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CrowdFunding site for indie artists launches in Toronto

CrowdFunding site for indie artists launches in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / MARCH 10, 2014 The Toronto Fringe Festival has been busy – the creative force behind the Creation Lab, a space aiming to provide affordable studio access in the city, is now taking their goodwill toward artists online. On Friday the Fringe launched Fund What You Can (FWYC), a new online crowdfunding platform intended specifically for Canadian independent artists. The name, which obviously riffs on PWYC (pay what you can), a staple of low budget arts events, offers artists “Keep What You Raise” or “All Or…

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International Perspectives on CrowdFunding

International Perspectives on CrowdFunding

The University of California, Berkeley, did host an international academic conference on crowdfunding next week. Cal’s College of Engineering is organizing the Oct. 17 and 18 event, titled “Crowdfunding: Setting the Research Agenda.” Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) Chief Economist Hal Varian will speak at the event, as will Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors. Julia Groves, managing director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, will also talk. UC researchers are interested in crowdfunding — a relatively new way of raising money for businesses or other ventures via appeals…

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Canadian rockabilly star Ray Condo inspires crowdfunding campaign

Canadian rockabilly star Ray Condo inspires crowdfunding campaign

By Teona Baetu, CBC News Canadian rockabilly musician Ray Condo dedicated his career to preserving the roots of rock ‘n’ roll. Now, there’s a crowd-funding campaign underway to commemorate him and his music. Condo, who died in 2004, is perhaps best remembered for his 10-year stint with the band the Hardrock Goners, who played a fast, raucous brand of country music. Gayle Hurmuses, a documentary photographer who shot Condo for 19 years, is trying to crowd-source funds to produce a visual memoir of the singer and his bands.The as-yet-unpublished book,…

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Israeli wearable health monitor Angel Heart Monitor crowdfunds on Indiegogo

Israeli wearable health monitor Angel Heart Monitor crowdfunds on Indiegogo

Trust Israelis to transform an ancient religious belief into a bio-medical reality that can be worn around the wrist. The Angel Health Monitor is a biofeedback wristband that senses motion and acceleration, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. Just like the mythical guardian angel, it monitors your every move to make sure that you are in good health. The health band is synced to a user’s smartphone and laptop via Bluetooth to provide real-time updates on their body’s internal workings. Tel Aviv-based startup Seraphim Sense is behind the Angel monitor, which has…

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Canadian Thrashers FATALITY: Tips For Successful CrowdFunding

Canadian Thrashers FATALITY: Tips For Successful CrowdFunding

Toronto’s favorite thrash party monsters Fatality recently wrapped up their two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, ‘Psychonaut’, but before they hit the road and released the album, the band put together a crowd funding campaign to help them achieve the release and the tour. Adam Zlotnik recently explained how it was done on Decibel Magazine‘s DeciBlog. A darker and more mature effort, Psychonaut brings forth Fatality’s trademark energy and commitment to drunken mayhem. Tracks like ‘Thoughts Collide’ and ‘Before The Collapse’ delve deep into the sodden…

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