From a tragic stage collapse to the kickoff of another major music festival, this week’s music-related headlines were filled with up’s and down’s. Here are some the stories that made the news this week in Canadian music:
Crew members were setting up the stage for the concert -set to entertain a crowd of over 40,000- when a portion of the rig came down, killing drum technician Scott Johnson.
Aside from the devastating loss of a crew member, the band issued a statement saying the damage caused to their light show and backline will take weeks to repair, and will therefore have to cancel a number of European stops.
Sled Island music festival kicked off in Calgary this week to the anticipation of many a music fan. The festival, in it’s sixth year, brings over 250 bands and artists to town, playing at venues all over the city.
In a few short years since the inaugural festival, Sled Island has grown into one of the most well known Western Canadian music festivals. Headlining performers include Feist, Thurston Moore, Timber Timbre, The Hold Steady, and Andrew W.K.
The satellite radio provider Sirius XM Canada has asked the CRTC for a reduction in mandatory financial contributions for developing Canadian content. Under current regulations, the CRTC requires broadcasters to contribute 5% of annual gross revenues towards Canadian Content Development.
Sirius XM is asking the license condition be reduced to 0.5% of revenues. It is also being reported that Sirius XM may have failed to comply with the mandatory contributions in recent years.
Sun Media announced today that they will be shutting down the Montreal Mirror; one of Montreal’s leading arts and culture publications. The weekly paper will cease publication immediately resulting in the layoff of seven employees.
In a statement released by Sun Media, they cite the popularity of digital media as having a significant effect on the operations of the free weekly publication, making it no longer financially viable.
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