Free music – Metawelle Mon, 24 Jan 2022 20:44:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free music – Metawelle 32 32 Reuben and the Dark will headline Block Heater 7.0 in Calgary Mon, 24 Jan 2022 20:44:03 +0000

The seventh annual Calgary Folk Music Festival, Block Heater, presented by ATB, takes place next month with some big names in music in reduced settings.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s event, dubbed Block Heater 7.0, is scheduled for February 17-20, with a digital Black History Month panel from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, followed by free outdoor shows at the Olympic Plaza from 6 a.m. to 8:40 p.m. on Fridays and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays – in collaboration with Chinook Blast, BIG and Glow.

Then, on Sunday, shows start just after noon at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, ending with Calgary’s Reuben and Dark at 9:50 p.m.

Other headliners this year include Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, Bobby Bazini, 2021 Polaris Prize winner Cadence Weapon and Ethiopian/Eritrean queer artist Witch Prophet.

“A diverse collection of creative troubadours, groove masters, storytellers and instrumentalists from our backyard, Canada and the United States, will warm your ears and your hearts,” read a statement.

“Calgary-born Reuben and the Dark’s anthemic, painterly lyrics are cathartic and loaded with harmony. Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk will break hearts with symbiotically fused vocals. Bobby Bazini channels his love for old-school R&B and blues-tinged pop in unfilmed soundtracks Old songs by Canadian country troubadours Kacy & Clayton are simple and serene Ethiopian/Eritrean queer artist Witch Prophet creates a soundscape inspired by hip-hop, jazz and soul.

Proof of vaccination is required and the Jack Singer Concert Hall will be half full with physical distancing.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, food and drink will not be permitted and masks must be worn at all times.

“Arts Commons has installed energy-efficient MERV 15A air filters providing hospital-grade air sterilization using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI),” a statement read.

“Arts Commons is frequently cleaned and surfaces disinfected. Masking and physical distancing will be strongly encouraged at Olympic Plaza. The Festival continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will adapt accordingly to any potential changes in restrictions in our engagement to create the safest possible environment for our audience.”

More information and tickets can be found online.

Victoria’s four-week back-to-school COVID plan includes free RATs, masks and replacement teachers. This is what it will look like Sun, 23 Jan 2022 03:42:30 +0000

The Government of Victoria is committed to having all of its schools resume face-to-face learning for the first day of term one.

Concerned that the Omicron variant could have a serious impact on student enrollment and health at the start of the school term, the Andrews government unveiled a four-week approach to managing COVID.

The plan is almost identical to the one introduced in New South Wales, with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews working closely with NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on new COVID parameters.

Here’s what school will look like for Victorian students and staff this term.

Students and staff must use the self-test monitoring regime

The government has secured 14 million rapid tests to deliver to schools and childcare centers in the coming weeks.

More than 6.6 million tests will be delivered in the first week of school, with delivery trucks rolling out starting Sunday morning.

The RATs will form the backbone of a self-testing regimen designed to stop widespread outbreaks in schools.

“These surveillance tests are just picking up cases, not necessarily all cases, which would be next to impossible given the amount of transmission in the community,” Andrews said.

“But it’s about finding as many cases as possible and closing those chains of transmission.”

Free rapid antigen tests will be available at school for families and staff to carry out home testing as part of the four-week plan.(ABC News: Simon Tucci)

Pupils and staff in primary and secondary schools will be recommended to test themselves twice a week, while pupils and staff in special schools will be asked to test themselves five times a week.

The test will be voluntary, with responsibility for reporting the results to the Department of Health and schools resting with parents and guardians.

Education Minister James Merlino said he expected overwhelming compliance from Victorian families.

Schools will distribute RATs to parents and families, with the first deliveries being made today.

“As much as we can give them, whether it’s one week, two weeks or the full four weeks,” Mr Andrews said.

“Certainly at least two, maybe more than that actually, for each family.”

Amid continued RAT shortages, the government has ensured it has all the rapid antigen tests needed to implement its back-to-school plan.

The supply figures will be reviewed by the government at the end of the four-week plan.

Schools will consolidate classes and employ retired teachers to deal with staffing shortages

Schools will use a “tiered” approach to staff replacements in the event of COVID infection or close contact.

The first level will involve schools replacing in-house teachers with casual teaching staff.

Levels two and three include schools combining certain years for a short period.

“You could have fives and sixes together in the gym for a week, for example,” Merlino said.

Education staff have also been reclassified as critical workers, allowing household contacts to voluntarily continue to work if asymptomatic and return negative rapid antigen tests daily.

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When it is particularly difficult to find available staff, schools will be able to call on a pool of job offers made up of retired or inactive teachers and support staff as well as final-year university students.

These staff will be deployed to local schools on a fixed term basis and will hold a valid work with children check or valid registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching prior to commencement of employment.

Mask and vaccine mandates will be enforced

In line with the reclassification of education personnel as critical workers, booster doses will become mandatory for all school personnel.

A third dose of vaccination will be required for all on-site personnel, including contractors, either by February 25 or within three months and two weeks of their second dose of vaccine.

Over 99.7% of staff had been vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the fourth quarter of 2021.

“I’m confident the staff will respond enthusiastically to the third-dose vaccination mandate,” Merlino said.

Parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated, with just under 30% of Victorian children aged 5-11 now vaccinated.

Like last year, masks will be made mandatory for all staff and students in grade 3 and above, as well as anyone visiting a school.

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Free surgical and N95 masks will be available for students to use in classrooms.(PA: Dan Peled)

The government will supply 30 million surgical masks to Victorian schools, with 5.8 million masks to be delivered in the first week.

Cloth masks may be worn, but surgical masks will be recommended by the government.

The government has also invested in 51,000 air purifiers for use in high-risk school rooms such as indoor canteens, music rooms and staff rooms.

Shade sails will also be installed in 1,800 schools as the government encourages outdoor learning.

School camps, excursions and sports activities may take place at the discretion of each school.

Remote learning is ‘just a very last option’

The government has been clear on its firm stance that students return to face-to-face learning with no alternative.

Mr Merlino said remote learning is “an absolute last resort” and will only be used in extreme cases at individual schools for the “shortest period possible”.

No provision will be made for remote learning in the event that a parent does not wish to send their child back to school.

“If they are at home because of COVID, whether they are positive or they are in contact with the household, then there will be learning materials and activities that schools will provide for these children,” Mr. Merlino said.

“But for all the other children, school is back and the requirement is that the children are back in school.”

If a student tests positive for COVID, schools will treat the case the same as any other communicable disease.

Schools will notify other parents and tell them to be on the lookout for symptoms, but whole classrooms won’t be widely classified as close contacts.

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Faster Than Sound: Split-Trequency Radio Connects Austin DJs With The World: Online Electronic Station Celebrates Third Anniversary Saturday At The Coconut Club – Music Fri, 21 Jan 2022 12:30:54 +0000

Shared Frequencies Radio co-directors Atefeh Karabi (l) and Ben Randall (Courtesy of Radio Nopal)

Atefeh Karabi just arrived in Mexico City, on a work trip for his underground Internet radio station.

She came to meet friends on the internet who joined her Austin-based operation, Split-Frequency Radio. The founder debits other global commitments: today, a place on the CDMX’s Radio Nopal; Sunday, a Shared Frequencies collaboration with Hong Kong Community Radio.

“I’m a globetrotter myself,” the Houston native said on a call last week. “I travel and make these connections person to person, face to face. I give [artists] an opportunity and they seize it. It’s really word of mouth. Make connections, maintain them – it works from there.”

The experimental electronic artist Ranma Entero, which spurred the station’s collaboration in Mexico City, will follow Karabi to Austin to perform on Shared Frequencies’ third anniversary. The event, this Saturday January 22, 9 p.m. coconut club, also features current residents of the station like the one from Dallas iamyu and the inhabitants Luvr Boy, Sriracha, and DJ case. Karabi herself plays the role of m3hmooni.

An established DJ based in Austin for a few years, Marcos Cabral headlines the club’s indoor laser pit. Karabi quotes Cabral – a veteran of Boiler room and the Radio set, a popular Internet radio actor in New York – as a model. Cabral tells the Chronicle: “Shared Frequencies helps develop a local scene, in a nutshell, by bringing like-minded people together.”

Three years later, Karabi runs the station with a UT graduate student Ben Randall, a multidisciplinary artist known as feast of pity, and a small team. The founder says their music falls into two genres – house and electronic.

“Anything in that area,” she said. “The coolest thing is that I can bring together modular artists with tech house artists, or industrial artists with disco house artists. Everyone who works with us is open to new ideas.”

Seasonal residencies, which last five months, are the daily bread of Shared Frequencies. Residents contribute one set per month. Every night, some residents broadcast live on the station Tic channel ( – seen at home or in the station’s Eastside shipping container studio – while others stick to audio only on the station’s website (

The current sixth season includes Austin Music Awards candidate DJ Shani among some forty contributors, from Austin and elsewhere. Shared frequencies SoundCloud account archives all sets – a plus for the Austin-based contributor Gabriel Frampton, a.k.a Sriracha, which has maxed out its own free SoundCloud uploads over decades of mixing. He digs through dusty boxes of forgotten CDs, and band camp, for his extensive techno sets.

“I’ve been an obsessive music collector since 1995, and all of that knowledge has stayed with me, you know?” he says. “I didn’t have too many people to share it with other than my equally nerdy musician friends who I saw a few times a year. Getting more exposure through the radio station was a really positive experience.”

He also says that shared frequency sets are a great place for more abstract sounds not quite suited to clubs.

“I love dance music, but that’s not all I listen to,” he explains. “I also listen to weird, abstract music, sitting on a couch. They can work really well together, if you know how to mix them properly.”

The station has collaborated with other local names in electronics, like Thanks for sweating it out and FREQ! Karabi likes to broadcast live sets at venues and festivals, a big boost for her globetrotter. She launched Shared Frequencies after returning to Austin in 2019, unable to renew her visa while working at a Paris train station with a global reach. The Mellotron.

Before, while studying at University of Houston, Karabi became the first director who was not actually a student at rice universityit is KTRU.

“Right after university, I moved to Europe,” she sums up. “I saw that they put forward more underground radio, not college radio, but more independent stations. I’m doing my best to bring it to Austin. It opens a door to the world, across the radio, for our artists.”


Daniel Johnson, celebrated in the first-ever museum exhibition of the cult artist’s work, wins a mural to go with it. Saturday January 22 at 12:30 p.m. Contemporary Austin unveils a new artwork on the side of the building, funded by Vans and local skate shop Noncompliance. Fans are invited to join the late Texas songwriter’s family members at the ribbon cutting. The mural features colorful characters from Johnston’s work, such as the iconic frog Jeremiah the Innocent and the ghostly caspar. Inside, the exhibition “Daniel Johnston: I Live My Shattered Dreams” runs until March 20. And like many events scheduled for January, the Hi, how are you ProjectHHAY Day in Johnston’s honor has been rescheduled for May 4 at the moody theater (with group love, Polyphonic Party, Kate Davis, and more).

Frank Rodriguez, a former assistant to Mayor Steve Adler, pleaded guilty last week to embezzling federal funds while running the nonprofit latin Healthcare Forum. (Find more details about the case here.) Rodriguez, a Latin jazz musician, is also known for his longtime involvement in defending Austin’s music. The political adviser co-founded the nonprofit EQ Austin – focused on equitable cultural representation in Austin’s music – with current Austin Music Commissioner Gavin Garcia in 2018. Rodriguez also served on the board of the advocacy group Music makes Austin. Both organizations fall under Gary Kellerit is Austin Music Movement umbrella of non-profit music organizations supported. Representatives of the two organizations did not respond to the the Chroniclerequest for comment.

Jackie Venson chose to cancel upcoming shows in Texas due to rising Omicron cases. The band offers a live show this Saturday, January 22 at 9 p.m., with $5 tickets at Earlier this month, the Austin-based artist posted on social media that the Brauntex Theater in New Braunfels “was unwilling to accommodate” requirements such as proof of vaccination/testing. Last week she retired from the Woodlands Dosey-Doe, writing, “Once again a venue is forcing me to choose between playing gigs and protecting the health and safety of my band, my crew and all of you.”

The Austin Music Disaster Relief Grant, launched last year, is reopening with $2.3 million in federal relief dollars. The program offers one-time grants of $2,000 to “local professional musicians, independent promoters and music industry workers facing hardship due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Applications are open until January 28 at 5 p.m. The city joins the long center to distribute subsidies and with Texas Accountants and lawyers for the arts to help applicants. Find more information on eligibility on our Daily Music blog.

The Help Clifford Help Kids benefit, the 21st edition of the annual fundraiser, is postponed to March 3 at at Antoine’s. Originally scheduled for this month, concert features Austin staples Jimmie Vaughan and special guests. Founded by Clifford Antoine and Robin shivers, the event benefits an Austin-based nonprofit American Youth Works, which provides essential educational and professional support to young people.

The 2021-2022 Austin Music Awards Music Poll is underway. Vote now for your favorite groups, rooms and music until January 31st.

Corrections: January 20, 2022 – The New York Times Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:00:09 +0000

A Wednesday article about a guaranteed income program for New York mothers misidentified the college where Daniela Gutierrez worked when the pandemic hit. It was New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, not Queens College in Queens, where she had previously worked.

An article published on Tuesday about Naomi Osaka’s return to tennis misidentified Camila Osorio’s country of origin. She’s from Colombia, not Spain.

A Wednesday article about training for triathletes in Norway misspelled the middle name of the engineer and serial entrepreneur who worked with Norway’s national team. He is Olav Aleksander Bu, not Alexander.

A Wednesday column on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine misspelled the last name of the chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies. He is Ivan Krastev, not Kratsev.