Like 90% of North America, I am still anxiously awaiting the Vancouver and Seattle dates, but there's a very good chance that I will be panting to get to the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on August 15.
Poor Steve Lamke, guitarist of the Constantines, has broken his hand, causing the band to withdraw as the special surprise act for Chart's Canadian Music Week gig. I'm sending bone-healing vibes your way, Steve. Here's hoping you will be all better for the Cons' SXSW gig in mid-March.
Also in Canadian music news, Born Ruffians have released their first full length album. This is great news for anyone who is a fan of their frenetic, yelpy, howly offerings, and if you like your music more varied, I understand they mellow things out a bit more on the album.
I am smoking hot on predicting the direction of Canada Reads. Yet again. This morning at breakfast I told the Resident Offspring that Mavis Gallant's From the Fifteenth District would be the first book voted off. Just ask her if you think I'm greening you.
I'm sticking with my prediction that Not Wanted on the Voyage will be the ultimate winner, but I am also starting to get rather curious about Brown Girl in the Ring. Apparently it features zombies.
Here's the layout so far:
Not Wanted on the Voyage - Timothy Findlay (Bad Tempered's predicted winner)
Brown Girl in the Ring - Nalo Hopkinson (BTZ's predicted runner-up)
Icefields - Thomas Wharton
King Leary -Paul Quarrington
Stayed tuned for daily developments.