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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.

October 9th – Ottawa – Avant Garde Bar

October 9th was my birthday! So of course, I spent it driving from Hamilton to Ottawa. But when I got there, I was surprised with a treasure hunt to a little bakery where I found these little treats from Shannon:

They were absolutely delicious, but so rich that we couldn’t eat more than one, and even later on I had to try to pawn them off on other bands because my stomach couldn’t handle the ‘buttercream’.

After that, I went out for celebratory poutine and a milkshake with Josh Hogan, and then I went to the show, which I was SUPER EXCITED FOR! I got to spend my birthday listening to awesome metal bands in a really tiny venue: Ninjaspy, What’s He Building In There? and Ace Kinkaid. My set went really well, but there was one hiccup during my final song with the sampler, but I shut it off, kept singing a cappella, then brought it all back together towards the end, and everyone recognized what an awesome save it was, and started applauding! It was a great moment. Ninjaspy was great, although they didn’t play my favorite breakdown (size of the room became a factor, ha!). What’s He Building In There were really cool, again blending genres with metal, and I’d become good friends with these guys over the next few weeks. Ace Kinkaid was an instrumental act, and jesus, they were great, and I’ve actually written a review of their disc which I might put up here if they’d like. After the show, I crashed at Ignacio’s place, where we caught up on each other’s lives, as well as our newest favorite comedians!

September 26th – Gorrie – Gorrie Hall

Gorrie is an interesting tiny town with an awesome name. With promoters like Yvonne Payne who live for metal, it’s the perfect place for Gore-fest. Sadly, I didn’t get to partake in said festival. However, I did get to play the first of several all-metal shows on the tour. The 26th was at a small hall with several acts, including Starring Janet Leigh.

The drive to Gorrie, looking a little bleak, but beautiful at the same time. Reminds me a little of the Jerry Bruckheimer logo.

The first indications of Fall. GET THEM OFF MY BRAND NEW CAR!

Cutest little pug ever! Yvonne’s pet Maggie.