It’s been quite some time since we’ve had some pre-sale passwords for you but today is a good day.
Our Pre-Sale Passwords page has been updated with pre-sales for Gaslight Anthem (in Edmonton and Calgary), Justin Nozuka (Edmonton, Saskatoon) and 30 Seconds to Mars (Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary).
Head over there now to get your passwords. Links to ticket sales can be found too. Good luck!
For those of you in Calgary, you most likely know about or even read FFWD Weekly, a free weekly newspaper that has been providing news, commentary, music, arts and cultural coverage. For nearly fifteen years, Calgarians have been looking to FFWD to see what’s happening in their city and for thirteen of those fifteen years, FFWD has conducted a poll to determine what is the Best of Calgary.
From categories like Best Public Place to “Do It” to Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying, you can cast your vote for the best and worst things about Calgary and there’s something in it for you! If you answer at least 40 questions in the poll, you’ll be entered in a draw for a slew of prizes from various Calgary businesses. You’ll have to register for an account on the FFWDweekly.com which takes only a moment and only requires your email.
Of course, we’d love it if you voted Off the Dial as the Best Local Blog, which you can find under the Urban Life section. Plus, being music lovers, pay close attention to other categories such as Best Radio Station, Best Festival, Best Local Band, Best Singer/Songwriter, Best CD Store, Best Place to Vinyl and Best Musical Instrument Store among many, many others. I’d tell you who I voted for but that seems like too much of an influence so I’ll just stick to asking for you to vote Off the Dial as the Best Local Blog. Thanks!
Balloting closes Tuesday, May 18th, 2010. Results will appear in the June 10th, 2010 issue.
Visit Tuesday Guide at their new web site for full details!
Yes, I know I’m a tad late on this but a couple of weeks back, we randomly selected a winner for our Sights & Sounds CD Giveaway. The lucky recipient was Steve Barmash and all he had to do we be on our mailing list! Congrats go out to him and I’m sure by now he’s enjoying his free copy of Monolith. You can read our review of the new Sights & Sounds CD here.
In more contest news, we’re only a couple of days away from randomly selecting not one but FOUR winners in our Axis of Conversation 7″ Giveaway. The Calgary band was gracious enough to send us a few copies of their clear-vinyl 7″ that they released during this year’s Sled Island festival. For your chance to get your hands on a copy of this sweet release, make sure you’re on our mailing list. That’s it. Oh, and tell your friends!
For those of you who’ve followed this site long enough, you’ve probably noticed we had a section called Calgary Gigs where you can see what upcoming shows are happening in and around the city. As of today, we’ve expanded that feature!
Instead of “Calgary Gigs”, you’ll now find the page “Local Gigs” near the top of our site. Simply roll your mouse over it and it’ll reveal the Calgary and newly christened Edmonton Gigs sections. Make sure to check this page when you’re looking for cool music to check out in the province’s capital and check back often for new shows added regularily.
If you’d like to see your city featured in our Local Gigs section, please send us an email and let us know. If you’d like to help out by updating your local city’s listings, even better!
Thanks for reading Off the Dial!
Happy New Year!
We at Off the Dial would like to wish you and yours a Happy New Year and all the best in 2009!
Now that we’ve rung in the new year, our Album/Concert of the Year contest is officially closed. Good luck to all of you who entered and watch Off the Dial in the coming days for our own selections of Album and Concert of the Year. Plus, we announce who was randomly selected our winner of the $100 iTunes Gift Card!
It’s hard to imagine that I started this thing nearly five years ago. When the kMNR newletter reached it’s 100th issue, we had a big lauch party at Broken City which also launched the official kMNR.ca domain after a couple of years of some silly, obscure ISP address.
As you may know, earlier this year when kMNR celebrated it’s 200th issue, it also marked the end of the newletter format and a move towards more up-to-date news and a new podcast and things are going along quite nicely. Sadly, there seemed no point in keeping the www.kmnr.ca domain any longer so next month it will cease to exist but the old newsletters will not go quietly into the night…
We’ve moved every single one of those old issues of kMNR to it’s new home found on the right in our ‘Site Seeing’ section. Make sure to take a stroll down memory lane and check it out when you have a chance.
Using Alex King‘s excellent WordPress plugin ShareThis, you can now share any Off the Dial article on a variety of social networking sites, blogs and via email.
All you need to do is click the little “ShareThis” icon at the bottom of any article and choose which site you’d like to post it to. It’s that simple! Feel free to exploit this feature widely…in fact, I greatly encourage it!
After much deliberation among the Off the Dial staff, we’ve decided on a winner of the “RIP to my CD…” contest. We asked you the readers to leave a comment with your own suggestions on what to do with your old CDs now that the digital music age has it’s grip firmly on us. There were plenty of fantastic responses but sadly only one of you could win, so we’re happy to announce that Jessica Watson has got herself a nice $20 iTunes gift card!
Congratulations goes out to Jessica and once again, we thank all of you who responded!
Hello all! We’ve completed some updates to the site that you don’t want to ignore.
First and foremost, the mailing list has finally moved over to the new domain, so please make sure to add “*.offthedial.ca” to your safe lists. Other than that, you need not do anything else.
Second, we’ve now added streaming audio for every podcast. This way, if you don’t want to download each podcast and are more interested in bogging down your company’s network (actually, you probably shouldn’t do that but who am I to tell you what and what not to do), you can listen to each podcast right from this site!
If you encounter any problems, just let me know!