We’re currently at EEC automotive in Edmonton, as our trusty van Rusty has sprung a rather odiferous leak. While the mechanical magicians work their auto-magic, we’re hanging out on a very comfortable couch in the customer lounge. The vibe is very similar to a hospital waiting room, everyone biting their nails in worry and anticipation.
However, before our home on wheels necessitated this brief delay, we’ve been on quite a roll. Last time I posted we were getting ready to watch the reason at Amigo’s in Saskatoon. Well, long story short, they rocked, as did the night’s headliners Bend Sinister. Everyone in the audience seemed to have a great time, as did Chris and I, partly due to a rather inexhaustible bar tab as well as free delicious Mexican deliciousness!
We met a few wonderful people, especially Skot Hamilton (who had hooked us up with the show) and Ryan the sound guy. We are so lucky to have such a supportive bunch of rad folks in the Praries, and are seriously looking forward to our return on September 21st at Caffe Sola.
After a night spent sleeping in the van on the street outside the venue (read: inexhaustible bar tab), we arose early to find the weather seriously grey and our heads in a somewhat similar state. Managing to convert the van from hotel room back into road dog without having to open the doors or step outside into the rain, we took off headed for the highway.
This was a little easier said than done, as the city of Saskatoon seemed to have recently come into a fair chunk of cash and decided to invest in the city’s road network.
Never in my life have I encountered more “Road Closed” signs in a row. Luckily, with the assistance of finicky technological gadgetry we were able to plot an alternate route, (more accurately four alternate routes) and wound up Alberta bound.
Upon returning to the province of our upbringing (and in Kavanagh’s case, birth) we were overjoyed, especially as we watched the price of gas fall by nearly 10 cents! As Chris would say, “oh Alberta, what a magical wonderland!” We arrived in Edmonton and were greeted by our dear old friend Jeffrey Heinrichs, a veteran of our previous band, the Committee of Public Safety. After sharing a wonderful meal and some fond memories, we headed off to the venue and proceeded to encounter yet another inexhaustible bar tab. Cue Chris’ wonderland line yet again.
The opening band were some swell dudes from Vancouver called the Redrick Sultans who blew our minds with some incredible prog-jazz-rock-funtimes-partyexcellent. We’re hopeful we’ll meet up again on the road, as the boys rocked our socks directly into the “off” position.
We also made a great connection with the bar owner Craig who plied us with all kinds of fancy beer and told stories about his days as a musician in Halifax. He was a big fan of our set and picked up everything we had on offer, which was incredibly generous of him. If you’re in the Edmonton area and are in the mood for an incredible beer selection and great live music seven nights a week, Wunderbar is the place to be. We’ll certainly be coming back on our next trip through town, whenever that may be.
Anywho, I think I’ll cut this off here, as I imagine I’ll have to talk some serious van talk in the very near future. Wish us luck, and we’ll see you all in Calgary tomorrow night at Tubby Dog!