Upcoming Performances

Date City Venue Country
November 15th 2014 http://waxmannequin.com/shows/ Wax Mannequin in Toronto, ON 3030 Club Canada
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. EXCLAIM PARTY w/ Run with the Kittens + Dany Laj & the Looks

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The Singular Songs Tour (Part 1)

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The Singular Songs Tour (Part 1)

Yes, I am leaving for the west in mid July. I’m excited and nervous. Though in recent weeks and months I’ve been westward for a few festivals, it’s hard to believe that two years have passed since my last scrappy, sofa-hopping, red-eye road tour that way. As you must know, for some time I have been working like a hungry tiger on my new record. When I started considering this summer’s travel nearly a year ago, I had in mind that the new vinyl would surely be in tow — that this tour would represent the illustrious launch of my...

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Eyes Pried Shut

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Eyes Pried Shut

Recently I became intimately re-acquainted with the often overlooked town of Ymir, British Columbia. My friends Shawn and Carla Stephenson organize the remarkable Tiny Lights Music Festival there and have done so for the past three years. They have asked me to perform before, but logistical weirdness has hitherto prevented me from committing. I’m glad that this one clicked because I had a Very Fine Time at what is quickly growing into one of the weirdest and greatest small festivals in the country. I flew into Penticton on the Thursday and...

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Making It Break

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Making It Break

I realized that I should probably be making a real stink about something. You see, soon I’m taking a trip east to tour the maritimes with my friends Construction and Destruction. I spent time with Colleen and Dave when I was in Whitehorse, recording that collaborative supergroup album for Headless Owl. I played a circuit-bent casio keyboard on their tune; they played chains, trash cans and singalings on mine. They are two of the most thoughtful and crafty people I have had the pleasure of merrymaking with. C&D tried things in the...

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A Week or So

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A Week or So

Hello, I have had fine week-or-so. A very fine week-or-so indeed. I spent much of Halloween night with my son, knocking door-to-door in our eerily suburban neighbourhood.  The streets were almost shoulder-to-shoulder with squirming humans — kids, grownups in tow. We are relatively new to the neighbourhood and everywhere else we have lived in town, Halloween has been deadly sparse. Now I realize why; all of the kids come to the ‘burbs — to our street, specifically. There were hundreds of clamouring ones — little and large....

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Yukon Gold

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Yukon Gold

Not long ago I came home from an astounding 10 day adventure in the Yukon. I was there musiculating with some of my favorite folks. Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell) originally suggested I make the trip and I’m glad that I did. He, you see, has a hand in Headless Owl — a newish record label based out of Whitehorse. The folks at HO and Halifax-based You’ve Changed thought it would be a good idea to invite a whole bunch of their favourite musicians up for ten days to collaborate, to record an album and to perform songs in...

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Home Town Metal Heart

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Home Town Metal Heart

Hello, Recently I went on an errand to pick up some large pieces of metal from my home town. While I travel a lot, I only pass through Caledonia once a year at most. Sometimes I feel pangs of guilt about how infrequently I visit; other times I feel strangely smug at having escaped, which is ridiculous, since I only live 15 minutes away and often fantasize about one-day buying back my childhood home. In my youth I had a reoccurring dream in which I would return as an adult to find the buildings taller, brighter and eerily unpopulated. Different...

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Hey… You. Get into my car.

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Hello there, I bought a car somewhat unexpectedly! It’s a medium-old, shiny black wonderbeast — lightly used, but new to me. It was a bit of an unexpected move on my part. I felt quite liberated and clever riding the bus and mooching rides from place to place for the past couple of years… but then Heather and I moved far from town. And then someone made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. So I’ve quickly grown quite reliant on my shiny wastemobile. Already I feel its tendrils encircling my limbs –sinking into me....

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Angry Trains

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My son has a wooden train set. It’s a mishmash of those generic, nondescript wooden trains and track pieces that you get from department stores, and the fancy Thomas the Tank Engine pieces bought second-hand. Recently Heather got him a special table with trees, lakes and mountains painted on it where he can set up his tracks and play with them. He loves the table and he loves his trains, in theory. The Thomas cars fit nicely on the generic tracks, and connect perfectly to the plain wooden train cars with their shiny little magnets. The...

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The rest of Europe and a Strange New Home

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I’m back home now. I have been for a bit. I am lying on the basement floor of my confounding new suburban home. The rain is coming down now. I meant to write sooner, but the move has been such a whirly-wind. Let me see what I can remember. I explained my time in Hannover with my friend and tour manager Vincent. Well, as Vincent a continued to drive all about Germany and Switzerland, visiting tiny castles, galleries and pubs. On our way to Munchen (or Munich if you prefer the English bastardization), Vincent insisted that we drive the...

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Everything I can remember so far

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Hello, I will do my best to remember a lot of the things that have happened to me on my tour in Germany (and Switzerland) so far. I told you about how I played a show in Saarbruken, then took a nap in Trier. Well, after that I road a train to Mainz. Mainz a neat town where the printing press was invented. My friend Christoph met me at the hauptbanhoff and drove me to his lovely little bar called Hafeneck. The word ‘Hafeneck’ doesn’t really mean anything as far as I know, even in German, but you can get away with making up...

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