“Jasper” – Earlstown Winter (2012)

Earlstown Winter is a very Canadian band. Stomping Tom sang about snowmobiles and PEI potato haulers. The Tragically Hip probably know the career stats of every small town kid who ever laced up a pair of skates. That’s Canadiana. Earlstown Winter are Canadian. This might be the only place on Earth where they could have […]

Le Cabaret Du Passé: Macabre

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, / Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; When I first met Spooksy DeLune, she was painted blue and surrounded by a media scrum. That may sound very strange to a lot of you. I, however, find myself writing shit like that […]

The Electro Swing Club at The Electric Owl Social Club

I can’t dance. I just can’t. A lot of my life is lived vicariously through the artistic energies of others, so why should swing dancing be any different? When I was invited out to the Electro Swing Club’s dance party at The Electric Owl last Thursday, I jumped (jived, and wailed?) at the chance. When […]

The Week That Was Part 2: Backstage at the Avril Lavigne concert

I suppose you could file this under “Always Answer Your Phone”; even though, strictly speaking, it was an email. Those who know me, know I have a rather eclectic group of friends: musicians, business men and women, artists, dancers, international fugitives… One of them, however, also happens to be a world famous celebrity… in the […]

UNISON Music Fest – Night #2

After the way Gonch Messiah polished off Friday night, I knew Saturday would be insane. The room filled quicker; the familiar faces were everywhere; it was insane. The evening started with Mark & John (from The Get Down) playing a wonderful set that too many people didn’t see. This is why you come early to […]

UNISON Music Fest – Night #1

Last night (Friday, November 26), the North Shore Music faithful packed themselves into the Eagle’s Hall @ 170 W.3rd, North Vancouver. It is all “Hall”, the kind of place you’d have a wedding reception for 100 people or so, but Hamish and his set-decorator/guitar impressario Duane Murrin, had the place looking awesome by showtime. Laura […]

SWAN[K!] Song

When I was 15, I went to Europe with my parents. We took the “Grand Tour” and I found myself face to face with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I also found myself in another of my bell-ringing arguments with my father. At the end of it all, stubborn and moody, I refused to climb […]