My latest is a follow-up to the look at Canada’s metros with vibrant indie music scenes:
Atlantic and Pacific metros stood out in the previous rankings, and it’s no surprise that Charlottetown and Fredericton rank high here. The two Atlantic CAs rank higher in concentration than all but four CMAs (Halifax, Victoria, Vancouver, Guelph).
My latest, on the value folk festivals in Western Canada bring to their communities:
The key is to find ways to leverage these events and create additional value to the host city. Vancouver and Winnipeg’s festivals are tourist draws, but if they do not lead to return (non-folk fest) visits or additional days spent elsewhere in the city, it’s a missed opportunity. Edmonton and Calgary’s festivals now promote shows year-round, and Calgary has secured a concert hall that also hosts its offices and provides community space. I see opportunities for both to cultivate greater exposure for the local music scene in their respective cities.
I grew up on folk songs like “This Land is Your Land”. Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine, and Arcade Fire are three of my all-time favourite artists. Seeing this all come together is amazing.
Bruce Springsteen’s keynote at SXSW.