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Wolfe Island wrap-up — with videos

August 11th, 2010

What a terrific weekend we had at Wolfe Island. We wimped out on camping and stayed at MacDonald’s B&B, in a cabin separate from the house:

This used to be a stable (hence the decor), though it felt so tiny… and then, we found out why:

Just next door was a larger stable with a horse… and a MINIATURE horse. Turns out the MacDonalds used to breed the minis, and the sweetie above is their last one; she’s 29!

As for the MUSIC… well! It’s taken me until now to sift through, fix up and post all the vids I took. I’ll let them speak (sing) for themselves:

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE GENERAL WOLFE HOTEL
Katie Moore (with Snailhouse) — Rush Enough

Cuff the Duke — Another Day in Purgatory 

SATURDAY AT THE MAINSTAGE
Jim Bryson (with Jill Barber and The Weakerthans) — Freeways in the Front Yard

The Acorn — Dents (Glory, Pt. 1)

Diamond Rings — On Our Own

Bahamas (aka Afie Jurvanen) — You Release Me (please correct the title if you know it :)

Think About Life — again… let me know if you know the title to this, please. These guys were the surprise hit for me — I’d never heard of them, and they blew my socks off!

Shad — We, Myself and I

The Weakerthans — One Great City!

The Weakerthans (with Jim Bryson) — (Manifest)

Another highlight of the weekend for me:

That’s me with Shad, who’d had a phenomenal set just hours before. John snapped this at the after-party, and when we left, Shad was on the dancefloor, still wearing my re[TURN] shirt. Whee! We will be back next year, to be sure.

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Meredith Luce and Jim Bryson at the GCTC

March 14th, 2009

Last Sunday was a memorable evening at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. I will sheepishly admit that it was my first time setting foot into the building, but I hope it won’t be my last. The café there is run by the drool-inducing Thyme & Again. The stage housed a quaint mid-century kitchen, which was there because of the current play at the theatre. And the sound was absolutely outstanding.

We were there to watch two of our local favourites play a show as part of a series called “Acoustic Waves”, run by the Ottawa Folk Festival.

Meredith Luce kicked things off with an Emm Gryner / Cyndi Lauper mash-up — as a challenge from cbc host Alan Neal. Her set was terrific, and left me wishing it could’ve been longer.

And then Jim Bryson came along, putting to use the array of instruments and gadgets that lay amidst the kitchen appliances — a veritable one-man show. (Though he did get some audience participation by handing out handmade shakers, made of mini ginger ale cans, organic rice and duct tape…)

The show’s highlights will be aired on CBC2’s Canada Live, and will eventually be available online too.

Overall, a great night, and encouragement to go out and get a little more cultured. What an amazing space the GCTC is!

Other videos from the evening:
Meredith performs “Neck of the Woods”
Jim performs “The Wishes Pile Up”

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What was your first cd? (Lemme know, win a whack of cards…)

February 26th, 2009

[March 15, 2009 — Just picked a winner from the 67 entries on this blog and on facebook... and the online random number generator chose #13: Megan MacDonald! Congrats!!!!]

I bought a couple of cd’s at the Jill Barber show I went to last Friday, and my first inclination was to rip them to my computer. Times like this, I wonder when cds might become obsolete. It amazes me that, within this generation, we’ve seen 8-tracks, 45’s and LPs, cassettes, cds, iPods and mp3’s…

Right when cds were becoming more readily available was when I started becoming a bit of a music fanatic. The first cd I ever owned was Sinéad O’Connors’ I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. It was 1990, and I was in grade 9. I got it from my cousin Ed for my 15th birthday.

I played the Sinéad cd relentlessly. I remember defending her spastic dance moves to Jesse, the newspaper boy. I saw her perform at the Ex that summer. I was somewhat obsessed with the Nothing Compares 2 U video. Black Boys on Mopeds is still one of my favourite songs…

I was wondering if everyone has such nostalgia about their first cd. So I asked “What was the first cd you owned?” to my Twitter friends, and here are some of the answers I got back:

notrachel — “ever? dang, the first NSYNC CD…can’t believe i just admitted that”

pomomama — “Big Country, Greatest Hits”

Jim Bryson — “I bought The Pursuit of Happiness’ Love Junk and Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road the day I bought my 1st player at the Bay. Hehehe.

jessrawk — “Barstool Prophets’ Deflowered.”

jessgonacha — “Mariah Carey Christmas. I kid you not.”

Canadian_Shield — “I bought [Led Zeppelin's] Houses of the Holy, [The Doors'] Soft Parade, and Harry Chapin — I bought them at the same time – Sunrise Records in Eaton Centre”

geekigirl — “I think it was the Prince Batman soundtrack.”

[As an aside, John takes the cake for Most Obscure Answer. His first cd was "The Answer's Electric" by Brett Ryan. Uh... what?]

Question for you: What was the first cd YOU owned?
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