Bugs Safe from CBC Reality

Can you match the headline to the news organization. Same day, Same story:

“CBC wants mandate review every 10 years”
“No sex please, we’re the CBC”
“Heritage committee grills CBC bosses on reality TV, hockey”


The National Post
The Globe and Mail.

Answer – see bottom of this post

It’s always difficult when media outlets have to do news stories about themselves.

That said, it’s got to hurt when you’re the President and CEO and acting Chairman of the Board, and your own news organization decides that this should be the lead quote in an item about you:

Rabinovitch said that he had been ambiguous last year and stressed that the network would not do “shows that stress plastic surgery, sex and humiliation [and the] eating of insects.”

(full story here) CBC.Ca went on to quote their president on low supper hour news ratings. Nice. If it was me, I’d be some pissed. But that’s just me.

The CBC.Ca story appears to be largely a rewrite of the piece that ran on CanWest news services (i.e. the National Post) as it probably ran on the wires.

The Globe meanwhile covered the same story without mention of the dreaded ‘bug eating’.

quiz answer

Unearthed hits 1-million streamed visits

More on the triplejunearthed.com success from my pals in Australia.

There’s a full press release (pdf) here.

In just over a month since launching, over 1 MILLION tracks have been streamed by listeners on triplejunearthed.com – that’s over 1 million ears hearing the freshest sounds in new Australian music first…over a quarter of a million songs have been downloaded.

The only question I have is – shouldn’t that be 2-million ears ?Congrats gang!

Australia's New Music Site Big Winner

It is fantastic to see the Australian Broadcasting Corporation doing so well with their new music sharing site Triple J Unearthed.  

Tripe J's Unearthed

The site is modeled on CBC Radio 3’s NewMusicCanada.com

Four years ago I was invited to speak at the ABC’s annual radio meetings.  The following year I was asked to come back and do some workshops with various groups in Sydney and Melbourne. 

Linda Bracken who runs Triple J gave me office space (the run of the place really).  Back in 2003 Linda was keen to get a version of NewMusicCanada running – mostly to serve their awesome Unearthed contest.  So we spent lots of time talking about how to make it happen, what we’d learned creating and running NewMusicCanada (which we launched in 2000) and I spent some time with her technical team leads explaining how we had build things here.

Every now and then we’d exchange email and I’d ask how it was going, and she never lost sight of the goal – and if you’ve ever met Linda you’ll know that if she’s got her mind set on something, it’s going to happen. 

Last July they soft-launched Triple J Unearthed, and this week I got a note from her: 

inquote unearthed has exceeded even my grand visions for its popularity ….in the first month it was launched it has over 10 000 tracks from 5000 bands….over 10 000 people visit each day ….we are actually overwhelmed by its success…the buzz here in the music community is fantastic … we are still getting around 200 tracks per day ! I think everyone in Australia with a guitar has uploaded surely. outquote

It’s a great tribute to the team at Triple J that they’ve doing so well – and I’m thrilled to have had a tiny part to play in it.    

LimeWire Counter Sues RIAA

I wonder who actually has more clients these days – RIAA or LimeWire. Game on…

inquote Lime Wire LLC yesterday filed its response to the RIAA lawsuit against it, and the company plans to mount a vigorous defense. Instead of simply defending themselves, Lime Wire has gone on offense and countersued the music labels for anti-competitive activities, illegal restraint of trade, tortious interference, and deceptive trade practices.

Full Story here and here


A Good Reason to Get Some Vinyl Again

Back in the day when I had a few thousand (vinyl) record albums, my pride and joy was a Rega Planer turntable. It had a glass platter and one switch – on/off. It was a thing of beauty in form and function.

Like the albums, its long gone.

Seeing this new turntable from Rega brought it all back. I have no inclination to start collecting vinyl again, but somehow my iPod looks lame and tacky all of a sudden.

rega p3 turntable

CBC Chair – another one bites the dust

Guy Fornier

It’s almost exactly a year ago that CBC got handed a new chair of the board, filling the position left open after the charming and talented (and CBC’s breath of fresh air) Carole Taylor resigned to go into provincial politics.

I first blogged about Guy Fournier back on Sept 9th 2005, the day after his appointement.

At the time the corp was embroiled in a lock-out, and some people even thought he would rush in and save the day.

Too bad the government that appointed him didn’t bother asking his opinions on say, the Lebanese community, or maybe his thoughts on going to the bathroom. 

Oh wait, no need, he’s been telling everyone all on his own. 

Today, Mr. Fournier was forced to resign over his remarks (more in this Reuters story).

Mr. Fournier lasted 1 year and 11 days in the job. 

(This whole story makes this somehow even funnier, and it was pretty funny to begin with)

Vikram Vij's podcast

Chef Vikram Vij is the charismatic and talented chef who’s first Vancouver restaurant was a tiny 14 seater that developed a big reputation.  He’s since moved to a larger location but kept the same great quality. 

vikram vij
Chef Vikram Vij, always expressive and always entertaining – from his podcast at Capers

He’s the latest in our Chef’s series for Capers Community Market.  The podcast is available here. If the podcast inspires you to try your hand at Vikram’s delicious Prawns in Coconut Masala, you can get the recipe from the Capers web site.


Unique kids' acting program at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Eileen does these amazing programs for kids at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  The latest is called Paint.  Here’s the deal:


With brushes big and small, with oil, acrylic and watercolour, artists in British Columbia have been exploring the possibilities of paint. In this 10 week session, actors will begin with a tour and an art making workshop of the exhibition, PAINT, using it as a catalyst to create a play to be performed on the Gallery’s family day, supersunday, December 17.  Ages 9 and up.

Eileen’s a Jessie Award winning actor and her programs at the VAG are always a hit with young actors. The program is run through Vancouver Youth Theatre.

If you’re interested, contact Eileen by email for more information.  paint@bigsnit.com

Water Colours

Since first stepping foot on a dock on the west coast, I’ve been addicted to the sounds, smells and colours of the waterfront.  

I love the smell of salt water, the sound of the wind on the rigging and the variety of gear found on a working dock.  But mostly I love the graceful lines and curves and the ever changing face of the sea.

These are all from Nanaimo British Columbia Sept 2nd.

D Finger

wharf D

Selling Cape George

cape george for sale



Faster Than the Fast Cat

out pace the harboulynx

A Stern Princess

A Stern Princess

Strathcona Park Lodge

We were off the grid last week while spending some quality time getting intimate with rock faces, high ropes, zip lines, kayaks, canoes and main sheets.

Loads to say about Strathcona Park Lodge – all of it good – once I get caught up from 8 days of not checking email.