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October 19th – Fredericton – CHSR 97.9fm and St Thomas University

The next day I met up with Tom, the music director for CHSR in Fredericton, and I had an awesome experience. Not only did I do a recording which would go on air later, but I also managed to ‘convert’ him! When I called several weeks before to ask about my album’s radio play, he had said that he didn’t like the ‘over packaging’. Fair enough, there’s a lot of stuff, but I was skeptical. So when he and I did a little interview, I had a copy of the album in front of me and I explained every artistic nuance to the packaging, how it folded out, what everything meant symbolically, and how a listener was meant to interact with it. After that, there was definitely an “aaaaah” moment where he proceeded to ‘get’ the album, and fell in love with it on the spot (he had told me up front earlier that he liked the music, just not the packaging). So, chalk that one up on the board of achievements!

Also at the campus radio station, I found some local history on a door that was covered in stickers.

Zoom in closer and you’ll find this band from Thunder Bay. I had no idea they had done so much and reached this far!

October 13th – Fredericton – Crumbs Cafe

I ended up driving to Fredericton to hang out with the guys in Ninjaspy and What’s He Building In There? I caught their set at the Capitol, as well as Endast and We, The Undersigned (who were having their CD release). After their show, we crashed at WTU’s house, where I made good friends with Liam from WHBIT? and Ace Kinkaid. Interesting story, the singer from WHBIT? was one of the most interesting people as he was actually approached to become one of the frontmen for one of my favorite metal bands, Sikth. I also experienced my first bit of east coast hospitality: I dropped by Crumbs Cafe to check it out, and I ended up walking out with a belly full of spaghetti and salad, despite having walked in on what appeared to be a ‘private party’.

What’s He Building In There? at the Capitol in Fredericton.

The next day I played a quick set at Crumbs Cafe, meant to be a teaser for my show a week later.