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Weekend ramble: launch, talk, watch, analyze

June 12th, 2010

With the kick-off of The D.A.D. Project this past Monday, I’ll likely blog a little less often here [insert game show "wonh-wonhhhh" here] — so I’ll probably be doing some catch-up rambling now and again, like today.

LAUNCH

The D.A.D. launch, by the way, has been terrific. In five days, we: sold four items, received $200 in donations on our Canadian Cancer Society Team Page, gained 118 members for our facebook group, and received many supportive messages and comments. So exciting and encouraging!

TALK

Say Anything Speech Bubble Chalkboard

Say Anything Speech Bubble Chalkboard by PlayingGrownUp

I’ve been asked to be a speaker at an upcoming event for a group called Case Study Jam. I used to work with Bob (who helps organise CSJ and who also runs his own gig, Translucid Communications) and he has asked if I would give a talk about how I turned m chen wears from a hobby into a business. Other speakers will be Mark Buell and Sheila Bergeron from CIRA, and Don Chow from Foodieprints.

If you are in Ottawa, interested in communications / social media stuff, and available next Thursday, you can  register (for free) here.

I actually don’t mind speaking in front of a crowd. I get slightly jittery, but not “don’t-wanna-do-it” anxious. Thinking about public speaking brings me back to my grade 10 Effective Communications class, where we each had to present a speech to the class and then get critiqued. I did ok, but it turns out that I have a tendency to wink when I’m nervous… let’s hope I can keep my eyelids under control so that I’m not coming on to half the crowd.

WATCH

I just saw Dan Mangan’s wonderful (and award-winning) Road Regrets video this morning. I love this guy… and may have mentioned him a few times here already. I hope you enjoy the vid and song as much as I do:

ANALYZE

I caved and installed Google Analytics to this site. I’ve been watching my stats using cpanel for months, so I had a gist for the numbers already, but GA is pretty cool. The downside is that it shows my traffic as being about half of what cpanel does. What the…?

GA has shown me some fun info though. Like how one of my most popular posts is the one about Bon Jovi’s name (I’m sure his fans aren’t too happy about it), or how much longer Canadians stick around and read stuff here than people from any other country. Maybe it’s because I spell “favourite” with a ‘u’.

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Watch Today today

February 26th, 2010

If you were one of the billions of folks who watched the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games a week ago, you caught a glimpse of the über-talented spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. Above is a photo of Shane when he joined Dan Mangan at a BC Scene show I wrote about last April, one of many times they’ve shared the stage over the past few years.

So I just caught wind of the fact that Shane will be, in just a few hours’ time, performing on NBC’s “Today Show” with Matt Lauer (airing at 8 a.m. EST/PST on Friday, February 26th), and he’s invited Dan Mangan to join him; they go on at around 9:45 a.m. Watch it, listen, and be blown away.

From the same show as pictured above, here’s a video I took when Shane joined in on Dan’s “Fair Verona”:


postscript…
I missed it!!! I had to take a client call, and when I ran back to the tv afterwards, I saw Shane and Dan amidst the crowd, but they’d already performed. Zounds. Good thing the Today folks posted the performance on their site — whee! Great job, guys!

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Dan Mangan’s debut at the Sheep: Nice, Nice, Very Nice

October 18th, 2009

So my posts about Dan Mangan are getting numerous, I realize… but if you were at Wakefield’s Black Sheep Inn for last night’s show, you’d understand why I needed to post this too.

Will Currie & the Country French kicked things off — and they were among the most fun and engaging opening bands I’ve ever seen:

The crowd was already in good spirits when Dan and his crew took the stage. This was the first time I’d seen Dan with a band, and the variety of instruments (violin, banjo, stand-up bass, keyboard, trumpet…) were a treat. It’s obvious that all the performers genuinely like each other — it showed in how they each added their sound and interacted.

An added treat was Justin Rutledge’s surprise visit to the stage:

I posted a video of Dan playing ‘Robots’ a few months ago from the BC Scene show at the First Baptist Church… but I couldn’t resist posting this terrific rendition too, which includes a very thoughtful thanks to the CBC’s Amanda Putz as an intro:

For the final song of Dan’s encore, Will Currie & the Country French and Justin Rutledge joined in too, a swell conclusion to Mr. Mangan’s first-ever gig at the Sheep…

I’ve mentioned before that Dan is more mindful than most about the phrasing of his songs; I tell you, it was pretty awe-inspiring when he’d have a pause mid-tune… and you could absolutely hear a pin drop in the Inn. It’s so exciting to see someone who’s this nice and this talented get recognized (woohoo Verge FM’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2009!) and appreciated. More and more good to come, to be sure.

As a selfish woohoo postcript, I don’t think I’ve yet shared this shot of Dan sporting See how they run — taken the night he did a house concert last year at Amanda and Tim’s:

Something tells me this is a face you’ll see again. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to hear the voice that goes with it too.

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