Music Industry

Spotify Is Up And Running

Spotify is now available to Canadians.

This advertisement supported service enables its members to stream music to their devices, including Android and iOS powered tablets and cell phones.

An advertisement free service is available for $9.99 CAD + tax per month, payable via credit card or Paypal. Gift cards for the service will likely make their way into the major retailers shortly.

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Spotify Coming Soon

Spotify is now taking requests for invites from Canadians.

This Swedish advertisement funded music streaming service will be available on most devices and platforms shortly in Canada.

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Goodbye CD Warehouse

My favourite independent music retailer has announced that they will be closing their doors permanently next spring after 25 years of operation.

CD Warehouse had at one time been a major source for compact discs and DVDs in Ottawa with three stores in the Ottawa area and another in Kingston, Ontario. But sales of compact discs have of course dropped significantly since the commercialization of music downloads on the internet and although the retailer has started selling vinyl and renting DVDs/Blurays, the reduction in stores and the closing of the chain was an eventuality.

The chain’s online counterpart, MyMusic.ca, also faltered and failed to gain traction against the major music retailers online. And unfortunately the industry has not provided enough new releases or re-releases to keep customers like me going to the store.

This closure will unfortunately result in the loss of yet another source for vinyl in my city. And now residents of the city will need to either go downtown for their used and new LPs or order these albums online.

Canada Post Honours Canadian Country Stars

Canada Post have recently issued stamp collections honouring five of Canada’s top country music stars : Shania Twain, Hank Snow, Tommy Hunter, K.D Lang and Renée Martel.

The Shania Twain Limited Edition Framed Prints went rather quickly so don’t delay on placing your order for the framed prints dedicated to the other artists.

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Songza Joins Google

Music streaming service Songza has announced that they are joining Google on a July 1st, 20014 blog entry. Google confirmed this purchase on a Google Play post, stating it will add the best features from the service to Google Play.

Excellent News For Music Fans

I have just received word that the “Tour Tax”, a prohibitive fee that international artists were subjected to when performing in Canada, has been scrapped.

This counterproductive fee kept newer artists out of Canada, especially independent and unsigned artists, and has caused many clubs to stop featuring live acts altogether. 

Over 143,000 signatures had been registered on a change.org petition promoted on this blog in 2013, which was presented to Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister for Multiculturalism.