Barbara W, the ever vigilant CBC watcher, (see what a great audience wrangler she would be, you folks at The Hour?), alerted me that Jian read my spotting the ultimate hippy letter on Sounds Like Canada today. Perhaps having a last name like Ghomeshi has made Jian sensitive to name pronunciation, but I have got to say, he has always done a beautiful job of pronouncing my not-so-easy name. You win, Jian.
Now the gloves come off. Was it Peter Brown or me who spotted the ultimate hippy at the Calgary Folk Festival last weekend? Okay, so Peter got an interview with his dude and I didn't even get a picture of mine, but come on, a long gauzy skirt beats jeans any old day. And the festival chair and the bike helmet strapped to her back? You have to admit I've got you there, Peter. Wanna arm-wrestle?
Okay Jian, it's your turn - what the story behind the frilly pink shirt, man?
On The Circuit tonight (8:00pm CBC Radio One), you can hear Great Lake Swimmers recorded at the Calgary Folk Fest. Eva and I were in the audience. See if you can hear her yell "wooden stars". A friend of hers makes a point of yelling that at concerts and we have heard him caught on recording once or twice. I'm the one going "wooo!".
Great Lake Swimmers (from my old stomping grounds London, ON, yo!) have a really dreamy atmospheric sound, and front Tony Dekker has a voice that will break your heart.
Sadly, I alternated between loving the sound of Great Lake Swimmers and kicking myself for missing the Elliott Brood mini-concert being held in the Megatunes tent at the same time. Oh the ironing is delicious!
Did I ever mention that I love Elliott Brood? Surely I forgot to mention it. I hardly ever repeat myself. I cannot stop listening to them. Damn you Elliott Brood - get out of my head!
Oooh I just checked their show listings and they are coming back to Calgary in October (opening for Corb Lund). Good birthday present for a certain Zombie!
Check them out if they are near you:
Aug 4 Nelson BC @ Royal Hotel
Aug 5 Lethbridge AB @ Tongue 'n' Groove
Aug 12 Cobalt ON @ Fred Eaglesmith's Great Northern Picnic and Musicfest
Aug 22 Lethbridge Exhibition
Sep 9 Wayne AB @ Waynefest
Cross-Canada Tour with Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans:
Sep 15 Ottawa ON @ New Capital Music Hall
Sep 17 London ON @ Cowboys Ranch
Sep 21 Kingston ON @ Elixir
Sep 23 Toronto ON @ Lee's Palace
Sep 26 Thunder Bay ON @ Outpost (Lakehead U)
Sep 28 Winnipeg MB @ Ramada Theatre
Sep 29 Saskatoon SK @ Prairieland Park
Oct 02 Regina SK @ Conexus Arts Centre (Doris Knight Hall)
Oct 04 Grande Prairie AB @ Crystal Gardens
Oct 05 Edmonton AB @ The Starlite Room
Oct 07 Edmonton AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 10 Lethbridge AB @ Yates Theatre
Oct 11 Calgary AB @ The Whiskey
Oct 12 Calgary AB @ Jack Singer Hall
Oct 13 Red Deer AB @ Red Deer Memorial Centre
Oct 14 Lethbridge AB @ The Roadhouse
Bonus points if you can spot the Simpsons' reference in the above post.