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November 21 – Vancouver – The Purple Crab

I managed to have a really productive day on the ferry from Victoria to Vancouver. I worked on the soundtracks for Curtis Jensen’s two new short films. I also managed to finally get on deck on the ferry, while it wasn’t raining!

The Purple Crab was a great show! I shared the stage with a bunch of different and interesting acts! From the folk of Evan Symons to the 80’s alternative sounds of The Rain and the Sidewalk. It was also really nice to have some TBay friends in the audience, making me feel really welcome, and at home.

Belgium photos part 1

The following pictures were all taken in Bruges, Belgium.

Mussels and fries!

“…and answer there came none…they’d been eaten…every one!” – you’re supposed to prepare a pound of mussels for every guest.
Pearson International Airport, Toronto.
My dad, after being released from the hospital

Interesting art exhibit at the airport

view from the train on the way from Brussels to Bruges

Excellent depiction of Belgium

The Train

The train and the station

An antiquated phone booth

Waiting for the train…

My grandmother’s house, very 1970’s

They have sinks in the bedrooms.

Great architecture


My father and my uncle Antoon.

A well timed photo of Bruges.

The side of the windmill

Close up of the windmill

Leaving the windmill

Typical of Belgium

Ah, a small alley

More interesting architecture

Gargoyles and Saints

A watermill in a store

Asterix and Obelix kids drinks!!!

The side of the watermill

Reflections of the boutiques

Bellforts are everywhere.

…10 days and counting!

With only 10 days left until I vanish from the Thunder Bay terrain, I’ve been busy (surprise!) figuring out details about my trip up north, making sure that my paperwork is all in order, etc, etc.

However, one thing that has yet to be finalized is how I’m going to bring some of my gear up there. Because honestly, there’s no way I’m going to go up there and NOT make music. No way. Thus my latest dilemma is “how do I bring an acoustic guitar and looping devices on a plane withOUT having them broken by airway employees?” The answer will surely be tricky, and will also require leaving some of my gear at home. Soon I hope to have a local audio engineer build me a custom road case for ALL my gear, making touring relatively simple (no random boxes o’ stuff), and safe (I’ve collected a fair amount of gear now…). I’m just really excited to get up there, and find some local musicians interested in showing me some of their own music that I can play along too. As well as throat singing. Hopefully I’ll be able to learn more about that.

Did I mention that I was busy? I think so. I met with a professor at the University that I’ve been meeting with on and off (he never actually taught me, but we chat all the time and have a shared musical appreciation), and we came up with a tentative dissertation topic, as well as a plan for my year break from the academic world as I pursue music full time. Honestly, I didn’t want to think about it, but apparently I should be thinking about it now…

Regardless, the topic will be music related, and I should have more information on that for you soon, perhaps when it’s a bit more formulated! But here’s a potential premise: a comparison of the concert experience to ritual theories.