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An intimate evening with Blue Rodeo (and Kitties)

November 7th, 2009

Ever been somewhere and realized, all of a sudden, “Wow… I’m one lucky schmuck to be here!” That’s what hit me a few times on Wednesday while at The Black Sheep Inn. Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are touring as a duo to  promote Blue Rodeo’s upcoming album (“The Things We Left Behind”, due out November 10th), and they chose just five intimate venues to test out their new tunes. I’ve seen these guys play on a few different occasions in past years, but always with a sea of people between me and the stage and with them looking like little specks; to watch them play at the Black Sheep with a relatively small group was an absolute treat. Amanda did some intros and I went with her to take photos for CBC, above.

Kathleen Edwards opened, with her usual spunk and humour. Here is “Smile” — in tribute to her last show before she gets her braces removed.

Then Jim and Greg took the stage, and were accompanied by Anne Lindsay (violin), Julian Armour (cello) and Julie Fader (flute and vocals), as well as Kathleen. The adoration in the packed room was palpable. This show sold out in 10 minutes, and the woman beside me had flown in from Winnipeg to be there. Here’s a sampling of the evening…

“One Light Left in Heaven” — a new one:

“Hasn’t Hit Me Yet” — with huge audience participation:

“Lost Together”:

[Apologies for the unsteadiness and occasional funky cropping... I was filming these on my point-n-shoot with my left hand while taking photos on my SLR with my right hand.]

As if this weren’t enough for one evening, we also met Black Sheep owner Paul’s recent adoptee — a tabby cat and her six 2-week-old kittens:

A memorable evening, all in all.

The concert will be airing on CBC sometime in the next few weeks. I’ll post here if I find out any details.

Post-script #1: Have you weighed in about your Candy Buffet must-haves??

Post-script #2 (for Ottawa-heads on facebook): I’m giving away two tickets to the Sens vs. Rangers game on November 14th. I’ll be drawing a winner on Monday, November 9th at 9 a.m. EST. Click here for details & to enter.

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How do I dig thee, Kathleen Edwards?

January 13th, 2009

Let me count the ways.

In December, I wrote about Lucas, a buddy of mine who’s been in Afghanistan since last summer and about his facebook post “All I want for Christmas is a mixed tape” — and encouraged folks to send songs his way. Well, on Christmas Day, he got his wish and it was hand-delivered by the lurvely and talented Kathleen Edwards:


(Lucas kindly pointed out that he happened to be wearing one of my wears on the day of :))

As it happened, Kathleen was in Afghanistan to perform for the troops, and she’d very thoughtfully brought along dozens of cds to hand out along the way.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Kathleen’s sis-in-law / my dear friend / cbc3 radio host Amanda Putz took my blog post and exponentially dialed it up by linking to it from the cbc3 site, inviting feedback from listeners, and then putting together a playlist which she then burned and mailed to Lucas. She also mentioned the story to Kathleen — and from there, the Christmas Day meet-n-greet came to be. When Lucas sent me the pics, my heart swelled.

For there are already many reasons I get a big grin on my head when Kathleen comes to mind; below are but a few…

Reason #93: One of the greatest videos. Those with crushes on hockey, Jim Cuddy, Colin Cripps and/or Dave Hodge, dig in. Ottawa’s other sweetheart, Jim Bryson, is in it too; in fact, the whole dang song is about him!

Reason #104: She does a mean karaoke version of Like a Virgin. It involves throwing off her shoes.

Reason #36: She gave me my first break at designing merch: I did the artwork for her tees & hoodies last year — vacuum tubes and album-inspired flowers (woot woot, Daniel Lohnes for a beauteous cover design!).

Reason #29: Have you HEARD her? If not, visit her site and you can hear some of her latest songs (streaming) from her “Asking for Flowers” album. Then go get the cd… which, by the way, was one of the shortlist finalists for last year’s Polaris Award.

Reason #277: Her sweet hubby Colin was the one who kindly offered to get one of my tees to Bryan Adams, then Kathleen caught the moment on megapixels.

Reason #184: She plays a mean fiddle, and looks great playing it on a jumbo screen (this is last summer at Bluesfest):

Reason #71: She likes pomelo hats too.

Reason #240: She gives good hugs.

Ok, I’ll stop gushing now.

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