7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 5

It’s like hearing it in 3 dimensions for the first time for many of us. I saw them at good old Maple Leaf Gardens. It meant a lot to see them there. I had no idea it would be the last time I would ever see them. And I had three of my kids with me to see them for the first time. I was always a lover of our country but this band spoke directly to my Canadian heart. More often than not live music brings you to new place with songs you already loved. So, have you had a moment like that? To see the Leaf-related song in the home of the Leafs meant everything. Moments that changed things in some way for me. You can discover an artist or learn something new about an artist you know. And the moment that meant the most was this. A live moment? I live in Waterloo so very close by. None of us knew what was to come. We got moved down to the floor which was a surprise. And they all had a reaction when Gord was diagnosed and eventually left us. They didn’t feel the same way about the I did but they knew what that band meant to me. Hip or not, a live experience that hit you in the solar plexus. This week I’m going in a different direction. I was thrilled for several reasons. It was a mass people all beating with one heart in that moment. Live shows bring a new dimension to both music we know and music we don’t know. I hope this will inspire you to share some of your ‘moments’ too. It was the smallest venue I saw them in. Last week we dealt with questions about the various musical “stuff” you love, whether band, voice, lyric or item. Each day I’ll share an important musical moment from my life. The Tragically Hip mean so much to so many. The second one was the last time I saw The Hip in 2015 at The Kitchener Auditorium. It was a thrill for me to share them with my children. While I was lucky enough to see them several times, the first and last time both meant something a little more to me. It was the 90’s but I cannot find the ticket stub to confirm the date (it’s around here somewhere dammit!). The first time was after they became very popular. It was a hair standing up on my neck moment for me. All grown at this point.
7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 5

The Most Listened-To Audiobooks of 2017 Are…

The Most Listened-To Audiobooks of 2017 Are…
Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
6)      The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, narrated by Mel Robbins
7)      A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman, narrated by George Newbern
8)      It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber
9)      Columbus Day by Craig Alanson, narrated by R.C. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
3)      A Game of Thrones by George R. I am an audiobook fanatic. Along with listening to a regular series of podcasts and playlists, I spend a lot of commuting and dog-walking time listening to audiobooks, mostly from Audible.com, averaging about two books a month. R. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
10)  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice
4)      Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, narrated by Trevor Noah
5)      Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
6)      Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. The company has just released its list of the audiobooks that saw the most engagement in 2017. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
Most commented-on audiobooks of 2017:
1)      Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, narrated by Trevor Noah
2)      Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
3)      The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne
4)      I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart, narrated by Kevin Hart
5)      We Are Legion: We Are Bob by Dennis E. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
7)      It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber
8)      How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, narrated by Andrew MacMillan
9)      Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Bray
10)  For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
  Most listened-to titles on Audible in 2017:
1)      The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne
2)      Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K.

The US Killed Net Neutrality. Now the Commissioner is Being Targeted by a DJ

This video explains what’s going on and what’s at stake. He’s looking at taking action. Baauer, the guy behind “The Harlem Shake,” isn’t happy with the unauthorized use of his song. If you’ve been following the ridiculous repeal of net neutrality in the US (something that’s not even on the radar in Canada for a variety of reasons, thank God), you’ll know that three people voting along Republican party lines, went against the wishes of more than 80% of Americans and sided with big ISPs. my first instinct was this can’t be real then i remembered it was still 2017 #NetNeutrality we are living in a full on parody now pic.twitter.com/Rs8htenbd2
— к†и (@killthenoise) December 14, 2017

Good Jeezbus, America… FCC Chairman Ajit Pai tried to calm the fears of Internet users everywhere by appearing in a video explaining how the rollback of the Obama-era net neutrality rules is nothing to fear.
Now the Commissioner is Being Targeted by a DJ The US Killed Net Neutrality.

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 805: 60 Mind-Blowing Things About Music in 60 Minutes

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 805: 60 Mind-Blowing Things About Music in 60 Minutes
After twelve years working on this program in a converted bedroom, I made the move to a full-feature workspace in the basement. I feel terrible for Matt and Elisha, the two interns who had to haul thousands of books–most of them hardcover–out of storage and down into the basement where they had to be sorted by topic, alphabetized and neatly put on shelves. It’a marvelously efficient place to work. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
The Drive/Kingston
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
98.1 The Bridge/Lethbridge – Saturday night at 6, Sunday morning at 10am
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. It’s lovely. For the first time since I started The Ongoing History of New Music in 1993, all my stuff is in one place: all the computers, audio gear, video gear, all the CDs, vinyl, books, magazines, files–everything!–is together. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Collectively, me and the interns uncovered a lot of material that has never been used on an Ongoing History program. Which brings us to this week’s show. This, however, was not an easy project. From those piles of boxes, I pulled out what I considered to be sixty of the coolest things that could find for presenting over six minutes. Songs on this show:
My Chemical Romance, Welcome to the Black Parade
Weezer, El Scorcho
The Clash, Should I Stay or Should I Go
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Give It Away
The Killers, Mr. WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. It would be a shame to let all that knowledge and all those factoids go to waste, right? And then there was the matter of all the stuff I had scattered around the house. Renovations being what they are, it took a full ten weeks longer than anticipated. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. Matt had the horrible job of filing hundreds of CDs that I had neglected for a couple for years. Planning, adjusting the planning, getting the required permits, scheduling the trades, ordering and taking delivering of the materials, sending the wrong materials back and waiting for the new ones–you name it, it happened. One of my great accomplishments of 2017 was the long-overdue construction of a new home office. Brightside
Soundgarden, My Wave
The Monks, Drugs in My Pocket
Garbage, #1 Crush
Social Distortion, Ring of Fire
Our playlister Eric Wilhite has come up with this. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
NEW! And then there were dozens of bankers boxes, many filled with forgotten research notes and newspaper clippings.

Random Music News for Saturday, December 16, 2017

The average Spotify user streams 40 artists a week. And now, the music news for December 16. Finally. A good read: Rewiring our entire relationship to music. If you read this, you’ll never listen to “White Christmas” the same way again…
…or George Michael’s “Last Christmas.”
Creditors have moved in on the organizers of the Fyre Festival. Discuss that amongst yourselves. That’s the biggest first week total for a rock album this year. Meanwhile, Apple has brought Siri to 30 airports, including Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. There’s a new clue into the WW II disappearance of bandleader Glenn Miller. Do podcasts have a discoverability problem? Here’s the latest merger of speakers and fake stone. Qantas hates Uggs. Here’s a list of the best music industry newsletters. It’s now at around $19 billion, which is more than all the major labels put together.   If this is your birthday, you have the distinction of having the worst birth date on the calendar. I subscribe to just about all of them. You just knew that Samsung was working on a smart speaker…
…and Apple’s HomePod is still in the works. Cell phone service comes to the TTC subways. Good luck in extracting any money from them. Have you ever tried to search for something cool? Here’s why. U2’s Songs of Experience sold about 180,000 copies in its first week in the US. Especially on older New Wave/technopop stars. Vincent Nguini, who was known for playing with Paul Simon, has died at age 65. The estimated value of Spotify just keeps rising.
Random Music News for Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Cure’s 40th Anniversary Show Sounds Epic

The Cure’s 40th Anniversary Show Sounds Epic
The Cure will only be playing one European show in 2018, but the British mainstays plan on making it count. For some reason hearing that The Cure is 40 caught me off guard. They are promising a full 120 minute headline set! Read more here and here. Ride and Slowdive apparently comprise the event’s shoegaze contingency. I should have known that and it shouldn’t have surprised me but it did. To celebrate the band’s 40th birthday, Robert Smith and his fellow imaginary boys have assembled a kind of Monsters of Moody Rock line-up featuring Interpol, Goldfrapp, and Editors. To celebrate, they are throwing a one-night-only party of epic proportions.

Speech Recognition Being Used To Analyze Apollo Tapes

Speech Recognition Being Used To Analyze Apollo Tapes
The analog audio tape technology available in the late 1960s must have seemed like a blessing at the time. Hansen, using the Soundscriber would have required 170 years to handle the Apollo 11 mission tapes alone. Look at Suri, Alexa and the brilliantly named Google Assistant! There was a lot more said during the Apollo 11 missions besides “the Eagle has landed” and “that’s one step for man.” To help preserve and make accessible the thousands of hours of recorded mission audio, a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas used speech recognition technology to unscramble and analyze the conversations between astronauts, mission control, and technicians across a quarter of a million miles of space. This was all new technology at the time and given the tapes are not collated and the voices not easily identified at times, something new was required. Check out the rest of the story at New Atlas. Obsolescence was a particular problem because the tapes could only be played on a machine at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston called a SoundScriber, which used a manual crank to move from track to track. Speech recognition has come a long way in recent years. And on top of all of this, the recordings were raw. The Apollo 11 mission was probably the biggest story since a curious fish decided to set foot on land 380 million years ago, but unlike that development, the first Moon landing could be recorded in more detail and more comprehensively than any other great event in history up to that time. I never expected to hear that this technology would be used to analyze the conversations recorded from an old space flight. According to Center for Robust Speech Systems (CRSS) founder and director Dr. Nothing was edited or collated and there was nothing to show who was talking as many technicians spoke over one another. John H.L. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, Hansen’s team in cooperation with the University of Maryland developed a new sound system that could do the same job in months. The whole thing is quite fascinating. Sometimes a technological advance can be a curse – especially if technology keeps galloping ahead at a breakneck pace.

More On Metadata

More On Metadata
There is also the fact that the US doesn’t collect performance royalties (we call it a ‘neighbouring right’ in Canada) from terrestrial broadcasters, whereas most top line music countries, including Canada, do. Having all the information about who and what is necessary to correctly I.D who rights payments go to, and equally important is having a standard protocol for Re:Sound and the songwriter/music publisher agency, SOCAN, to interpret. As you can imagine, gathering data from hundreds of stations across all sorts of markets can be daunting. Last week we heard about a new collaboration between Bell, Re:Sound and Music Canada to improve the quality of the data across Bell’s media platforms, specifically in radio. The music industry has been struggling for over a decade to create uniform databases that can correctly identify songs and the performers with the many stakeholders who are eligible to earn royalty income from terrestrial and satellite radio, public performance and streaming services for the public performance of music. The muddle of knowing who owes what to who blew up when the music industry morphed from LPs, with detailed liner notes, to digital files that in early days failed to embed the relevant information that could help identify the rights owners. The money is divided up between those countries Canada has reciprocal agreements with, and our homegrown artists. And there is more to the difficulties around metadata and the payments:
This is the broad brushstroke. The industry now realizes that millions of dollars sit unclaimed because the agencies that collect the monies don’t have enough information to determine who gets the payments. This is an ongoing discussion. Billions of data points are generated from music performances. Read more on it here, here, here and here. Simply put, if the US doesn’t collect for performances of Canadian artists in the US, we don’t pay for the performance royalties collected in Canada to them. It gets a lot more complicated when one understands that there are a lot of songwriters and groups with similar or identical names in different jurisdictions.

7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 6

7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 6
I just saw the interview and saw a clip of them playing “I Will Follow”. Last week we dealt with questions about the various musical “stuff” you love, whether band, voice, lyric or item. Each day I’ll share an important musical moment from my life. After grabbing some food and drinking a couple of pints I had a lovely buzz going. That caught my ear and started me on a long journey of fandom. That’s a long time to follow a band without seeing them. Moments that changed things in some way for me. I just wanted to see my favourite band live. Then, a few days before the concert, someone from work says “My friend backed out of the show and I thought you’d like to come”. This week I’m going in a different direction. So I got even more excited. The show was a blur but I’ll never forget that moment. They were playing the El Mocambo in Toronto and Jeanne Beker interviewed Bono in a coffee shop near the venue. I hope this will inspire you to share some of your ‘moments’ too. So, how about you? I love that feeling of anticipation and total absorption in the night and music. Then the lights went down and I felt like I was vibrating. Ever had a moment like that? It was 17 years from the time I first heard U2 to the first time I saw them live. You can discover an artist or learn something new about an artist you know. Suddenly the guy I went with grabs my arm and drags me out of the seats. We run over to the fence at the back of our section. No, I wasn’t at the show. So the Pop album comes out in all its ironic glory and pain. So I am standing there as Bono walks within a few feet me do his best boxer impression. I saw video of them but I hadn’t crossed the threshold to being there. I first saw U2 on a TV show called The New Music. The Skydome was packed. The longer this went on, the more frustrated I felt. More often than not live music brings you to new place with songs you already loved. One of my friend’s managed to snag tickets and here was my chance. Had a talk with my friend who said I couldn’t pass them up. Yeah, the seats were at the far end, miles away but I didn’t care. The date was December 9, 1980. I said I had a ticket but then he mentioned they were 25th row floors. A band you love but had to wait decades to actually experience live? I had forgotten they came in through the crowd. There have lots of bands I like that I haven’t seen over the decades. Live shows bring a new dimension to both music we know and music we don’t know. I was sitting there waiting. It’s like hearing it in 3 dimensions for the first time for many of us. When one of your favourites who brought many moments of joy and a companion to your pain does not get to be seen for that long, it hurts. That was something. As my love of the band grew through the War album and into their rise to the stratosphere, their appearances in Toronto were taken from me for a variety of reasons: couldn’t get through for tickets; no money; no time.

Could Freddie Mercury Be Replace by a Rubber Chicken? Maybe.

Maybe. Could Freddie Mercury Be Replace by a Rubber Chicken?
Could this rubber chicken be in line to be Queen’s next singer? (Blame Tom for the link.) Adam Lambert and Paul Rodgers have both filled in for Freddie Mercury who stubbornly remains dead.

Bono’s Son, Eli Hewson, Has His Own Band. Watch.

Like father like son? Learn more about them here. 24 crazy hours in 36 crazy seconds. They’ve been gigging around. #SupposedToBeAtSchool pic.twitter.com/TCQgmsIG8J
— Inhaler (@InhalerDublin) December 15, 2017 Eli Hewson, son of Bono, is in a Dublin-based band called Inhaler who list their influences as Joy Division (one of dad’s favourites) and the Stone Roses.
Watch. Bono’s Son, Eli Hewson, Has His Own Band.

Christmas Music: Not for Everyone

They’re heard endlessly on the radio, in stores, restaurants and public places. The question is, why? If we look through a recent Nielsen report, we find that the biggest fans of holiday music are millennials(36%) followed closely by Generation X (31%) and then baby boomers (25%). According to a survey of 2,000 people this fall, 17% of American and 25% of British shoppers “actively dislike” Christmas music. I, for example, was in a hotel restaurant and over the course of a 45-minute breakfast, I heard “All I Want for Christmas is You” four times. Possible explanations include:

Christmas Creep, the exhortation for shopping (along with decorations and Christmas music) to start a little earlier this year. According to this survey, one in six people who work re-folding sweaters and the like (and thus those exposed most to in-store music) say repetitive Christmas music “negatively affects their emotional well-being.” Fully a quarter of them say the music makes them feel “less festive.”

But let’s not be all Grinchy and dwell just on the negative. Ubiquity breeds contempt. (Via CNN) The Mariah Effect: There’s a number of Christmas songs that go into heavy rotation for the weeks leading up to December 25. It’s worse if you’re a retail employee. Okay, these are American and British statistics, but they must be at least partly extrapolatable into Canada.
Christmas Music: Not for Everyone

52 Albums That Changed My Life, Chapter 51: Bowie’s Outside

That something new may not always work like Black Tie, White Noise, but it was different and interesting. I would later study Bowie’s music, falling down holes on the internet, reading reviews on his work and stories about his recording process. Like someone gave him a Nine Inch Nails album and Bowie went “Oh… that’s very interesting, I like this. The problem about writing about anything David Bowie, especially now, is that a lot of really good writers have tackled writing about David Bowie. I was amazed. I now want to make my own album” but then what he would make would be organic with no real plan other than, this is what I’m into right now. Every couple of albums it was time to tear down the machine completely and create something new. Bowie would find new and different inspirations and go into other directions leaving outside as a great album but making you wonder what might have been if he had continued on that path. With Bowie, I always got the impression that he actually liked the music he was taking inspiration from. I have vague memories of staying up and seeing Tin Machine perform on Saturday Night Live. Out of touch? Around the same time, Much Music started to play the video for The Heart’s Filthy Lesson. But at the same time, we got Earthling and The Next Day and Heathen so it’s really hard to complain. I would borrow Bowie: The Singles Collection off of my best friend’s father. I miss his sense of humor in interviews. Bowie made an album that was in many ways light years ahead of other artists. I’ve read in a number of different places that Outside had a ton of material recorded for it that was always meant to be revisited but never was. Then one day, it was announced that Nine Inch Nails would be opening for David Bowie. Bowie was that uncle off on adventures that you would get postcards from but would never actually meet. He’s one of the few artists that I miss in a very personal manner. If you’ve followed Nine Inch Nails, you can definitely see that Reznor would take a similar path with later records like The Fragile. In many ways, Outside was really… well… outside… of what you would expect. I’m a big fan of “I Have Not Been to Oxford Town,” which is almost a weird pop number. This guy was obviously trying to do a Nine Inch Nails style album, I should like this. When you’re a teenager, you think some really stupid things. Again, teens think stupid things. Every couple of years, Madonna would tear down her music and look and start a new. Produced by Brian Eno, Outside was progressive. But what I can say about Bowie is that from an entire personal standpoint, Bowie taught me to look at what a musical artist can be from an entirely different view than I had looked at them before I knew about Bowie. “A Small Plot of Land” was a jazzy, swing kind of number. Now, it may be argued that there are other artists who do this. Eno has said on occasion that Outside is the Bowie album. Part of me would love to sit down with those archives, a good set of headphones or speakers and hear what else is in there. And that journey started with one of his later albums, Outside. He did a movie with muppets, didn’t he? Writers who are, in all fairness, better than I am. I hate the fact I will never get to see him perform live and I always get a little sad knowing that there won’t be new music from David Bowie. While “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson” may have made many think they were getting Bowie does Reznor, they were mistaken. But for some reason, it never stuck that these were all the same guy. David Bowie was a musical phantom for me until I hit my teens. Wasn’t he old? Beyond “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson,” there was “Halo Spaceboy,” a rocking number that deserved more recognition than it ever got. He was a staple at Christmas with Bing Crosby. Which seemed weird to me, why Bowie? I’m sure we’ll here unreleased material but at the same time, we’ll never get Bowie being inspired by new sounds and releasing new music. Nine Inch Nails was and remains one of my favorite bands of all time. It’s very catchy with an incredibly singable chorus. Unless you followed Bowie’s career on a whole. It was also a loose concept album and it was oh so good. Madonna is a very similar example. As much as I love music, I very rarely see the artist who makes the music in a personal light. Through Reznor, I would go on to discover a number of artists, many have been written about in previous chapters in this series. From there I’d learn that Bowie was truly a chameleon. That’s not to take away from her mind you, she is very good at reading the tea leaves and doing some really good stuff with newer sounds. Bowie was different. But I am thankful we had him for as long as we did. The difference with how I hear the two artists in these regards is Madonna’s musical moods and changes always seem calculated to me. I really dug it and took a leap of faith and buy it. Well sort of. What they got instead was this eclectic mix of electronic, industrial, with touches of jazz and Bowie’s ever amazing imagination. The other part of me wonders if that would change how I look at Outside. I put in Outside and was surprised. Every now and then he would pop up on television with a new album. I remember him in Labyrinth. We never got the other two parts. It’s not like he wasn’t making great albums, he just never really revisited Outside. I only have one issue with Outside and really part of that comes down to Bowie’s creative impulses, Outside was originally discussed as the first part of a three-album cycle. Until Trent Reznor came along.
52 Albums That Changed My Life, Chapter 51: Bowie’s Outside

This Is Cool: A Message From Earth

This Is Cool: A Message From Earth
The Voyager Golden Record shows what we can do when we come together to create and share something bigger than us, and that feels like a welcome message in 2017. 2. Each musician discusses how their music is influenced by their world locally and globally, paired with one-hour musical mixes from leading DJs from their home country. The records were intended as a message from Earth for any extraterrestrial life that might find them. We’ve collaborated with 40 individuals and organizations from over 20 countries to put this together, and we’re humbled by the people we’ve been able to work with,” says Stephen Canfield, WeTransfer’s VP of Marketing. Contributors include Aspen Matis, Charlie Skelton, Deepak Chopra, Hannah Giorgis, John Saward, Lawrence Krauss, Musa Okwonga, Nelly Ben Hayoun, The Range, Sara-Kate Astrove, Shelly Oria and Vera Chok. Music: In video conversations between BBC 6 Radio’s Gilles Peterson and leading international musicians living in London, Peterson explores the global influences of contemporary sound. Their works are commissioned to celebrate themes of hope, determination, and goodwill, are inspired by the original project. Having your own copy and different ways to experience it have come in the last year. Check out all the amazing material at A Message From Earth. “We’ve had a strong commitment to arts and sciences since 2009, and this felt like a natural next step for us – closely collaborating with amazing people to tell a story that’s inspired so many. “WeTransfer came from the creative community, and as a company we embrace projects like the Voyager Golden Record to inspire us. Epilogue: An animated video collaboration produced in response to the question “do we matter?”, with a musical score from Oneohtrix Point Never and Voyager short film by WeTransfer Studios. 4. 1. Sounds: An interactive, custom-designed sound collage generator allows visitors to contribute their own unique sound to the project, using and manipulating sounds produced by S U R V I V E, the group best known for scoring Netflix’s Stranger Things. Greetings: Wanda Díaz Merced, a blind astronomer who uses sonification to study interstellar events, presents a study of stars as heard on earth – with a selection of images curated by NASA’s Rebecca Roth. We’ve heard a lot about that golden record aboard Voyager as its journey to the stars continues, at least for now. Images: Photo essays from international photographers Chiara Goia, Albert Bonsfills, Luisa Dörr, Sasha Arutyunov, and Kent Andreasen focus on stories of hope, determination, and goodwill in the respective cities they call home. Brainwaves: A series of 500-word pieces from artists, writers, and musicians explore the phrase “and somehow, somewhere, the record arrives…”. This is an impressive collaboration of contemporary artists and more. WeTransfer is providing $10,000 grants to each institution to initiate public donations, and the project will be commemorated in a $15 limited edition zine with 100% of generated revenues going to the non-profits above. We hope others feel the same, and that we can use this to raise funding for more exploration and selfless acts of cultural diplomacy in the years to come.”
The chapters available include:
Preface: A comic of illustrations by Sophy Hollington telling the story and brief history of the original Golden Record. Musicians include Christian Scott, Nubya Garcia, DJ Edu, Jordan Rakei, Maft Sai, DJ Lefto, DJ Soul Sista, and Dengue Dengue Dengue, DJ Juls, Nai Palm, Fatima Al Qadiri, and Luzmira (of Family Atlantica) Zerpa. 5. A new celebration of this ongoing journey comes in the form of A Message From Earth:
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Golden Record project, WeTransfer has partnered with Stink Studios, Gilles Peterson, Oneohtrix Point Never, S U R V I V E, Wanda Diaz Merced and more to present “A Message from Earth.”
This interactive exhibition of specially-commissioned music, film, art and literature pays tribute to the ambitious, optimistic spirit of the original Golden Record. The unique online exhibition “A Message from Earth” represents a collage of the contemporary human condition, and features new and exclusive pieces from leading artists, musicians, photographers, authors, and scientists. The exhibition’s intention is to relay a message of goodwill and encourage further exploration while raising awareness and funding for Astronomers without Borders, the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, and the SETI Institute. These were placed aboard NASA’s Voyager I and II, two spacecraft blasted into space to go further than anything man-made had ever gone before. 40 years ago, a group led by astronomer Carl Sagan set themselves a seemingly impossible challenge – to sum up what it means to be human, and capture these images, sounds, music and greetings on two Golden Records. 3.

Rivoli To Host Photo Exhibit

Rivoli To Host Photo Exhibit
Rivoli is located at 332 Queen Street West. In View takes place at Rivoli (332 Queen Street West) for one night only on December 19th from 8:00PM. This looks to be an interesting photo exhibit being hosted by the Rivoli and called In View. The show is open to the public and is free to attend. “It has been a difficult and confusing year to say the least but attempting to understand through creativity and art always brings a beautiful sense of togetherness,” says Heins. In View is a photo exhibition which reviews that past year in music by pulling together the work of nineteen of Toronto’s finest photographers including: Vanessa Heins, Dustin Rabin, Jess Baumaung, Kate Killet and Louis Mora. “In View showcases the year in music through nineteen sets of eyes and not only celebrates the voices in the images but also those capturing these moments in time.”
The list of photographers is below:

If you get a chance this looks to be worth your time.