Archive for July, 2011

July 22, 2011

fireside

tis the season for a little rest & relaxation.  loved playing some acoustic guitar by the lake the other day.  nothing quite like that in the world.

also this video we shot of kutapira live on the streets was a fun day.

more news at 11.

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July 20, 2011

Canada Day Week Recap

TooNice Covers!

ya, so its a tad late but we’ve been busy.  giggin the week of Canada Day with TooNice was off the charts.  it started with what was supposed to be a laid back nite at the Boardwalk Pub in Toronto.  it was a wednesday and our first visit there but little did we know that teachers would be packing the place.  school had just been let out for summer and they all wanted to PARTY! a great 3 hrs of almost non-stop roots reggae was the cure for what ales them indeed!  too bad we had to stop around 1130 as we were playing the patio and for most of the world, the next day was a work day…

the very next morning we got up early to be on Rogers TV Barrie to promote ourselves and the upcoming Barrie New Music Fest.  that was a first for us, playing bass on TV!  it was fun of course and somehow we got conned into doing most of the talking during the interview.  though to the interviewers credit, he managed to get the others involved as well.  a few short hours after that, it was off to Hamilton for an awesome gig with the Saints Are Coming!  wow, we love that band!  we had never been to the Casbah b4 but had heard many stories of it.  its status in Cdn touring culture is epic.   after playing many small gigs since mid-may it was great to hear our bass in a huge room at a huge volume.  we were in bass heaven!  our hour long set was worth every drop of sweat. as for the Saints Are Coming, we couldn’t resist the dancefloor!  their infectious take on celtic-inspired numbers takes the cake!  can’t wait to play with them and/or see them again soon!  great atmosphere at the Casbah and fingers crossed for a hasty return.

the very next day was Canada Day and we’re back the Boardwalk Pub for a few afternoon sets.   we know from history that canada day at woodbine beach is a hot ticket but the shear volume of ppl was beyond even our expectations.  playing the only beach venue to literally thousands of ppl in and outside the venue was worth every second of negotiating the crowds to get there.  perfect weather and perfect tunes.  was so impressed by the Responsables .  they played a few sets as well and tore it up!  great times and after an afternoon of sun and heat, it was time for rest and relaxation on the friday evening.

the last gig of the week was a super casual, low key acoustic gig at the Sheesha Lounge in Toronto.  this place on Bloor has food and drink(non-alcoholic) but its main focus is tea smoking thru huge bongs!  needless to say, the vibe was pretty chill.  we played 3 hours to an appreciative crowd and looking back, it was the perfect ending to a hectic week of shows.

as for our bass playing… prior to the set of shows we had set a manta of: “no mistakes will be repeated“.  and they weren’t!  we’ve come to the realization that we will always make some mistakes in our live bass playing.  exactly what they will be is the surprise!  we come to the gigs as prepared as possible but we can never predict what can happen onstage.  another fun aspect that we hadn’t thought of encountering when we started.  onwards and upwards!

July 15, 2011

bassballs!

july board

been busy.  just preppin for another weekend with TooNice and took a quick shot of the pedal board for this trio of shows.  welcome aboard Bassballs!  u sure are addictive!  next week we’ll post some thoughts on how the new pedal does!