A list of 23 songs that I enjoyed immensely in 2017…in no particular order.
A post to explain my radio silence in the last half of 2017…I was on medical leave over the summer
Video #2 done with Lara Kroeker for her Musical Spaces project.
Filmed by Lara Kroeker at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery.
Graham Rockingham’s “Best Bets” in The Hamilton Spectator.
Dates are being confirmed for kele’s spring 2017 tour. Violin looper Lara Kroeker will join kele!
First lyric video from no static is for the lead-off single, ekologik.
no static has been charting on CiTR Radio’s Top 30 Album Chart.
Video from Rogers TV Daytime Ottawa interview and performance
Lyric image for ekologik – I bow to the machine now.
Storyboarding and sketches for a soon-to-be-released lyric video.
Do you know what a carrier hotel is? Listen to the song!
Now, here in Canada, we’re on the cusp of inverting that inversion.
A must-visit site! Brain Pickings is often my salvation on my commute…
In the nineties and early two thousands I was the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist in Vancouver indie pop band, hazel motes.
Mother Jones recently published an excellent comic by Audrey Quinn & Jackie Roche on how climate change sparked the civil war in Syria.
What a revelation! My first day at the controls in the studio was a blast. I learned so much and think I caught on pretty quick.
I’ve written a couple of posts over the past few months about zombies and political apathy. Separate posts, with unconnected themes.
In empty spaces, in-between places and in the margins you may find the discarded bits of people’s lives.
In early March I received a friendly email from my domain neighbours, The Tin Forest. The Marketing & Press Officer for the National Theatre of Scotland wanted to let me know that the company is putting on a large scale participatory arts project called The Tin Forest, which is part of the Cultural Programme of […]
It’s been just over a week now since the Olympics have wrapped up. I can’t say I tracked the event with any sort of commitment but do admit a love of speed skating of any sort and usually make an effort to watch these events plus women’s hockey whenever I can. I can certainly appreciate […]
In the Ardennes region of Belgium, there lies a traffic jam of forest cars. They are cars abandoned by American troops at the end of World War II as they left Europe for home. Decades later, photographers have captured elegiac photos of the cars merging with nature and returning to the earth. Photo source: Matthias […]
Over the past few months, a cascade of local businesses have closed down on Main Street. The reason? Escalating rents and real estate prices. Some established gems have been shuttered. What amazes me most about the changes I see is the businesses that are moving in to replace the stand-bys…Cafe Montmarte replaced by the Shameful […]
Lately I’ve been curious about the prevalence of zombies in popular culture – they shuffle through music, movies, comics, TV shows. Recent TV shows like The Walking Dead and blockbuster movies like World War Z have brought zombies into the collective consciousness. World War Z is also a best-selling book by Max Brooks that is […]
Indeed, I do love to read. Anything…fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, autobiography, short stories, magazines, graffiti, academic papers, recipes, diaries, love notes. For years I have kept track of what I’ve read via various written lists in the back of day planners and journals. Most recently, I’ve moved my list to private Google doc. In this […]
Walk for Reconciliation – photo by kele Thousands came out in the rain to walk for reconciliation on Saturday; joined with the common goal to move through our shared history and come to grips with the abuse of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It was a moving finale of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s events on […]
Summer adventures in along BC’s Gold Rush Trail were truly inspiring. Breathtaking beauty, haunted landscapes, written & unwritten history, invisible allegories, tales of colonialism. All of it so educational. We visited Wells, Barkerville, Fort St. James & many other places. We drove for over a thousand miles and many, many hours & only made it […]
As I cast back through the past year and take stock of where I’ve been and what I’ve done over the past 12 months, I remember a post I wrote a couple of months back. In that post, i created a list of activities and pursuits that I missed and what to remind myself of. […]
On the third Saturday of every month a recycling depot is set up in the parking lot of the Britannia Community Centre off Commercial Drive. It’s called Beyond the Blue Box (BTBB) and they take many of the waste items (with the exception of compost) I typically throw in the garbage. I started collecting recyclables […]
As life gets busy and I get swept up in the ebb and flow of various projects & distractions, I took some time out to reflect on some things that I miss doing. My goal for the next year? Carve out time for these things that give me life and hope and a sense of […]
A relatively new public art project in Vancouver caught my attention over the long weekend. To commemorate Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary, the City of Vancouver commissioned Emily Carr graduate and local artist Sonny Assu to design this street marker that was installed along both sides of Kingsway from Main Street to Boundary Road. The signs merges […]
My pursuit of a musical life has led to years of striving to strike that elusive balance between necessity and passion. I can say that this balancing act has not been easy nor do I feel very adept at it most of the time. Often, I find myself swept up in the busy-ness of my […]
Spent a good chunk of a dazzling spring day wandering through the grave stones at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery . We followed a self-guided walking tour on the smart phone that led us through the Fields of Honour, the Chinese section, the Infant Areas, the Firefighters section, the Japanese section, and the Fraternal Groups (Masons, […]
It has been over a year since I’ve mused in these pages. I’ve certainly shared micro-thoughts via Twitter and have written long form in my writing books but no web musings until today. I find myself in the midst of spring blossoms and gentle days, all the promise of the flourishing season. I’m reminded though […]
Aaahhh, breathe in deeply the soft moist air of the temperate rainforest. A hint of cherry blossoms and a dash of salt tickle my nose. When the sun shines, my eyes are amazed by the croci standing at attention and boasting their bright colours. Yesterday, I went for a long walk in the neighbourhood. I […]
I went curling for the first time this weekend. A curling lesson and party for a friend’s birthday. What fun! There were 8 of us divided into 2 teams of 4. We were introduced to the rules of the rink, a new lexicon and the basics by the keeper of the Marpole Curling Club. He […]
Had my first authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Irish Heather earlier this evening. Delicious meal of potato leek soup, salmon with turnips and 2 blacks (Guinness with black currant syrup – delicious!), pipe band, crowds and festive singing. Yes, I do I have some Irish in my background, but it took me this […]
A couple of weeks back I read Wired Magazine’s article titled “The Web is Dead.” After reading the article, I was convinced that apps were a curse to the freedom of expression and experience on the internet & we all needed to re-embrace the eloquence of hypertext. With the recent events in Egypt and the […]
How can this… …become this? Yup, there is a 30-year plan in the works to transform Staten Island’s Freshkills landfill site into a massive parkland. The park, once completed, will encompass a total of 5 parks and will be 3 times the size of New York City’s Central Park. It will also be the largest […]
Ok, first off I know I’m way behind the curve. This article came out almost 6 months ago but I just read it this weekend. So, the argument is that the web is dead because it has been colonized (in the words of the authors) by a few entrepreneurial dictators. They argue that the rise […]
CDBaby pushes out regular posts to subscribers called “DIY Musician.” The articles are full of great ideas from folks who are slogging away as indie artists. One that caught my attention recently was on a concept the writer, Chris R., calls “3P” – a sensible way to break down the recording of a full-length project […]
One of my fave vendors at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market is offering 3-month paid apprenticeships on their farm. Klipper’s Organics is a family farm located in the Similkameen Valley…one of my cherished places on this planet. They have implemented the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model and also engage in WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic […]
This is a very cool program…Local artists mentor local youth on what it takes to build a career in the arts. The artist roster is extensive and impressive, ranging from songwriting, dance, playwriting, directing and spoken word. Wonderful to see 3 impressive local songwriters/composers taking part in this program…Veda Hille, Tyler Bancroft (Said the Whale) […]
Or, it was true until the typical weather pattern for our temperate rainforest home settled in again. Sigh. Oh well, at least I had a few hours of complete bliss skating around outside with friends, playing shinny, skating crazy eights. Here is the photo evidence to prove this actually happened!
Tony Porter is an educator and activist who’s internationally recognized for his work to end violence against women & is the co-founder of the nonproﬁt A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. He delivered a TED Talk earlier this month titled “A Call to Men” […]
Today my 5 year old niece told me that when she grows up she wants to be a world cleaner. A world cleaner. We asked her what she would clean the world with. She said a cloth, a mop and a broom. A telling observation from a child…She sees a world that needs care and […]
Jane Jacobs said this in her 2004 book, “Dark Age Ahead.” She criticized urban renewal planning trends and warned of the folly of stapling so much credit and borrowing onto real estate, she warned of the crash that came in 2009. She warned us to be careful , that money doesn’t grow on houses. Neither […]
This attractively giant poster was displayed in one of the main campus cafeterias at UBC last week in a high-traffic, high-visibility area sure to be seen by hundreds if not thousands of students. I wonder how much Cervarix, the pharmaceutical company, paid to display it’s ad in one of Canada’s largest universities. Actually, it’s not […]
(photo by Barbara Ganley) I’ve had the great pleasure to know & follow the inspiring work of Barbara Ganley over the past few years. Barbara came to UBC to do a take 3 years ago as part of a lecture series organized out of the office I work in. At the time, she was leaving […]
The moon is scraping itself over the frosted horizon. Dull orange, a dying ember from a spent fire. A signal that we have rounded the corner and are headed into winter. A stunning winter moon that sends chills down my spine.