t take my cues on journalistic integrity from someone who makes judgments so black and white, it’s like she’s flipping a coin and depositing all her moral outrage on whichever side it lands on.

It’s not about how some police treated journalists despite a press pass. It’s about how some police treated the citizens of Toronto. When protesters rallied again at Queen’s Park on Canada Day against how some police treated detainees with violence, rape threats and sexual assault, journalists who spoke never said, “I shouldn’t have been treated like this because I had a press pass.” They said they shouldn’t have been treated like that because they weren’t committing a crime.

Maybe you know more about this than I do. After all, I’m just a self-anointed journalist. I write for myself, no publication knocks down my door asking for my work and I’m not nearly attractive or wooden enough to be a Sunshine Girl. But during the G20 protests, I had a notepad, a pen and my cell phone. My friends and I delivered real-time information, pictures, and quotes without real journalist credentials, but our details were immediate, truthful, spell-checked and unbiased. We self-edited.

By your definition, Ms. Blatchford, I am no journalist. But I was at the rallies on Sunday and Thursday and I heard the voices of thousands against police brutality, against the terrorism in downtown and against the G20.

Did you?

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You’re reading Ms. Koul letter on my blog but please make sure to check out the real thing and the rest of her blog “Big Fists” here.  Some really good stuff!

A nice article on the power of Twitterati and how the “Media” better learn or step aside.  You can read Antonia Zerbisias’ full article in The Toronto Star here

Coverage of the G20 proved Twitter’s news edge

The twipping point came late on the Saturday night of the G20 weekend, when a peaceful group of protesters was surrounded by police in riot gear.

Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s The Agenda, had been following the crowd as it made its way through the desolate streets of downtown Toronto, tweeting as he went along.”…

…”While news channels — which would later boast of capturing huge numbers of eyeballs — endlessly looped that afternoon’s footage of burning police cars, the news had moved on, to The Esplanade and, later still, to the east end detention centre where yet another group of protesters was encircled and rounded up in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

All of it was available via an iPhone webcast, distributed via Twitter, viewed by hundreds.

“Anybody who had a smart phone using Twitter had a real-time intelligence feed of everything that was going on,” says Internet strategist Jesse Hirsh, who describes the experience that night as “transcendent.”

Suddenly, casual usual users of Twitter, those had been previously only signalling their personal thoughts and daily activities, discovered an entirely new way to get news. That was evidenced by the hundreds of new followers gained by Paikin, Hirsh and other journalists using Twitter that night.

That the latest media — whether newspapers, radio, TV or telephones — fuel political and cultural revolutions is not a new idea, of course.”

Victoria, BC is so forward thinking

In Canada, Government, Have to Laugh, Media, The Social, West Coast on June 30, 2010 at 06:39

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So you want your city to become the social media capital of Canada, what do you do?  Well the Mayor Dean Fortin has officially designated June 30th as Social Media Day.  You laugh, but it true.  A social guru named Paul Homes took his petition to city council and they approved it.

Try doing something like that in Toronto and see how far you get.  So congrats Victoria.  Hopefully Toronto will follow suite, in about 20 years.

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You can connect with Paul Homes here and http://twitter.com/tpholmes

You can learn more about Social Media Day at the Mashable Website here

Canadian Music has a new outlet. Meet the Wiki!

In Canada, East Coast, French Kiss, Me Myself & I, Music, The Social, West Coast, YouTube on June 17, 2010 at 09:13

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Surfing through the net on fyimusic.ca this morning, I came across a project that CBC Radio3 freelancer writer Amanda Ash helped create.  The beta version of the Canadian Music Wiki is up and is looking for contributors.

From the site…

“This project is dedicated to using collaborative and social media to enrich Canada’s music scene by creating a comprehensive guide to Canadian music. We welcome your contributions.

The Canadian Music Wiki is a wiki, meaning you can edit nearly any page at any time. This wiki strives to encourage artists, media and fans alike to contribute their knowledge to this digital resource. We hope it will serve as Canada’s hub for everything music-related.”

From Amanda…

“This wiki strives to encourage artists, media and fans alike to contribute their knowledge to this digital resource,”

I’ve signed myself up under “myonlinelifenow” at will adding reviews, pictures and additional information write ups to the site.  If you create, cover, enjoy or sell Canadian Music start plotting keystrokes to the http://www.canadianmusicwiki.ca. Let us show why Canadian Music is so important to Canadians and the rest of the world.

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Some highlights of what Canadian Music has to offer

Swim Drink Fish Music?

In Canada, Mother Nature, Music, Ontario Only, The Environmental Session, The Social on May 24, 2010 at 04:35

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Wyandot (Huron) word ontario meaning “Lake of Shining Waters” (Ontara = beautiful, Ontario = beautiful lake) thanks Wikipedia.  Lake Ontario has been neglected for too long.  That’s where Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s project Swim Drink Fish Music comes into play. LOW’s mission is to educate the public about Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes Basin.  LOW trains other individuals and volunteer groups to be local water guardians and to report pollution concerns.  Swim Drink Fish Music is website that profiles awesome bands from all over Canada that want to have a say about how we use our water in the great lakes.  You’ll find music that is exclusive to SDFM and for a donation of $10 you get access to all of this great music.  Bands and individual artist donate their songs, so all the money goes to the cause.  Since you need to sign up and sign in I can’t sample any of the music on my site but follow this link and take a look and listen.  http://www.swimdrinkfishmusic.com/ I know you won’t be disappointed.  For more information you can contact Jackie Mersereau on the twitters @JackieMersereau

Oh and a bit of Andrea Gauster, Broken Social Scene, Rush & Arcade Fire to boot!

Andrea Gauster is back on the scene with two Toronto Shows.

Friday May 28th @ the Free Times Cafe | Playing alongside the ueber talented Jack Connolly and Charles Tilden (of Parks and Rec) @ 8PM AND Wednesday June 16th @ The Central Toronto Independent Music Awards “Best Live” Showcase | 7:30 PM …a high-ish profile gig with solid media coverage and the chance to win $15000!

I’ve been a huge fan of Ms. Gauster and recommend her to anyone looking for a peak into the future of Canadian music.

Broken Social Scene = Rock Royalty? Do tell

You can read the full article from The Independent here

It’s close to midnight and Kevin Drew, co-founder of Broken Social Scene, is sleeping on the floor of a New York recording studio, headphones clamped to his head, hands clasped in the attitude of prayer.
He’d been leading the members of the Toronto collective through “A Maid of Amsterdam”, a sea shanty scheduled for the second of Hal Wilner’s Rogue’s Gallery compilations. “Maybe we should do it balls out. Louder, freakier and crazy,” he offered right before lights out.
Broken Social Scene have no shortage of members. Nine squeezed on to David Letterman’s stage earlier in the day to play “Forced to Love”, a single from Forgiveness Rock Record, their first new album in five years. It was a “sausage situation”, notes Lisa Lobsinger, a member the band picked up in Calgary several years ago — though not as tight as it can be. Sometimes the number of members rises to 17.
So Drew’s inebriation is not much of a problem: the rest, led by the other founder-member Brendan Canning, jam on regardless, crafting the loose anti-pop sound that’s sustained them for a decade. For reasons of temperament – and perhaps geography and climate – Canada seems to specialise in large, sprawling groups of musicians. Montreal has Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Arcade Fire; the Wainwright-McGarrigle’s folk family set; and Toronto, the Scene itself around which other bands like Do Make Say Think and singers, among them Leslie “1234” Feist and Emily Haines, orbit.
In kind with Canada itself, the Scene’s identity is defined by its inability to define one; and individual will is expressed through community. Canning calls the band an “easy rock Wu-Tang Clan”; others have likened them to the Liverpool Scene, the late-Sixties poetry-rock collective, or even Fleetwood Mac in view both of their mixed-gender make-up and historically elastic romantic arrangements.
It’s not that every member has slept with every other, Canning explains, just some. “These are the trials you have to live through as a band. It’s just propinquity. Men and women living in close quarters… things happen. We used to be together, now you’re married and now you are. Things get messy.”

After being inducted into the Canadian Song Writers Hall of Fame, what does Rush do as an encore?  They go to movies!

The Arcade Fire have been in hiding ever since finishing off their world wide tour of Neon Bible.  Well they did come out for a bit adding a song to Where The Wild Things Are?

But they’ve decided to give a little, no smaller than that, a snippet of what all the hush hush has been done.  You can take listen hear

Oh and the Stars are following me on Twitter. Hi to Torquil Campbell, Amy Millian, Evan Cranley, Chris Seligman and Pat McGee. Welcome to my little world on the internet.  If you haven’t listen to Stars before, here’s a little sample… and yes they are that good.  Rock on Canada! Rock On!

One last shout out to Darrelle London.  Congrats on your signing with Perez Hilton’s label Perezcious.  More on Ms. London later