by carl wilson

Now You Scene It... Now You Don't

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Hope you'll pardon a bit of megaloblogging, but it's a fairly big week for me:

Since 1999, I have been writing a column called Scene every Thursday in The Globe & Mail in Toronto. Its mandate was to cover live shows in the city, mostly in advance, profiling artists, musing on themes brought up by recent trends, occasionally reporting on changes in the club scene and so forth. As it developed, the thematic musings became more and more central to the approach, and the live-scene coverage rather more incidental. (I think you could have read the column for weeks on end without particularly noticing they were all pegged to live shows).

In September, though, the Globe launched a new Friday tabloid section called "7," a kind of mainstreamed version of an alt-weekly, with listings and articles about upcoming events. To move my column to the tabloid would have meant cutting its length by nearly half, so I wasn't asked to do that. But now my Scene coverage was redundant to what "7" is doing.

The editors and I had some chats, and the result is that this week Scene is no more. It's replaced by Overtones, a column that really focuses on the thematic ideas and analysis of the music world that was a regular part of the mix in Scene. I'll keep covering the mixture of jazz, indie and experimental music that I've always done, but there'll also be a lot more talk about books, the pop charts, movies and especially the Internet - as well as whatever else seems most compelling in the musical world every week.

The new column won't include artist profiles and show previews, which I'll try to find time to do in the regular arts pages and freelancing for other publications. But I feel very very privileged to be given such a free hand at a time when most critics are feeling pressure to pack their work into ever smaller and more gimmicked-up packages.

The other exciting news: Overtones launches this Thursday with a look at the new Bob Dylan book, Chronicles Vol. I, but next week it will move to the more spacious and better-read weekend Review section. That remains an experiment - we'll see if the Saturday edition accommodates it well or whether we were better off on Thursdays after a few weeks - but I'm hopeful it will be a consistent thing.

(Unfortunately, the column is not as Internet-accessible as it used to be, since the Globe's introduced a fee for content. I'll try to slip you tastes on Zoilus when I can, but it's a touchy issue.)

I want to assure the local music community that the new column will still pay plenty of attention to the Toronto scene, and that I'll continue to push for profiles and reviews of local artists' work. A torrential, terrifying flash-flooding shower of thanks to everybody for their support so far.

News | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, October 05 at 05:15 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (8)

 

COMMENTS

Ron, Ron - I quote "Overtones launches this Thursday ... but next week it will move to the more spacious and better-read weekend Review section." This week is next week*, so it'll be in the weekend.

* (and in other news, happiness is theft, perpendicular is parallel and onion soup is smallpox vaccine!)

Posted by zoilus on October 15, 2004 12:53 PM

 

 

"I'll keep covering the mixture of jazz, indie and experimental music that I've always done, but there'll also be a lot more talk about books, the pop charts, movies and especially the Internet - as well as whatever else seems most compelling in the musical world every week." 'scuse me, but i was anticipating a weekly dose of the new overcoats paintjob. where'd they move the furniture? today is thursday, oct.14th n'est-ce pas? so far 7 is flacid, missing the scene, the toronto eye+ear control.
xrg

Posted by rg on October 14, 2004 10:12 AM

 

 

hey! just wanted to add my own congrats. right on, man...

Posted by joe on October 13, 2004 08:13 AM

 

 

i agree with misha, that the globe and mail's design direction is impacting content. i will patiently await the maturation of 7, but it seems flawed to shadow nyt flavs and avoid emergent yyz developments. btw, not so sure about b.wilson's smile. wouldn't it be nice if stuff just worked.hail toronto, put up yer collar for the overtone season. make it great.
allthebest
r.

Posted by rg on October 7, 2004 08:39 PM

 

 

Excellent news on the Overtones column, Carl. I look forward to it.

Posted by Sean on October 7, 2004 11:41 AM

 

 

Good work, Carl.

Sounds like a painful meeting though

xo Owen

Posted by Owen on October 6, 2004 10:26 AM

 

 

congrats carl. really happy for you.

Posted by agw on October 5, 2004 10:52 PM

 

 

Hey Carl!

Congrats on the new Overtones column. Sounds like great news!!


(And: Boo! on the Globe's infuriating paid content policy. It's just terrible. I mean, they're even charging their own print subscribers a fee just to access newspaper content online. What the hell?)


Posted by Misha on October 5, 2004 05:30 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson