Archive for the Canadian Music Category

GWNtertainment #39 by JAIMIE VERNON

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on February 14, 2022 by segarini

While Canada does battle with another of its Constipational Crisis events, it’s a good time to take a breather and step away from the quagmire of social media, and bad news,  to lift one’s spirit for Valentine’s Day. No, not the Hallmark invented wallet sucking guilt machine, but simply the day to celebrate love – in all its permutations from romantic to platonic to metaphorical. Here’s a love-cycled listcicle of aging CanCon for dusty old hearts to get you in the mood.

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Pat Blythe – Where do we go from here? ……and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2022 by segarini

Throughout the past two years we’ve all tried to predict, guess, envisage, calculate, even hope what the future of music will be, once we are no longer struggling and fighting this global pandemic. We have been living in a world that seems surreal… a bad dream you wish you could wake up from, just by rubbing your eyes. That anything like this could happen in the 21st century seems rather absurd and unbelievable. Thing is… did. We are not impervious, but we are arrogant in thinking that we are. Lately, events have proven that we still have a long way to go. There remains, in all parts of the world, a whole level of uneducated obtuseness that exists even after we’ve heard from Archimedes, Aristotle, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawking and their ilk. Baby…..we have a looooong way to go.

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GWNtertainment #38 by JAIMIE VERNON

Posted in Books, Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on February 7, 2022 by segarini

I’m just going to throw this truth bomb into the middle of the room as it’s something that needs to be mentioned on the heels of the entire Spotify “doesn’t pay artists” discussion. Though it’s NOT the same business model, the results are the same in terms of exploitation of music artists: broadcast terrestrial radio does not pay artists either. Not in 100 years of transmissions on the airwaves. Anywhere. Ever. You know who DOES get paid when they play a song on your radio? Songwriters. The people that write the songs get a few pennies per spin – substantially more than any of the streaming services – but still, it’s mere pennies. Stations pay an annual fee for spinning tracks to performing rights organizations (in Canada it’s SOCAN, in the US they have BMI and ASCAP). Songwriters, God bless them, closed ranks and got their foot in the door early in radio’s development as they’d already seen sheet music sales crushed once people could start buying music on vinyl. Musicians did not organize…because their record labels were supposed to advocate for them. HAHAHAHA.

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Pat Blythe – Indie Week…..Julian Taylor….podcasting……and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2022 by segarini

I’m missing the live music, the clubs…..but most of all the people. It’s been two years now since I’ve trolled Toronto’s club scene, traveled with the ONES show and visited the many stages of the various festivals in Ontario. I loved it all….every second of it! I met some of the most incredible people, heard some fantastic music, and was honoured to a part of a scene I had been away from for so long. I made new friends (and lost a few), learned new skills, and was gifted with the opportunity to write this column… was a whirlwind six years. Then Covid decided to rain on our parade. The Pandemic Interviews allowed me to stay connected to many of the musicians I met during those five years.

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GWNtertainment #37 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on February 1, 2022 by segarini

This week fabled Canadian folkie/rocker/hippie/activist Neil Young had a showdown with streaming service Spotify over the tech giant’s decision to fund and stream controversial American actor/counter-activist Joe Rogan’s podcasts of misinformation concerning,  among other things – vaccines. Neil threatened to remove his music from  the streaming platform if Rogan’s podcast wasn’t removed. Spotify doubled down and let Young’s music go – continuing their backing of Rogan and his content. Social media erupted. Neil Young supporters, in turn, cancelled subscriptions to the Spotify streaming service not only to get behind Young, but as a statement against a longer running controversy – Spotify’s poor track record in paying music artists for use of their songs on the streaming platform.

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GWNtertainment #36 by JAIMIE VERNON

Posted in Books, Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on January 24, 2022 by segarini

The 1980s are back, baby! What’s that, you say? Yes, you heard me correctly. Folks in the pandemic were expecting a return to the Roaring ’20s, but what actually happened was a return to the square wave. Maybe it was the desire to return to a decade that was fun and optimistic, or maybe just the fact that without being able to share a room with fellow musicians and make loud, raucous noise during the pandemic, Canadian musicians went back to their synth roots. Put on your skinny ties, Miami Vice pastels, and aviator sunglasses cause the music has gone neon again.

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Pat Blythe- Catch up…..Christmas kiboshed…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, Family, Food, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2022 by segarini

This week’s column is a bit of a mish mash. It’s been six weeks since my last writing and so much has happened (or not happened)! Where to begin?? Let’s see….another variant tanking Christmas and New Year’s Eve for so many of us; a giant roast turkey all dressed up with nowhere to go; dating my couch; a quiet but lovely New Year’s Eve; Christmas decorations still hanging about, and the storage bins to put away; the closing of “indoor damn near everything”; back to dating my couch, but now we’ve got a threesome going with the fridge…..yep, so much has happened!

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GWNtertainment  #35 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on January 17, 2022 by segarini

Check. Check one two. Check check. Check, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Bitcoin. Is this thing on? Hey, there you are! We’re back. It’s 2022 so remain calm. Despite the date change, we  haven’t. Just took some time off to regroup and…well…release a solo album. After a thirteen years absence, I thought it was time to release some new music myself and hopefully, inspire others to do the same. It’s all instrumentals and entitled ‘Sounds & Silences.’ You, dear readers, get a first listen. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, there are others in the Canadian wilds doing the same thing. The music has not stopped rolling in, and in fact, we were overwhelmed during the furlough. So, without further ado, dig into all the great new music, re-issues, and exciting announcements below. There’s a lot to digest so we’re giving you a bullet point shopping list. We suggest tracking down info on the artist once you’ve checked out a track you like.

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GWNtertainment #34 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2021 by segarini

Well, it’s been a hell of a year, folks. Between the continued restrictions from COVID and the uncertainty of our times, many like myself have sought solace in music. GWNtertainment would like to thank the many music publicists who supply us with the news we share, and to the musicians battling both employment and the continued devaluation of their art, we salute you. Your music does matter. It does make  a difference and it makes writing this column worth every minute.

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GWNtertainment #33 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on December 6, 2021 by segarini

As the musical landscape continues to be divided into a million pieces of the profit pie, indie artists are having to be more and more creative to try and wrangle their share of it. While major label artists wrestle control of Spotify play lists – and the $3.00 in revenue that will generate – those without the music machine financing their efforts have been crowd funding new albums for the better part of the last decade. The direct route has been GoFundMe where artists raise capital over a set period of time – and offer perks to those who pony up the cash. Intrepid artists have upped the ante by putting their necks and growing careers on Patreon  – a monthly subscription initiative that requires the artist to be creative in real-time by making videos, offering exclusive content, doing live streams, setting up prize packages, meet-and-greets at future live shows,  and effectively working full-time at maintaining the interest of paying patrons. Most of the content is exclusive to paying patrons – something that heralds back to the working lives of classical musicians in the 17th and 18th centuries. The most successful of these has allowed some artists to quit day jobs and just be creative 24/7.

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