Published Aug 31, 2013This weekend is one of mixed emotions. On the downside, it marks the unofficial end of summer. But on the plus side, we get a long weekend out of the deal. While you struggle with that one, we've gathered up the week's top stories to help take your mind off things, if only for a moment.
First off, Canada's newly revealed foreign labour laws ruffled a whole lot of feathers this week in the music industry, and for good reason. In a nutshell, under the new laws, Canadian venues and bookers will be on the hook for an increased fee of $425.00 charge per international artist, per performance in Canada — something that's a whole lot higher than the previous fees. An online petition urging against the new law has already collected more than 92,000 supporters, proving that this one definitely touched a nerve.
In more positive news here in Canada, Eamon McGrath launched his new serialized album, the Pack A.D. revealed their newest full-length and Drake got his dad to contribute to Nothing Was the Same. It was also a busy week for the Sadies' Dallas Good, who joined hardcore unit Career Suicide onstage in Toronto and revealed the Sadies would be teaming up with Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet to cover all of Alice Cooper's Love It to Death.
In other news, Caspian's Chris Friedrich sadly passed away, Danny Brown gave us a firm release date and a pile of guests for Old, Jack White started working with the Dead Weather again and Paul McCartney announced a new album.
Last but not least, if you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Sonic Youth with Breaking Bad, it might be something like this.