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Greetings fellow music consumers and welcome to the buymusic.ca blog.

Here you will find various information relating to the purchase of music online and by mail, as well as sheet music, music instruments and memorabilia.

I will also be posting various commentaries and reviews in regards to these services and various related issues.

To begin either click on an option in the menu to your left, which features various source listings, or scroll down for my blog entries.

Enjoy.

New Law Proposed In Ontario

In case you missed it yesterday, the Government of Ontario has proposed new regulations in regards to the resale of concert and event tickets within the province.

As stipulated in an official June 26th press release, the proposed measures include:

  • Banning the use and sale of ticket-buying software – also known as ticket bots – that are used to block legitimate fans and scoop up the best seats the moment an event goes on sale
  • Forbidding the sale of tickets on the resale market that are not owned or possessed by the seller (i.e. speculative tickets)
  • Continuing to restrict the resale of tickets unless they are verified by the primary seller, or the reseller offers a money-back guarantee.

Also included in the proposed measures are new rules in regards to transparency:

  • Primary ticket sellers would be required to disclose the number of tickets that would be available through the general on-sale, as well as the capacity of the event
  • Ticket resellers and online resale platforms would be required to disclose the original face value of the ticket and precise seat location, as well as the identity of a commercial reseller
  • All ticket-selling businesses would be required to disclose the all-in price of a ticket up front, plus clearly indicate the currency.

The “Ticket Sales Act” will be introduced to the Provincial Parliament in the fall.

Interesting Idea

Years back I started framing and mounting some of my favorite album covers and although they look great on the wall, there were several issues I had to contend with.

If I had decided to mount the whole LP, the record and inner sleeve included, I would not able to play it regularly because to do so I’d need to take it off the wall and open up the frame to access the LP. And if I choose to make the frame lighter by not including the actual record and inner sleeve, I risked exposing the later to dust, fingerprints and general wear and tear.

What I ended up doing was buying used copies of my album to mount, to simply use the cover and disregards the rest. But this is of course not an environmentally friendly option in the long run. And I could have probably protected my exposed records more in a heavy duty carrying case.

Oh well. Live and learn.

Album collectors today of course have access to better options like the Snap Show and Use Vinyl Record Frame, the Art Vinyl Play and Display Record Frame, the Records on Walls slide in frame, the 12 Inch Art LP mounting kits and this new British Kickstarter crowdfunding project called Record Roots.

With Record Roots one can also easily remove and replace LPs, displaying eight albums at once. And the frame is modular so additional eight album modules can be added to each other.

Like the Art Vinyl Play and Display Record Frame and the Records on Walls slide in frame these hold double LPs. But it appears that the Art Vinyl Play and Display Record Frame is better for triple LPs.

Had I started mounting my favorite albums today I would have probably chosen to use the Record Roots system because I don’t have any double and triple LPs. I had sold those to upgrade to compact disc, back in the day, and my very favorite albums are single LPs anyway.

In case you’re curious, some of my favorite album art features paintings like Live’s “Throwing Copper“, Fleetwood Mac “Tango In The Night“, Queen’s “News of the World“, Heart’s “Dog & Butterfly” and Talk Talk’s “Natural History“.

I am also quite fond of Pink Floyd’s “Division Bell” and “Tree of Half Life“, as well as Def Leppard’s “Pyromania“, “Adrenalize” and “Retro-Active” cover art.

Those are of course the only ones I can think of, off the top of my head. And I managed to find album sized posters and promo posters for most of the above mentioned but I have just so much wall space. 🙂

By the way, if you’re a fan of album cover art you might like “Album Cover Album” by Roger Dean, “The Greatest Album Covers of All Times” by Barry Miles and “1000 Record Covers” by Michael Ochs.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

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New Magnetic Wireless Speakers

GoDuo Speakers are waterproof, magnetic, wireless Bluetooth speakers that are currently being offered via Kickstarter. Click here for details on this crowdfunding campaign.

A Reminder…

Just thought i’d remind everyone that Chapters/Indigo is offering free shipping on most of everything they sell. Click on the following link for details on the exceptions: Free Shipping, No Minimum (June 13 – 15)

You can take advantage of this offer to buy one of my favorite Canadian music history books, like Bob Mercereau’s “The History of Canadian Rock ‘N’ Roll” or Martin Melhuish’s “Oh What a Feeling: A Vital History of Canadian Music: The Next Generation” or Christopher Ward’s “Is This Live? Inside The Wild Early Years of Much Music“.

I highly recommend these books, especially to Canadian music historians and fans of Canadian music from the 70’s and 80’s.