Lianne La Havas, Montreal, La Sala Rossa, August 1st

February 14, 2014

The next thing we did was attend a Lianne La Havas concert on August, 1st. She was in town for the Osheaga Music Fest and as we were (as usual) really skint, we really lucked out with this somewhat impromptu (and much cheaper) show.

Right before we left for our backpacking trip in 2012 Roisin had scored some free tickets to see her open for Erykah Badu, so it was pretty phenomenal to not only see a full set, but to be in a super tiny and intimate venue. She’s phenomenal.

I don’t have a setlist for this one,  but I thought I’d throw some of her music videos (aka flood the rest of this post with them) in case you’ve not been alerted to her epicness.

Annnd she may have retweeted me encouraging people to attend the show. #famous ;)

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Tegan and Sara, Chatham, Capitol Theatre, July 17

February 11, 2014

Very much like a teenager, when I discovered that Tegan and Sara were making a stop in Chatham (yes, Chatham) on their summer tour, I ended up pressing refresh over and over once tickets went on sale. I had my eye on the V.I.P. Meet & Greet tickets, but not so much to say hello — I do think I’ve grown out of that whole malarkey, but in order to give ‘em a heads up about the comic that I’ve been toiling away at for over a year now.

I did get the fancypants tickets and everything kind of fell into place to allow Roisin and I to double-up a visit with my parents and the concert. But my somewhat impulsive buy wasn’t necessarily the best thought out excursion as I live about 12 hours away from Chatham. Semantics.

The Meet & Greet was kind of awkward, the line-up was filled with boasts and tears but I think the whole giving of the comic proposal scenario went well enough — no one’s sent and email to ask me to knock it off which lifted some weight off my shoulders. In a perfect world I’ll hopefully be able to post a bit more about the comic before the end of this year.

The setlist:

Drove Me Wild
Goodbye, Goodbye
I’m Not Your Hero
Back In Your Head
The Con
Walking With a Ghost
Hop A Plane
I Couldn’t Be Your Friend
I Was A Fool
Now I’m All Messed Up
Where Does The Good Go
Alligator
Arrow
Shock To Your System
How Come You Don’t Want Me
Feel It In My Bones
Closer

Encore
Call It Off
Nineteen
Living Room

July 2013: Sauble Beach + Cult MTL Anniversary

January 30, 2014

We were enjoying the Montreal summer and the wee bit of spending cash that we finally had in our pockets.

A few highlights from the month included an interview with Guy Maddin, who as far as I’m concerned is a Canadian legend. I found myself recollecting the many screenings from my Canadian Cinema course in university.

We finally caved mid-month and bought a fan as temperatures reminded us of the sweltering Italian heat and Roisin began to play a few gigs here and there in Montreal and doing some stand-up comedy at open mics.

Nearing the end of the month, we took a trip to hang-out with my parents in Sauble Beach, sandwiching a gig to see Tegan and Sara in Chatham in the middle as I’d acquired some V.I.P. passes (more about that in the next post). I think we picked the perfect time for a vacation as the weather co-operated and gave me a chance to introduce Roisin to the joys of swimming in a lake vs. the ocean.

At the concert, I was also able to pass along my proposal for my comic project to Tegan & Sara. There’s still so much to do as far as that’s concerned – I shudder to think when I’ll actually be able to show anyone what I’ve been toiling away at. But I’m also not keen on rushing it this time around. I really want to give each page and every line care and attention.

We got back in time to celebrate the one year anniversary of Cult MTL. We drank and were merry, not to mention the turn-out was tremendous.

I think by the end of July I finally got used to the new routine. I started to enjoy writing a bit more. At first, I have to admit, I found myself so rusty and so unprepared for the demands of creating content for the daily web and twice-monthly publication.

One of the last things I covered at the end of July was CollegeHumor’s Coffe TownDefinitely a flick worth watching. It also resulted in my boss introducing us to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. So good.

EDIT: I almost forgot! One of the friggen saddest things that happened to me in 2013 was the half-death of my long-time companion and friend: Demetree a.k.a. A Girl’s Best Friend a.k.a. my Asus Eee PC *sob*. I’m very much a luddite in some respects and I really don’t want for the newest and bestest technology as long as what I’ve got is functioning. This tiny, and I mean TINY, netbook saw me through from 2009-2013. To be fair, he’s not entirely dead – he continues to chug along on my desk. He plays TED talk when I need company and I still manage to do all my Photoshop stuff on him which boggles so many minds. My new computer is also an ASUS but a bit bigger. I’ve named him Gary.


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