Friday, February 24, 2012


Volunteer season is starting to ramp up around here. I volunteer with four different agencies, contributing regular blog content to two of them, being decidedly more hands on with the other two. The hands on work is seasonal and is now beginning in earnest.

I have been serving on the communications committee for the annual fundraising book sale for Calgary Reads, an early literacy initiative, for a few years now, and I am really pumped about some new developments this year. At the risk of sounding all mysterious, since I can't divulge details at this point, the signs are pointing toward some really creative partnerships, resulting in an absolutely fabulous multidisciplinary aspect to this year's sale. Stay posted for cool coolness.

I can talk about the Books As Art aspect that is being added to the sales pitch this year, encouraging people to think about what they can do with used books in addition to reading them. Despite the radically lowered expectations for my results, I would love to try my hand at something like this.

Regular visitors will know that I have been volunteering with my homies, the Calgary Folk Festival, for several years. It's kinda like my Christmas and the record tent is my stocking.

This year I am super stoked about being asked to judge the Calgary Folk Fest's Untapped Newcomer Songwriting Contest. If you've got a song burning in your soul, you too can enter, for a chance to win big money and godlike status. Deadline for entry is March 16; bribe station is now open.

Or if, like me, you are more of a music lover than a music maker, you can come down to the Ship and Anchor on Sunday, April 29 to watch the finalists and to see me sweat my way through the judging. I'll even buy you a beer.


Allison said...

They all sound like good distractions in the midst of winter.

How every cool about the song writing contest! I bet that will be a lot of fun. My favourite time of year is selection bands to play at our summer concert series.

The McIlrath Family said...

I absolutely love book structures. What a fantastic addition to the book sale. I have been experiementing with my own book structures but nothing on the scale of what I saw on your link. Not even close.

Two words? I have to guess the fuzzy letters of two words?

Guess wrong.

mister anchovy said...

good for you, doing all that volunteering!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'll have to get some judging tips from you, Al. I'm sure there is an appropriately judgmental face that one should wear.

I would love to see some of your book structures, Toccata. If they are anywhere close to your splendid calligraphy work, they would be awesome!
Yeah, those two fuzzy words, I get them wrong 80% of the time. Hopefully the robots do too.

I'm not sure how that happened, Mr Anchovy, I'm probably reaching my limit now, even though they don't really take that much of my time.