On Charleston

I don’t normally post on social media about horrific events as they happen, simply because I never have anything profound to say. Expressing my outrage here simply does nothing for the people who are actually suffering, and it doesn’t make me feel any better. But I’ll say this about Charleston, coming on top of all […]

Once Again, the Political Economy of Communication People Had It Right

Yesterday’s New York Times caught up with a story that’s been making the rounds of the internet music circles since Zoe Keating published her finances about a year ago: in many cases, Spotify pays so little they might as well not be paying artists at all.  Sure, artists get fractions of cents in royalties, but very […]

Protest Pictures

Finally, I got a good shot of my favourite sign. In the background, you can see that St-Denis, normally a very busy thoroughfare, has been cleared. Also, some great costumes from tonight’s protest, AND a May 1st flashback for the Tax Dodgers at the NYC May Day demonstration. They also sang, but I didn’t record.

Amateur and Professional Music Night

Last night we attended our neighbourhood casseroles protest at 8, but had to get down to Metropolis for the MUTEK show by 10. So we only marched a few blocks. 75% of the satisfaction but 25% of the exercise. We’ll miss the protests tonight and tomorrow but I gather they will be happening for a […]

In Today’s Globe and Mail!

Natalie Zemon Davis and I have an op-ed in today’s Globe and Mail giving some historical context to the casseroles protests. While the Anglophone press continues to talk about disorder and how they are wrecking everything (summer festivals, school recruitment–though people actually involved in both seem considerably less worried than the journalists covering them), I […]