Music

No More Buggy Whips

WCMA looks at bright side of music biz

By Karen Bliss

The Western Canadian Music Alliance, made up of five industry associations Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, Music BC, Music Yukon and SaskMusic, is taking a more proactive, positive direction for the topics at the 2009 WCMA conference in Brandon, Manitoba, Sept. 17 to 20.

“A lot of the organizations, including ours, have talked a lot about ‘the sky is falling,’ and all this terrible stuff, and we decided this year that that’s over,” explains Rick Fenton, executive director of the WCMA. 

“The way we start the conference guide is ‘Congratulations: you’ve survived the recession, illegal downloading, a massive downturn in CD sales, major label restructuring and the erosion of the concept of intellectual property and despite all this you are making a living in the music biz,’” recounts Fenton.

Meet The Music Maestro Rob Tomaro

By Sandy Graham

Dr. Robert Tomaro is an award-winning composer, musician, recording artist and symphonic conductor. He is in his tenth year as Music Director and Conductor for the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and is executive producer on numerous CD's with the BJSO. Prior to the BJSO, he founded the Elysian Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, where he served as Music Director.

Dr. Tomaro holds the Shogren Family Conducting Chair as Professor of Music at Beloit College in Wisconsin and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor societies in education and music education, and a winner of the New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship Award for Symphonic Composition.  In 1991, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the Association Nationale de Musique de Chambre in Paris.

Blue Peter's TIFF Debut

By Bill Delingat

When the amount of hairspray you had in your guaff and when the bigger the amps ruled the music scene, there was a movement in the UK where anyone could play and be part of the scene called “Punk”. A branch off of a more sophisticated sound emerged from this movement called “New Wave” with bands like Roxy Music, Japan and in the United States, Blondie and the Cars, and in Canada Blue Peter led the pack.

In the mid 70’s Chris Wardman and Paul Humphrey started to write and perform with what would become the nucleus of ‘Blue Peter”. In 1979 they were signed to Ready records and in 1980 their first full length LP “Radio Silence” was released.

Now some 30 years later “Blue Peter” is back with a debut performance at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Blue Peter will be performing as part of “TIFF Live from Dundas Square” on Friday Sept. 11 at 8:15 pm.

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