We touched on a plethora (love that word) of items in Part I of Smart Speakers. How they work, what they do, problems and positives for radio. Now let’s go down a path that, to me, just seems where it all has to end up like it or not – because of these speakers.
The hometown team may have lost Tuesday night’s game, but Unison Benevolent Fund and MusiCounts were big winners at this third annual music industry fundraiser. Over $11K was raised and 720 attendees had a great time.
Dog Day leader Seth Smith turns to film, Demo Lovato cancels her Toronto show, and Merkules announces a major Canadian tour. Also in the news are Festival of Beer, Empire Rockfest, Bat Out Of Hell, Blues Summit, Rachel Beck, Manitoba Music, Josh Colle, Lantern Tour, and Habari Africa festival. Videos added for your enjoyment.
John Kay (pictured) turns philanthropist, Canadian rockers cash in on the craft beer fad and the trials of Demi Lovato. Also in the headlines are Gruff Rhys, the Ness Creek and Squamish fests, Toto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, National Album Day, Joan Jett, Nilüfer Yanya, Evanescence, and The Interrupters.
New releases this week include offerings from Boz Scaggs, Thomas Dolby, Dee Snider, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Psychedelic Furs, and Daughtry. The Canadian list is headed by Megative, Jazz Cartier, and Raffi.
Chris Ruscheinski and his twin brother Jamie were still in high school when the inconceivable occurred: they discovered that their mother Janis had contracted breast cancer. It was a bummer of a situation, but they weren’t going to crumble. Instead, they did something brave and totally unexpected and absolutely proactive.
The Ontario singer/songwriter releases a new record, Youth, on Sept. 7. It is described as a coming-of-age album, as evidenced by this advance cut. Producer/co-writer Colin Munroe adds contemporary touches, while the sweet melodicism of Mattson’s boyish vocals remains to the fore.