Music Industry

Ontario Event Ticket Update

The provincial government of Ontario has removed the price cap on resold tickets in that province and increased fines for violators of the Ticket Sales Act, from $10,000 to $25,000.

The prohibitions related to scalper bots remain but the requirement for sellers to disclose the number of tickets they have available has also been removed.

The newly elected government had paused the implementation of the act in July 2018 and had promised consultations.

Click here for the Consumer Protection Ontario site on “Buying tickets to events in Ontario”.

New Vinyl Pressing Facility

A new vinyl pressing plant will be opening in Richmond, BC this spring according to the Vancouver Courier.

Clampdown Record Pressing will be pressing 7″, 10″, and 12″ records, the first to offer this service in the Vancouver area in 27 years.

Au Revoir MusiquePlus

Quebecois music video broadcaster MusiquePlus will go off air in August.

This is one the channels I use to watch alternatively with Much Music in the 80’s and 90’s, which introduced me to francophone rock and pop from Quebec/Canada, France and Belgium, through music videos and live performances.

Unfortunately, like most music channels they started diversifying their content in the late 90’s, slowly leaving music videos behind and i’ve stopped watching it because it had been flooded with “reality” programs.

When Youtube came along in 2005, this was the beginning of the end for these stations, the coup de grace being Vevo, which came online in December 2009.

I will miss it, especially Claude Rajote’s “Le Cimetière des CD”, one of the channel’s longest running music critique program.

Canadian Buys HMV

The Guardian reports that Doug Putman of Sunrise Records is the new owner of HMV and that 100 of the 127 stores will remain open in the United Kingdom, saving 1500 jobs.

Sunrise Records, a record store chain that was founded in Toronto in 1977, had taken over several HMV stores in Canada shortly after HMV Canada had closed their stores by April 30th, 2017.

Riddle

Who wears sunglasses at night and is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this year?

Starting on May 31st, Corey Hart is will be touring Canada with Glass Tiger to promote their latest albums.

A Sad Day In The U.k

The last remnants of HMV are in trouble in the United Kingdom according to Sky News, a year and a half after closing in Canada.

Founded in 1921 in London, this music store flourished and became Britain’s largest music retailer until running into financial issues in 2010 due to the shift towards digital music and film, which resulted in the closure of the World’s Largest Music Store on Oxford Street on January 14th, 2014 and Irish chain in August 2016.

Today the chain has entered administration for the second time since January 5th, 2011 and at risk are 130 stores and 2200 employees.