Movie Marathon

Oh yes, folks. This is happening.

So Long, Young Lady


Her name was Sjoerdtje; most people in Canada called her Sharon. We called her Beppe. Continue reading

All the Best!

Happy End of 2010!

All the best to everyone I know for this coming year. I hope you all celebrate safely and have fun! 2010 was insane. 2011 is going to be crazier, but better! Trust me!

If you were expecting something a bit meatier in terms of content, go here.

The Editor In Cheese


My friend Shaun recently landed a gig on The Electric Playground, leaving me his baby. It’s a daunting task to keep it going the way he did. He is full of vitality and awesomeness.

I have changed the structure a bit, and I really hope that I can do it justice. I have some friends helping me out, as writing for the site all by my lonesome would surely lead to my plunge into the abyss.

Good luck, Shaun. Thanks for having faith in me!

Anticipation. Antici-pay-ay-tion…

Movies? Yes.

Well, this Friday I’m heading up to Ottawa for the Reel 2009 Movie Marathon. I am very excited as I have not seen any of the movies on the list. At least, not in their entirety.

Of course, we will do the customary giant post, the Tweets, the vids, the pics, and the hilarity.

I believe that some guy from Montreal is actually going to do his own 24 Hour Movie Marathon at the same time as us in some sort of warped celebration. WEIRD!

Stay tuned!

Do You Like Good Music – Reprise


I posted this entry a few days ago. It was woefully short, but I wanted to get something out and I didn’t have much time. In my opinion, Pamela‘s music probably speaks volumes more to people than my entire blog, and probably doesn’t need publicity to do well, but I figured I’d publish something short for the purpose of earmarking the subject for a more lengthy post at a later date.

And here we are.

It’s not really a plug, so much as it is me just talking about a good friend that I’m very proud of. Well, maybe it’s also slightly pluggish.

In the Olden Days

I met Pamela in high school. We got along fairly well due to the fact that we both had a strange sense of humour and shared some likes and dislikes.

I was always in awe of Pamela’s musical ability. For a lithe gal she has a huge voice. It never failed to blow me away. On top of that, she played the guitar very well. I was in awe. On top of all of that, Pamela was always willing to share her gift with others.

Our high school had a chapel which was not used all that often. With the exception of being used as a spare classroom from time to time, the chapel was usually available for people to hang out in. The acoustics were nice, so practicing guitar in the space was a no-brainer.

Pamela would teach me how to play chords and tunes on the guitar. She taught me a number of songs, but the two are permanently etched in my memory are Stairway to Heaven and More than Words. Whether this is a good thing or not is still up for debate.

We were also in a play together (Bye Bye Birdie). Pamela played Kim and I played Conrad. It was certainly a lot of fun. Pamela made performing on stage much easier because for all of her ability she was not pretentious in the slightest. She would treat you as an equal, no matter how tone-deaf or horrible you were.

After we graduated, Pamela was someone that I always kept in touch with.


After a few years, I went to see Pamela play in Ottawa with a newly-formed band called Hennessey. They had some catchy tunes and played well together. I remember it was in a crowded pub in Ottawa and I enjoyed every minute. Good, honest music is always the best kind.

I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve made it out to see Hennessey play. I know it was quite a lot. I’d make sure to see them whenever they played in Toronto.

While all of Pamela’s covers with the band during this time were great, her versions of Big Yellow Taxi and Carey by Joni Mitchell rank among my favourite covers of all time.

My highlight of her Hennessey days was when she asked me to be in a music video called The Fifty Most Beautiful People. I joked with her that she’d have to change the title to The Fifty Most Beautiful People and That Ugly Brown guy. She didn’t laugh as long as I thought she would.

I kid.


Pamela eventually struck it out on her own. She lived a short distance away from me, so it was pretty exciting when she asked me to do some publicity stills for her.

So we booked an afternoon and took some shots. It’s not really hard when your subject is photogenic. However, the intimidating part was to produce images that would show her character. It’s hard to portray what someone might sound like through an image, but it’s possible. I’ve always felt that managed to capture some of the magic that is Pamela.

A little while after that shoot, Pamela was part of a show at Hugh’s Room called “Girls Doing Guys” in which female artists did cover tunes from their favourite male artists. It was at that show that Pamela and Lori Cullen did a version of Mercy, Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye that was (and I kid you not) better than the original. I swear to God.

Since then I’ve tried to get out and see her. It’s been tough, what with having Baby J and all.

Pamela has worked hard on her album called One Hundred Photographs for the last “Four Years, Two Months, Fifteen Days, Seven Hours, Twenty-Two Minutes and Forty-Two Seconds. Approximately.”, according to her.

The hard work certainly shows. I really enjoy listening to her stuff.

Check it out..

Welcome, Teddy

Humpy Ahoy!

A little while ago, Dave made a twenty dollar bet with his wife that their newborn son would look more like him than her.

Well, on Tuesday he won that bet. Allow me to introduce you to Teddy…

A spitting image of his dad.
Click to enlarge…

Okay, Maybe I’m Lying

Perhaps he doesn’t look exactly like that, but hey! I’m just trying to help a brutha’ out!

Now stop gawking and go go wish them well!