CPO with Blaise

I took Blaise to his first orchestral performance a couple weeks ago. It was an earlier and shorter performance, a part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra‘s Rush Hour Series, so it worked well for a young lad. I had to get there early as the parking was about 4 blocks from the Jack Singer Hall … [Read more…]

I ♥ Calgary

When I first moved to Calgary just over 3 years ago, I was pessimistic and quite negative about the city’s maddening sprawl, crazy city parking rates (second highest in North America), lack of urban vibe, unprogressive transit system, and high prices. Since this time, even though I am still irked by all of these negative … [Read more…]

Soundtrack of Archived Life

I’m on the cusp of finishing Home Movies Vol. 19 and one of the components I always include is a music montage. I like to use a tune we listened to during that time but that also works (is positive, energetic, etc.). These are my past selections: 2003 Spring in Edmonton: Life is Beautiful (Amy … [Read more…]

R.E.M. is O.V.E.R.

One of my faves since ’92, R.E.M. has broken up. Their 80s material was always their best, but I have to say, I really enjoyed all of their albums right to the end. Cheers to great music for over 3 decades! MIKE MILLS “During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting … [Read more…]

U2 360º Tour, Edmonton, AB

You see, I’m not as hard core as some, but this was my third time seeing U2. It was a brilliant concert; best I’ve seen them. The June 1 show at Commonwealth Stadium was postponed for nearly 12 months when Bono hurt his back last year. I attendedwith my sister Saison, her husband Dean, and … [Read more…]

A Public Service Announcement:

from Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011) You will not be able to stay home, brother.You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,Skip out for beer during commercials,Because the revolution will not be televised. The revolution will not be televised.The revolution will … [Read more…]

2001-2010 Decade in Review

2001: Shave my head for the first time, work as a youth pastor at Red Willow Community Church in St Albert AB (Events: Just Shoot Me, Gerta’s Eclipse, and fall retreat in Nordegg), canoe the Mackenzie River in NT, camp at Elk Island National Park, attend plays at the Citadel Theatre, travel to Halifax NS … [Read more…]

Owen Pallett Live

A couple weeks ago I attended a rich musical event: Owen Pallett performing at Knox United Church. I had heard from a friend that Mr. Pallett was kind of full of himself, a bit pouty, but a superb performer. All of this was true in my experience. He was very gracious towards the opening artist … [Read more…]