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Getting the Gig - addendum!

Thanks to all those who have read my "Getting the Gig" post and have sent in comments. I realize that one topic I didn't cover was how to deal with a festival application if you are also applying for a Canada Council Music Touring Grant.

Getting the gig

I was invited to participate in last weekend's Music Business seminar at JAZZ.FM91 and, because it's summer and the humidity has drastically reduced my synapse firing speed, I thought I would post my talk here rather than come up with a new blog topic. It was a great weekend featuring presentations by Ralph Benmergui, Jaymz Bee, Brad Barker, Richard Underhill, David Basskin, Mike Denny and me, covering topics ranging from getting your music on the radio to being media savvy to learning about grants and record labels.

Just for the fun of it

One of the compliments I most enjoy receiving, when finishing up a gig with my big band, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, is: "You look like you're having so much fun!" And frankly, it's true - on almost every gig, we're having a blast. To go along with great music there's lots of joking on the bandstand, bad jokes being told on the microphone (you're welcome...) and an overall relaxed vibe. I'm not sure I'd be in the music business if I wasn't having fun so much of the time.

So - when do we start up again?'s been two weeks since we wrapped up the 2010 TD Toronto Jazz Festival...when do we get to start planning 2011?!

That's a wrap!

Well my faithful festival followers, the party's over. It's been four days since we closed up the 2010 TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the tents are packed up until next year, and I've caught up on some I thought I would bring you up to date on the last few days of the festival.

Friday July 2 - Day 8

You have much to learn, young Padawan...

As I write this morning, I'm finding it hard to believe that it's already day eight...that today is our last day of activity on Nathan Phillips Square...that there are only two days's been quite a ride!

Revised Xylopholks advisory

Please read carefully the following update from Jazz Central Command:

We have received new intelligence about the Xylopholks. It seems they caught wind of our surveillance and tried to sneak one past us. Please note that although Pink Gorilla has been seen, it seems that Cookie Monster has been replaced with a skunk. Although this situation kind of stinks, our best people are keeping watch on the situation.

July already?!

So, last night was a bit of a late night, so my vocabulary centers aren't firing on all cylinders. With that in mind, this blog post will be slightly abbreviated (as opposed to the exquisitely crafted (?!) verbosity of previous posts), so that my brain isn't too taxed and you don't have to decipher enormously long run-on sentences peppered with poor grammar such as what this sentence is turning into. Plus, it sounds as though my neighbour is rocking out to Guitar Hero so I'm a bit distracted...

Warning - Xylopholks sighted!

The following advisory was released this morning from Jazz Central Command. Please read it carefully:

What time is it?

Okay. I think I've officially lost track of what day it is. I'm just back from the Hard Rock Cafe and am unsure - is it Tuesday night? Wednesday morning? Does it really matter?


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