***edited to add: the symposium sessions are all being filmed, and will be up on the website. nice one!***
In Montreal, having just arrived. Preparing for Popmontreal.
I'm doing a listening session, a panel, and a DJ gig, plus getting to hang out in Mile End and meet cool people all over the place.
If you are in or near Montreal, come out for some or all events!
Kid Kameleon is also in town, on two panels and moderating one, and djing as well, so there's really no excuse.
plus, The Bug & Warrior Queen play here tomorrow night!
I'm impressed with many of the panels here - the way the descriptions spell out some of the relevant issues, it seems really in touch with questions a lot of music-makers and music-lovers have. What I like best, reading it now, is all the ways the presentation of the issues separates out issues of power, issues of culture, issues of representation, issues of pleasure and issues of law - although they are all intertwined, solving a problem in terms of representation doesn't necessarily solve it in terms of any of the other things. It's nice to see that represented.
Coming from the legal world, where solving things for law (in terms of "making people's actions legal") is often the goal, even if that doesn't make everything fun, fair or good art.