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Re: “Seeking women

My mistake, Carrie Brownstein is in another band of even less consequence than Sleater-Kinney. Neither of those bands is even close to as popular as the show Portlandia. Is it really that upsetting and sexist that she would be recognized from a show that has received critical claim, a cushy programming slot and distribution through netflix, which reaches roughly 30-35 million people, and not her marginally successful music career? Is it really a disheartening outrage? I may also refer to Fred Armisen as the guy from Saturday Night Live. I hope he never finds out.

Past that, I have to say that this article simply caters to the attitude it claims to detest, that female musicians are "women first, musicians second." There are more males that play rock/indie/heavy metal music. If the events mentioned had been large-scale folk or singer/songwriter events, what would the proposed ratio be? What about a "new country" festival? If it were a classical recital, would we see women in the symphony? Statistics say yes, since exactly 50% of the Halifax Symphony are female. From the role of programming shows, I have seen entire submission lists for festivals, and in the genres of rock/heavy metal, the number of male applicants is always disproportionately higher, despite an open submission call. As a lifelong HPX juror, Tara Thorne would know that.

In the article, it also says that Rose Cousins was not qualified for entry into the Entertainer of the Year award, and it is framed that this is because of her being a female, yet obviously there would be another reason (another reason easily sourced, but not offered by the author..). Most likely, it was ineligibility due to an album release date, or her exclusion due to hosting the Gala. In fact, isn't Rose Cousins receiving so many award nominations, and then being chosen to host and perform on the ECMA Gala show, more of a testament to the fact that female artists are supported in an equal way?

On the note of women pursuing careers in music, I have worked with most musical associations/organisations/companies in this province, and I am also a registered FACTOR juror, and I can personally testify to the fact that any organisation I have ever worked with always had a proportionate number of females on staff. The last time I checked, the Executive Directors of Jazz East and Symphony Nova Scotia were both female, as was the Executive Director of the ECMA up until last year. To the best of my knowledge, there is also an equitable number of females on staff at FACTOR, HPX, Music Nova Scotia, HRM Events, and Sonic Entertainment.

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Posted by Orwellian on 03/29/2013 at 1:21 AM

Re: “Seeking women

You can certainly list off some more female rock-esque bands if you would like, but if they are playing at Gus's once every three months, they are not ready to play a large stage.

The same logic would apply to bands with penises.

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Posted by Orwellian on 03/28/2013 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Seeking women

Also, the line of "This shit is an outrage, depressing and disheartening, like someone calling Carrie Brownstein "that girl from Portlandia."" is completely ridiculous. Sleater Kinney haven't been active in at least seven years, and while they achieved love in the indie scene, they were far from a breakthrough sensation. Portlandia has achieved a fairly high level of success, given its nature, and aside from being featured on IFC, it is also on Netflix, which puts it in the living rooms of roughly 30-million people that were not, and would never, listen to indie-rock, either now, or in the early 2000's.

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Posted by Orwellian on 03/28/2013 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Seeking women

Perhaps it has less to do with gender, and more to do with musical styles. Most of the female acts in this city are solo folk acts. None of the venues mentioned above were folk concerts. With the exception of Carmen Townsend (who is great) and Like A Motorcycle (who are terrible), how many rock acts in this city feature women?

You could also look at this issue from the other way, how many folk/singer-songwriter shows do women performers play in this town? The Carleton and The Company House feature music almost exclusively in this genre, are you really going to say that these venues exclude women from their bills?

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Posted by Orwellian on 03/28/2013 at 1:16 PM

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