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C'est What e-news June 2011 | Edition #125

News, music, rants, and other propaganda ~ published monthly

This edition published June 10, 2011

John Pippus

with Blair Packham

From sharing a stage with Jackson Browne to playing to small, but appreciative coffee house audiences, John has lived a life filled with music and well-earned stories.

"a folk/roots gem", and "a refined tunesmith with serious pop hooks."

Earshot Magazine says: "He has a gift for making us believe that he's been down road and around the block, and is still kickin'it."

The new album, "Born A Genius", according to The Vancouver Province's Tom Harrison: "Can't be labelled blues or tagged folk but it is earthy without also being retro. As varied as it is, humour and energy might be the album's unifying factors."

"Sounds like: Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Jack Johnson." - Alan Cross, Explore Music

Favorite venues John has played include: The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), The Tractor Tavern (Seattle), The Vogue Theatre (Vancouver), Canons Gait (Edinburgh), Bruxelles Bar (Dublin), The Newtown Festival (Wellington, New Zealand), Bluebird North (Vancouver) and on June 28th... C'est What.

Tuesday June 28, 2011, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available online for $6.

NXNE

Music Festival 2011

Now in its 17th year, North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference, NXNE, has become the Canadian festival destination for unsigned bands, indie favorites, and major-label headlining artists alike. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE Music, NXNE Film, and NXNE Interactive are an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans. The line-up for C'est What this year is:

Thursday June 16:

1 a.m. Ox, 12 am Kalle Mattson, 11 p.m. Brian Dunn, 10 p.m. Cindy Doire, 9 p.m. Pistol George Warren.

Friday June 17:

1 a.m. Dave Borins, 12 am Jo Williamson, 11 p.m. Ania Soul, 10 p.m. The Abramson Singers, 9 p.m. Beekeepers Society.

Saturday June 18:

1 a.m. Melissa Cameron, 12 am Jen Lane, 11 p.m. The Belle Game, 10 p.m. Loon Choir, 9 p.m. Pear

More information on these performers can be found on the NXNE website.

New Beer Festival

1st Annual Summer Festival of Craft Breweries

Ontario Craft Beer Week is coming June 19 to 25 with events across the province. In honour of this occasion we are holding our first Summer Beer Festival. We would love to tell you the complete line-up, but the information is still going through an access for information request with dozens of local breweries. What we can tell you is this:

Participating breweries include Amsterdam, Barley Days, Beau's, Black Oak, Cameron's, C'est What, Cheshire Valley, Church-Key, Creemore, Denison's, Duggan's, Durham, F&M, Flying Monkeys, Grand River, Granite, Great Lakes, Hop City, King, MacLean's, McAuslan, Mill Street, Muskoka, Neustadt, Nickel Brook, Railway City, Steam Whistle Trafalgar, Wellington, and Unibroue.

A total of 26 beers will be available to sample each of the first three nights at the original bar. Each night we will be featuring about a dozen new draughts and three new casks in addition to selections from our usual line-up. On Friday we will throw open all of our taps to sampling with around forty flavours available.

As usual, most samples will cost a loonie.

On the Saturday we are presenting The Great Beer Chaser, no sampling, but $4 glasses / $6 pints (tax-in) of all of the leftovers that we can rotate through (not our regular brews) all day long.

The sampling festival runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day Tuesday June 21 to Friday June 24. The up-to-date listing for each day can be found here.

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Liquor Laws

The changes that are truly needed

The Ontario government recently announced some changes to the regulations that will make life a little easier for outdoor festival promoters, resort managers, and restaurants considering summer patios. While these changes are welcome they don't address the issues that really matter. If we are to truly leave the era of prohibition in the last century we have to treat adults like grown-ups when it comes to the consumption of beer, wine, and spirits.

C'est What was recently invited by the government to comment on potential changes to the liquor laws. This is a summary of what we had to say:

Change #1: Craft Brewers’ Access To Market

Locally owned and operated breweries do not have equitable access to the marketplace. They must rely on a 100% foreign-owned company (The Beer Store) that is owned by their competitors to sell their products. Prohibitive listing fees at The Beer Store discourage widespread distribution of Ontario breweries offerings. It costs well over $100,000 just to get a product listed province-wide. The alternative is the LCBO, which does not have the infrastructure to properly warehouse and sell the typically all-natural, unpasteurized products that local breweries produce.

The idea of allowing beer and wine sales at “corner stores”, as is the case in our neighbouring province, has many supporters. However, detractors point out that there is a risk of a loss of control over preventing sales to under-age age and intoxicated people and is a business for which they are not trained or licensed.

The solution to unlocking the economic potential of Ontario’s beer industry is largely already in place. There is an existing network of nearly 17,000 outlets that are licensed for the sale of alcohol, Ontario’s restaurants and bars. Allowing these outlets to re-sell wine and beer that is currently delivered direct from the manufacturer under the same rules as tied-house off-sales would open up the marketplace to local producers. It would also provide a needed boost to the beleaguered hospitality industry while keeping the distribution of alcohol in responsible hands.

Proposal:

Allow take-home sales of Ontario beer and wine through licensed bars and restaurants.

Benefits

Equitable access to market for Ontario producers.

Economic benefits for the producers, hospitality industry, their employees, and the provincial economy. The dollars spent in Ontario will stay in Ontario.

Change #2 Wholesale Pricing

Ontario licensees have long been at a disadvantage internationally because they largely pay the same price for the products they re-sell as the end consumer. This pricing structure encourages the consumer to stay at home and restricts the positive social and economic benefits of going out to a restaurant.

Increased sales tax revenue from the value added sales price at licensed establishments would far exceed the reduction in LCBO revenue on the sale of the wholesale product.

Proposal

Wholesale pricing to bars and restaurants from the LCBO and direct-to-licensee-delivery manufacturers (Ontario beer and wine).

Benefits

Increased economic activity in the hospitality industry, more jobs, more tax revenue.

Change #3: Legal Drinking Age

The legal drinking age should be the same as the Age Of Majority, eighteen.

The age was raised in 1978 “to remove liquor from high schools” when high school included grade 13. Now that grade 13 is no longer in the high school curriculum, this reasoning no longer is valid.

Especially in light of recent changes in alcohol and driving legislation, there is no “public good” to be served by restricting the rights of adults who are eighteen years old. If you can vote, serve liquor, and die for your county in armed conflict you certainly should have the right to have a glass of wine with dinner.

Proposal

Legal drinking age set the same as Age Of Majority.

Benefits

Aligns the right to serve liquor with the right to consume it. It is the fair thing to do.

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