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New Pink Floyd Album To Be Released In October. New Toronto Park To Be Named After Rush. CBC Wants a ‘Netflix Tax’.
NEW PINK FLOYD ALBUM
Rock icons Pink Floyd are to release their first new album in 20 years. The band will unveil The Endless River in October, their first new record since 1994’s The Division Bell. The album is based on a tracks originally recorded in 1994, and intended for a previous release under the title ‘The Big Spliff’. After the death of keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008, David Gilmour and Nick Mason went back into the studio to layer on the existing tracks and add vocals parts to the songs. However, fans hoping for the long-awaited Pink Floyd reunion tour will be disappointed – a spokesman told British newspaper The Sun that the band will not be hit the road to promote the album.
NEW TORONTO PARK TO BE NAMED AFTER RUSH
The Willowdale area will see construction in 2015 for a new “arts-themed” park Rushisaband.com reports Toronto Councillor John Filion is close to having the “arts-themed” park named the Lee Lifeson Arts Park. “The new park will have an Arts theme, specifically related to music and sound,”stated June 16 to the North York Community Council’s City Clerk’s Office. “It is appropriate to consider naming the park after musicians with a connection to the Willowdale area. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are founding members of the band Rush, which has a highly successful career spanning decades.” Filion continues noting the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the fact the band grew up in Willowdale; where Lee and Lifeson both attended Fisherville Junior High School. “Early rehearsals and songwriting took place in the area, as did many of the band’s early performances at local high schools. The idea of naming the park after local musicians has been favourably received at two community meetings.”
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CBC WANTS A ‘NETFLIX TAX’
The CBC and Netflix have found themselves in a battle over funding of future Canadian content. The CBC wants the CRTC to require Netflix to subsidize the production of local programming. In a submission to the CRTC, they argued that any “over-the-top” streaming service, similar to Netflix, earning more than $25 million a year in Canada should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund. Netflix is standing strong, believing it should remain exempt from paying into the fund. In their own submission, the streaming service said a “Netflix tax” would force the company to raise membership prices for Canadians. The CRTC is undertaking a thorough review of Canada’s broadcast regulations, in an effort to update them for the rapidly changing new media environment.
GOOGLE CUBE: CHANGING HOW WE WATCH MUSIC VIDEOS
‘The Cube’: Google’s latest piece of technological advancement is trying to change the way we listen to and watch music videos. The Cube is practically a box that is described as an “experimental platform for interactive storytelling. It appears on your computer or smartphone’s screen and can be manipulated left, right, up and down. On each side of the virtual cube is a screen showing a different video and playing different audio. Manipulating it to show another of the cube’s faces brings that new sound and sight on that side front and center. As you can tilt the cube in any direction, you are able to have more than one side exposed at any one time, playing videos simultaneously. Google has teamed up with Australian group ‘The Presets’ to show what the Cube can do. The Cube is free to play with, but it will only run with the latest version of Google’s Chrome browser.
TRANSCANADA IS PAYING ONTARIO TOWN $30,000 TO SHUT UP
The mayor of the small northern Ontario town, Mattawa, — which skirts along the route of the planned Energy East pipeline — is defending a contract with pipeline builder TransCanada that critics are calling a “gag order” in exchange for a $30,000. The town of Mattawa has negotiated a deal with TransCanada — builder of Energy East and the Keystone XL pipeline — to pay for a $30,000 emergency vehicle for its fire department. So what’s the catch? The town will agree to “not publicly comment on TransCanada’s operations or business projects,” according to a proposed bylaw authorizing the agreement. The contract also will see the town stencil the TransCanada logo onto its emergency vehicles, and “will write and send one news release when the agreement is finalized, which shall be approved by TransCanada.” Mattawa is located about 300 km northwest of Ottawa along the TransCanada Highway and the Ottawa River, near an existing pipeline that will become part of Energy East. TransCanada says the $12-billion project will create some 11,000 jobs during the construction phase.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 2006, Syd Barrett, singer, songwriter, guitarist and one of the founding members of Pink Floyd dies at age 60 from complications arising from diabetes. Barrett was active as a rock musician for only about seven years before going into self-imposed seclusion lasting more than 30 years, with his mental deterioration blamed on schizophrenia exacerbated by drug use.