Thursday, March 10, 2011

when you can't decide, say yes to both

Recently I had the option of trading in my beloved record tent volunteer gig at the Calgary Folk Festival for a year round festival office volunteer position. Although the thought of not working at the record tent this summer caused me great distress, the idea of working in the inner sanctum, the heart of the festival, was too tempting to turn down the offer.

As luck would have it, immediately upon accepting the crew change, I was offered a coordinator position in the record tent.

I simply couldn't decide, I wanted to do both. And then a very wise man, who just happens to be the general manager of the folk festival, pointed out that while volunteers are required to work a minimum number of hours, there are in fact no limitations on maximum hours allowed. Problem solved.

I've been easing into my volunteer gig(s), which will ramp up in June, by volunteering at some concerts - Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans last week, Christine Fellows tonight. It's a great way to spend an evening, imparting a touch of that folk festival island feel on an otherwise bleak winter night.

If you're not busy, you should come down to Local 522 tonight, listen to the amazing Christine Fellows and get lost in her legendary lantern shows. I'll even sell you something.

Update: We'll have to do this another time. The band is snowed in at Revelstoke, so tonight's Calgary show is cancelled. Stupid mountains.

In other news, of the I Knew Them When variety, I was delighted to learn that Olenka and the Autumn Lovers will be guests on Q tomorrow morning (on CBC radio, for those among us who do not live and breathe everything CBC).

Do you remember when they played a concert at my house last spring? Anyone who was there is certainly not going to be surprised that Olenka and the Autumn Lovers are starting to take the world by storm. Of course you can always live vicariously through these videos from the evening, pick up their new album And Now We Sing, which is truly fine, and catch the band on Q tomorrow.

Tell em I sent ya.


L said...

Well, aren't you just cooler than ever. What a fun gig! Or couple of gigs! Wish I were closer, I'd have to sneak me in. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The festival is held on an island in the middle of a downtown river, Lesley, and every year it seems a few foolhardy souls bypass the entrance gates by swimming over. I'd spot you the cost of a pass to save you from doing that.

Allison said...

Bummer about the show being cancelled. Stupid weather!

Looking forward to listening in to Q tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's a shame about the cancellation, but I have to admit that watching the Brier was pretty nice, Al.
We can have a Q listening party!