Over the holidays I watched a documentary that fundamentally has impacted how I feel about music, and even more so about some of the famous songs of the 60’s, 70’s & beyond. In a good way!!!
If you love music, I highly recommend you watch ‘20 Feet from Stardom‘. I never knew the name Merry Clayton (Stones-Gimme Shelter) or Lisa Fischer (Sting-Hounds of Winter) until I watched this doc. I know them now, forever burnt into my musical psyche, and will be listening too and writing music differently from this day forward.
BACK UP SINGERS ROCK!!!!!
That’s all I have to say about that…
Oh and goodbye 2016 🙂
PS. Few new Raito & The Leed tunes coming your way early 2017.
I will update this soon, but wanted to quickly say to everyone that the City of Winnipeg has indicated they will produce a communication plan by the end of 2016 on Busking in Winnipeg. This is, to my best understanding, following the Edmonton model of clearly communicating existing by-laws, via our city website, and promoting the diversity of the arts in the Peg.
Select qoutes from City Council Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services & Parks- October 14th/2016:
Direction 1: Continue to develop Winnipeg’s unique artistic identity and diversity of expression.
Direction 6: Promote awareness of the richness of Winnipeg’s arts & culture within and outside Winnipeg.
Direction 8: Establish Winnipeg as a city of choice and desired destination for artists and creative professionals.
In short, I do believe this is an excellent outcome and win for buskers IN and travelling through Winnipeg. Happy Thanksgiving! #winnipegrocks
My apologies for the radio silence the last two days. If you have been following my busker proposal this past week then here is the update. If not, in one sentence or less, I have had a fair amount of local media reaction to my proposal to Winnipeg City Council to implement guidelines for busking in Winnipeg; with the intent to have more freedom and more buskers performing in Winnipeg public spaces! #moreofagoodthing (Skip to the end of you just want the Winnipeg City Council Update)
GOAL: NO BUSKING BYLAW… FOLLOW THE EDMONTON BUSKING GUIDELINES…MORE BUSKERS IN THE PEG
So, after writing an open letter to the mayor/city councillors, I spent time explaining my proposal to multiple media outlets (CBC, CTV, Metro, Bell Media, etc.). Here is a short interview with Richard Cloutier (CJOB Radio Winnipeg) so you get the gist.
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/O6s6fK5GlVE
CITY COUNCIL UPDATE: On May 9th, a few hours after the CJOB interview, I found myself patiently waiting at City Hall (Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks) to state my case. Unfortunately, I didn’t book the entire morning off and ran out of time, due to another local issue running WAY longer than expected. After excusing myself, I did leave behind the Edmonton Busking Guidelines and learnt later that City Council committee unanimously agreed to review busking guidelines in Winnipeg. I did request to speak at a future meeting, and kinda promised I would bring my guitar next time! 🙂
My intent is to follow up with the committee in the next couple of weeks and ensure that they are considering all the angles/facts when it comes busking in Winnipeg. The ultimate desire is to make busking easier, more transparent, and the most street performing friendly city in Canada.
Posted by Raito in Busking, Press, Video, Winnnipeg and tagged as #friendlymanitoba, bell media, busking, busking guidelines for winnipeg, cbc, cjob, Community Services and Parks, ctv, jason schreyer, metro news, mike pagtakhan, no busking bylaw, richard cloutier, ross eadie, russ wyatt, Standing Policy Committee on Protection, winnipeg city council
May 6th Winnipeg Sun Article http://www.winnipegsun.com/2016/05/05/winnipeg-musician-wants-busking-bylaw
May 7th Metro News Article http://www.metronews.ca/news/winnipeg/2016/05/07/winnipeg-musician-wants-bylaw-for-buskers-.html?cq_ck=1462630484718
May 8th Global News http://globalnews.ca/news/2688190/winnipeg-musician-wants-better-rules-for-buskers/ & Winnipeg Free Press http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/busker-wants-to-play-by-rules-378591086.html
Original Open Letter Below
Dear Mr. Bowman,
I appreciate in advance you taking a moment to read and comment.
We have a problem in Winnipeg that is easily solvable for our fine music & art friendly city.
Problem: We do not have a busking bylaw. Instead, police warn artists they are soliciting or hand out fines and lump in buskers with panhandlers. I blogged about this last year, after hearing about a local busker being fined. I know handing out fines isn’t the norm. Yet, if a busker/street performer were to have a concrete by-law or defined set of rules in place, they would know how to play within the fence posts.
It is beyond my comprehension that Winnipeg , who has and continues to create some of the world’s best musicians, in the absence of a bylaw, will not at least allow an artist (musician, juggler, mime, etc.) to get a permit or business license to share their passion & talent in public places. It is relatively easy to get a Winnipeg business license to give body rubs or a (no cost) permit to discharge fireworks. Does this make sense to you, that we are not so Friendly Manitoba when it comes to street performers & buskers Mr. Mayor?
We all want a vibrant city and are constantly looking to improve downtown. Musicians and performing artists, like in 1000’s of cities worldwide, can add a positive, fun, cultured atmosphere, well beyond the buskers who have to apply for Portage Alive Busking (Jun-Sep) & the limited buskers & performers permitted at the Forks (annual busking license via competition).
Solution: I have provided links below to Kenora & Edmonton’s Busking Bylaws (although Edmonton doesn’t technically have a bylaw). I would propose Winnipeg City Council copy either of their progressive approaches to providing direction to street performers in their city. I’m sure if you call either Mayor for permission to copy they would give you two thumbs up!
Kenora Busking Bylaw ~http://listview.kenora.ca/Files/ByLaws%5C2015/066-2015%20Busking.pdf
Edmonton Busking Bylaw ~ http://www.responsiblehospitalityedmonton.ca/street-entertainment-busking/ In Edmonton you do not need a permit to busk/street perform. They have simply put together rules, publically displayed on their website, and have listed all the relevant bylaws that apply. This could be a very quick way for Winnipeg City Council to approve busking & street performing in Winnipeg while still protecting citizens.
In conclusion, we elected you for a reason Mr. Mayor; agility, transparency and accessibility! I do look forward to hearing from you Mr. Brian Bowman & any or all of City Council.
As with any open letter, this one is no different. I invite any and all to respond, no matter your opinion. I would especially ask the music/arts/performing community to weigh in too.
Ref: City of Winnipeg Permits http://www.winnipeg.ca/Services/permits/
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Maybe I had the dream because I am currently selling gear to save up for a specific travel guitar, so I can write more tunes on the road! After all, If my music business was profitable…. which it’s NOT yet, then it wouldn’t be an issue right!
OK, so I’m sure I’m not much different than many other PT musicians out there, in that streaming revenue from my songs barely covers the cost of hosting a website, let alone buying new gear, repairs, video, etc. Ya, I have a full time job, but dang this music thing is an expensive sideline gig, that keeps so many of us in the RED!
How do I make it profitable?
So, I had a dream last night that I delved into the world of video review of gear. I awoke thinking could I help other people decide what gear to buy, and augment my musical revenue through affiliate commissions if people buy the gear I review.
Then I thought… what else is out there for PT musicians to augment their artist cash flow beyond streaming revenue…
What about merchandise? What about referrals to apps? What about online radio? Song reviews? Industry seminars? What about online teaching? What else is out there???? Licensing instrumentals?
Time to find OUT!
Writing a few tunes today. Decided to spare you my vocals, and give you a little Saturday afternoon guitar riff… decided to call it SHOTS 🙂
Hope you are having an AMAZING weekend!!! Wherever you are on this planet… whatever your are going through, we only have one SHOT at this thing we call LIFE, so hope you are LIVING IT to the FULLEST!!!
Writing a few tunes today. Decided to spare you my vocals, and give you a little Saturday afternoon guitar riff… decided to call it SHOTS :)Hope you are having an AMAZING weekend!!! Wherever you are on this planet… whatever your are going through, we only have one SHOT at this thing we call LIFE, so hope you are LIVING IT to the FULLEST!!!Raito OUT 🙂
Posted by Raito on Saturday, March 12, 2016
Happy Weekend To ALL!!!!!!!
Yamaha is having a songwriting contest to win tickets to the Junos 2016, access to the Juno Songwriting Circle, and some other wicked musical prize packages (for the top 3). Having said that, there is nothing I’m asking of anyone. No clicking. No voting. Just have a listen and comment or share if you choose. Yamaha Canada Music has judges who are going to be picking their top 3.
Either way, I have already WON!!! I have been working on this song for almost 20 years, and this contest gave me the inspiration to finish it! To me …that’s a prize all unto itself!!!
Reaching out to my ‘artistic’ friends. I have been stumped on this song WAY WAY too long and could use some lyrical assistance. If you contribute, and the song goes anywhere… you will be #socan #copyright credited with dual writing status… #indie #rock # songwriting !!!!
Reaching out to my 'artistic' friends. I have been stumped on this song WAY WAY too long and could use some lyrical assistance. If you contribute, and the song goes anywhere… you will be #SOCAN #copyright credited with dual writing status… #indie #rock #songwriting!!!!
Posted by Raito on Sunday, January 24, 2016