Music News Monday: Maestro Fresh Wes releases Black History Month video, and more!

Black History Month is upon us, and Toronto based rapper Maestro Fresh Wes celebrates with a new video for his single “Timeless” off his 2013 album Orchestrated Noise.
 

Maestro Fresh Wes feat. Divine Brown – “Timeless”
 
The single pays homage to music industry trailblazers such as Oscar Peterson and Michael Jackson.
 

@MaestroFreshWes gives a shoutout to Bob Marley

 
Festivalgoers in British Columbia will soon be free to drink alcohol throughout the festival grounds. A news release from the office of the Ministry of Justice says the province supports changes to current BC liquor laws, stating their current policies are “outdated” and in need of modernization.
 
Once in effect—which could take several months—festivalgoers will no longer be restricted to cordoned-off areas, or ‘beer gardens.’
 
The changes are embraced with open arms from the non-profit community, as well as entertainment/event industry community. Bob D’Eith, executive director of Music BC says the move from “the ‘beer garden’ model is a very positive move,” and, “This will allow families to stay together at events, reduce costs for festival organizers and make the festival experience that much better for all fans of live music.”
 
Other policy changes include extended room service hours at hotels, and the allowance of hard-liquor drinks being made available to all patrons at arenas and stadiums—currently, only premium seat patrons can enjoy a rum and coke during a concert.
 
For more information on the changes to BC liquor policy, visit enage.gov.bc.ca/liquorpolicyreview.
 
The changes are perfect timing for the Squamish Music Festival attendees, as their 2014 lineup has been announced. Canadian acts include headliner Arcade Fire, Tokyo Police Club, Kevin Drew, and Aidan Knight. More information here.
 

Derrick Fung is behind one of the music industry’s most unique services available—Tunezy allows fans to pay for experiences with their favorite musicians—anything from a special birthday phone call to a pre-concert private dinner. The former investment banker has a keen eye for business; according to his Forbes profile he sold Tunezy to SFX for seven-figure price, although he remains the CEO.
 
Fung shares the ’30 under 30’ status with superstars Lady Gaga and fellow Canadian Justin Bieber. You can catch some of Fung’s insight into the music industry changes that inspired his entrepreneurship here.
 
Leyland Bradley 

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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