What Iceland can teach Ottawa about growing its local music scene

Grimur Atlason is director of Reykavik’s Iceland Airwaves festival, which has grown significantly since it began in 1999 and now draws around 80,000 visitors each fall to a city of 120,000 people.
(CBC News Ottawa)

In new EP, Son of James recounts one ‘hell of a day’ in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Vancouver’s Chinatown has become a flash point in recent years over worries of creeping gentrification. But Shon Wong, a born-and-raised Vancouverite, is optimistic about a community his family has called home for decades.
(CBC News British Columbia)

CCS Rights Management Dives Into Canadian Post-Punk Era

The venture was sparked by the book ‘Alone and Gone: The Story of Toronto’s Post Punk Underground,’ by musician/author Nick Smash (Rent Boys Inc), and it reflects a growing interest in this underground scene. In a press release, Smash explains “As we sail ever torturously into the early 21st century with its myriad multimedia opportunities there is a Canadian publishing company [CCS] who share my confused state of mind about this era’s ‘lost’ music and want to do something to try and fix that.”
(FYI Music News)

London city hall: Hosting Junos will cost city $1.7 million

The 2019 Juno Awards are expected to generate big bucks in London, but the price tag to bring the national music awards to town isn’t exactly cheap.
(The London Free Press)

Hamilton’s DJ Cam-B places third in world scratch-off

Hamilton’s Cameron Ballantyne — better know to local dance club patrons as a.k.a. DJ Cam-B — has placed third in the eighth annual Red Bull world DJ championship.
(Hamilton Spectator)

And Finally

You can listen to DJ Cam B’s Top 10 tracks from his winning set at the Red Bull 3Style Canada Finals via Spotify and/or watch his performance in the World Finals.