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MusicConnectTO: Exploring Emerging Media and Music

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

MusicConnectTO: Exploring Emerging Media and Music

Date: Thursday, October 28th @ 6pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

With so many different perspectives (labels, fans, artists, promoters, publishers, radio and many others) and the financial impact it is having on each group, it is always the right time to openly discuss and try to better understand the challenges we all face as technology and cultural changes advance faster than we can comfortably comprehend and respond to.

This open music event organized by Karim Kanji and his team, hope to connect the music industry with fans so that the debate and discussions will be both direct and meaningful. This is the perfect opportunity to move away from a conformational mindset to one that will lead to a better understanding of the issues and therefore the right mindset to develop viable and long-term industry solutions.

The evening will feature a panel of experts who are deep in the trenches, working through the technological and cultural upheaval that each of their organizations are currently facing.

The panel will be moderated by David Newland and the lineup of panelists will ensure this will be a spirited and healthy discussion:

Greg Nisbet, Founder
Mediazoic

Aidan Nulman, Founder
YouPhonics

Trevor Guy, Vice President
Last Gang Records

Boris Chan, Principal
XtremeLabs

Lisa MacKay, Director of Marketing
TSO

After the panel concludes, there will be an opportunity to continue to discussion over drinks with fellow attendees, so this is a special event that should not be missed!

If you are in Toronto or surrounding area, I highly recommend you register (space is limited) and share some of your experiences, insights and ideas.

Categories: Event, Meetup

Photos / Video from OpenMusicMedia Toronto #3

May 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Karim Kanji at TechVibes has posted a video of Jonas’ intro to the group discussion:

As well, photos have been added to the Flickr Group Pool and can be viewed on the right side of this blog. Please feel free to add any photos to the Flickr Pool.

Categories: Event, Post-Meetup

OpenMusicMedia Toronto #3 Roundup

“How will location based services help me as an artist?”

This was one of the many questions that sparked a lively discussion at our most recent OpenMusicMedia Toronto meetup.

Jonas Woost, formerly of Last.FM joined us and facilitated the discussion about local music and location based service. Opinions and thoughts were mixed as is to be expected when encountering a nascent technology. Some people are quite excited and have embraced it, while others are not so sure yet how these services will benefit them. It is an exciting time for music fans and artists!

“It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it”

In very simple terms, what we do know is that artists want to grow their fan base, venues/clubs want to fill their rooms to sell more food/drinks and fans want personal recommendations (music/concert listings) tailored to their tastes and location. How will location based services serve each one of these different groups? And will everyone be on board?

Being a new technology, it was difficult to pin down any definite answers, as there we just as many questions as ideas/solutions. We are starting to see creative experimentation by the likes of McDonalds and Pepsi, so it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing how artists come up with their own creative ideas. We touched upon services like Bandsintown, Songkick, LastFM, Foursquare and Gowalla and how they are currently being used and how they can be used in the future to support the local music scene. Apple has iGroups up their sleeve and Facebook is also rumoured to be working on something. We are in the earlier innings.

“There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees”

The discussion could have lasted the night and it was very interesting to listen to different opinions and ideas. I’m certain that the topic will be addressed again at a future OpenMusicMedia meetup. In the meantime, let’s keep the discussion going whether it’s here on the blog or on Twitter. There is a lot more to come!

We really want to thank Jonas for joining us. It was our best turnout and it was great to see the regulars come out, as well as meeting a whole new group of people. Having a good cross section of technologists, tech startups, web developers, radio, record labels and music promoters came out to share their experiences and make new connections always lends itself to a very vibrant meetup. We look forward to seeing you again and please stay tuned for information about our next OpenMusicMedia Toronto meetup.

Thanks!

Categories: Event, Post-Meetup

OpenMusicMedia Toronto #3 – Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

OpenMusicMedia Toronto #3 – Location, Location, Location:

The date is now set for the next OpenMusicMedia here in Toronto on Wednesday May 12th, 2010 – (note the new venue – C’est What on Front St. E)

We are pleased that Jonas Woost will be joining us from Vancouver where he will kick off the discussion about music and  location based services and the role these services will have on the music industry, in particular supporting local music. He will share with us  examples of services like Foursquare, Songkick.com Soundtrckr.com and Last.fm which could be used by artists, advertisers and fans for social/music discovery, advertising and commerce purposes.

From here, the discussion is wide open and we encourage you to share with us from your perspective as a fan, artist, label, radio station or technologist what you think of these services, which one’s you like and the type of features that are important to you that would enhance your enjoyment of music. We also can’t forget to consider the role and influence that radio can still have when focused on the local music scene.

Guest Bio:

A brief bio for those who don’t know Jonas. He started working in the music industry at the age of sixteen having been involved with radio, the record labels and technology.

He has worked in a variety of roles including communications and publicity. and most recently was the Head of Music at Last.fm in London where he worked closely with record labels, artists and copyright owners from around the world. Jonas and his team were in charge of acquiring content as well as maintaining relationships with these parties.

Jonas is regularly invited to speak publicly at international conferences to discuss issues within the digital music and media business, including Popkomm (Berlin), Canadian Music Week (Toronto), In The City (Manchester), NARM (USA), Porto Musical (Recife, Brazil) and Futuresonic (Manchester).

He’s also the co-founder of the original OpenMusicMedia meetup that started in London, UK.

At the start of 2010 Jonas moved to Vancouver to set up his digital media consultancy.

OpenMusicMedia Toronto #3 Meetup Details:


Date: Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Time: 5:30pm – 9pm (evening will start very casually with everyone enjoying food/drinks and connecting with each other before we dive into the group discussion at 6:30pm)

Location: C’est What (http://www.cestwhat.com)

67 Front Street East

Toronto, Ontario (view map)

RSVPhttp://bit.ly/OMM_TO3


OpenMusicMedia Background:

What: OpenMusicMedia Toronto is a chance to get together on a semi-regular basis for drinks & conversation around the past, present and future intersection of music, media and digital culture. The purpose of the group will be for people with similar interests and passions to meet and discuss in a relaxed and open environment.  There are no vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

Who: Open to music label folks, journalists, social media types,  entrepreneurs, technologists/developers, music geeks, music bloggers and future thinkers.

Cost: The meetup is FREE and open to everyone. All we gratefully ask is if you can RSVP here.

Theme: Each meetup will feature a theme or topic that will drive the discussion for the evening. For our third meetup, Jonas Woost will kick off the conversation about music and location based services.

Come on out, enjoy a drink and meet people passionate about music and contribute to the conversation! We look forward to seeing you.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, please send us an email.

Cheers, Josh (@3rdparty) and Gabriel (@gcn1)

Categories: Event, Meetup

Next OpenMusicMedia Toronto Set for May 2010

It has been awhile since the last OMM meetup and plans are underway for the next one which we expect to be around mid-May (keep the week of May 10th in mind). The topic (mobile apps/location based services) will definitely be timely/relevant given all the talk and buzz around services like Foursquare and Gowalla, as well as the recent launch of the iPad and upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 and iPhone hardware release.

In addition, we are very excited to have Jonas Woost, who was most recently the Head of Music at LastFM and is one of the founders of OpenMusicMedia London visit us here in Toronto to be part of the discussion.

Details (location/date/topic) will be announced very soon…

Thanks.

Gabe and Josh

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OpenMusicMedia Toronto #2 – Wednesday December 9th, 2009

November 23, 2009 1 comment

With 2010 fast approaching, it’s definitely time for another OpenMusicMedia Toronto meetup. Building on the success of our inaugural meet in September, we are going to cover the ongoing discussion about access vs. ownership and what it means to the music fan, the artist, and of course the industry as a whole.

With music services such as Spotify, MOG, Last.fm, and Grooveshark (only to name a few) increasing in popularity due to their ease in delivering music content as a seamless experience across both desktop and mobile devices – does this spell the end for iTunes and the whole notion of actually needing to own content?

The Globe and Mail recently took a look at Spotify and what it means for both the traditional and new players within the music industry. We are experiencing a transformative change in business models and the way music is consumed. Will subscription streaming services be a sustainable model? Will consumers pay for a bundling deal (ISPs, telcos) that gives them access on their computers and more importantly, on their mobile devices? Are there times when ownership is important? What are main benefits of the streaming model? Without a doubt, music streaming is here to stay and will likely co-exist with download service for the foreseeable future.

We are proud to have Greg Nisbet (founder of Toronto music startup Mediazoic) join us. Greg’s experience developing a real-time broadcast streaming platform and his work with various people in radio, the labels and technology will offer us a unique perspective as he kicks off the discussion for the evening.


Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

 

Time: 5:30pm – 11pm (evening will start very casually with everyone enjoying food/drinks and connecting with each other before we dive into the group discussion at 6:30pm)

Location: The Pilot Tavern

22 Cumberland Street

Toronto, Ontario (view map)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/OMM_TO2


Background

 

What: OpenMusicMedia Toronto is a chance to get together on a semi-regular basis for drinks & conversation around the past, present and future intersection of music, media and digital culture. The purpose of the group will be for people with similar interests and passions to meet and discuss in a relaxed and open environment.  There are no vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

Who: Open to music label folks, journalists, social media types,  entrepreneurs, technologists/developers, music geeks, music bloggers and future thinkers.

Cost: The meetup is FREE and open to everyone. All we gratefully ask is if you can RSVP here.

Theme: Each meetup will feature a theme or topic that will drive the discussion for the evening. For our second meetup, Greg Nisbet (Mediazoic) will kick off the conversation regarding Access vs. Ownership of content

We look forward to seeing you come out, enjoy a drink, meet people passionate about music and contribute to the conversation! If you have any questions or need to contact us, please send us an email.
Cheers,
Josh (@3rdparty) and Gabriel (@gcn1)

OpenMusicMedia Toronto #1 – September 30th, 2009

September 2, 2009 4 comments

We are pleased to announce the first OpenMusicMedia Toronto meetup on Wednesday, September 30th. Before filling you on everything you need to know about the meetup, here are the key details. Please add this date to your calendar because we would love to see you come out and join in the discussion!


Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Time: 6pm – 11pm (evening will start very casually with everyone enjoying food/drinks and connecting with each other before we dive into the group discussion at 7pm)

Location: The Pilot Tavern
22 Cumberland Street
Toronto, Ontario (view map)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/OMM_TO1



Background Information

What: OpenMusicMedia Toronto is a chance to get together on a semi-regular basis for drinks & conversation around the past, present and future intersection of music, media and digital culture. The purpose of the group will be for people with similar interests and passions to meet and discuss in a relaxed and open environment.  There are no vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

Who: Open to music label folks, journalists, social media types,  entrepreneurs, technologists/developers, music geeks, music bloggers and future thinkers.

Cost: The meetup is FREE and open to everyone. All we gratefully ask is if you can RSVP here.

Theme: Each meetup will feature a theme or topic that will drive the discussion for the evening. For our first meetup, Josh Newman and Gabriel Nijmeh will lead the discussion on direct to fan relationships (D2F) and the impact technology has had in bringing the two closer together than ever before.

Here a few questions to help kickstart the conversation:

  • How has new technology/media helped fans and artists connect?
  • How does a band manage these relationships as they grow in popularity and time constraints become a factor?
  • A look at artists such as Trent Reznor, Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Moonalice (and others) who have used social media platforms like Twitter to connect with fans. What about others?
  • How does a band find that right balance between interacting and creating?
  • Is a direct to fan relationship model necessary for success? What if an artist/band decides to limit the interaction?
  • And as the discussion progresses through the evening, we are sure to cover important topics like D2F as a business model, marketing, distribution, promotion and the technology that enables all of this.

We look forward to seeing you out on September 30th! If you have any questions or comments, please send us an email.

Thanks!
Josh (@3rdparty) and Gabriel (@gcn1)