Archive for August 2009

Ohbijou at Soundscapes

August 23rd, 2009

Ohbijou just put out Beacons*, and they played Soundscapes to celebrate because they are our friends and where else would they play?

*What is going on this year? It’s like everyone I know is getting signed to record labels and releasing amazing new albums out and touring all the time and getting popular.

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OOTS “Family Band” at SummerWorks

August 17th, 2009

Wow, what a night.  Rushed over to the Theatre Centre on Queen St. after work and this is what I saw. On stage, all my friends, playing together, sounding amazing. In the audience, more friends, freaking out Рand rightfully so. Heck, even Frank was clapping along. You gotta give it up for OOTS, bringing people together forever.

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Jon-Rae Fletcher at SappyFest 2009

August 11th, 2009

After his set at this year’s SappyFest, I said, “Jon-Rae, wanna go play a song for me in the marsh?” and he said, “Sure Colin.” Once we got there, he told me that the marsh was haunted by an old woman with a lantern. He decided upon “Ghostsong” from his album Knows What You Need, which seemed appropriate. What you can’t see in the video is there were a couple skater kids watching from down the boardwalk. Once we were done filming, we started walking back to town, and as we passed them they told Jon-Rae how beautiful his song was. Yeah, it is pretty beautiful.

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One Hundred Dollars at SappyFest 2009

August 7th, 2009

I didn’t end up shooting much video while out east. In fact, I brought about eight tapes but only shot 60 minutes worth of footage. It’s kind of hard to party when you’re carrying around a bunch of gear, and my main intention at SappyFest was to have a good time (and I ended up having the time of my life) so it ain’t such a big deal that I only got a couple videos. Here’s $100, who I’ve seen more than any other band this year, playing with their newest recruit, my old homie from Oshawa, Jeff Peers. They’re running through a great tune written by Rick White, who is also sitting in with them for this number. I’m pretty stoked ’cause Ian is playing the electric guitar. It’s all my dreams coming true. Enjoy.

As for me, I’m leaving in a few hours for Kingston, where I’ll be shooting a music video with PS I Love You. I’ll be sticking around the limestone city all weekend for the Wolfe Island Music Festival. Come say “Hi!”

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Harbourcoats at SappyFest 2009

August 5th, 2009

One of the first bands I saw this year at SappyFest was The Harbourcoats, the still-sorta-new-because-they’re-relatively-unknown band led by Bry Webb from the Constantines. It was a really nice way to kick off the festival and definitely had me humming the songs to myself all weekend. This wasn’t my first time seeing Bry playing away from his regular gig – I remember hearing at least one of these songs when he did a set at the Three Gut Records 5th anniversary party years and years ago at the Tranzac, and I’ve subsequently seen him play on a few other occasions leading up to last Friday. Joining him this time ’round was Mike Feuerstack (aka Snailhouse) and my old pal Jonas Bonnetta (aka Evening Hymns). The songs were subtle and majestic, showcasing Bry’s powerful voice in a whole new way. I’m super excited to hear their forthcoming record, too bad no one knows when it’s coming out. Maybe I should look into getting that Constantines acoustic EP they put out a few months back to hold me over. Which reminds me: if anyone from Arts & Crafts is reading this, can you please press it to 10″ vinyl and send me a copy? What’s with this digital-only foolishness?

Anyway, while watching the video, please try to ignore the crowd chatter and shaky camera work and just appreciate the song. Doesn’t it make you want to hold somebody?

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