when we learned that Leonard Cohen had been fleeced by some people who have worked for him for a long time, he has slowly but surely started to raise his profile once again. Knowing the circumstances, I haven’t heard anyone begrudge Cohen this sortie to make money, which is refreshing. Claire Crighton in Maisonneuve magazine makes a very good point in her article about Cohen, “Canadian Idol,” when she suggests that he should really be considered as a writer and poet more than as a songwriter or singer.
have been responsible for some huge shifts in the advocacy landscape in Canada related to copyright, file sharing, DRM, and related issues in the past few months, and yesterday they moved the goalposts again with the creation of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition. Check out the names of CMCC members: it’s a who’s who of established and rising stars of the Canadian (and international) music scene including Sarah McLachlan, Dave Bidini, Andrew Cash, Sloan, and the Barenaked Ladies among many others. [via Michael Geist]
was high about Neil Young’s upcoming protest album, and the most predictable nay-saying followed a pretty facile script: Neil Young is a drug-addled loser who clearly doesn’t know much about anything, blah blah blah. Today’s Video Dog clip with Young from some entertainment show clearly demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth were Neil Young is concerned.
music scene: New paradigm opened market to new music. The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hutsul on the real center of new music in Canada. “After last’s week’s Junos, it dawned on me that the only real threat to music in Canada is the ongoing glorification of pablum over art.” I think Hutsul overstates the impact of non-official downloads, but his comments on the overall environmental change in the music biz are right on the money.