It was only a matter of time before the world’s largest promoter and the world’s biggest platform for streaming music joined forces. Today, Ticketmaster and Spotify announced a unique partnership, wherein Ticketmaster can now include links to buy tickets into pages on Spotify. The union between Ticketmaster and Spotify will allow for unprecedented marketing of live music events, directly to the fans who are listening to the artists of interest.While Spotify has long recommended live performances to its users, the direct connection to Ticketmaster seems to be more comprehensive. Spotify is also partnered with concert database website Songkick, so shows that do not fall under the Ticketmaster umbrella will still be represented. The ultimate goal is to provide meaningful show recommendations for listeners who would want to experience certain performers live.You can read the official statement from Spotify about this new partnership, below.We’re also furthering our commitment to the live space through a new partnership with Ticketmaster. Starting this week, we’ll be integrating their concert listings into artist pages, the recommended concerts feature, and our emails. Ticketmaster’s global scale provides Spotify users with the most diverse options for live events and will help drive more fans to concerts. Working directly with the Ticketmaster team and their data feeds will simplify the purchase experience and deepen our understanding of how recommendations drive sales. By combining listening data with purchase behavior, we’ll be able to refine our recommendations — and ultimately provide you with a sharper understanding of your fans.We’ll continue partnering with Songkick for concerts that aren’t being sold via Ticketmaster. Through Songkick’s comprehensive database of shows, we’ll ensure that every date — no matter who you ticket through — is listed and can be recommended to fans around the world.Will SpotifyMaster help fans get out to more concerts? Only time will tell.
Facebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ, which has been described as “one of the top ten best theatrical organs in the world.” The organ is truly a living instrument, requiring annual maintenance, as well as tuning and troubleshooting before – and often, during – each performance. This local asset has over 1,600 pipes and thousands of additional sounds and instruments, such as bass drums, kettle drums, multiple cymbals, a piano, harp, glockenspiel, sleigh bells, and so much more.The organ has been at The Center since 1924. Now, the newly updated organ will play once again on September 13. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThis summer, thanks to an anonymous donor, the organ received a $16,000 upgrade, its first since the mid-1990s. Jill Barnes, Executive Director, says, “This upgrade will increase the responsiveness of the instrument for the organist playing, and will also provide flexibility for when and how we use the organ.” The organ’s control system was upgraded to a computerized and cordless system which allows pipe organ operators and performers to define and control the organ using state-of-the-art microprocessor controlled interfaces connecting the console and the pipe chambers. Barnes adds, “The new system will create individualized settings for organists and remember those for future use.”The organ was first installed in 1924, when The Liberty Theatre (the original theater pre-dating The Washington Center) opened as a vaudeville house. The organ was originally an impressive “2/9” Wurlitzer organ. In the organ world, this means it originally had two manuals -the number of individual keyboards stacked on the organ console – and nine ranks, or sets of pipes, each set being a combination of multiple and similar instruments. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. Andy Crow began taking care of the organ in 1962, and ultimately gifted and reinstalled the organ after The Washington Center was built in 1985. Andy passed away last summer in July.The organ will be used during the screening of the silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera” on October 15. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsAndy is remembered fondly by many friends including Geoff Apgar, a Washington Center patron who has been a pipe organ enthusiast his entire life. Geoff especially enjoys coming to The Washington Center during the Silent Film series. Geoff says the full, rich sound of the pipes separates the organ from electronic reproductions. He shares, “I’m grateful The Washington Center has made the organ a priority in the programming and performances offered to the community.”“We believe it’s vital to keep local history alive,” says Barnes, “while instilling an understanding and appreciation of the beauty and science of the arts.” Thanks to this anonymous donor, through this upgrade, Andy’s memory and legacy will live on and we will honor him every time we feature the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ.The upgraded organ will make it’s first official debut at the CENTER Stage Awards & Gala on Saturday, September 23, when it will be played by Sharon Stearnes, the organist for the Gig Harbor Methodist Church and former Seattle Mariner’s organist. Following the gala, the organ will accompany the silent film, Phantom of the Opera, in the opening performance of our annual silent movie series on Sunday, October 15, featuring renowned organist, Dennis James.
The Donegal Domestic Violence Service is set to benefit from a €500 donation from the Scotsman’s Bar in Donegal Town.The generous donation was made by the bar owners Joseph Breslin and John Mc Groary this week on behalf of the Donegal Town Women’s Group.The group gathered at the pub last Friday for a special morning with Donegal Domestic Violence Service Manager Marie Hainsworth. The event was an opportunity for the women and the Scotsman’s team to present the cheque and to learn more about the charity. Ms Hainsworth was delighted with the donation and added that the funds will be used to support their 24hr refuge accommodation service and helpline. Women or agencies can contact the service and receive support and advice on 1800 262677.€500 donation presented to Donegal Domestic Violence Service was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
If you want to be successful, let no one ever tell you what to do.If someone has to tell you what your goals are, then the only goals you have are someone else’s goal.If someone has to tell you what your major responsibilities are, then you aren’t doing enough to be as successful as you might be.If someone has to remind you of what you need to do, you might be failing them, but more importantly you are failing yourself.Heaven forbid anybody ever having to tell you what to do. If someone has to tell you what to do, then you squandering the gift of being human and wasting your initiative, your resourcefulness, your creativity, and your determination.If you work for someone else, develop your own goals and define success for you above and beyond what your company needs you to do. Seek out new responsibilities, and take it upon yourself to find what needs to be done and do it. Be so proactive that no one will ever dare to remind you or tell you what to do. Do all of these things and you will soon find yourself in a leadership role.If you want to be an entrepreneur, own your own company, and do your own thing, there won’t be anyone there to tell you what to do. Unless and until you develop the ability to do what is necessary without ever being told what to do, you aren’t ready to strike out on your own. And until you are willing to do what must be done–even when you absolutely don’t want to–you’ll never reach the level of success of which you are capable.Learn from everyone. Seek out good advice. But let no one ever tell you what to do. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Man Utd hero Ince warns Ole after Woodward commentsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince says club chief Ed Woodward giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a vote of confidence is “the worst thing you can get as a manager”.Woodward this week gave Solskjaer his public backing, suggesting the pressure is off the Norwegian for the time being.”You hear chairmen come out and say that and then next minute the manager is gone,” Ince told Mirror Football. “You hate it, it is the worst thing you can get as a manager a vote of confidence.”Woodward gave Ole the contract, so he has to say that, but I’m not seeing progression like I am at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.”So unless that changes then it will change the way people think – it will change the way fans think. Obviously Man United fans love him, he scored the winner in 99′, but fans can turn and once they do it’s a tough one.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford injury chief unsure of Welbeck prognosisby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford’s head of injury prevention and rehabilitation Alberto Leon says the club are waiting on a prognosis for Danny Welbeck’s ankle injury.The striker lasted only a few minutes before being substituted during last Saturday’s draw with Watford”We are waiting on the report from one of the specialists,” said Leon.”We did a first report and it’s not the best news but we are waiting for this opinion. We will decide in a few days what we are going to do with the rehab.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)It’s a safe bet that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who also played for the Wolverines, isn’t a fan of Michigan State. But for at least one day in 1999, he intentionally wore Spartan green. This week, WXTZ-TV in Detroit unearthed footage of Harbaugh celebrating with the 1999 Michigan State basketball team during their national title run.Why does this exist? Harbaugh’s sister, Joani, is married to Tom Crean, who was then MSU’s assistant coach. Crean is now the head coach at Indiana.Harbaugh probably isn’t thrilled that this footage exists. But if his team beats MSU tomorrow, he probably won’t care.
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, six hundred girls and women gathered at the legendary Avalon Hollywood for a star-studded and inspiring celebration of fierce women.The Women’s Choice Award Show was a timely and important event to honor the incredible accomplishments women have made on humanity and to inspire the future generation of women to remember that they can be anything they want to be.Grammy nominated recording artist and Broadway star Deborah Cox served as the Women’s Choice Award Show Special Correspondent. Deborah interviewed the honorees, nominees and celebrity guests on the purple carpet as they shared their wisdom about the female experience.EMMY award winning veteran television journalist and personality Meredith Vieira hosted the show which opened with a rousing performance of “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by powerhouse Grammy award winning vocalist Judith Hill supported by Angie Swan on guitar.Partygoers were dancing and singing along to the feminist anthem.Actor and activist Emmanuelle Chriqui; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Marika Dominczyk, comedian and EMMY nominated talk show host Loni Love and Emmy nominated actor Sherri Saum presented the Voice of Women Award. Media critic Jennifer Pozner was announced the winner of the fan voted Voice of Women Award. Jennifer spoke about her work as a media activist for the last twenty years and how she uses her platform to a give voice to women and people of color. Jennifer reminded guests that a free press is vital to maintaining a truly free and democratic society.Women’s Choice Award CEO Delia Passi spoke about her lifelong commitment to women’s issues and how her daughters inspired her to become a champion for girls and women.Actor Violett Beane; actor Edwin Hodge; and the founder of IT Cosmetics Jamie Kern Lima presented the Shero Award. Edwin took a moment onstage to recognize his Shero, Yolette Hodge, who as a single Mom made countless sacrifices over the years for their family. He then asked all of the Moms to stand and be recognized in an emotional tribute to the amazing contributions of Moms everywhere.In an exciting twist, it was a tie and the fans voted two remarkable women as Shero Award winners. Retired U.S. Air Force colonel, flight surgeon and astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle and Alicia Garza, the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter were presented with the 2017 Shero Award.Freedom dreamer Alicia Garza spoke about the important work that the National Domestic Workers Alliance does to provide dignity and justice for the two million domestic workers in the United States who care for the people we care about the most.Dr. Yvonne Cagle shared that hearing “you can’t” throughout her life inspired her to realize that the word impossible is really “I’m Possible.” When she listened to her inner voice reminding her that she can, she said it was then that she was able to soar to new heights literally as an astronaut and in all other areas of her life.Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, Grammy nominated recording artist, songwriter and actress Taylor Dayne and EMMY nominated talk show host Jeannie Mai presented the Spotlight Award. Olympic gold medalist ice dancer Meryl Davis was announced as the Spotlight Award winner for her work with the non-profit Figure Skating In Detroit, which teaches figure skating and life skills to at risk girls. Meryl dedicated the award to her Mom, who she said has been a constant supporter of hers throughout her life. Meryl acknowledged how lucky she is to have a loving and encouraging Mom who nurtured and supported her dreams and how she realizes that not every girl is as fortunate. Meryl reminded guests how important it is for girls to have positive role models and mentors that support them in the pursuit of their dreams.Emmy award winning and Grammy award winning comedian Kathy Griffin delivered a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to her friend, Oscar nominated actress, producer, director, writer and humanitarian Sharon Stone who was being honored with the Icon Award for her lifetime achievement in film and passionate activism to make the world a better place. Kathy referred to her close friend Sharon as “Stoney” and shared how Sharon’s activism has made a monumental difference in the lives of women and the LGBTQ community.Sharon received a standing ovation as she made her way to the stage to accept her award. Sharon revealed how her Mom became a maid at just nine years old and had to fight to be respected throughout her life. As a child, she saw through her Mother’s life, how unfair it is that girls and women have to work so much harder to prove their worth and have access to the same opportunities as boys and men. Sharon said her Mom instilled in her what it means to “stand on your own two goddam feet” and that she hopes someday soon a woman will be elected to lead our great country. Sharon ended her emotional and powerful speech with a tribute to all of the trailblazing women that have come before us who have worked hard to break through the glass ceiling and pave the wave for the next generation of women.Mattel shared a moving video that asks girls to imagine the possibilities when just like Barbie, they can be anything they want to be. Alexis Jones, the Co-Founder of I Am That Girl, shared the important work her non-profit organization does to help foster confidence and self-esteem in middle, high school and college aged girls. Hailey Allen reflected on how the I Am That Girl community transformed her life at a time when she was battling illness and issues of self-worth. She shared I Am That Girl’s vision to create an app that would make digital bullying a thing of the past.GRAMMY Award-winning producer and television personality Randy Jackson made a special appearance to tell boys and men that they have a responsibility to be champions and allies of girls and women. Randy led the partygoers in a rocking chant of the “The Future is Female” before introducing Grammy award winning recording artist and humanitarian Mya who performed her female empowerment anthem “Unbreakable.”Nominees and celebrities who attended to support the event included: Alano Miller, Alison Sweeney, Amy Purdy, Angell Conwell, Ashley Roberts, BC Jean, Beth Hall, Beth Riesgraf, Brett Dalton, Brian Austin Green, Brian White, Briana Evigan, Brittany Packnett, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Carmen Perez, Carmit Bachar, Carson Kressley, Deondra Brown, DeWanda Wise, Dr. Knatokie Ford, Edyta Sliwinska, Elvy Yost, Elliott Yamin, Eric Benet, Erin Cahill, Gabrielle Dennis, Georgie Smith, Jen Lilley, Jill Whelan, Jillian Rose Reed, Julie Stewart-Binks, Kara Holden, Keesha Sharp, Keltie Knight, Kearran Giovanni, Kym Herjavec, Manuela Testolini, Meagan Tandy, Melody Brown, Nura Afia, R&B group KING, Ryan Devlin, Sabrina Bryan, Sarah Carter, Shayna Taylor, Tara Buck, Tery Lopez and Vanessa Marano.The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to include the non-profit I Am That Girl as the cause partner for this very special event. Sarah Wilbur, Chinmayee Balachandra, Shana Kheradyar and Lauren Suthers from the global I Am That Girl community were onstage to present the awards to Women’s Choice Award Show winners. The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to host two hundred girls from local I Am That Girl chapters and Los Angles middle schools, high schools and universities at the event. TrueCar provided a live feed of the awards and live social media feed to engage young girls in the balcony in real time at the awards. Voortman Cookies and Werther’s Originals provided snacks for guests and Love Swirls treated everyone to their organic cotton candy.DJ Kid Fish performed at the event and guests enjoyed a gourmet three course dinner during the awards. The cocktail hour in Bardot featured a Kendra Scott jewelry bar with 100% of the proceeds donated to I Am That Girl. Guests took fabulous photos in the Luster Premium White photo booth and enjoyed a popcorn bar hosted by Wise Foods. Partygoers enjoyed custom themed cocktails with Exodo Tequila and Gypsy Vodka, fine wines by Santa Margherita Wines and refreshing hydration by Coco Libre.The Women’s Choice Award Show is proud to have the generous support of lifestyle and consumer brands including CAO Cosmetics, Chloe & Isabel, Coco Libre, Exodo Tequila, Family Share, Gypsy Vodka, HoMedics, IT Cosmetics, Kaiser Permanente, Kendra Scott, Love Swirls, Luster Premium White, Mattel, NetworkBe, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Paul Mitchell The School of Pasadena, Princess Cruises, Red Heart Yarn, Ricola, Santa Margherita Wines, Serta, Speedo, Team Lally, TrueCar, Vera Bradley, Voortman Cookies, Werther’s Original and Wise Foods.
OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes but suggested future increases are still likely, albeit at a more gradual pace.In its scheduled announcement, the central bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation.To make its case, the bank also pointed to the substantial, persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade policies, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Governor Stephen Poloz has introduced two rate hikes since July — at consecutive policy meetings — in response to the economy’s impressive run over the last four quarters. The increases removed the two rate cuts introduced in 2015 as insurance following the collapse in oil prices.The bank suggested Wednesday that it will stick to its rate-hiking trajectory, although at perhaps a more-tentative pace.“While less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” the bank said in a statement.The bank stressed it will pay particular attention to incoming data to assess four areas: the unfolding impact of higher interest rates on indebted households, the evolution of the economy’s capacity, wage growth and inflation. Its next rate announcement is set for Dec. 6.Later Wednesday, Poloz told reporters that almost any departure from the bank’s projections on these four issues would be fodder for deeper discussion about the trend-setting rate.“We must be open. We can be surprised in either direction relative to our forecast,” Poloz said. “But we need to be extremely interpretive of those movements.”Poloz reiterated his recent comments that each policy meeting is “live.”The central bank also released updated projections Wednesday that forecast economic growth to moderate after Canada’s powerful performance, particularly since the start of the year.It now expects real gross domestic product to slow from its robust annual pace of 3.1 per cent this year to 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 1.5 per cent in 2019.The economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the first three months of 2017 and 4.5 per cent in the second quarter. The bank’s latest outlook now predicts real GDP to grow at an annual rate of 1.8 per cent in the third quarter and 2.5 per cent in the final three months of 2017.“Real GDP growth is expected to moderate to a still-solid pace close to two per cent … over the second half of the year,” the bank said.The bank forecasts declining contributions from residential investment and consumption, which largely fuelled Canada’s recent growth spurt. These changes will largely be consequences of higher borrowing rates, higher household indebtedness and policy measures aimed at cooling hot real estate markets, the report said.The bank provided an estimate for the economic impact of incoming guidelines to reinforce mortgage underwriting practices, which were announced recently by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. The changes, which will take effect next year, are expected to trim 0.2 per cent from GDP by the end of 2019, the bank said.Moving forward, the bank said economic activity will advance on a “more-sustainable” trajectory led by rising foreign demand, recent increases in commodity prices, still-low borrowing rates and government infrastructure spending. It also projects steady growth in business investment, which rebounded in early 2017.The weaker-than-expected rollout of federal infrastructure spending will provide a smaller boost for the economy in 2017 than the bank had anticipated. The commitments, however, are expected to lift growth over the coming quarters, the report said.Poloz was asked Wednesday about the potential economic impacts of the Trudeau government’s announcement this week that it would enhance its child-benefit program so payments to families with kids start rising with the cost of living next July, two years earlier than Ottawa had initially promised.The change will lower government revenues by $5.6 billion over five years, the government estimates.Poloz declined to comment on the specifics of the government’s announcement, but he did credit the introduction of the original program last year as a “significant contributor” to the economy. He said the child benefit lifted GDP growth for a year by 0.5 per cent.“As for the change, at the moment, it doesn’t sound anywhere near as large as what was done last year,” said Poloz, who added the bump in growth from the child benefit was likely only felt in the program’s first year.“In real terms, it’s maintaining it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter.
TORONTO – Protests, labour unrest and a public feud between Tim Hortons and the premier of Ontario have erupted in the wake of the province’s recent minimum wage hike, raising questions about the wisdom of raising the standard by 30 per cent in just two years.The experiences of Alberta and Seattle, two jurisdictions that share Ontario’s $15 an hour goal, offer some lessons on how to adjust to a higher minimum wage: that is, if Ontario businesses can weather the short-term storm.Ontario’s rate increased to $14 per hour from $11.60 — a 21-per-cent jump— on Jan. 1. The province aims to get to $15 by Jan. 1, 2019.Measures taken to offset Ontario’s changes have landed several businesses, including the country’s iconic Tim Hortons, in hot water after it was revealed that some franchisees cut employee benefits, breaks or tipping to offset the impact of minimum wage hikes.A similar scene unfolded three years ago in Seattle when that city’s minimum wage legislation went into effect.The city committed to phasing in a $15 minimum wage increase, using a tiered system that gives small businesses several more years to adjust than large corporations.Still, reports suggest some businesses levied surcharges to cover higher wages, while others discouraged customers from tipping.The backlash has mostly subsided, but economists are divided on what the early findings suggest about the economic fallout from the substantially higher standard.A University of Washington study published last year revealed Seattle’s wage hike triggered higher salaries but a reduction of hours for lower earners, with a net effect of reducing low-wage workers earnings by $125 per month.However, the research methods of the study have been called into question by some economists who argue that it failed to account for a booming economy that pushes more workers into higher paid jobs, resulting in a decrease of hours for minimum wage workers.The University of California, Berkeley, published a conflicting report around the same time finding the predicted doomsday scenarios had not materialized.“So far there is nothing alarming happening in Seattle due to minimum wage,” said Sylvia Allegretto, one of the authors of the report.“Certainly we don’t see any effects to be concerned or worried about.”The June 2017 study by Allegretto and two colleagues on Seattle’s restaurant industry found that for every 10 per cent that the minimum wage rose, pay in the overall industry rose by about one per cent, with no impact on employment.Allegretto said she’s working on updating the study, which will contain observations from five other cities rolling out minimum wage increases — including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.A broader U.S. study published in May 2016 from the National Employment Law Project looking at 22 federal minimum wage hikes over seven decades found no connection between wage increases and dips in employment rates. It further revealed that in 68 per cent of the cases examined between 1938 and 2009, employment jumped after a hike.Elsewhere in Canada, companies in Alberta appear to be adjusting to the hike from $12.20 to $13.60 last October and are getting ready for plans to further increase it to $15 this year.James Boettcher, the CEO of Calgary ice cream purveyor Fiasco Gelato, said Ontario businesses will see challenges with the hike, but “good companies will find a way to make it work.”Still, he said he’s frustrated that governments haven’t taken tipping into account or considered a lower wage for teenagers still attending school or living at home when it comes to setting new standards for minimum wage.Carolina Lopez, owner of Calgary’s Minas Brazilian Steakhouse, initially tacked on a four per cent “small business support fee” to bills after the province’s minimum wage hike but instead decided to raise menu prices after receiving some backlash. At her own favourite restaurants, she said she’s seen “a decrease in the quality of the product and the amount.”To Ontario business owners she said to remember: “There is always a way, but there is also a limit and it won’t be easy.”