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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 Roundup

October 6, 2009 1 comment

Right off the bat, we really want to thanks to Dave Haynes and Jonas Woost for letting us bring OpenMusicMedia to Toronto and for their support in helping us organize the meet-up.

And to everyone who attended, thanks so much! The conversation just flowed right from the start and there wasn’t a lull at any point in time. It was inspiring to meet and speak people from a variety of backgrounds (technology, radio, music labels, entrepreneurs and artists).

Josh took a bunch of photos from the event. And Greg Nisbet (Mediazoic) put together a great post entitled: Music’s New Face All About Openness. I (Gabriel) have also posted an blog entitled: OpenMusicMedia Toronto Proves the Future of Music Looks Bright in which I share some of my personal thoughts on the meetup. Please read and share your thoughts and comments.

Please stay tuned for upcoming details about the next meet-up. If you have any comments, thoughts or ideas for future meetups, please get in touch with us on Twitter or by email.

Thanks!

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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)