Just a tad…
Remember the good old days? Before downloading, before YouTube. When seeing a cavalcade of world’s top female performers in the same venue was the norm. Was it ever the norm? No matter, because Lilith Fairs One and Two rocked the house. I had to work the weekend that number Three hit Toronto so I can’t speak to that concert year, but Lilith Fair in general from 1997 to 1999 grossed $52,937,965 and drew 1,616,500 people at 104 concerts.
On the flip side of Sarah McLachlan’s problems is Sarah Hammer fortune. Music seems to have been a part time gig ever since Sarah Hammer co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) in 2005. This is an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would see some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Hammer since her time with Weeping Tile back in the 90’s and listening to her new album Oh Little Fire was a treat. She has a wonderful voice with strong and timely vocals. This a great album and definitely worth the buy. I’ve got a great interview with Jian Ghomeshi from Q below.
You can read Marsha Lederman’s full article at the Globe and Mail here
Foul times for Lilith Fair
…Ticket sales for Lilith have fallen far short of expectations. Dates have been cancelled and some shows have been moved to smaller venues.
It’s a shocking, frustrating turn of events for the co-founders of what had been a groundbreaking festival. Tube tops and ta-tas aside, Lilith Fair marked a seminal moment for women in pop music: female stars and emerging artists, crossing genres and entertaining (and perhaps even empowering) the masses, female and male.
Famously born out of a gender imbalance on the concert scene, Lilith Fair was proof that women could be headliners and supporters on the same bill, and then some. From 1997 through 1999, it was one of the highest-grossing touring festivals in the world, with more than 1.5 million people attending…
…It appears the entire back end of the tour is being axed. While Terry McBride, Lilith’s co-founder and CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, would not confirm any of the unannounced cancellations, he did indicate earlier this week, after only the Phoenix cancellation had been announced, that more shows could be cut.
McBride says he is surprised by the tour’s struggles. “I think we have phenomenal talent. You don’t get this sort of talent all on the same bill [unless it’s] a Bonnaroo or something of that nature, but those are destination events. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in that city, it’s probably going to cost you $1,000 just to get there.”…
…McBride insists Lilith’s troubles are tied to the economy and a North America-wide downturn in concert sales. “This is not a Lilith phenomenon. This is a summer recession-finally-being-felt phenomenon.”
It’s clearly upsetting for the music-industry veteran, but he’s been around this block before. “In 1997, we honestly did not know what was going to happen. Did we think that we were gonna lose our shirts then? Probably not. But we knew that that was [a possibility]. Could we lose our shirts [now]? Yeah. Could we not? Yes. It’s always a chance. When you’re putting together something this big with that much talent, there’s definitely risk.”
If you’re interested in PERL you can read what they’re all about below and visit the website here
PERL Mission and Objectives
1. To protect and enhance Burlington’s Niagara Escarpment and rural land in the Region of Halton by:
o Preserving vital ecosystems and natural habitats
o Protecting Endangered and Threatened animal and plant species
o Safeguarding rural water tables, wells, Provincially and Regionally
Significant Wetlands and watercourses
o Creating a Mount Nemo Natural Heritage System (NHS) and Cultural
Heritage Landform area to be permanently preserved
2. To preserve and enhance quality of life in Ontario, with special
focus on the Niagara Escarpment area by:
o Advocating for sustainable aggregate resource legislation for
o Advocating for Green Gravel Standards and Green Gravel Certification (GGC) using market initiatives to reduce our ecological footprint, and increase environmental sustainability
o Assisting in the development of comprehensive Provincial and
Regional planning for aggregate extraction in Ontario using sustainability
principles, including the planning for appropriate siting of future
aggregate extraction/production sites
o Supporting enforcement of aggregate production regulations, laws and
o Promoting construction material recycling, mandated use of Green
Gravel material and other conservation measures and technologies
3. To prevent the licensing of a new quarry on the Niagara Escarpment
in Burlington Ontario.
4. To ensure that the spirit of the continuous natural corridor is
upheld in the Niagara Escarpment’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
1. Help create an Ontario Sustainable Aggregate Resources Act to ensure
that quarrying provides the highest degree of environmental protection
possible and embraces the Ontario Environment Commissioner’s recommendations
2. Help devise and implement Green Gravel Standards for aggregate
production, and implement in the Building Codes and Standards, Official
Plans, Provincial Policy Statement and all future urban and rural planning.
The standard will be based on the experience with lumbering standards i.e.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and should permeate development all the way
down to governmental, construction industry and retail procurement
3. Advocate banning future and specific current aggregate operations in
the Natural Heritage System areas of the Ontario Greenbelt; and designating
areas of the Niagara Escarpment as Greenbelt NHS, through an updated Niagara
Escarpment Plan, and maps to appropriately identify significant
environmental features. Ensure emphasis on Source Water protection and
Species at Risk protection.
4. Draft and implement a Mount Nemo Natural Heritage System and Cultural
Heritage Landform area to be permanently protected from un-sustainable human activity including future aggregate extraction / production as part of the Greenbelt NHS ban on aggregates.
5. Continue to engage the Joint Agency Review Team (JART) and the ARA
processes; influence ministries, agencies and Councils; and work for denial
of the Nelson Aggregate permit for extraction
6. Spearhead the creation of a new vision for Mt Nemo – a 100 year plan for sustainability, quality of life, ecological and economic health