2235 I would like to call Matthew Grieve
, from the group His
Season, to say a few words.
2236 MR. GRIEVE
: What I think is very important to understand is that for the artist radio can make or break you.
2242 MR. HUNT: Thank you, Matt
2353 MR. HUNT: I will kick off with that, and then I will hand over to Al Baker, and maybe, you know, Matthew, the artist, would like to talk to this, as well.
2354 MR. GRIEVE
2378 MR. GRIEVE
: You know what, I can tell you that if you want to choose to plant your feet in this country, as a Canadian artist, it's virtually a death sentence to you.
2438 As Matt
mentioned, there is a real need in the market and so a shortage of trying to put the funds within that Canadian development, it's not difficult.
2490 Just a couple of questions in particular for you, Mr. Grieve
2491 I was just on your website and you are quite busy, especially on weekends, almost exclusively on weekends.
2492 Is that correct?
2493 MR. GRIEVE
: Yes, 90 per cent of it.
As I mentioned, being in churches is our bread and butter, that happens to be on the weekends.
2494 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: I noticed also that you are playing in Toronto at Missionfest.
Just so you know, when you Google Missionfest the only link is to your site.
2495 MR. GRIEVE
: Is it?
That's good news.
2498 MR. GRIEVE
: By, sorry ... ?
2500 MR. GRIEVE
2501 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: So all your CDs are produced independently?
2502 MR. GRIEVE
: 100 per cent.
Like and I hear Matt Grieve
in your stations around the ,, in other stations outside of Canada?
2507 But we know his
season pretty well and, you know, if Matt
or any of the others say we are looking at a tour, can you connect us, it would be the easiest thing to connect from the UK to other parts of Europe to Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Jakarta.
2518 On the same line I think, maybe Mr. Grieve
could answer because he
is collecting royalties and when royalties come back to Canada, sometimes it takes a long time before you see the cheque, but you know from which country it's coming from.
So could you confirm if you are played in other countries?
2519 MR. GRIEVE
: I would say that again 99.9 per cent would be Canadian played, if we are played.
2520 THE CHAIRPERSON: So even through your royalties you haven't been able to notice that you had been played, say in Australia as Mr. ,,
2521 MR. GRIEVE
: Yes, that's correct.
2601 First of all, Mr. Grieve
, I was curious to know how you came to be invited to the White House at Christmas.
2602 MR. GRIEVE
: That was one of the few connections that we did have in the United States, in being involved in a massive convention down in Louisville, Kentucky, where 20,000 people show up every single night for five nights.