Okok, I'm updating. See? I am surprised by how many non-LJ users are encouraging me to update. Some people would like to see this space be used to talk about what's up with Virus, some people want to see updates about goings on in Toronto, and others still just want me to post so they can get a general idea of what's going on with me without the two hour long distance phone conversation. So, this is going to be all of that rolled in to one. Everything I'm up to that isn't terribly personal. Terribly personal things deserve the long distance phone call. Right?
Well, I haven't updated in quite a while and there's a lot to talk about, but I'll skip to meeting Emerson Dameron (Wherewithall zine) and Toronto's own singer/songwriter, Snoovy on the Perpetual Motion Roadshow's stop in Toronto a couple of weeks ago at the Gladstone. Nikki and I arrived late. We're really trying to get better at it, but it seems when we're together we take much longer to get anywhere than when we go alone. We arrived close to the end of Emerson's reading, but thankfully he did something of an encore. Next up was Tanis Hideout, reading from her new book Delineation (so awesome btw), and then Snoovy played. This shindig was held at the Gladstone, as I mentioned, but Toronto residents take note, it was in the Art Bar of the Gladstone, so we were all packed like sardines. The wall they added to create this space is so very NOT soundproof that the readers and Snoovy were overtaken by the karaoke night in the Melody Bar next door. Instead of getting frustrated, they all took it in stride. Really, how can you get mad when all you can hear is Devo's Whip It?! That was so funny! The crowd was great and we met some really neat people that night. For reviews of what I picked up (Wherewithall #3, Delineation, and Snoovy's new disc) will be up on the site within a week or so, I'm catching up.
Then, last weekend we attempted to go to the Toronto screening of the indie flick, Things to Do directed by Ted Bezaire, but as usual, we ended up leaving too late and by the time we were close to the show we were already about half an hour late. I was/am so bummed about it! Hopefully, I'll have another opportunity to see it soon.
Virus has been keeping me busy, of course. I have moved away from writing articles from every interview I do, and I've started posting the raw interviews again. Why? Several reasons, thanks for asking. I often get back interviews that are so detailed, the concept of rewriting it all into an article makes little sense, all the info is there and presented well, so why should I mess with it? And also, there are just so many projects I want to cover and this allows me to cover more, so it's also a time thing. I haven't stopped writing articles, I'm just not doing it for every interview.
New interviews going up over the next couple of days include; Russell Chapa, a fun piece on Valiant Death Records, Western Civ, Bryan Lavigne, The Visit, THE STATION MYTH, Scarlet Speedster, Special Ops and Hen House Studios! Reviews of Artichoke #8, The Ms. Films DIY Guide to Filmmaking, the Winzenried CD, and the new Racecar CD. Heaps more stuff coming up after that of course.
Nikki and I are also working on putting together a fundraiser for the Thumbs Out project. It's a hitchhiking race/adventure across Canada - 7 teams of 2 start off in Halifax and race to Vancouver armed with videocameras. When everyone gets back home, Alex of Nevermore Filmworks is putting together a documentary on the whole thing! Awesome idea, right? Right. Funding is the issue, as it usually is with great ideas. So hopefully we can help them out.
Ok, and as promised local stuff coming up I think is worth checking out:
(I'll be at some of these shows, but in the interest of not provoking stalkers, you'll just have to guess - and I'm linking to MySpace pages instead of band websites so you can have a quick listen)
Friday, June 9
BROOMFILLER - 9pm - The Brunswick House
The Famous - 11:30pm - The Black Bull
The Miniatures - 11:30pm - The Horseshoe
Saturday, June 10
The Outfit - 9pm - Rancho Relaxo
Buck Brothers - 10pm - Rancho Relaxo (all the way from the UK)
Norton - 11:30pm - Crowbar (all the way from the UK)
Sunday, June 11
The Buck Brothers & BROOMFILLER at The Bovine!
and as always, I recommend Sunday Night Live with The Sketchersons at the Brunswick House.
I think that's enough for now. I took a page from Tim of +nurse's book and made this post link heavy, I think it works, thanks Tim!