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Musicians Housing Co-op Represents A ‘Utopian Vision”

Some Toronto musicians have weighed in on what they would like their ideal housing solution to include, as a Toronto not-for-profit aims to build it. A quote from the June 2017 Toronto Star Article: “…the building also includes a performance area, 10,000 square feet of soundproofed recording and rehearsal space, offices for the music industry and the not-for-profit community, “hot-desk space” for emerging companies and ready access to professional-development programming and educational opportunities within the same complex for artists looking to better their craft and their business savvy. Tenants would be able to avail themselves of all of it simply by virtue of living there.” The concept comes from a not-for-profit corporation, Toronto Music City, which was recently formed by Toronto entertainment lawyer Andreas Kalogiannides. The idea has been fleshed out with advice from several high-profile music industry advisors. George Stromboulopoulos, one of the advisors, commented, “I thought ‘Why not give it our best and see what happens?’ I’m very optimistic that if it gets built it’s going to be a very good place that a lot of people will want to be in.” Says Simone Schmidt, who performs solo as Fiver and fronts local psych-rock ensemble the Highest Order, “I ride my bike with an amp in one hand and a guitar on my back because the TTC is so expensive. All the musicians who are parents that I...

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IT’S A-LIVE: Taking The Pulse Of Live Music In Hamilton

By Jeffrey Martin In June and during Supercrawl, members of the city’s music strategy team launched a short online survey about live music attendance in Hamilton. And although the results are not scientific, they do provide some insight as to how we can help grow live music audiences in Hamilton. Price was not an obstacle for the majority of respondents, as seven in 10 respondents would pay up to $20 to attend local live performances. Almost half of the respondents said the price didn’t matter. And while price and location are not big considerations, finding out about a club...

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August’s Canadian Conference Of Musicians A ‘Huge Success’

“This year the Canadian Conference was held in the beautiful city of Hamilton, Ontario from August 11th to the 13th at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. Local 293 members worked diligently over the past year to ensure an exciting, musical, informative and friendly conference, and they succeeded! The hotel was the perfect place to host a conference; accessible and welcoming, it was the ideal location for people new to Hamilton.”

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