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Wooing festival organizers and finding new venues … it’s like herding cats strung out on catnip

It’s a beautiful Fall morning in Lanark County and as I sit here preparing for some very important performances I wonder where the summer went.  My plan was to blog regularly about where we were and what we were doing …. share a bit of the ‘life in a big[…]

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Two whippets, an Italian greyhound and Denis … beautiful Denis

This weekend we decided to take the big, white RV along with a bunch of our friends to Toronto to join in the celebrations for World Pride.  With one Million visitors projected in attendance you can be certain that there would not have been a room to be found in[…]

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The first ‘Day After’ in the big white RV

Source:: Yo Mama News

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The band was Smoking last night at La Carreta

I have been chomping at the bit since we got to San Juan del Sur to get out and play some music. Mo’s old friend James is back in town and he has rejuvenated the music scene around here to the point that he is gigging at least three nights[…]

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Little rant for the person who broke into our van and stole my guitar …

This may be a blog that is largely about me wandering around playing my sax but I also play a bunch of other instruments including guitar and two nights ago somebody broke into Mo’s van (for the second time in two months), ransacked it and took a bunch of stuff … including my new Godin A6 Ultra with hard shell case and a Wii that I modded over Christmas to play backups of my own games – a gift for my nephew who is fighting brain cancer and can only really use one of his hands.

Now, I understand that some people feel helpless and without options and, as such, often turn to stealing as a means to an end but really, does our van look like one that is owned by a wealthy person? Somebody whose financial standing can tolerate this kind of blow? And even if it did, would that make it right?

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It’s going to be a year of adventure!

I realize that I have been unusually quiet through this holiday season … well online anyway 😉 Many of my friends will already know that I have big plans for this year … Maureen and I have consolidated our living accommodations (no u-hauls were either used or harmed in this all-too-common lesbian ritual) and we went out and bought a super kick-ass RV which we plan to live and travel in for three quarters of the year when it is not so freaking cold and snowy out. For the rest of this winter we are heading to Nicaragua where we will be working both on websites (me) and playing music (us).

I write this post as we complete our frosty 15-hour journey from Darnley, PEI to Ottawa, ON …

I am so enamored with the idea of living more simply so that I can do more of what I love (music) and less of what I really, really like (web dev) and I have been wanting to be able to do something like this for so long that I can’t believe I finally am!

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So much fun at the Globe & the Haviland Club!

So we ran into Graeme at the Sportman’s Club on Saturday after leaving the Globe afternoon jam. The boys at the Globe rocked as per usual – what a great bunch of guys 🙂 – I met a new trumpet player by the name of Neal, super-fun guy with some nice schmaltz on the horn. Everyone suggested heading over to the Sportsman for another blues jam so how could we resist?

But first let me tell you about where we ate! Just underneath Baba’s Lounge is a terrific restaurant (owned by the same people) called Cedars Eatery. Oh my god the food is good there! We had an appetizer of tomatoes and halloume cheese that was out of this world and as a nice surprise they included tomatoes with garlic sauce (the kind they put on falafel) … you have to try that! Thanks so much to Lili for recommending this restaurant

The Sportsmen Club is just next door so that’s where we headed and who was standing at the bar but our buddy Graeme – a guitar player we have hung out with at the Globe a few times – he very generously invited us to sit in on his Sunday show at the Haviland Club the next day. We figured we would be on the road to Ontario so figured we couldn’t make it but the weather got in our way and Charlottetown is way closer to Darnley than Ottawa is so that’s where we went and I am so glad that we did!

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Flying toilet paper and unexpected pickup lines

Boxing day on PEI was a real treat – Mo and I grabbed her sister Miriam and headed into Summerside to check out the Southside Blues Band at the Wing. Steve Guy on tenor and Reggie Ballagh on drums are a joy to listen to and always make me feel at home with them on stage.

The last time we were at The Wing was Halowe’en (coincidentally, that was also the first time we were ever there as well) – the boys invited me up then to play and things got pretty steamy on stage. On this evening it was a lovely and unexpected surprise to walk in and set down my horn only to receive a round of applause from a group of strangers who were sitting at a poorly lit table in a back corner of the room – when I looked over my shoulder to see what the commotion was all about they enthusiastically assured me that it was for me … how fun!

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