Music news! I am so pleased to have music news to share this early in my Hamilton time. I was super fortunate to get hooked up with Secretary City, an ex-Toronto band that was in the process of coming back together after a distance-spanning and child-rearing hiatus of a few years. Our first show was a very exclusive backyard birthday party, our second is next Saturday, October 15th with Rae Spoon at Oswalds Gallery in Hamilton. (FB event)
New favourite, Billie Jo Spears.
“I have no desire to be a pop artist,” she said. “I couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers.”
It feels like city-moving month is still an ongoing distraction – all my pictures are still on the floor instead of the walls – but I am running out of time to tell people about next week’s shows in Alberta. There is more info about this stuff in a post on the band website, but here’s the quicker version:
We’re playing in Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Calgary, sharing the Ship & Anchor stage at the Sled Island Festival with The Flatliners, and particularly excited to play with old-hometown Halifax band Heaven for Real in Edmonton.
Check out the listings! Tell your western friends!
New album: Anchor Rights
You can purchase digital downloads, as well as prints of Nicole Aline Legault’s glorious cover art on the Big Knife Little Knife Bandcamp page.
Mine below! Video editing is super fun.
Relevant to my interests!
We have a bunch of new things out lately, but it feels premature to point to them overly strenuously just yet because we have even more news coming soon. Consider this an intro.
1. Release date! Our LP Anchor Rights will be released in a week, on April 29. It will be digital-only for the moment, one thing at a time since vinyl takes piles of money.
2. Cover art! Nicole Aline Legault built us some beautiful, intimidating waves.
4. Merch and presale! In advance of the album release, you can pre-order the digital tracks, or pair it with the order of a print of the cover art on our Big Knife Little Knife Bandcamp page.
More video, press, news…
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2015 was an unusual year for contemplating some big changes, and then having some other (very unwelcome) changes dumped on me. One of the most disruptive was losing my apartment to a landlord conflict that took a lot of energy, made very little sense, and deposited what was left of me in a storage locker and the guest rooms of friends for awhile.
As unpleasant as it was, the situation became a lever for decisions I was becoming more ready to make anyway. After 8 or 9 years in Montreal, I had been looking for a change and a new place to settle.
My job at Automattic is digitally-distributed and comes with the luxury of portability, so it was really up to me where I wanted to live next. I had been considering the US, but the exchange rate and election make that unattractive for the moment. I travel a ton, so I thought about going nomadic and travelling while working for a year or so, but I am feeling a strong need to nest awhile before I head out again. It sounds silly, but I really want to know where my stuff is.
I made a list of all the things I wanted in a new city (not in Quebec, not Toronto, smaller, bikeable, music scene, green space and hiking, the possibility of having a window in every room of my apartment, airport proximity, near real water, close enough to drive to a great beach, near a larger city, a few friends and family nearby would be nice, etc) and did a bunch of research, made a bunch of visits.
Science! And a bit surprising. In the end, Hamilton Ontario was the only city that checked all the boxes on my list, and so that’s where I’m moving at the end of May. I’m from Nova Scotia, so apart from a less-than-stellar year living in Toronto in 2000, I don’t have much experience with Southern Ontario, and it’s going to be a novelty to explore.
I returned to Montreal after my last Hamilton visit, suuuuuper excited but wondering if the absoluteness of having signed a lease would make me Montreal-wistful, and it just… doesn’t. I’ve loved it here, I have so many good things to say about it, but it’s also a place with a lot of dead ends, where the things I’ve loved best are dwindling from age, experience, gentrification, or warming winters. I’m very ready to leave it and do new things.
All my anxiety flows from the idea of leaving people, I realize – the ones around me, and the ones who come through often because Montreal is a far more central hub city. I’ve been so lucky to have great friendships here and be part of great communities. It doesn’t seem possible to leave everybody and yet at some point, you just have to, or you end up cutting yourself off from new possibilities. I’m preparing myself for a period of sad transition, but I’m really excited to set up a new and different future.