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OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass complaint against Bell prompts CRTC to review mobile Internet rules

Several months ago, we let you know that Manitoba resident and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass had filed a complaint with Canada’s telecom policymaker, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Ben’s complaint claimed that telecom giant Bell was unfairly stifling certain types of mobile content over their wireless networks to give . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass complaint against Bell prompts CRTC to review mobile Internet rules

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Carlos Souffront, Rennie Foster in Vancouver – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 30/31

Vancouver does have a few local standouts, however- one that has remained true to Vancouver is Rennie Foster. Foster is a fairly influential producer DJ that has mentored a lot of talent frequenting the best of the best in Berlin. Foster is headlining alongside Carlos Souffront- who hails from Detroit. I’m not huge on…

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Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Steffi- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 22/31

I am going to write a series on sexism and the gender gap in electronic music sometime soon, but for now let’s just focus on the amazing female talent that exists. Some of the fresher faces like Maya Jane Coles are not cutting it for me. Coles is talented, just not my particular style. Anja . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Steffi- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 22/31

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Anthony Collins in Montañita, Ecuador – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 20/31

Part of my BLOGCEMBER 2013 series- the Theme is Electronic Music *** As always, let’s set the mood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLrdkk6dGOc (various artists) *** Anthony Collins isn’t one of my first choices but […]

Melissa Fong: What is Resident Advisor?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 19/31

One of the important things you should know is how to search for parties- especially if you are in a new city. Resident Advisor will list all the main parties at dedicated clubs. They will not usually list afterhours and will…

Melissa Fong: When producers don’t know how to mix- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 17/31

One of the things that can be confusing is the difference between producing and mixing (and then associated style).

As I already explained, NOT ALL DJs PRODUCE. Personally, I refuse to see Djs that don’t produce. Mostly because I approach these events as concerts- NOT just any other club night.

There is a time and . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: When producers don’t know how to mix- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 17/31

Melissa Fong: What should you wear to a house/techno party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 16/31

GOOD PARTIES NEVER HAVE DRESS CODES.

but MANY parties have dress THEMES. Some of the more organized parties will have costume themes and most people take part to collectively create a fantastical night. I never partake because I am joyless in that division- but I fully support the use of glitter, fun fur and body . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: What should you wear to a house/techno party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 16/31

Melissa Fong: What is Boiler Room?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 15/31

Other than a pretty meh movie from 2000, Boiler Room is like Electric Circus, but less about the go go dancing and more about the Dj. For those of you too young to remember ElectricCircus- thank goodness- it was cheesy and silly and you can just think of the Boiler Room like electronic music- TV.

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Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Deepchild- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 14/31

From quirky, stripped-back techno injected with soul to deep, dub-inflected excursions, Deepchild has earned himself a reputation as groundbreaking producer, respected DJ and electrifying live-performer. Based in Berlin, the Australian artist has performed at many of the world’s most respected electronic music institutions:

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Guy Gerber in Toronto – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 13/31

Guy Gerber is probably one of my favourite Deep House Dj’s. Scratch that- he is my favourite. He performs way more in Ibiza (and Miami) that I would respect (I… have a hate-on for my fictional image of Ibiza), but he just creates such solid tracks. I also like his public presence. He perfectly straddles . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Guy Gerber in Toronto – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 13/31

Melissa Fong: Physicality of Djs- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 12/31

There are some Djs that have a great physical presence behind the decks- I’m not just talking about a “bounce” or a head bop that most Djs will indulge in:

Melissa Fong: Why I don’t like outdoor music festivals- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 11/31

Outdoor festivals never have good dancing- it’s a mosh pit of drunk or drugged out people (aka- eff your overpriced, overpriced outdoor EDM Festival). Outdoor festivals don’t have optimal sound systems- open air spaces never properly contain the sound and part of the art of the music-event is to get the optimal space to listen . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Why I don’t like outdoor music festivals- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 11/31

Melissa Fong: What time do I go to a party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 10/31

This is probably the most important factor for me. There are typically anywhere in between 3-8 7 people on the bill for that night at your typical party with one room. I like to listen to a sample set of most of the Dj’s and decide which ones I want to see. Let’s say that . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: What time do I go to a party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 10/31

Melissa Fong: Ben Klock -breakandenter + Box of Kittens Party Review- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 9/31

Part of my BLOGCEMBER 2013 series- the Theme is Electronic Music *** As always, let’s set the mood: *** Ben Klock did almost a 2.5 hour set on Saturday night at […]

Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Nautiluss- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 8/31

I don’t even know how I became quite as obsessed as I am with Nautiluss- I don’t even like his individual tracks that much- I just honestly like listening to his sets….

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Ben Klock in Toronto- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 7/31

One of the nice things is that Ben Klock is one of those legit artists that is still danceable. If you’re just getting into techno it’s a bit of a different style in terms of “the dance”. Techno tends to have a more frenetic… higher tempo beat than house. There’s an industrial quality to techno . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Ben Klock in Toronto- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 7/31

Melissa Fong: Seeing a DJ is like going to a concert- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 6/31

If you go to these parties a lot- sometimes you’ll even see an entire crowd just facing forward to the DJ and watching him spin- they may crush up against the front to watch the details as soon as they come on stage. It truly is a concert experience.

Melissa Fong: Ticket Price: What should you pay for a good party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 5/31

The purpose of writing this is to let you know that price points depend on a lot of things and I want people to make decisions on genuine qualities rather than buying into a scene. The problem I am seeing with a lot of parties lately is that they have become progressively more expensive as . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Ticket Price: What should you pay for a good party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 5/31

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL Pipeline could cost $100 billion per year in health and environmental damages

EPA Asks State Department for Total Cost to Society of KXL, Oil Change International Spells it Out By: Oil Change International | Press Release: WASHINGTON – May 7 – Oil Change International today uncovered that the full cost of the Keystone XL Pipeline to society could be upwards of $100 Billion per […]

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The Scott Ross: Penny Wise, World Foolish: Pennies Never Cost A Cent

All the attention focused on how costly it is to make pennies is worth less than any piece of copper.

For much of last year the most popular cited reason, the go-to justification for scrapping the penny was that making one costs more than what it’s worth. Simple economics, or even simple logic shows . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Penny Wise, World Foolish: Pennies Never Cost A Cent

The Scott Ross: Opposing Enbridge & Environmental Value

There is one easy way for the opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline to get their way, put their money where their mouth is.

It only makes sense that if the Northern Gateway project is built, Enbridge the company responsible, should cover all social costs from the environmental damage; but in that same vein . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Opposing Enbridge & Environmental Value

The Scott Ross: Most BCers Support Northern Gateway Pipeline

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to British Columbians that they support an oil pipeline that endangers ecologically sensitive terrain, after all they continue to financially support every other pipeline that does the exact same thing.

Opinion polls may consistently show that a majority of BCers oppose Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline, but their continued . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Most BCers Support Northern Gateway Pipeline

The Scott Ross: The Conservative Carbon Tax

Emitting carbon has a cost to Canadians, whether we call it a carbon tax or not.

Considering this Conservative government is spending money on increasing health care costs from respiratory damage due to pollution, that it is spending money on additional infrastructure because of climate change, and that it is spending money to improve air-quality . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Conservative Carbon Tax

Trashy's World: The Snowbirds…

… yeah, they’re kinda neat… but $755 million worth of “neat”? I dunno. And we all know that the $755 million really means $1 billion++, right? Isn’t it time to put circuses like these to bed for good… at least those being paid for from the public purse? I know that there are many who . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: The Snowbirds…

The Scott Ross: The US Supreme Court & The Health of America

Though it is unclear whether Obamacare will improve the health of Americans, the recent US Supreme Court ruling will at least improve the health of American institutions.

America is a sick country, not only because of the millions of people uninsured and vulnerable to the cost of already one of the most expensive health care . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The US Supreme Court & The Health of America