He added that none of the group have TikTok, but hearing the music gain traction in the charts and in the news encouraged the band to get back out there and perform their biggest show at the end of January in the Dragon bar in Wellington, which he said was “a blast.”
Sea shanties were work songs developed on 19th century sailing vessels. Gerry Smyth, an English professor at Liverpool John Moores University and author of “Sailor Song: The Shanties & Ballads of the High Seas,” points out that chart-topping single “Wellerman” isn’t technically one: Shanties have a call-and-response structure that was used so sailors could sing and work in unison while performing physically demanding tasks.
“When (Evans) is singing the first four lines on his own before everybody joins in on the chorus, the sailors are sitting around, biting their nails and having a fag and so on. That’s not going to work,” Smyth explained.
However, the professor said the song could be adapted for a shanty since it is about “maritime matters” such as whaling.
Whether or not “Wellerman” counts as a shanty, there is no denying it has caused a stir online. Evans’ rendition, posted late December on TikTok, has gotten 10.9M views to date. Claire Maddocks, a neurologic music therapist, said she thinks sea shanties appeal to people because of the “simplicity of a human voice,” and the repetitive, predictable nature of the song.
“We hear exactly where it is going to go next” so we are drawn in, Maddocks says. “I guess a bit like when you start watching something on Netflix and you kind of start to keep watching because you care about the character. There’s almost that kind of emotional draw to that.”
Nathan Evans’ version of “Wellerman” was remixed by 220 KID and released by Polydor Records/Universal Music. The producer thinks sea shanties are having a modern moment on TikTok and this year because of the feeling of inclusivity promoted by both the format and the app – the duet function allows users to sing along with the artist, having “many voices together.”
Evans adds in the contemporary context of lockdown, with “everyone stuck in the house,” performing “Wellerman” has “uplifted us and kept us going.”
David Robinson of The Longest Johns agrees, saying the trend is about other ways to interact with someone over the internet. People can sing “while waiting for their Uber Eats” added his bandmate Andy Yates. In the past week The Longest Johns — who also recorded a popular YouTube version of “Wellerman” — signed deals with Decca Records and UTA. They have announced a U.K. tour for later this year.
And Professor Smyth says he’s fine with people calling “Wellerman” a shanty if they want to.
“If they want to use it, if they’re getting pleasure, if they’re getting joy, that’s absolutely fine. I’m not coming along to rain on anybody’s picnic. In technical terms, I don’t think it’s a shanty, but I’m absolutely fine with people using it that way if they want to” he said.
Reporter Nick Perry contributed to this story.
Sian Watson, The Associated Press
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One of the social-media giant’s biggest concerns is language in the bill that prohibits “digital news intermediary operators” – a category that would apply to Google and other search engines – from giving “undue or unreasonable preference” to specific news items.
The company argues this language is unclear and puts at risk the core function of Google’s search engine, which is to provide ranked responses to a search query. – Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press
Matt Zimbel launches 2nd ‘Yes We Can-Ada podcast series
Filmmaker, musician, broadcast executive, artistic director, television and radio show host. There aren’t too many occupations in media that American-born, Montreal resident Matt Zimbel hasn’t put his mind to–and succeeded at. The Manteca bongoist has just launched the 2nd season of his satirical Yes We Can–Ada podcast series (10 episodes all in) that is spreading like wildfire on the TikTok channel. Oh, and let’s not forget Matt’s subtitle for his irreverent humour: The Progressive Guide to Getting the Fu*k Out. For your titillation and affected northern self-love, episode 1: Pandemic Nervosa.
Alexisonfire kicks off a new “multi-year” partnership between Live Nation and SiriusXM in Canada with a free concert at Live Nation’s Toronto concert venue HISTORY on April 13. The concert precedes the band’s 4-day concert series, Born & Raised, in hometown St. Catharines with co-headliner City and Colour. Other collaborative concerts are to be broadcast by SiriusXM from RBC Echo Beach and Budweiser Stage and several festivals, including Born & Raised, FVDED in the Park and Osheaga. Both companies are under the umbrella of US mass media giant Liberty Media, which owns 34 percent of Live Nation and 72 percent of SiriusXM.
The New York Times initially reported that Abu Akleh “was shot as clashes between the Israeli military and Palestinian gunmen took place in the city.” Further down in the same story, we read that Palestinian journalist Ali Samudi, who was wounded in the same attack, said, “There were no armed Palestinians or resistance or even civilians in the area.” Yet this perspective is missing from the headline and opening paragraphs of the story.
A few days later, an analysis of available video footage by investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat concluded that the evidence “appears to support” eyewitnesses who said no militant activity was taking place and that the gunfire came from Israeli military snipers.
The New York Times has not updated or corrected its original story to reflect this new evidence. – Maha Nassar, The Conversation
The 18-year-old gunman broadcast the shooting in a grocery store in a predominately Black suburban area in Buffalo, New York, to the streaming platform Twitch on Saturday morning. Although Twitch took down the livestream within two minutes from the start of the attack, a recording of the video was swiftly posted on a video streaming site called Streamable. That video was viewed more than three million times before it was taken down, according to the New York Times. Links to the recording were shared across Facebook and Twitter, and another clip that purported to show the gunman firing at people in the supermarket was visible on Twitter more than four hours after being uploaded. Additionally, TikTok users uploaded video sharing accounts and search terms to take viewers to the full video on Twitter, according to Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz. – Rhiannon Williams, The Download
Forget billboards—motorists now have ads buzzing a few feet above their windshields. – Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review
Stuffing your résumé and LinkedIn profile with generic buzzwords can be off-putting to potential employers, but it’s far worse when you recite them during an interview.
Below are some of the most commonly overused words candidates use to describe themselves during the interview process—and what you can say instead to communicate your value and win over your interviewers. – Amanda Augustine, Fast Company
Boat Rocker Media to Present at the 2022 TD Telecom & Media Conference – Canada NewsWire
TORONTO, May 19, 2022 /CNW/ – Boat Rocker Media Inc. (“Boat Rocker” or the “Company”) (TSX: BRMI), an independent, integrated global entertainment company, announced today that CEO, John Young, will present in person at the 2022 TD Telecom & Media Conference on Wednesday, May 25 in Toronto.
Boat Rocker’s presentation is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EST on May 25. John Young and CFO, Michelle Abbott, will be available for one-on-one investor meetings throughout the day. A webcast of the presentation will be available on the Events page of the Boat Rocker IR website.
About Boat Rocker
Boat Rocker (TSX: BRMI) is the home for creative visionaries. An independent, integrated global entertainment company, Boat Rocker’s purpose is to tell stories and build iconic brands across all genres and mediums. With offices around the world, Boat Rocker’s creative and commercial capabilities include Scripted, Unscripted, and Kids & Family television production, distribution, brand & franchise management, a world-class animation studio, and talent management through Untitled Entertainment. A selection of Boat Rocker’s projects include: Invasion (Apple TV+), American Rust (Showtime), Orphan Black (BBC AMERICA, CTV Sci-Fi Channel), Dear…(Apple TV+), Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (Apple TV+), The Next Step (BBC, Family Channel, CBC), Daniel Spellbound (Netflix), and Dino Ranch (Disney+, Disney Junior, CBC). For more information, please visit www.boatrocker.com.
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Media Release – May 19, 2022 – Guelph Police – Guelph Police Service
Male arrested in large drugs, weapons investigation
A North York male has been arrested in connection with the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of the Guelph Police Service.
A seven-month investigation which began in early 2021 resulted in the seizure of more than 100,000 doses of fentanyl and four firearms. Several individuals were arrested last fall and others identified as persons of interest as the investigation continued.
On Tuesday, Guelph Police were notified by another police service that one of the males identified during that investigation had been arrested in the Greater Toronto Area and charged with drug offences. The male was transported to Guelph.
A 26-year-old North York male is charged in Guelph with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance. He will appear in a Guelph bail court Thursday.
Two vehicles stolen Wednesday
The Guelph Police Service is investigating after two motor vehicles were stolen on the same day.
Approximately 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, a male called police to report his 2013 Ford Fusion had been stolen overnight from his driveway in the area of Gordon Street and Hands Drive. Another resident of the same street called police to report seeing a suspicious male checking car doors in the neighbourhood approximately 3 a.m. before getting into the passenger side of a vehicle which left at a high rate of speed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Firas El-Ayoubi at 519-824-1212, ext. 7129, email him at email@example.com, leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
Approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday, a female called to report her silver and grey 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup had been stolen from her workplace in the area of Paisley Road and Elmira Road South. It was stolen sometime since 12:30 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Adam Kernan at 519-824-1212, ext. 7379, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
Female arrested, held for bail
A Kitchener female who twice missed court dates in Guelph was held in custody to ensure she makes it the next time.
The female was scheduled to appear in April for theft under $5,000 and two counts of failing to appear. A warrant was taken out for her arrest after she failed to show up.
Early Thursday she was arrested by another police service and returned to Guelph. A 37-year-old Kitchener female faces an additional charge of failing to appear and was held to appear in a Guelph bail court Thursday.
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