Canadian Musician Newsletter
2011 Polaris Prize Short List Revealed
The Polaris Music Prize has officially revealed its short list of 10 Canadian albums vying for the title of best Canadian album of the year as voted by an over 200-strong jury of members of the Canadian media. The shortlisted albums are in the running for the $30,000 prize to be handed out at the Polaris Music Prize Gala, September 19, 2011. The 10 albums on the shortlist are:
For more information, visit: www.polarismusicprize.ca.
Steve Vai Added to Guitar Workshop Plus Lineup
Guitar Workshop Plus has announced that Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Steve Vai has been added to its lineup of guest artists for the 2011 program. There are three GWP sessions for 2011 – two in Toronto and one in Vancouver – scheduled as follows:
For more information, visit: www.guitarworkshopplus.com.
Halifax Jazz Festival – Halifax, NS, July 8-16, 2011, www.halifaxjazzfestival.com
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Numark has announced the release of the NS6, a professional 4-channel digital DJ controller engineered in partnership with Serato to work with a 4-deck version of Serato ITCH. This controller has a built-in 24-bit, 4-channel mixer and high-resolution touch-activated platters, delivering 3,600 ticks of resolution per rotation.
Additional features include: two mic, four stereo line, and two phono preamp inputs; master stereo XLRs, stereo RCAs, booth stereo RCAs, and headphone (stereo 1/4″ and stereo 1/8″) outputs; 6″ dual-zone touch-sensitive metal wheel with non-conductive rubberized outer ring; 140 total controls (knobs, sliders, buttons, wheels, and switches), and more.
TRX Cymbal Co. has introduced its Icon Series of cymbals, developed to combine the rich, warm tone of vintage cymbals with the more aggressive performance characteristics required by modern players.
The Icon series is handcrafted in Turkey employing traditional lathing with a polished finish. The Icon Series consists of: 20-23? rides; 13-15? hats; 14-20? thin crashes; 16-21? medium crashes; 18-23? heavy crashes; 12-21? chinas; and 8-12? splashes. TRX Icons also include 14, 16, 18 and 20? Stackers, which are medium-thin vented cymbals that can be used individually for crash effects or placed directly under or on top of other Icons to create a short, trashy sound.