Artists trade music for murals to thank the Hip

There’s also this, a massive tribute to Toronto from artist Uber500, which features not only Downie in the Jaws shirt that appeared so often in the final tour, but also Rob Ford, Drake, the Ikea monkey and, of course, raccoons. In Kingston’s Springer Market Square, where 25,000 people gathered to watch the band’s final concert from a nearby arena, there’s a stone inscribed with the lyrics to “Blow at High Dough.”

 
The line just before the one etched into the city’s heart make this a fitting selection: “They shot a movie once in my hometown.”

Kingston was where it all began for Gord Downie, Johnny Fay, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Paul Langlois. But Kingston is far from the only city that has shown love for the Hip in recent years. The first was in Lockport, along the Erie Canal, and is part of a civic pride piece, painted by Jeffrey Sidebottom. Some artists used chalk to express their appreciation to the band, like this logo from Toronto artist Victor Fraser. For a band known for descriptive lyrics and beautiful melodies, there seem to be a lot of murals paying tribute to the Tragically Hip. From childhood friends to college buddies, the city was never far from their hearts or their lyrics.  
The other, bigger WNY mural has been photographed and mentioned in media on both sides of the Great Lakes: A massive, full-wall, vividly coloured mural on Buffalo’s Hertel Avenue. It’s where most of the band lived and not far from their studio, the Bathouse, on the city’s western edge. But it’s not just murals.  
But not all Gord and Hip tributes are in Canada.  
And how’s this for a fitting tribute? In Brampton, a group of student in grades 6, 7 and 8 at Sir Isaac Brock Public School worked together to create this tribute shortly after Downie’s death in October 2017

 
Artist Jeff Marceau painted this mural of Downie in North Bay, Ontario, eventually adding other Canadian music legends like Neil Young, Jim Cuddy and Neil Young, among others.  
Here’s one on the side of the Kawthra Coffee Company that prominently features its hometown of Bobcaygeon and lyrics from the song.  
Know of any others? Just over the border into Western New York, there are two murals, both of which appeared in 2017. Point them out in the comments! People paid a small fee for a video of photo of them playing or sitting with the piano; two-thirds of the funds raised went to brain cancer research. The venue is, of course, vitally important to Toronto’s music scene and played a big role in the Hip’s history, famously inspiring a line in Bobcaygeon. There are often chunks of chalk sitting nearby for people to leave little messages on the sidewalk in front of the mural. While there hasn’t been a direct, 100% explanation for the Jaws shirt, many think it was a nod to the song The Dark Canuck. That piano in particular has hit the road, going to Perth, Ontario, as part of a festival.  
This might not be a mural, but it’s certainly meaningful: Waycobah artist Loretta Gould was asked to create this painting as a way of thanking Downie, from the Mi’kmaq community, for his attention and efforts toward reconciliation and sharing Chanie Wenjack’s story in The Secret Path. The painting depicts Downie meeting Wenjack in the afterlife. Among the murals there for the viewing:
There are at least two in Toronto, including this one of Gord and Stompin’ Tom at the Horseshoe. Pianos in the Park, based on Ottawa, added a Gord Downie and Tragically Hip piano to its collection of decorated instruments in 2016.
Artists trade music for murals to thank the Hip

How is Tom DeLonge’s UFO research company doing? Financially, I mean.

How is Tom DeLonge’s UFO research company doing? Financially, I mean.
The approximate $37 million stockholders’ deficit is NOT DEBT as he characterized it but is attributable to stock-based compensation expense. Oh. So how is To the Stars doing? Berger apparently did not EVEN READ the filing in its entirety, and clearly did not understand the excerpt of the SEC filing he quotes. The filing goes on to explain the mechanism for calculating stock-based compensation and details the various grants of stock options by the company. Berger’s characterizations of this as debt implies that it stems from traditional borrowings. This article is highly misleading and grossly mischaracterizes statements in an SEC filing. These people don’t come cheap. Financially, I mean. Berger bothered to reach out to us for comment this could have been prevented. To the Stars has some pretty heavy-hitters on its staff (scientists, engineers, ex-spooks, ex-government contractors). Had Mr. So how in the hell did we spend it?! For Mr. Blink 182 front man’s UFO project $37 million in debt’ by Eric Berger. IT IS NOT RELATED TO THE OPERATIONAL RESULTS OF THE COMPANY. Tom DeLonge has been spending is post-blink-182 years working on his To the Stars Academy, an organization dedicated to uncovering the vast government coverup of unidentified aerial phenomenon. We were surprised Ars Technica would allow Mr. Berger to post such an article without asking either Mr. Tom, though, had this response. Ars Technica reports on the company’s financial report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. BTW- TTSA never even raised $37m!!? The Consolidated Balance Sheets of To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science in the SEC filing quoted by your author clearly shows the approximately $37 million deficit is attributed to Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit). A post shared by Official Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) on Oct 15, 2018 at 2:10pm PDT

I, for one, want Tom to succeed in all of his goals. A deficit of $37.5 million can’t be good. The Company has incurred losses from operations and has an accumulated deficit at June 30, 2018 of $37,432,000. The project includes all manner of research along with publishing fiction and non-fiction books on the subject. Lord. The accompanying financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. Had Mr. Berger bothered to email or call us we could have directed him to these portions of the SEC filing and walked him through it. We request that you print this letter in full within the article as our statement. Berger to make the conclusions he did on incomplete research and his own interpretations without contacting Mr. DeLonge or To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science for comment. And if I’m honest, outside of book publishing, donations and the sale of shares, I’m not sure where the revenue is coming from. DeLonge or the company is inexcusable. Let’s hope this can all get sorted out. These factors raise doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. I ask all of you that believe in the @tothestarsacademy mission to go write a complaint on their website RIGHT NOW for trying to hurt an admirable effort to help humanity by using negative attacks and—-> lies. Add in expenses like travel and research and overhead must be pretty high.  

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About time: A Greta Van Fleet-Led Zeppelin Mashup

If someone else has mashed up Greta Van Fleet and Led Zeppelin before, I’d never heard of it. Props to DJ Cummerbund for finally doing what all of us have been thinking of for months.
About time: A Greta Van Fleet-Led Zeppelin Mashup

Attention, Juggalos: You can now choose from SEVEN different Faygo beers

Eastern Market Brewing Co. Ew. seems to be going the extra Detroit mile with its Better Made Grape FayGose, using the Detroit-based potato chips in the beer as well. All of the above will debut October 19. has created a 60/40 Radler. Brew Detroit is making Cotton Candy Berliner weisse. […]
Traffic Jam and Snug is making a Redpop kettle sour. According to Food & Wine, seven brews modeled after seven Faygo flavours will make their debut this fall in Detroit. Detroit Beer Co. Atwater is brewing a Double Dirty Blonde with Faygo Orange and coriander. Founders Detroit is making Scotch Cherry Whoop Whoop, inspired by Rock n Rye — a rye scotch ale with dark cherry and vanilla. Faygo, the chosen beverage of Insane Clown Posse, has been restricted to a couple of different types of soda. Okay, fifty different flavours, but who’s counting? Now, though, Faygo is now a beer.  
  is making a Moon Mist IPA. From the Detroit Free Press:
Detroit’s Beer Experiment, a collaboration between seven local breweries, all will incorporate signature Faygo flavors into each one of their beers for the Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival in Eastern Market this year. And Batch Brewing Co. Seven beers, actually, taking the concept of craft brewing to new levels of insanity.
Attention, Juggalos: You can now choose from SEVEN different Faygo beers

Introducing Squeak Toy Records: “Creating music from the female orgasm.”

Introducing Squeak Toy Records: “Creating music from the female orgasm.”
I stumbled across Squeaky Toy Records through a story in one of my newsletters. Whole and complete, unbroken. Also it can achieve an intensity to rival any torture. If we think of trauma as stored vibrational incoherent energy. If I were to give it a scientific name. The orgasmic response can be triggered through all five sense and additionally through mind. One could call it “Pavlovian conditioning of the female orgasmic response”. I’ll just quote the description for this video verbatim. Over the last 3 years, I have been engaging in a touch-based therapy protocol that I developed in order to heal her emotional trauma. Without traumatic memories suppressing our potential, we are naturally the best versions of ourselves. It is titled “His Squeaky Toy (The Introduction)”. If you’re at work, you might want to put on some headphones. Just another memory. Ready? I have released my first single. Without the trapped emotional memory, the experiential memory is rendered harmless. Here we go. Then by deduction constructive vibrational coherent energy of equal or greater intensity (Amplitude) can remove trauma.

Seven ways streaming technology is changing the very nature of music

Seven ways streaming technology is changing the very nature of music
Collaboration on songs is up. Digitization has made songs more diverse. The data collected from streaming is making songs simpler and less challenging. Songs are shorter. Social media is making songs more confessional. I’ve been rabbiting on how as a delivery mechanism, streaming is changing the very nature of the music it’s delivering. It doesn’t pay to make long songs. Songs are more customizable than ever before. It’s worth reading. Music videos are not dead yet. Output.com sums everything up in seen statements.   Each of these points is nicely developed and argued in this post.

Paul Allen was not only a co-founder of Microsoft. He was also a great friend of music.

He was also a great friend of music. Paul Allen was not only a co-founder of Microsoft.
Earlier this year, a bronze statue of Chris Cornell was unveiled outside of the entrances. He was 65. As a guitarist, Paul was fascinated by everything rock’n’roll. It was equipped with its own state-of-the-art recording studio. Paul also recorded an album with his band, Paul Allen and the Underthinkers, entitled Everywhere at Once. He was a fairly solid guitarist, too. Bill Gates’ former business partner was also the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers and a big contributors to charities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Allen will be greatly missed by the music community in and around Seattle. Paul also tried his hand at being a concert promoter in 2017, but that didn’t work out so well. And there’s more. Here’s a sample. But let’s not forget that Paul was also a massive, massive music fan. Mick Jagger has recorded there. Unveiled as the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame the name was shortened to EMP and finally changed to the Museum of Pop Culture in 2016. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen finally lost a fight with non-Hodgkins lymphoma yesterday, a disease he’d had since 2009, which followed a Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis in 1982. Paul was also the owner of Octopus, one of the largest private yachts in the world. In 2000, he opened the Experience Music Project, an interactive hands-on museum in downtown Seattle designed by renown architect Frank Gehry, which ate up $240 million of his own money. Paul gave money to KEXP-FM, a public radio station with an eclectic musical bent.

Music Matters: Music Technology (free) Event at the Phoenix in Toronto

Music Matters: Music Technology (free) Event at the Phoenix in Toronto
*The first 150 Music Tech attendees will receive a free wristband to the concert following the Music Tech networking event. Attention all Music Geeks and Tech Freaks! — 8:30-10:45pm – Live music, including Bucket List, a collective of musical executives from Toronto’s tech sector with award-winning special guests! They believe that having access to a musical instrument at a young age provides life-changing benefits that will positively impact children throughout their development. This is why MusiCounts provides musical instruments and equipment to schools and after-school programs all across Canada. If you have any questions, please email Nathalia Ribeiro at nathalia (at) musictechnology.ca
About MusiCounts: MusiCounts www.musicounts.ca is a national music education charity associated with CARAS and The JUNO Awards. Taymoore Balbaa – Strategic Development at SUBPAC
Dr. We are excited to announce our next Music Tech MeetUp event, happening at the legendary Phoenix Concert Theatre on November 21, 2018. Our panelists (taking the stage at 6:15pm) are:
Alan Cross – Multi-Award winning Broadcaster, Music Journalist, and Music Technology Groups’ founder. See you there! This time, I’ll be moderating a panel on the role of technology in education and well-being. And like all our previous events, we will offer free drinks, beer, snacks, and pizza (you can’t network on an empty stomach, right?). — 5:30-6:15pm – Networking. — 6:15pm – Panel discussion, “Music Matters: the Role of Technology in Education and Well-Being” moderated by Alan Cross (scroll down for panel lineup). Thaut PhD – Director, Music and Health Sciences Graduate Programs at the University of Toronto & Professor of Music and Neuroscience. & Sales at Cognixion
Jeff Wolpert – Director Music Technology & Digital Media Program at the University of Toronto
Michael H. And it gets better: If you RSVP through the Music Technology MeetUp, you will receive a wristband to let you in the concert—for free! The Agenda:
Date: Wednesday November 21 , 2018
Location: The Phoenix Concert Theatre 410 Sherbourne St, Toronto. RSVP now, as space is limited! Dan Bosnyak – Technical Director at McMaster LIVELab
Tom Ladd – Managing Director, Business Dev. As always, the event is 100% free to attend! — 5:15pm – Doors open for the Music Tech event. — 6:45pm – Q&A
— 7:00pm – Doors Open for the Music Tech in partnership with Leaders Concert Series in support of MusiCounts concert. We’ll do our best efforts to secure free wristbands for everyone who attends our event; otherwise, tickets are $25 in advance or at the door. — 7:00-7:45pm – Social mixer and demo on impact of music on education. The networking and panel discussion will be followed by a Music Technology concert in partnership with MusiCounts.

Random music news for Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Into clubbing? Interesting. Well, this is a new use for sound waves. Bono and The Edge are auctioning off some guitars next month. Don’t worry. Queen’s Brian May has a new book about Apollo 11. next year. Kanye was going to hold a talk on mental health. Netflix is launching an unscripted music reality show. They’re even going crazy about podcasts in India. And vice-versa? Smartphones will be obsolete within a decade? I seem to remember that there’s supposed to be some kind of change to the law. Here’s another music book I think I’ll have to read. However…
…he did give the kids in a Uganda orphanage free pairs of Yeezys and a set of Beats headphones. We need to look at this. Really? Melania Trump’s people aren’t happy with the new video from T.I. What’s wrong with us? Is the auto industry paying attention to radio? Meanwhile, this is music news for October 17, 2018. Shouldn’t these high school students be doing homework or something? It’ll come to me. Then you might want to make a pilgrimage here. Snapchat has new selfie filters for cats. A “gaming-centric” music festival? Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks album is going to be adapted into a movie. Richard Branson is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…
…and he plans to launch a new music festival in the U.S. Is there something special happening in Canada today? Just in case you need reminding, today is the first anniversary of the death of Gord Downie…
…and Tragically Hip tribute bands will be very busy. It’s been cancelled.

More Music From The Inbox 17 Oct 2018 Petite Noir, Helena Hauff, Laurel Halo and More!

More Music From The Inbox 17 Oct 2018 Petite Noir, Helena Hauff, Laurel Halo and More!
Artist: Petite Noir, “Blame Fire”  
Album: La Maison Noir/The Black House

One of my favourites out of South Africa
Sounds like:  loving the mix of rock elements
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Artist: Helena Hauff, “Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg”
Album: Qualm

Absolutely incredible DJ and producer out of Germany
Sounds like:  techno at its best
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Artist: Laurel Halo, “Nahbarkeit”
Album: Raw Silk Uncut Wood

Berlin is home to this ambient sound star
Sounds like:  searching for meaning in the fog
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Artist: Jon Hopkins, “Singularity”
Album: Singularity

More incredible music from this London talent
Sounds like:  the build, it is endless
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Artist: Helga, “Battle Song”  
Album: N/A

Impressive talent out of Sweden
Sounds like:  fighting for this world
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Artist: aYia, “Slow”
Album: N/A

I love the sound of this artist out of Iceland
Sounds like:  High emotion
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Trying to explain the craziness of the “Stairway to Heaven”/”Taurus” copyright suit.

If you’re the kind of person fascinated by these sorts of sonic coincidences/appropriations, this article from Hypebot breaks down what to look for. Confused about how there could be a vicious plagiarism case involving “Stairway to Heaven” from Led Zeppelin and Spirit’s “Taurus?” You’re not alone. This is a great deconstruction. On September 28, 2018, the Court reversed the jury verdict in favor of Led Zeppelin on the controversy of whether the iconic song “Stairway to Heaven” was copied from the song “Taurus” by the band Spirit, and composed by Randy Wolfe. This decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals shows the problems that can result. Read on. I always get nervous when appellate Judges start throwing around terms like “descending chromatic scales.” The underpinnings of music theory are complex, and not easily understood by people who are not musicians. 1 According to the Court, the District Court made a significant error in its jury instructions that “could have led the jury to believe that even if a series of three notes or a descending chromatic scale were used in combination with other elements in an original manner, it would not warrant copyright protection.” 2
Also:
“[T]he instructions undermined [Plantiff’s] expert testimony that “Taurus” and “Stairway to Heaven” were similar because of the combination of otherwise unprotectable (sic) elements.” 3
I’m afraid those “blurred lines” are about to get blurrier.
Trying to explain the craziness of the “Stairway to Heaven”/”Taurus” copyright suit.

Guitar gear history: The talk box

She would then use the harmonic vibrations created by the steel guitar to resonate outwardly while she simply mouthed the words. Nevertheless, Drake’s prototype sounded extremely unique and quite literally ‘set the tone’ for his album “Forever” which was created and released in Nashville, Tennessee in 1964 opening the door to an entirely new industry for Talk Box technology. To achieve this, Wright removed the pedal steel guitar and instead designed series of small transducers that the performer would apply on their neck against their vocal cords. They frequently used Kustom’s groundbreaking technology in the studio and while touring between 1969 and 1972. Just five years later, the Talk Box we recognize in it’s more modern designs hit the market. Noticing the attention Alvino Ray’s “Instrument Vocalizer” was receiving amongst radio audiences, a man by the name of Gilbert Wright began work on his own. For those who have ever wondered how or when this contraption came to be, search no further. By wiring a carbon throat microphone, an instrument used in cross-communication amongst military personnel during World War I, to his pedal steel guitar his wife could then place the mic up against her vocal chords. However, artists from the likes of Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, and Joe Walsh can be identified by their use of one unique effect module known as the Talk Box. More precisely, we can hear Kustom’s Talk Box being featured on the album “Steppenwolf Live” with the track “From Here To There Eventually” which was recorded in January of 1970. These transducers would resonate through the vocal cords and out of a vocalists mouth similar to Rey’s invention, but at different and precise frequencies creating a clearer unique sound. This allowed the signal to be amplified through the musician’s vocal microphone and removed the stigma that Talk Boxes were only meant for studio recording situations. Unfortunately for Kustom, all good things come to an end and their Talk Box design had just two years on the market before the most revered and sought after Talk Box creation was released. One thing is certain, Talk Boxes still have their place in contemporary music, and if you listen closely you may be surprised where they’ll turn up. As a matter of fact, Dunlop still manufactures their talk boxes to many of the same specifications to this day. This moment came when Kustom Electronics filed the first patent for their new creation while coining the term “Talk Box” in 1969, and originally marketed it under the moniker of “The Bag”. – AC]
As listeners, we can identify some of our favourite musicians in rock music by just the tone they emit from their instrument. Over this twenty-year period, Drake had developed an over the shoulder style talk box that incorporated the use of a coned compression driver; however, the modulated signal output came directly from the cone and limited it to solely being used in a recording studio situation. [Dalton Ellison is a radio dude in Illinois who has a fascination in outboard music gear. To begin, we first have to travel back to the year 1939. Through the innovation of artists and audio engineers alike, the Talk Box has risen from humble beginnings to become one of rock music’s most utilized assets. A new and intriguing creation has made radio a secondary means of access to entertainment and information, and that is the television. Here’s a deeper look into the creation, reincarnations, and utilization of one of the most distinct sounds in rock music: the Talk Box. In an attempt to spark people’s interest, one radio performer by the name of Alvino Ray laid the framework that contemporary Talk Boxes would continue to improve off of. Interestingly, Forbes actually modelled his talk box of off a patent he had previously filed for an artificial larynx. Some musicians like Peter Frampton have managed to become ambiguous with use of a Talk Box, while some have managed to utilize this technology sparingly to create some of their most notable tracks. Jimi Hendrix had his signature fuzz and wah pedal combination while Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine modulates his guitar with effects to create his unique sound. To prove the Heil High Powered Talk Boxes ability to perform ahead of all others, one of the earliest prototypes can be heard on the studio recording of “Rocky Mountain Way” which was released in 1973 on Joe Walsh’s album “The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get”. This created a sound unlike anything that had been heard before, and people began to gather around radios and television’s to listen to Alvino Ray’s unique invention. In reviewing the legacy of the Talk Box from it’s earliest designs on to it’s most contemporary incarnations, we can hear countless numbers of musicians, radio and television broadcasters, and audio engineers that have utilized Talk Box technology. He’s working on a series called Shaping the Sound, which looks at the equipment that takes the sound of a musical instrument to whole new levels. An example of this talk box being used outside the confines of a studio can be found on a few separate recordings. The key features that put Heil’s Talk Box ahead of all others were the moulded metal housing that was able to be placed at feet of performers alongside their other effects pedals. Most prominent would be the work of the band Steppenwolf. It then became the common practice that Heil’s creation was the industry standard for touring and recording musicians for the years that followed, and in 1988 Dunlop purchased the rights to Heil’s design. More importantly was the 250-watt JBL compression driver that, once installed, sent a crisp and well-rounded tone that was sure to be heard over any competitors. He saw room for improvement by aiming for a finished sound that was clearer than what Ray’s creation offered and more dynamic in the frequency range that it could be modulated. Designed by Bob Heil in 1971, the Heil High Powered Talk Box demolished all other competition, and some audio engineers will say that this instrument vocalizer is the one that all others are modelled after. Kustom’s revolutionary Talk Box was designed by Doug Forbes and boasted the key feature that we still see today known as the projection tube. Although Wright had achieved the result he had hoped for, it would be another twenty years before the Talk Box began to take shape into the contemporary design we are familiar with today. It happened when a talented pedal steel guitarist by the name of Pete Drake saw the potential that Alvino Rey’s earlier Talk Box prototype possessed, and began assembling and testing his own models.
Guitar gear history: The talk box

I wonder how many other people are getting Gord Downie/Hip tattoos today?

I wonder how many other people are getting Gord Downie/Hip tattoos today?
Amy from Cambridge, Ontario, who already has one Hip-related tattoo, got another one. Then there’s John who got this clever tattoo. She wrote:
I still can’t believe the strength and courage Gord showed us in not giving up. They say knowledge is power. His impact is still being felt. It was one year ago today that we heard the news that Gord Downie had passed on. The best tweet I saw that week was “Canada closed. Here’s Amy’s husband–the artist–at work.   I really hope this nation was listening when Gord went down his secret path. I myself was ashamed to learn of Chanie Wenjack and what happened and issues that are still going on up North. Here’s Amy’s latest bit of body art. Death in the family.” That pretty much summed up the reaction to Gord’s death. Well, I think Gord left us with the power to all walk down our own secret path.

Going green and Gord: medical marijuana, brain cancer and the Hip

Researchers in Spain found that THC, a component of marijuana, “triggers a cellular self-digestion process known as autophagy,” meaning it makes cancer cells eat themselves. This is promising when taking into consideration that brain tumors, and glioblastoma key among them, have a tendency to grow in tight clusters and embed themselves into healthy tissue, making it even more difficult to treat or remove without damaging other parts of the brain. It’s way too soon to start proclaiming pot as a wonder drug for cancer, and for brain cancer in particular, especially as its legal status is still a patchwork of regulations around the world. The Tragically Hip announced their partnership with Newstrike, a Brantford-based marijuana producer, in May 2017. California’s medical marijuana laws are far more liberal than, say, New York’s, but who knows when or whether that would become a uniform national law. She’s one of a few female neuro oncologists in the country. Marijuana, which becomes legal for recreational use in Canada on Oct. The American Cancer Society says that while marijuana has been used as a medicinal treatment for centuries, its effects vary based on how it’s consumed: When vaporized, a person feels the effects faster but for a shorter duration; when consumed orally (in gummies or cookies, etc), it takes longer to feel anything and it affects the brain in a different way. In most cases, patients are adding marijuana consumption in any form on their own, either in consultation with their medical team or on their own. I think the Gord Downie Fellowship, and the money that’s been raised by the generosity of so many Canadians, is an opportunity to make that happen.” “I’m starting out in my career and I hope by the time I retire we are managing the disease in a much different way and have better treatments and more options. Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance in the U.S., meaning it cannot legally be prescribed, possessed or sold under federal law, but products made from cannabidiol (CBD, another component in pot) are starting to pop up in everything from dietary supplements for humans to dog treats. The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where Downie had most of his treatment for glioblastoma starting in late 2015, has received more than $2.3 million in donations since his cancer was announced. At the same time, it doesn’t seem to bother healthy cells that surround tumors. But this was a small study, involving a handful of human patients and mice that were designed to carry human brain cancer tumors. Sarah Ironside was the first Gord Downie Fellow in Neruo Oncology at Sunnybrook. “Although many questions, such as on optimized treatment schedules, are still unresolved, today’s scientific results suggest that cannabinoids could play an important role in palliative care of brain tumor patients.”
There is also anecdotal information about the use of marijuana to help settle the nausea commonly associated with cancer treatments, of course, but medical research into the direct benefits or dangers of using pot in conjunction with other cancer treatments is still very limited. Not all countries are as open minded, however: in the United States, nearly half the states have laws allowing some level of pot use, but most of those laws are related to medicinal pot which has to be prescribed. In a 30-day study of two patients with glioblastoma, the researchers found a reduction in their tumor size after being treated with THC. In another study, researchers found that THC helped reduce tumor size by 50-95%, with the rare case showing complete elimination. 17 (the anniversary of Gord’s passing), has cancer researchers in particular very intrigued. The hospital has created the Gord Downie Fellowship in Brain Oncology and the construction of the G. “Gord was an inspiration to so many Canadians in the way he so bravely and publicly shared his journey with brain cancer,” she said. It’s a partnership that makes sense for the band: brain cancer patients, like Gord Downie, are very interested in the seemingly bright potential of pot to help not only ease the side effects of cancer treatment but might hold some promise on its own. “Using electron microscopes to analyze brain tissue taken both before and after a 26- and 30-day THC treatment regimen, the researchers found that THC eliminated cancer cells while it left healthy cells intact.” The team also was able to track the signaling route within the brain that activated the process. Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre for clinical and research space for doctors treating brain cancer patients. Sure, everyone’s heard of the appetite-improving qualities of having a puff or two, but it goes beyond that. In Canada, of course, recreational use has been wink-and-nod “legal” for a long time, with the new law going into effect this year making it fully out in the open.
Going green and Gord: medical marijuana, brain cancer and the Hip