It has been said: Throwing facts at hyperbole

It has been said… I only ever provide media coverage of four local bands.

FACT: From the beginning of 2009 through to the end of 2013, I wrote and posted a total of 224 music-related articles (local and otherwise) including interviews, concert and show promotions, and live performance coverage. This number does not include any news releases issued by performers. The entire list can be viewed here. Honestly, I can count on one hand the number of local bands that have submitted a news release for consideration. No, that’s not an exaggeration.

The following is a list of local bands and musicians that were mentioned five or more times in any of the 224 articles I posted over the last five years. In brackets you’ll see the number of times a given artist was the focus of an article. I’ve also included those that had less than five mentions but had a feature article written about them.

Kalle Mattson – 13 (featured – 6)
Garden of Bedlam – 13 (featured – 6)
Blues Harvest – 10
Machines Dream, Craig West – 8 (featured – 2)
Rusty McCarthy, Dirty River Blues Band – 8
Frank Deresti and the Lake Effect – 8 (featured – 3)
Al Wood, Al Wood and the Woodsmen – 8 (featured – 1)
Mark Kuntsi – 7
Big Wheel and the Spokes, James Case and the Aces, Jay Case – 7 (featured – 1)
Wishbone – 7
Dustin Jones and the Rising Tide – 7 (featured – 5)
The Wild Turkeys, The Boothill Crooners – 7
Woods of Ypres, Dave Gold – 6 (featured – 4)
The Bear Hunters – 6 (featured – 1)
Cody McMillan, The Soft Shoe Shufflers – 6 (featured – 2)
Shannon Moan – 6
Joseph Kargi – 6 (featured – 2)
Porter – 6 (featured – 1)
Sense of Truth – 6
Emma + Robot – 5
Guy Smith – 5 (featured – 1)
The Suicide Kings – 5
KT Antler, KT and Kyle – 5
The Billy Bastards – 4 (featured – 1)
Leaves Off Trees – 4 (featured – 1)
Johnee Rae Whalen – 3 (featured – 2)
Ed Young – 3 (featured – 1)
Crystal Shawanda – 2 (featured – 2)
IT, Nick Jackson – 1 (featured – 1)

It has been said… I only cover shows at one particular venue. If you don’t play there, I won’t cover you.

Loplops is the venue in question here, and it’s no secret that it’s my favourite local bar. This is for a number of reasons, most notably, it hosts between 120 and 150 live shows a year, mostly touring bands and 99 percent original music. However, the total number of shows I promoted or covered at Loplops over the last five years was far less than my critics would have you believe. Twenty-nine. That’s 29 out of 224, or 12.9 percent. That means that 87.1 percent of the music-related articles I posted from 2009 through 2013 had absolutely nothing to do with Loplops.

Here’s the list of venues and the number of mentions each received.

Essar Centre – 34
Loplops – 29
Canadian Night Club – 24
Algonquin/Rockstar Bar – 20
Kiwanis Theatre – 14
Water Tower Inn/Pub – 12
Queen Street – 11
The Grand Theatre – 9
Bondar Pavilion – 8
Kewadin Casino – 6
Clergue Park – 6
Roosevelt Hotel – 5
Grand Gardens – 5
Foggy Notions – 5
Bellevue Park – 4
Coch’s Corner – 3
Arcadia Coffee House – 3
Algoma University – 3
The Machine Shop – 3
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre – 3
Bottom’s Up Lounge – 3
Glow Night Club – 2
Cafe Natura – 2
Oddfellows Hall – 1
Art Gallery of Algoma – 1

Take these facts however you like. I look forward to comments.

Cheers

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