On Saturday, October 15th at 2 p.m., Canadian Musician Publisher Jim Norris will present a free professional seminar titled “Show me the Money” at IMSTA Festa 2016. This seminar, held at Ryerson University’s Rogers Communication Building, will look at how to get funding for yourself, your band, your company or your organization and provide direction on how to write a business plan and a funding proposal that get result. Register now for free athttp://ow.ly/wjAr3057326
IMSTA FESTA Toronto, which will be held for free at Ryerson University next Saturday, Oct. 15, has announced its fulls schedule of educational panels and masterclasses. The show opens at 10:30 a.m. with a breakfast before exhibits open at 11 a.m. The educational program will begin at noon with a keynote Q&A with Toronto-based Grammy-winning producer Boi-ida (Drake, Eminem, Jay Z, etc.).
The full educational schedule is:
12 noon – Keynote: Boi-1da
I’ll keep this one short…
We woke up in Hamamatsu and took the bullet train into Tokyo, where we had a very full day that included a visit to Tokyo’s ultra-trendy and ultra-expensive Ginza shopping district. It’s here that the flagship stores for brands like Louis Vuitton, Armani, Boss, and more line the streets and it’s here where the world’s biggest music company has the opportunity to do a bit of showing off.
Hamamatsu is known as Music City, as in addition to being the home base of Yamaha Corporation Japan, it’s also where Roland and Kawai are based. What’s cool is that the city’s tallest building, the ACT City Tower, is designed to look like a harmonica – and its top 17 floors are the hotel where we’d spend the next two nights.
The first night, we dined at a Bavarian restaurant that brewed its own lagers and ales onsite – and served them in two-litre jugs. The fare was a mix of German, Japanese, and Italian (right?) and had us all in a great mood.
There, we met a few members of the Berlin Philharmonic who were in town for a reason that I don’t recall, but it was nonetheless cool to be making musical connections in Music City.
We arrived in Osaka on Friday night, giving us a couple of days dedicated to sightseeing and taking it easy before our time at Yamaha Corporation Japan HQ on Monday and our trip to Yamaha’s flagship storefront in the ultra-expensive Ginza area of Tokyo on Tuesday.
Kansai airport in Osaka sits atop an entirely manmade island that actually sinks a few inches every year and has to be “re-jacked” regularly, which is a cool bit of trivia. Our hotel was on that very island, so we kept close to home that evening, with a few from our group meeting at the hotel bar for a cocktail or two before responsibly retiring early ahead of a busy next day in Kyoto.
The itinerary for our next two days in China was tightly packed, so the majority of the group members that were able to shake the jet lag considered themselves lucky.
The first day centred around a visit to the Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments manufacturing facility, so we boarded the bus for a three-hour ride that offered an interesting look at what can accurately be called Chinese suburbia. The bus full of Canadians found it kind of funny when our guide, Cindy, told us that Hangzhou is considered a medium-sized city, with a population of “only” around 9 million people.