Upcoming Performances

Date City Venue Country
March 3rd 2019 Toronto, Ontario The Burdock Canada
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1184 Bloor St. West. Venue phone: 416-546-4033. Coax Records Showcase night! Rae Spoon, LAL, Kristi Lane Sinclair More information
Tour: The Kim Barlow & Wax Mannequin Music Show Tour
March 7th 2019 Halifax, Nova Scotia Art Bar Canada
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1873 Granville St. with Kim Barlow
March 8th 2019 Canning, Nova Scotia The Village Coffeehouse Canada
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 9844 Main Street. with Kim Barlow
March 9th 2019 Chester, Nova Scotia House Concert Canada
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: TBA (contact for details). with Kim Barlow
March 10th 2019 Sackville, Nova Scotia Thunder and Lightning Canada
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 23 Bridge St,. with Kim Barlow

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From the Blog


Making Easy Things Part 10

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I’m making easy things every day for 40 days. This is thing 10. I figure if I repurpose one hour a night for creative purposes, and if I commit to ending said hour with one completed thing, irrespective of quality, I will be winning at life. Or I will have at least begun to come crawling out of the sort of soul-drought in which I, from time to time, find myself stuck. Self-imposed structure is pretty essential to us otherwise completely scattered ones. In my youth, the idea of writer’s block seemed absurd. I could devise interesting...

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Making Easy Things part 9

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Martti and I returned to Hessanau on the penultimate night of our tour together — not to perform, but to rest on our way to Winterthur. We stayed at the home of a gregarious, moustached, folk-punk named Kurt. Kurt is one of the longest-standing members of the Hessenau community.  Here he builds things and helps to manage the bizarre parties that happen frequently in the village. Kurt grew up in Hessanau, and having spent years touring with various bands and on his own, returned to live in his ancestral home — a tall, narrow,...

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Making Easy Things Part 8

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I have this notion that I might conquer my creative inhibitions if I make something every day for forty days. I’m on day 8. These makings leave me little time to second guess the output. I am forced to make do with what I make. I allow myself to refine somewhat after the fact, but the release schedule is such that I don’t have time for more than a few edits. Maybe when it’s all said and done I will go back and omit the embarrassing bits, but this could prove such a daunting task that I leave the work pretty much as it stands. I realized...

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Making Easy Things Part 7

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We had to rip up part of the carpet in my basement because of water damage that my kids caused. For some reason I can’t explain, I occasionally I imagine taking a pickaxe to the exposed concrete floor. I would crack through to the gravel and clay below. I imagine working away at this absurd project a little bit every night for months on end until I have hollowed out a secret, second cellar. I would take extra special care to ensure the house does not collapse on top of me. I would finish the basement with concrete and zig-zagging neon...

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Making Easy Things Part 6

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At about this time on a Sunday night I get to thinking about my home. There is a hole in the ceiling of my front hall. I cut it open because brown, bubbling water marks were appearing along the seam between two drywall pieces. I started with a tiny square. Sure enough, there was black mold covering the top of the gypsum plug. I instantly taped up the opening and zoomed out to buy an enormous bottle of Mold-X — the smelly green fluid janitors use to spray sweaty highschool lockers and messy science closets. The directions insist that I...

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Making East Things Part 5

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Making East Things Part 5

The Cotton Factory is a refurbished industrial space on Sherman street North in Hamilton. The building, occupying an entire city block, was once owned by textile magnate John Patterson. He was one of the notorious ‘Five Johns’ — industrial lords who basically ran this town in the late 1800s. After the textile industry caved in the 1970s, the building stood derelict for many years. Then, in the early 2000s, city funding was secured to convert the structure into a live/work artists’ complex. This focus of creative talent and energy...

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Making Easy Things Part 4

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I’m on a quest to make nonsensical or quasi-sensical updates to this blog for 40 days because it has been ill-used for far too long. I am currently on Day 4 and I have fewer than 10 minutes to type something. I figure I should write about my vices. I try to live more virtuously by choosing healthy foods, by drinking less, by fasting and meditating. As I cultivate virtuous habits, I seem to collect vices to maintain the balance. When I was in Austria recently I bought a pretty tobacco pipe. Now I smoke tobacco in a pipe on the weekends. I...

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Making Easy Things Part 3

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Hessanau is a German village of two hundred or so — a settling place for road-worn punks and DIY commies. Many have come here to set up communal homes, raise crops, chickens and families. The town is comprised of several dozen medieval stone structures that were left relatively unaffected by the two wars. These have been renovated and built-upon with found wood, tractor parts and animal bones to meet the frugal needs and revolutionary sensitivities of their current occupants. Martti and I arrived in Hessenau on our second day of travel,...

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Making Easy Things Part 2

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A second thing. This isn’t so hard. I don’t expect there will be any content to this writing, exactly, but in success I will prove (to myself… because nobody is reading) that I can still string sentences together. I can rise to creative challenges. Because my goal is to spew some nonsense or another for 40 nights, I am allowing myself — forcing myself — to write just about anything that crosses my mind, with little filter. It’s a ridiculous time of life for me to be attempting this feat, as I am currently in the throws...

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Making Easy Things Part 1

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Making things is easy. I tell myself I have a kind of writer’s block, or artist’s block, or sing-songer’s block. The telling lasts for weeks or months in a stretch. Eventually I am drawn out of the narrative by overconfidence or guilt and some impending commitment — like an upcoming tour — like the tour I have coming up.   If I am honest with myself, I can acknowledge that I am reasonably prolific, even during these creatively depressed periods; I still, almost daily, record little melodies on my device; I puzzle away...

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