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Pay What You K-an

Posted by Jer / May 13, 2009

Tip JarThursday May 14th- Yes! Karma Tour
K-os + Lioness + DJ Psychology
L'Olympia 1004 Ste-Catherine E.
Free admission, Pay What You Wish.

Setting a price for music is soooo 2007. Letting listeners pay what they can for tunes is the new trend. Everyone's doin' it, from big name all-stars like Nine Inch Nails or Radiohead to scores of Indie artists who've long relied more on tips than steady sales (like bass grunge duo lo-boy. Haven't heard of them? You should, they're huge in Villeray)

Toronto hip hop guru K-os is the latest to jump onboard the payment optional train. He's doing a cross-canada tour and all 10 shows are free or pay what you wish. This financial freedom is sure to cause a few ethical dilemmas: Can I still buy drinks if I don't pay for the show? Will I get my coat back if I don't tip the coat check people?

Fittingly titled the Yes! Karma Tour, K-os and crew will be accepting "Karma" donations at 3 different locations inside the venue, so you can feel good about yourself afterwards. And in case you're worried about feeling too altruistic, a donation of any size gets you a free CD: the k-os "fan-mixed" album, "Yes! It's Yours."

It's a recession-friendly way to take in some live music. And as distinguished special contributor Brendan Murphy pointed out earlier this week, K-os has been feeling a bit like the underdog since his last album, so this stunt might just get him back to the rank of top dawg.

I'd say Midnight Poutine was giving away free tickets to the show but that would seem a bit redundant. How about an informal poll though? How many people are planning on hitting this show? How much, if anything, are you planning on "donating"?

Doors open at 8pm. First-come, first-served.
No purchase necessary.

tip jar photo from flickr user alphabet moppet



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