Dear Calgary All Ages Scene: Cinéma L’amour Loves You!
Arriving at Tubby Dog nice and early in the Idiot Truck, we were greeted by our many family members in town and we’re glad to learn that not only would we be receiving free meals, but also a delicious case of deliciously free beer! Seriously, these bar tabs are getting way out of control!
My self, I ordered the weekly special, “the Dan Winnick”, dedicated to a long time supporter of the local scene, a friend to many, and a former coworker of mine who, tragically, recently passed away. His memory was duly cherished and celebrated last night, with many of the attendees coming directly after the wake. Though more than a few hearts in the room were carrying more weight than usual, “somber” would not have been an accurate word to describe the mood.
The eating of a Hot Dog with such toppings as: Bacon Bits, Mayo, Space Cheese, Sriracha, crunchy snack mix and a pickle is quite a serious feat, but myself, my father, my cousin and my aunt all proved up to the task, as proven by pictorial evidence below.
During our gastronomical ordeal, the room began to fill up. Many friendly faces walked through the doors of Tubby Dog, old band mates, all ages scene legends of the early 2000’s, and a new generation of show goers. Seeing the All Ages community still alive and kicking warmed our hearts deeply, as the shows, the people and the music had been such a significant part of our lives.
The first band of the night took to the stage, and devastated the ear drums in the audience with a grungy set of post-industrial synthy noise rock goodness! By the time they had finished their set, the room had begun to heat up. After a quick change over with help from our crew of calgary only roadies (read: friends and family) we were ready to hit the stage.
The room was packed, the sweat was flowing freely, the crowd was screaming, asses were danced off, and love most certainly did abound. Our home city welcomed us with open arms and raised glasses, marking perhaps the best show of our lives thus far. We sold out of both CDs, an entire size of t-shirts (large, which we won’t be able to replace before the end of this tour – sorry!) and all in all had an incredible time. It was wonderful to be surrounded by our peers, elders, and juniors – all of whom were incredibly supportive. We will most certainly be playing another all ages gig in calgary on our next trip out west, as there is truly nothing like it in the world!
After our set, we were followed by Occupied Europe, a fantastic new garage rock band featuring members of one of my fav calgary acts, the Sharp Ends. Building on the energy and excitement of the first two bands, the room practically exploded.
Finishing the night was the young but incredibly talented Jean Sebastian Audet, better known as Faux Fur. Playing accompanied by a CD of drum beats he had recorded earlier that day due to the lack of a drummer for the evening, Jean performed a beautiful set full of haunting guitar lines and reverb soaked vocals. Jean is merely 14 years old, and yet he runs a music blog, has a band, a solo project, and his own micro label, Yew Nork Records. The guy is more active than I am, and I’ve been doing this since I was his age: talk about inspiring.
Keep your eyes and ears open for him, as I imagine he’s only going up from here!
Thanks so much to all of the bands and every member of the audience, we had an unforgettable night. If you happen to be of age and in calgary, don’t forget that we’ll be playing at the Palomino on the 17th (next friday), and we’d love to see more calgary folks out then. We’ll have more CDs, I promise!