A Tribe Called Red spins some beats. Credit: Nadya Kwandibens.
A Tribe Called Red played a second show at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom over the weekend after fans demanded a second show. After promoters agreed to a second show the Commodore was once again sold-out.
A Tribe Called Red has recived more attention than ever; thanks to their second album Nation II Nation, ATCR earned two JUNO nominations and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.
A complete list of tour dates is available here.
The daily lineup for the Squamish Valley Music Festival was recently announced, and headlining this year is Bruno Mars, Eminem, and Arcade Fire.
The three-day long music festival is set to provide a jam-packed entertainment. Erik Hoffman, Vice-President of Talent for Live Nation Canada says today’s music landscape calls for a more diverse set of music genres, meaning Squamish will have “something for everyone on each day of the festival this year.”
More information about Squamish including tickets/wristbands is available here.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been hitting-up the club scene for reasons you might not expect.
Ford was asked to play DJ at The Rivoli on Saturday for a Kickstarter fundraising effort to send local DJs to Texas to compete at the SXSW DJ competition. It’s a win for DJs and Ford Nation, as Ford’s re-election campaign is focusing heavily on the Toronto youth demographic particularly in the downtown core.
Ford received a few pointers from music producer James Peck, aka “Memorecks”, before mixing some beats on his own.
Peck told the National Post that he was impressed with Rob Ford’s skill and that “the whole room was very upbeat.”
There is mostly positive reaction to Ford’s DJ gig via twitter. Although sentiments are tongue-in-cheek and lighthearted, it seems Ford may have genuinely struck a chord with the DJ industry and youth demographic.
The National Post says Ford spoke with Toronto radio station Z103.5 the following morning after the gig, expressing support for Toronto youth, saying that youth will be a vital component of his campaign.
Proving music is a shared interest across all political standing, the Canadian Heritage committee will undergo a study of the Canadian music industry’s current condition.
Industry leaders applaud the decision and party leaders alike, as CTV News reports Liberal MP Stéphane Dion says such a study is “long overdue.”
While changes in the industry have been experienced worldwide, the Canadian industry in particular continues to stay relatively strong, depending on whom you talk to.
Praise has been given to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for its longstanding commitment to supporting Canadian music and the standards to which radio and television must operate within.
Others feel funding for the music industry is adequate already, while others such as Stuart Johnston from Canadian Independent Music Association, says it’s the labels that have switched their focus, from album sales and concert events, to music streaming.
– Leyland Bradley