This week saw a remarkable hour of ticket sales for the Biebs, a passing of the torch at the CRTC, and the announcement of the Western Canadian Music Award nominees. Check out some headlines from this week in music:
Blink and you’d have missed it. Within one hour of going on sale, Justin Bieber managed to sell out his entire 45-date North American Tour. That includes two sold out shows at the infamous Madison Square Garden in NYC that sold out in a mere 30 seconds. The full world tour will include 125 shows and is expected to guarantee Bieber a minimum of $80 Million.
The government announced that Jean-Pierre Blais will replace Konrad von Finckenstein as the new chair of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.
Currently with the Treasury Board Secretariat, Blais has held positions at the Department of Canadian Heritage as well as the CRTC. Insiders suggest he will be relatively compliant with the current government and will work cautiously as opposed to making bold moves.
Leading the charge at this year’s WCMA’s are a pair of West-Coaster’s. Dan Mangan and Said The Whale are each up for three awards, while Deep Dark Woods and Sarah McDougall are also nominated in multiple categories.
The awards will be announced on September 30th in Regina. Full WCMA nomination list here.
Canadian Pianist Stewart Goodyear will attempt to play all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in one go. While Goodyear will break the event up into three sections to allow time for meal and bathroom breaks, it will still end up being over nine hours of playing. Last year at the Ottawa Chamberfest he played all 32 over a five-day span- leading to the idea to perform all in one day.