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  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 11:06 PM | Anonymous

    In light of the many high profile plagiarism cases making headlines in the music business over the last few years (Lana Del Rey, Led Zeppelin, Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, etc.), it felt like the right time to examine the topic of songwriting from where we all sit: the drum throne.

    All of the above instances of alleged plagiarism involved similarities in melodies or chord progressions. But what about drum beats…can they be copyrighted?

    As a starting point: any musical performance that is recorded in any form already has automatic copyright. This happens in the recording of that performance. In other words, nobody could sample or otherwise exploit your recorded performance without your consent.

    So the real question we need to ask: are drumbeats considered songwriting? If they are, then they form part of the musical composition and would be protected under the law just like a chord progression, melody or lyric.

    The short answer:

    unfortunately, no. Drumbeats and drum patterns are not typically considered songwriting – it’s not typical to copyright a drumbeat. The law makes clear that lyrics, melody, harmony, and rhythm can be copyrighted. Most often, lyrics and melody are afforded protection under the law before the other two. This is arguable because the latter two are considered “accompaniment,” while the first two form the backbone of the composition, and remain consistent regardless of who is performing the composition.

    This is actually a good thing in many ways. If every drumbeat was considered songwriting, the Bonham ‘Levee’ beat, the Bo Diddly groove, the ‘We Will Rock You’ stomp, even the standard four-on-the-floor pattern would all exist in only one song, and if you emulated any of them in a new song, you could be sued for plagiarism.

    The Good Part

    So really, the lack of protection affords us all the ability to do more in the studio. We can do this without the fear of being sued. Singers and guitar players, for example, do not have such a luxury.

    However, if you lifted the ‘We Will Rock You’ beat, along with similar handclaps and stomps, and added a vocal melody or phrasing similar to Freddie’s, that as a whole would likely be considered plagiarism. So it seems that a drumbeat and something else needs to be added before the piece will be considered songwriting.

    Songwriting copyright equally

    Now, this is not to say that you don’t deserve a cut of songwriting. Especially when you write songs with your band. Many bands divide songwriting equally amongst all the members. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, etc. all divide the songwriting copyright equally for each song, even though the law doesn’t recognize the drummer’s contributions in the same manner. It’s a way of recognizing each member’s contributions as a whole to the songs and perhaps the general operation of the band. In other words, it’s completely up to you and your bandmates how the songwriting is divided for each song, regardless of what the law typically acknowledges.

    As always, feel free to email me with questions. Songwriting is the most complex and sometimes confusing aspect of the music biz.

    Kurt Dahl
    Lawyer Drummer

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 10:00 PM | Anonymous

    We here at Team Blue Revue are happy to announce that Blue Revue: Edmonton’s Sexiest Film Festival returns to Metro Cinema in the historic Garneau Theatre Wednesday, September 21st, 2022!

    This sexy festival is an inclusive, safe space, where we can all get together and celebrate our diversity.

    Join us for an evening of burlesque, local amateur porn shorts, beer, wine, popcorn, film and audience prizes and more!

    Films — we need films! Three lucky entries will walk away with cash prizes. Perhaps we will have participation ribbons for the rest :)

    Films mustn’t exceed ten minutes, can be softcore, hardcore, or somewhere in between — in a previous winning entry, the stars didn’t even get undressed, but the dialogue was gold. We’ve seen animation, puppets — you name it! Full film details and important forms can be found at

    Think of a sexy situation, maybe make it funny — or make it artsy — star in it yourself, or with a friend or friends, be the cameraperson, story writer — whatever role you want to play (the jokes, they write themselves) get it on camera (maybe that should read “Get it on, on camera”), and submit it to us (details on soon).

    Not feeling like baring it all in front of 500 happy, horny people but still want to be involved? We do need a very few volunteers, or, there are still some very cool sponsorship opportunities. To find out more, send James an email at to discuss either.

    Ahhhh, it feels good to be planning this again for you amazing people. We will start sharing sponsor profiles and ticket information soon!

    Also: Check out, because later in February they are screening some seriously sexy movies. Keep an eye on their schedule often to catch all the great films they have to offer.

    Stay sexy!

    The Blue Revue Crew

  • Tuesday, February 08, 2022 11:22 PM | Anonymous

    Canada’s newest rising pop star Mackenzie Dayle continues to set the scene ablaze, lighting up screens and streams with her fiery new single, “I’m Good, Thanks” — available now!

    The Edmonton, Alberta-based artist’s new track is an ultra sexy love-letter to one’s self: a super-charged reminder that the most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one you have with yourself.

    “I got together with a group of people who have all experienced some level of ‘single person ridicule’ in their lives,” Dayle explains of the inspiration behind the track. “From that, we created a super sassy, salty song making fun of all the attempts people make to ‘fix’ someone who is single — while also empowering listeners to stay single as long as it feels good for them.

    “Honestly, it could have been an hour long,” she continues. “After pooling all of our experiences from our times being single, and hearing the experiences of the people around us, we had enough ammo to fill 20 songs!”

    The song is flirty, funny, poignant, and necessary, and the music video does as much visually as it does sending home a message. Between the dance numbers, Dayle’s exceptional singing, and the playful lyrics — not to mention the clip of the highly decorated and outrageously talented artist being yeeted into a pool fully clothed in the video — all make for a homerun in the game of finding yourself at the centre of your most important relationship: you.

    “Being single can be so important,” Dayle muses about the song, and life. “It helps you take the time to work on the most important and epic relationship you'll ever have - the one with yourself.

    “I spent quite a few lengthy periods of being single,” she continues. “After every heartbreak, I typically like to take at least a couple months, if not more, to reflect on what happened in that past relationship: the red flags I overlooked, the behaviour I enabled, the way I personally could have done better, and further figuring out what I'm looking for in the person I want to end up with.

    “Every portion of time I spend single helps me know myself more, and makes what I'm looking for even more clear.”

    Surrounding the track’s reflective and insightful message is an upbeat, dance bop; a sure-fire banger in the vein of a modern Katy Perry, a sassy Ava Max. Beyond that, it gets its point across loud and clear — without being sanctimonious, or looking further down the pedestal.

    “The song is not meant to put single and ‘taken’ people against each other either,” Dayle reassures. “It's specifically saying you should take all the time you need to be single, so when or if you find someone great enough to settle down with, you'll be going into it as your best, most confident, and most healthy self.”

    A naturally gifted performer, Mackenzie Dayle has become a tour de force in the music industry, having snagged the attention of Wendy Starland (responsible for discovering Lady Gaga), honed her vocal ability with high vocal coach, Carole-Lynn Quinn, and continuing to train in hip hop at KORE Dance Studios under the tutelage of world-renowned choreographer, Carlo Atienza (So You Think You Can Dance).

    Dayle dropped her first CD, Give Me Some Action, in 2012 — with singles featured on a variety of North American radio stations. Last year, she released her debut album, Single, worldwide, and followed up the track “Cut You Out” with an accompanying music video, racking up more than 450,000 views.

    “I’m Good, Thanks” is available now.

    For more information, please contact:

    Eric Alper
    Publicist  I  Music Commentator  I  Shameless Idealist

  • Tuesday, February 08, 2022 10:09 PM | Anonymous

    It's that time of year in Edmonton where the Silver Skate Festival takes over beautiful Hawrelak Park with snow sculpting, sport challenges, fire sculptures and... winter cinema!

    On Friday, February 18, starting at 6:15PM, The Edmonton Short Film Festival is hosting a local short film night at the Silver Skate Festival. The film set includes:

    Melting Frozen Film Episode 4: When I Read White and Green Blues

    Adam Bentley, Canada, 10:00 min

    The IFWC’s first produced documentary series about its Festival Director who travelled to other winter film festivals around the world immediately before the COVID 19 pandemic.

    The Useless Mutant

    Matt Altstadt, Canada, 6:03 min

    Jimmer is your average citizen, until his body begins to change in ways that is unexpected and abnormal for every-day life.

    Bunny Don’t Let ‘Em Get Your Goat

    Daniel Blanchard and Ernst Cedar-Beithstrom, Canada, 10:27 min

    A man in a bunny suit must train and fight his greatest rival for what he values most of all.

    Pollution Solution

    The Bum Family, Canada, 6:06 min

    Made by a group of 6 young cousins who fear the world is ending due to human activity.


    Angel Lo, Canada, 4:22 min

    Rocky is going camping with his friends. Rocky is seeing things. Rocky is seeing something. Someone.


    Kara Bullock, Canada, 5:07 min

    In the Fall of 2020, Kara and Johanna met in a movement class in the neighbourhood of Bowness, Calgary (Mohkinstsis in Blackfoot). This short film was an opportunity to spend some time together, tell stories, and express through movement together.

    The Preparator

    Aquiles Ascencion, Canada, 12:00 min

    Take a fascinating behind the scenes look at the role of an art museum preparator from arrival of artwork all the way through to final display.

    The Campaign

    Jack Parker, Canada, 6:52 min

    Two step-brothers attempt to bond over live action role playing.

    Northern Nightingale

    Natasha Soper, Canada, 12:58 min

    An East Indian city girl, newly graduated from nursing, escapes an arranged marriage to a town in Northern Alberta. What she thinks is an easy escape turns into a much harsher reality than she bargained for.

    Where Monsters Dwell

    Jordan Bouma, Canada, 9:55 min

    Charlie Wool, an over-confident monster tracker, is flat broke and trapped in a monster infested city. Charlie’s luck turns around when he is finally hired for one last job: tracking down a vicious cyborg bear.

    Follow Your Dawgs

    Josefin Kuschela, Germany, 33:13 min

    We take a look into the everyday lives of dog mushers, visit a mushing school, and get some impressions of the Iditarod, along with the Yukon Quest, the biggest and longest dog sled race in the world.

    The Forty Foot

    Stuart Black, Ireland, 2:33 min

    A short documentary about the brave swimmers of The Forty Foot in Dublin Bay, where people have been dipping into the “fresh” Irish Sea for 250 years.


    David Buse, Canada, 4:30 min

    A meditative glimpse of birds navigating a snowstorm on Lake Michigan.


    Tracy Peters, Canada, 4:50 min

    Fevered is a meditation on the heated drama enacted by lakes and rivers as winter unravels. Peters re-imagines the pulsing of waterways as metaphorical rhizome swelling outward.

    Make sure to visit the Silver Skate Festivals website for more details!

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    (Edmonton) - The 2nd Winterruption YEG festival announces a new set of dates for their stacked line-up of music, comedy, drag and more taking place in downtown Edmonton from March 31 to April 3, 2022. The winter festival takes place in multiple downtown Edmonton venues including The Starlite Room, Rocky Mountain Icehouse, Temple, The Cask & Barrel, Soho Yeg, Downtown Edmonton Community League and a series of free outdoor events at The Backyard YEG on 101st and 104 ave. In addition to the 4 day festival weekend, there will be bonus events on March 27, April 8 and 9 to add even more value to the $45 festival wristband.

    Highlights of this year’s diverse line-up still include previous announced artists TOPS, Indigenous hip hop from Snotty Nose Rez Kids & Dj Shub, Toronto’s The Sadies, Polaris prize nominee DijahSB, Juno nominee Julian Taylor, Rich Aucoin, Boy Golden, San Antonio’s Garrett T. Capps & Nasa County, Cayley Thomas, daysormay, Eamon Mcgrath, Altameda, The Bobby Tenderloin Universe, Charlotte Cornfield, Astral Swans, Shaela Miller, The Provincial Archive, Miesha & The Spanks, Chastity, The Hearts, Strange Breed, CBC’s Because News host Gavin Crawford and Vancouver’s Stop Podcasting Yourself.

    Additions to the new dates of the festival include TEKE:TEKE, a pre-weekend event with Montreal’s Braids, Vancouver glam star Art D'ecco, Milwaukee’s Alan Ward and a special evening of drag with international star Morgan McMichaels and many more. Unfortunately, a few artists could not make the revised dates including Brooklyn’s Diet Cig.

    Festival Producer Brent Oliver says: “All six western Canadian winter festivals have performed the herculean task of rescheduling over a hundred acts, in dozens of venues to make this all work for safe and fun events. We hope that two months from now we can get back to what we all love doing - experiencing live music again, together.”

    Festival wristbands and shows are on sale starting Thursday, January 27 at 10am through Limited festival wristbands are only $45 plus service charge, with other events ranging from free to $22 per show. All previously purchased tickets and wristbands will be honoured. The festival also requires all patrons, volunteers, artists and venue staff to be at least double vaccinated against Covid-19. Negative tests will not be sufficient.

    Check out more details, artists, schedule, sponsors and volunteer applications at

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022 10:14 PM | Anonymous

    (Edmonton/ Toronto) - Sustainival, the World’s First Green Midway & Carnival, announces new Executive Director - Brent Oliver. Brent comes to Sustainival from a long career in event management, not-for-profit and public organizations and festival production. Previous positions include Event and Director roles with the City of Spruce Grove, Government of Alberta, Alberta Music. Brent also currently produces Edmonton’s Winterruption YEG music festival and is a renowned arts & events consultant.

    “I’m very excited to help the organization produce this year’s Sustainival in Edmonton and Fort McMurray and continue the great success of past years as we move towards a return to live events.” says Oliver. “I welcome the challenge of coordinating an environmentally sustainable carnival while executing a world class event.”

    Sustainival is more than a fun day at the carnival, it celebrates the power of renewable energy to fuel exhilarating rides, games, delicious carnival food and community connections. The five day event is a unique experiential public education platform that celebrates energy literacy, sustainability, and the latest innovations in clean-technologies, all while having a blast at the midway.

    “With the hiring of Brent Oliver, we believe Sustainival is poised for some long term growth as an event and an organization” says founder Joey Hundert. “The board is excited to see how our new ED can build on the past 10 years of Sustainival success.”

    Sustainival will again be free to attend with no gate admission. New June 2022 dates in Edmonton and Fort McMurray will be announced soon including information on cost for carnival rides, carnival games, food, and beverages.

    ABOUT SUSTAINIVAL: Sustainival is the world’s first green carnival. We are an educational non-profit organization with a focus on energy literacy, sustainability, and clean-technologies. Our learning outcomes are delivered through our large-scale public events by means of spectacular games, competitions, pavilions, exhibits, demonstrations, performances, interpreters, and presentations. Since 2011, more than one and a half million festival-goers have experienced the exhilaration of Sustainival, while gaining a hands-on awareness of the potential of clean technologies and renewable energy. For more information, visit us at

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022 9:42 PM | Anonymous

    Donating to a worthy cause always feels good, doesn’t it? But have you ever wondered what happens to your money after you’ve selected the option to “round up” your purchase at whatever store you may be at, to donate to the charity they may support? Before I tell you what happens to your money, I would like to clarify that this article is in no way designed to discourage you from donating to any charity. Charities hold a valuable position in our economy and do so much good for our society. Funding them is of the utmost importance to furthering the growth and development of our communities, including the charities I’ll bring up in this article. However, it’s how you donate and who get’s the credit is what this article will discuss.

    Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya 

    Before I begin, I would like to thank a few Partner Charities for giving me the privilege of working with them at my company, Aloe Tax. STARS Air Ambulance is an extremely critical component to lifesaving services across the province. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) now more then ever needs our support as our society suffers so greatly not only from a pandemic, but the resulting divide. Canadian Blood Services easily calls themselves “Canada’s Lifeline” as they work together with donors, recipients, employees, partners, and volunteers to bring critical lifesaving products like blood, plasma, and even organ and tissue donations. Each of these 3 charity organizations have had a meaningful impact on my life either directly, or indirectly through someone I know, and I am happy to be a tool to drive them the money they need.

    Like most Canadian taxpayers, I don’t have a lot of free money floating around to just throw away. That’s why while at McDonalds today buying a couple Happy Meals for my friends’ kids, I chose to take a picture of the big “warning” symbol that flashed onto the screen taking up the entirety of it pushing their charity “Ronald McDonald House”. My options were to “Round Up and donate $0.26”, this option was highlighted and centered with two other options below it, the same size but much less noticeable. It was either donate $1.00 or Not Today. This presentation alone is one of the first steps they use to start building up corporate tax credits using our money. $0.26 is nothing right? But how often do you go to McDonalds and donate $0.26 in a year? 10? 100? It adds up.

    From Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) website, they say; “Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta supports families seeking vital medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child. Our warm, compassionate Houses provide a home-away-from-home for families who need to travel for medical reasons. When those families are experiencing one of Life’s most difficult times – we offer them the gift of togetherness.”

    As an Epileptic since about the age of 12 who suffered from multiple tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures several times a year and constantly seeing specialists in both Alberta and Ontario up until about the age of 31, I certainly value and appreciate what RMHC does for our families. I’ve also experienced similar services as a child from charities like WIN House. I do endorse and support all charities and the services they provide. And my company, Aloe Tax, loves to partner with them to offer free tax preparation services through the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. So why on Earth would I write an article apparently targeting RMHC? To understand we need to have a look at how any donation works.

    Photo by Katt Yukawa 

    Since there are so many complications and calculations when it comes to how much to donate and how much you’ll get back in the form of a tax credit, I would like to focus on the process rather then the amounts. However, it should be noted that neither the individual or corporation will get 100% of it’s donations back in credits and there are limits to how much you can donate before you stop receiving credits. Let’s start with corporations and what happens when they donate. As earlier stated, let’s use McDonalds as our example.

    McDonalds is currently a for-profit company that solicits donations from its customers they’ve already profited off of and then donates it to their charity, RMHC. As stated in an article on RBC Wealth Management: “A corporation is entitled to a tax deduction for the donation amount against their income. By reducing taxable income, the corporation reduces their tax liability. A corporation does not need to claim the full donation in a particular year. Donations can be carried forward for up to five years. Generally, a corporation can claim a deduction for charitable donations up to 75% of the corporations net income for the year.”

    Looking at my $0.26 example, let’s assume I did that once a week along with half of all Canadians; let’s just say 15 million people. That would mean McDonalds will donate to its own charity $202.8 million of your money. It then reduces its tax payment to the government by up to 75% of it’s net income for the year. Now the actual amount of the credit is not material to this article, but it will be less than $202.8 million. It’s the fact that they are nickel and diming you $0.26 at a time so they can pay less taxes. As our society requires taxes to fund itself and our public services, that burden now gets placed on the individual.

    Individual donations work in much the same way. If you donated $0.26 to RMHC directly every week, then you’d get the tax receipt for a charitable donation of $13.52 and a deduction from your taxes owing at the end of the year, or even an increased refund. Once again, the credit amount will not be equal to the amount of the donation, but rather slightly less.

    So why should we let McDonalds nickel and dime us for our money after already profiting off of our purchases and then allow them to save millions in tax dollars when you can donate that money directly to RMHC and get the tax credit yourself? Many of you will note that at Aloe Tax we do act as an intermediary collecting donations for our partner charities, however our donations are given to them in the donor’s name, so they receive the tax credit instead of us. We do this because corporations are still an important part of the process with the voice and reach that they can provide the charities. Perhaps McDonalds can start “discounting” their meals by the amount of your donation as they can’t issue a tax receipt. This allows you to still donate to McDonalds for RMHC without giving them a discount. That of course will be a decision for McDonalds corporate head office to decide at the highest of levels. I doubt this article would even cross that desk.

    To learn more about the donation process and how you can continue to help your favorite charities while earning tax credits yourselves instead of letting big business get you to pay for the discounts off their own tax returns please feel free to contact us today or visit the Government of Canada’s website for more information.

    *It should be noted that there was an instance last year where one of our partner charities gave us the charitable donation receipt instead of the client. The client allowed us to credit them $25 and we just kept the receipt for our tax purposes in an effort to not disrupt the charity and have them reissue the receipt.

    Dave Stock
    Aloe Tax & Bookkeeping Services 

  • Saturday, January 01, 2022 9:33 PM | Anonymous

    Can music and a mindfully-made playlist soothe and improve health and well-being? Multi-award winning Canadian music therapist Jennifer Buchanan knows it to be so, and shares both how (and why) in her new book, Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist — available now!

    “Just like our physical health, our mental health requires attention — perhaps now more than ever,” Buchanan says. “When you are in transition or feeling lost, music can be the lifeline you need to get you through to the next step. Even during the most challenging of times, it can reassure us that everything is going to be okay.”

    Diving deep to transform absent-minded playlist-making into an artful form of self-care, Buchanan is a lighthouse in the endless sea of songs across Spotify, SoundCloud, and the like. Cover to cover, the Calgary-based author, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker wastes no time harnessing her leading expertise as a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) to guide readers through building their own thoughtfully compiled playlists — and why they should.

    “Music can transport us to a different place; it can help us remember, or forget,” she explains. “And in theory, putting together a playlist is incredibly simple, but that does not make it easy.

    “Wellness, Wellplayed helps you discover all the ways playlists can impact our memory, mood, and motivation,” she continues. “It shows how to use playlists with purpose as a bridge to something deeper within ourselves, and demonstrates how music and playlists can be a way to address our human need to feel, create, and connect.”

    It’s a sentiment that resonates: Starting with a forward from The Awesome Music Project’s Rob Carli and Terry Stuart, a Canadian fundraising initiative designed to further research relating to music’s profound impact on mental health, the book also features ringing endorsements from the Eagles’ Don Felder, Toyota North America’s head of Business Transformation Douglas Moore, Live Nation’s Central Region Vice-President Harvey Cohen, Guitars for Vets’ Steve Gilliss, and more.

    The author of two award-winning books — Tune In (2nd Ed, 2020), and Wellness Incorporated (2019) — as well as a children’s sing-a-long story celebrating diversity and abilities, My Body’s Special, Jennifer Buchanan has been instrumental in the implementation of hundreds of music therapy programs and advocating for music therapy services throughout Canada since 1991. A multi-nominee for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s Community Impact Award, she holds an MBA specializing in social entrepreneurship in addition to her MTA, and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Guardian, Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail.

    Now, through Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist, Buchanan offers readers an accessible and approachable path to crafting a healing and helpful soundscape all their own.

    “There is so much scientific, clinical, and personal evidence that proves music improves health and well-being,” she says. “Music can be a sure friend, and I believe there is no better way to give our mental health the care it needs than through the right music, at the right time, and in the right way.”

    Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist is available now.

    Can music and a mindfully-made playlist soothe and improve health and well-being? Multi-award winning Canadian music therapist Jennifer Buchanan knows it to be so, and shares both how (and why) in her new book, Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist — available now!
  • Friday, August 27, 2021 2:52 PM | Maggie Tate (Administrator)

    Muse Partner Kurt Dahl has some exciting news with launching his new  intiative Sound + Vision Management Inc. 

    Entertainment lawyer, musician, and SaskMusic President Kurt Dahl has officially added another title to his resume: manager. Kurt launched Sound + Vision Management Inc. this week and has confirmed his first signing, renowned producer and mixer Brian Moncarz.

    “I am so excited about this new chapter and thrilled to utilize my unique experience as lawyer/musician/president to help my clients make the most of their careers. It’s a real honor and privilege to work with Brian and I look forward to taking his already impressive career to the next level,” said Dahl.

    Read more at Kurt's website

  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021 12:46 PM | Maggie Tate (Administrator)

    CBC shared about Tobique First Nation's first studio for local artwork, and we just couldn't resist posting about it.

    You can read the article here:

    This post is for sharing information only, and none of the entities mentioned or linked to are associated with Muse Canada Inc. 

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