Making East Things Part 5

Feb 16

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...

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Making Easy Things Part 4

Feb 15

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...

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Making Easy Things Part 3

Feb 14

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...

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Making Easy Things Part 2

Feb 13

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...

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Making Easy Things Part 1

Feb 12

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...

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Wax Mannequin in Sarnia on te%

Aug 13

Related show Artist: Wax Mannequin Tour: Have A New Name – Record Launch Tour Date: August 23rd 2018 Time: 7:00pm Venue: The Refined Fool Brewery City: Sarnia , Ontario Address: 137 Davis St, Venue phone: 9057415015 Country: Canada Age restri

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Horsefly

Aug 02

Horsefly

I am at an isolated homestead near Horsefly, BC. I am in a basement apartment, trying hard to sleep after a long drive and an outdoor performance this evening. I don’t believe in ghosts, but the place feels vaguely haunted — haunted by friendly, disinterested spirits — each suffering in their own way, but not malicious. I drove 8 sweltering hours...

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Trapped In The Cabinet

Jul 22

Trapped In The Cabinet

Hello, I’m on tour. I’ve been playing music and driving a lot. A lot. I’m tired but I will write.  I want to talk about this, but before I do I want to mention the new video for my song Scold’s Bridle. It was created by Peter Michael Wilson. It was fun to make. You can watch it here: Here is how we did it: Edwin and Peter put me inside of a space...

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Have A New Name – LP/CD now available

Jun 22

Have A New Name – LP/CD now available

  My new album, Have A New Name, has been released today. It is available in Canada on vinyl and CD through COAX records/Outside distribution with a European release to follow in the Autumn. COAX is a wonderful not-for-profit label run by Rae Spoon, and home to quality friends of mine like Bird City (Jenny Mitchell), Corwin Fox, and Geoff Berner. I encourage...

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Someone Fixed The Game For Me

Mar 02

Someone Fixed The Game For Me

 Here is a new song. Here: https://waxmannequin.bandcamp.com/releases . It’s not that new, really. I’ve been playing this song at my shows for a couple years, but it feels new because I just put it on the internet. It’s okay for old things to feel new. Especially if they represent a return to the free-wheeling crisis times of youth. Travel,...

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