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Archive for July, 2006

31 Jul 06

the big time?

does inclusion in the urban dictionary mean i’ve made the big time?

31 Jul 06

photo roundup

finally, a few newish toronto pics…at long last.

our neighbours’ way of celebrating christmas all year round:

i sincerely wish that my cameraphone had adequately captured the ridiculousness of this guy’s hat…but trust me, it’s ridiculous:

what’s great about this sign (found on the door of price chopper) is that not only did they forget to customize the last line (“insert store operator name”), but that they forgot to customize it 2 summers in a row:

and finally, who doesn’t love a baby backpack on the ttc? i hope she didn’t lean back too far…

26 Jul 06

long overdue photos

you may or may not know i was in victoria for a few days several weeks ago. you MIGHT have been more likely to know if i had mentioned it in this space (hell, if i posted at all anymore). anyway, excuse the lateness, but here are a few random photos from my trip, and in true chumptastic style, they of course don’t represent victoria in the slightest.

in some ways, it felt like i’d never left toronto:


seeing an old spaghetti factory was less a surprise as spotting the queen mother cafe. who knew it was a chain? mmm, pad thai.

this “fudgey and funky” store reminded me a lot of that dialect survey i took a few years back now:

i hear the devil was beating his wife while i called high hosey outside of catawampus.

finally, on my plane ride home, both people sitting in my aisle on the plane were reading angels and demons. typical.

if i don’t slack, i may even upload a few more timely photos in the next couple days! stay tuned…

19 Jul 06

dears renaissance

it’s been a while since i’ve looked forward to a new album as much as i am the new dears album, gang of losers, due out august 6th. their live show at harbourfront on canada was pretty great (murray was happy! and even natalia cracked a smile or two!)

the teasers from their album have been on perma-repeat on my ipod this week:
ticket to immortality
ballad of humankindness
hate then love

anyway, it’s nice to have them back. i saw them a number of times between 2001 and 2003, and since then they’ve pretty much slipped off my radar (what with the incessant american/european touring, getting married, having babies, etc.)

oh, and one fun obscure canrock factoid: the title gang of losers was originally coined by ex-dear, ex-thrush hermit, and current camouflage night, rob benvie.

speaking of which, while i’m on a tangent, here’s the latest entry (from several months ago now) on

No live shows for a l’il spell as we reconsider the stagey ghettoblasterism. We recently slapped down a week at Monumental in Toronto reslotting and restaging and amping the cuteness of several ‘tracks,’ aka songs. Yes, until now there has only been tenuous promise of things to come, and clearly if we were running for office we would likely have lost the faith of the populace and never been re-installed. But C-Nights is/are no Politico(s), we are Crafter of Musicks, Players of Songe, and we take the time to get it right. Unlike those churning out the dreck you hear on the radio (occasionally we rent vehicles and tune in while trapped in traffic), we do not speak in terms of having a ‘career’ in the ‘industry.’ Camouflage Nights are more like Brewers than Marketeers: even though we humbly acknowledge what we create is simply good ole-fashioned Entertainment, we want what we give to youse to be hearty and inspiring and no-nonsense in getting you your buzz-on.

definitely benvie-esque, and definitely designed to frustrate me.

04 Jul 06

thanks, global

thanks a lot, global tv. can you please explain to me why you played next week’s episode of shlocky but hilarious treasure hunters last night? and, as a result, cost me one last opportunity to watch an hour of wild hanlon ridiculousness?

who am i supposed to cheer for now? thankfully, there’s the fogel daughter who’s annoying enough to make me yell at the tv, which is somehow more satisfying than cheering FOR someone. also, oddly, that family reminds me a lot of the crazy weaver family from a couple seasons ago on the amazing race: whiny, religious and pretty much detestable.

anyway, unless i’ve somehow travelled in time, global has some explaining to do.

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