My Music Vice pal Brian Banks and I, teamed up to do a double article on the free NXNE teaser show, last Tuesday night at the Garrison.
a musical birthday party in drawings. live drawings of live music from Wavelength Music Festival 14 this past weekend.
it had been too long since we’d last been to the Silver Dollar Room, and the news had just come out that they’d defeated the developer that wanted to buy the property (for now anyways). we went into the evening with few expectations, and so were met with many surprise delights. free beer with early entrance to the show (should contemporary advertising always be so good as to help get me drunk on a Friday night). Nyssa- dressed as Sigourney’s Weaver’s character in Alien liberated “What is Love?” from the clutches of the Roxbury brothers with a moody, witchy cover. Jef Barbara thrilled us with his retro sounds. finally, we ended our night grinding up the stage during Lido Pimienta’s performance of a song about strap-on sex. this is our evening, as seen in sketches.
a little drawing inspired by “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. I was taking some selfies with my hair covering my eyes, when I decided I could improve (read make weirder) the shots by screaming into the camera. I really like the idea of the scream in art because there’s something so primal and universal about this particular utterance. it is the sound a baby makes after seeing the world for the first time after their birth, when they realize that the world is terrible. this terrible realization is the loss of innocence.
this isn’t the last you’ve seen of the scream. I’d like to rework this with different colours, (I was somewhat limited because some of my markers are starting to die).
as seen at Tad Michalak’s monthly Feast in the East showcase of music, art, and food. this month featured performances by New Fries, Bella Akira, & Mimico, which took us to the uncharted musical territories of the future. we started off with the sound anarchy of band New Fries, and then out of the darkness arrived sound warriors Bella Akira- promising salvation from the post apocalyptic world to their followers. & a fate worse than death for those who would oppose them. finally we finished with some inter-planetary rock from Mimico- pausing in between sets to enjoy a light, Asian inspired, vegetarian meal between sets. the night at Gerard Art Space featured great music (and great value, with meals & drinks set @ $4). definitely worth the trek out to the east end.
some notes I made at the artist talk portion of the Long Winter take over of AGO’s 1st Thursday celebration. the moderated talk about why feminism still matters was presented by After School & Hazlitt, and featured a panel of Shary Boyle, Petra Collins, Vanessa Dunn, & Aminah Sheikh.
unfortunately we didn’t realize that the music would also happen on the 5th floor, and we left after the talk. the 5th floor was at capacity. with a long line up to get back upstairs- so we ended up missing the music :S kind of a bummer. I prefer the Long Winter style programming where they cram as much art & music & video & installation as possible into the one building. that seems to make up for things being too crowded to access -(also my complaint about Nuit Blanche).