A couple of sad things. A couple of happy things

There’s been some recent sad news for fans of Canadian indie music everywhere.

First came the announcement that the members of Broken Social Scene have officially parted ways… or taken an indefinite hiatus… or are concentrating on other projects for the time being. Whatever they want to call it, it’s upsetting to me. I love that band.

Thankfully, I enjoyed two live performance opportunities this past year with BSS — the first, when they headlined the 40th annual Northern Lights Festival Boreal in Sudbury, and the second was a free (yes, free) concert right here in Sault Ste. Marie at the Essar Centre. Although the attendance at the Sault show was embarrassingly scant, it was a pretty cool experience for me because I was granted interviews with both Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash, and Kevin Drew from BSS. You’re welcome to read it and see some shots from the night here.

Secondly, I found out just today that a true gem in our great music nation, the United Steel Workers of Montreal, are “hanging it up” after 10 years of gritty awesomeness. Sad day indeed. There was never a dull moment when that motley crew rolled through town. I featured them a bit ago in a “Focus on Indie” segment, so rather than simply regurgitating something I’ve already written, please click here to have a read. They had a pretty rabid following here in the Sault. They will definitely be missed.

And now for some happy stuff and things…

The Weber Brothers recently released a new CD, Baddest Band in the Land, and all the photos used in the album artwork are mine. I was honoured when Ryan Weber contacted me to ask permission to use them. I’ve known these young lads for almost six years — the first time I saw and interviewed them was back in early 2006 — and have happily watched them grow and explore and progress as songwriters, diligently releasing an album a year. Thanks Webers.

News is circulating town that the Jim Cuddy Band will play Sault Ste. Marie on Monday, January 23 at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre, supporting his newest release Skyscraper Soul. Tickets are $49.50 each and may be purchased at the Community Box Office located in the Station Mall. I have oodles of respect for Jim Cuddy, find him to be quite easy on the eyes (as most women do), and swoon a bit pretty much every time he opens that buttery voice of his. Yeah. I’ll be at this one.

And just because ’tis the season, I’ll leave you with this fun and festive video from Dustin Jones and the Rising Tide shot by the uber-talented and generally fun guy, Dan Nystedt. Cheers!

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