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31 Aug 05

a real celeb sighting

i’m not sure how i forgot to post this on chumptastic – it’s been on my flickr page for a couple weeks now. in summary, i know i’m always wowed by spotting toronto celebs around town (most recently, for example, there was gaven dianda of flashing lights fame at the price chopper near our place), but for once i actually saw a REAL celebrity…and was alert enough to take a pic!

that’s right, it’s harvey keitel in front of carr hall at st. mike’s college back on august 17th. cool.

29 Aug 05

a mellow evening with brian borcherdt

ah yes, and chumptastic rises from the ashes. hopefully this lull has officially subsided.

saturday night at the rivoli was one of the mellowest nights of music i’ve attended in a long time. things began around 10:30 with julie fenner, your standard girl with guitar fare that generally isn’t my thing. she certainly didn’t wow me, and her mellowness didn’t do a whole lot for my tireds (or anne’s who said she only stayed awake by mentally rearranging our spare room), but i’ve definitely seen worse. her songs were pretty quirky lyrically, but in truth the only song of hers i can remember was one about someone being coked up. she also covered mayor mcca and built to spill, so she automatically gets cool points.

up next was wooly leaves, aka whil from the constantines. i’d only ever heard him sing once with the cons, and that was when they closed a kingston show with a killer version of the hip’s 50 mission cap. i’ve been wanting to see more ever since. in truth, he also opened for city field a couple months ago, but the stars were aligned against us seeing him – we chose NOT to sit in a thousand degree club to watch him, sadly. anyway, i thought he was worth the wait. his set was pretty self-depricating and shy, and consisted of him sitting on a chair with an acoustic guitar, finishing most songs with a simple “cool”, or laughing at how he screwed things up. he was mellow in an endearing way, and i enjoyed his set.

finally, brian borcherdt took the stage around 12:30. i’d only seen him once before (a solo set performed for me and about 5 other people at the elixir) and he completely wowed me. This time, he started out alone on stage, and he gradually added a 2nd guitarist and drummer as the set progressed. for the most part, his set was also quite mellow, although can’t stop loving you could’ve benefitted from some earplugs. oddly, although the show was, in brian’s words, in support of his latest album (the remains of brian borcherdt vol. 2), they didn’t play a single song from it, instead focussing on new stuff and a few older songs. regardless, it was quite enjoyable, and the night was capped off by a screening of his video for moments of protest.


24 Aug 05

almost 2 weeks of nothingness

wow, has it really been this long since i last posted? yikes.

i’ll be back soon with thrilling commentary on such topics as the constantines at lee’s palace, the fantasticness of the new new pornographers album (that i listened to in my new new jersey jersey), or perhaps the state of IT at the university of toronto. well, maybe not that last one.

09 Aug 05

wolfe island music fest round up

so why did i go back to kingston on the weekend? was it merely to buy some pies? no! it was for the 3rd annual wolfe island music festival, which i’d managed to sadly miss the last two years. i had to make up for it this year, especially after hearing the line up.

we arrived at around 4:30 or so, just in time to thankfully miss betablokka, but also, as a side effect, causing us to miss tomate potate for the 22524324th straight time. i have no idea how they managed to schedule each of their shows on days i wasn’t in kingston last year, but the jinx continued.

without going into each act super in depth, here’s a quick rundown of who we did see:

  • peter elkas – i’ve seen him a lot this year, but this was only the 2nd time i’ve seen him perform with a full band. i don’t think anything will top the solo show he had with joel plaskett at hugh’s room a few months back, when he made good use of the looper pedal. this show was good, but certainly didn’t wow me…although it was nice to hear him throw in a new song for once.
  • the old soul – i’ve been wanting to see them for quite a while, since i’ve seen them listed on all sorts of bills in and around toronto for ages. i didn’t dislike them, but i again wasn’t wowed. in fact, the only song i can really remember them playing was a song about vegetables in which wayne petti rushed the stage and jammed a carrot in the singer’s mouth. and i didn’t particularly even like that song… oh, i lied, they also played a song with andrew whiteman on vocals – a cover of the boys are back in town. that was a definite highlight.
  • matthew barber – he was playing with an almost entirely new set of union dues, but was joined on stage at the end by julian brown and pete elkas, both of whom who have been in his band at various times in the last year. their closing song was by far the best, and, as always, matt’s way more interesting with a backing band than without.
  • chris brown and kate fenner – i didn’t think i was going to enjoy them ahead of time, based on the few songs i’d heard, and sadly i was correct. the best thing i can say about them is that they had interesting outfits.
  • apostle of hustle – now we’re getting somewhere. they kicked some ass, as usual, in spite of the fact that they were once again without the flamenco woman. they did have some horns to make up for it though, and they played all my favourites. andrew whiteman prefaced the set by explaining that no one would know any of the songs, but i soon realized he said that because he didn’t expect a whole lot from the festival crowd.
  • cuff the duke – are they ever bad? in spite of the fact that they’d just driven 26 hours straight from winnipeg, they still kicked my ass with a set mostly made up of songs from their newest album, which i havent yet stopped listening to. so good. and i still can’t get enough of that patented wayne-petti-guitar-neck-in-the-air stance.

we left before sarah harmer (i know, i know) to catch the earlier ferry home. it was a fun day, although the music didn’t wow me as much as the ear to the ground festival looks like it will…

07 Aug 05

bye bye pies

a day in kingston made me a bit nostalgic (although, in reality, i’ve only been gone for 3 months). i can’t think of a better way to illustrate my nostalgia than by wrapping up a story i was following since the beginning of last summer…that’s right, the napanee pie shack saga. for those of you unfamiliar with pie shack, might i refer you to my original post on the subject, and its subsequent follow up. to summarize: someone on the outskirts of napanee decided that a super tiny shack was the best place ever to sell pies and ice cream to passersby…assuming that said shack could be spotted by the 401.

as i said, it’s time to put this story to a sad close: the shack is no longer in business. i know, it’s hard to believe. i’m sure they poured their heart and soul into the pies…and the ice cream. and now their entire property is for sale. my theory is that they were counting on income from the pies to help them keep up with their mortgage payments. or perhaps they were tired of the ridicule from their neighbours for such a bizarre venture.

anyway, let’s put the pie shack saga to bed with a fitting tribute: a photo montage of its evolution over time:

may 2004
july 2004
august 2005

i must admit, it was tempting to embed a sound file of sad violins playing within this post, but i pulled myself together.

07 Aug 05

more haircut stories

i’ve really needed a haircut for the last week or so, but since i stopped working at york (and hence my proximity to klik’s is no longer), i didn’t know where to go. my prayers were answered when i came across this sign:

how could i pass up a bargain like that?

also, an update to a previous post: saigon flower has updated their placard outside. i’ll let you decide which is better.

before after

while deliberating, please take note of the fact that the O’s are now little mouths, and that they contain the word “eat”.

04 Aug 05

hank might as well have played in our livingroom

long time no post. funny how a long weekend followed by a new job can do that to me.

something i’ve been meaning to post about for the last week was an interesting “show” we went to last thursday evening. the hank collective (note that their website appears to be down at the moment) advertised a warm up show of sorts on stillepost in kids on tv’s practice space (on dovercourt, a block from our place), so we couldn’t say no to dropping by. i’d never seen hank before (hell, i’d never even HEARD of them until pitchfork made mention of them on their 10 worthwhile albums you might have missed this year), but a show that close in a place like that couldn’t be missed.

apparently it was the first time the entire collective had played together, at least in that form, and they consisted of a guy on lead vocals (for the most part) on guitar, 3 girls who mainly just sang, a female bassist/keyboardist, and a female drummer (magali from the phonemes). the venue was packed – it was a tiny basement crammed with people and random printing equipment, with a makeshift stage and no ventilation. after being there for about 5 minutes we were completely drenched, but i still enjoyed it. pitchfork was right though when they said they have “steadfastly unprofessional vocals”, and i don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. we had to leave a few songs before the end (which, in reality probably ended up lasting 5 more minutes, judging from the length of their songs) to get some air. we’d planned on checking out their show at social last night with vitamins for you, but this new job has thus far done a good job of exhausting me/giving me a cold, so bed was all that was on my mind. perhaps next time.

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