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As part of my resolutions for 2011 I'm continuing tracking the cultural things, and some random things, from the year. 2010's list can be found here: tracking post for 2010.

Random things to keep track of during 2011...

Theatre, Concerts and Other Events )

Movies )

Canadian Cultural Content )

Random Dates to Remember )
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One last tracking post to start things off this year. I want to keep track of some of the other fun stuff I do throughout the year and have it just noted in all one place. Here's that post :)

Places I've been... )

Movies I've seen... )

Concerts I've attended... )

Theatrical things... )
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Cam and I took in the Dresden Dolls show last night. It was my frist concert of 2008 and it was a great way to start my musical year! I knew I had loved seeing them live the last time we went but I had forgotten some of how awesome they were. There was less circus in the opening acts this time, although we still did have a acrobatic hoop guy doing his thing when we got in. There were two opening bands. Friendly Rich and the Lollypop People who were really neat but only got to play a few songs (time contraints at the Phoenix because they turn into a nightclub later) and then Die Mannequin who were so full of energy and fun. Not really my style of music but enjoyable nonetheless because they put on a great performance.

The Dresden Dolls were amazing. Last time I saw them I really didn't know who they were. I actually had just agreed to go because I think A. I'd seen their lyrics used on a lot of Buffy icons so that indicated to me I might like them and B. I'm pretty sure Cam gave me a free ticket that time lol. This time I knew most of their songs and could sing along and loved the whole thing. A few girls shoved their way up to the front and tried to cut infront of me (which didn't happen) then infront of this girl who was shorter than me by a good 6 inches! Seriously there's no need to stand infront of someone like that, you can see over her just fine. I'm sad that I've grown older and don't feel right doing what I used to do at shows and take people out at the knees for that ;)

A few song highlights for me were 'Half Jack' and 'Gravity' which are two of my favourites. I think that tonight I heard every song that I would have wanted to hear again live which was unexpectedly amazing. They also covered Mein Herr from Cabaret which I videoed, haven't looked at it yet to see if it is watchable. I'm sure it's going to be shakey though. However for your enjoyment I have some photos posted here: http://laurentian.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2023747&l=f8ca6&id=158901505

The show was great, such great energy for the entire time. Cam caught me some flowers from Amanda's piano and I bought a cd and had it signed by both Amanda and Brian :) It was a fantastic night. I want to see them again now!

I used my concert high energy to finish cleaning the apartment, doing dishes and such as my roommates should be getting home today and woke up singing 'Bad Habit' by the Dolls :)
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Hey look, it's another really long post. I'll cut the concert stuff when I get there :)

So yesterday was the second day of Slean concerts AND the day when Andrea and I put together the card for the Passioneer Holiday Project. Which means that Andrea spends a day being very arts and crafty and I spend a day helping when I can and not getting in the way the rest of the time ;) We ended up having 30 people participating this year. I was thrilled as it looked like we weren't going ot break 10 for a while there which was freaking me out. But it ended up better than well and the card looked amazing when it was finished :)

All was done on time and we made it to the venue in excellent time to meet up with lots of people before the show.

And on to the lengthy concert stuff:

Tim Baker (opening act) )

Sarah Slean )
elizalavelle: (Sarah Slean spin gallery Eye)
So two days of Slean have worn me out. However it was so worth it. Stories and such coming in my typical long winded fashion tomorrow. However I do have to say that the Harbourfront staff were actually really nice for these concerts. I'm impressed as I've really not had good experience with their staff at any show there. Yet at these shows everyone was polite and friendly and I am so going to have to write a good letter to Harbourfront for that. How's that for a turn of events?! I still don't want to give them my money next year for any concerts but I'm working on ideas to skirt around that...

Anyways I'm fully exhausted. Met lots of new people, only missed 1 person who I wanted to meet, the card was a success again and there should be lots of pictures for that coming soon. Thanks again to the people who read this who participated. You guys are awesome!
elizalavelle: (Sarah Slean spin gallery Eye)
News from sarahslean.com there is going to be a show in Hamilton on Nov. 22nd :) I was sort of worried I just wasn't as excited about seeing Sarah perform anymore after the whole Hfront issue but when I got the email about this show I was so excited! Totally worth travelling for!

Not only is it great to have a new Slean show but I love the venue already. Andrea called to get ticket information from them since there is nothing available online and the box office agent didn't know the answers to her questions so they went and found someone who did know right away. Imagine that! A small effort makes for a huge difference in customer service. Hfront should go take note of how other venues do buisness.

In Hfront news I was told I "tentatively" could keep my tickets for the show on the 20th. When tickets for the 20th officially went on sale I didn't hear anything but Yen (who bought the other seats for that show) was called by them and told he was being allowed to keep his seats and he forwarded that info on to me. I guess since I had a legitimate complaint about their service they're avoiding me now, they certainly avoided the issue in their email to me. For them the issue was that the tickets had gone on sale early, I get that because shows can fold completely when tickets are sold before the contract is signed. However, the fact that their staff behaved in a completely unacceptable manner seems to be something they'd rather not address. That's fine, they won't have my buisness after the December Slean shows. I'd rather travel out of the city and see shows at venues who actually behave like they want my buisness.
elizalavelle: (POTC - papa was a Rolling Stone)
Hey New Yorkers, check out Ember Swift in your city this month:

Tues., Sept. 18th @ Mo Pitkins in New York, NY

34 Avenue A / 9:00pm / Cover t.b.a
For more info visit: www.mopitkins.com


She puts on a fantastic show!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sad this is just before I get there but she's playing here in October.
elizalavelle: (Sarah Slean spin gallery Eye)
I have spent the last two nights seeing the Art of Time Ensemble Schubert: Source & Inspiration at Harbourfront featuring performances by: Andy Maize, John Southworth, Sarah Slean, Danny Michel and Martin Tielli. I think the only downside to going two nights in a row is that I end up in somewhat of a pattern and will wonder why I'm not there again tonight lol.

Just Andrea and I went on Thursday because we are just that silly to buy tickets for two nights in a row, and we had no clue really of what to expect other than we liked a few of the singers, vaguely knew the Schubert piece of music (now I think I want to buy some of his work it was very beautiful!) and figured it would be entertaining to say the least.

The show began with the Art of Time Ensemble which consists of Andrew Burashko (piano), Erika Raum (violin), and Winona Zelenka (cello). They played Trio No. 2 Op. 100, D 929: Allegro, Andante con moto, Scherzo - Allergro Moderato, Allegro moderato. Simply stunning. I don't go to see a lot of classical music be played and everytime I do I'm just blown away. These three musicians are just so talented and I was just enthralled both nights. Loved it! I felt badly because the first night I suppose it wasn't such a classical music crowd so between the movements no one clapped and I presume most everyone was sitting there like me thinking it felt like a moment to clap but just not wanting to screw up the wonderful music that was going on. Friday there was much clapping, all was well :)

Then there was an intermission and after that came the musicians who'd used the Schubert piece as inspiration for some original songs.

Andy Maize was definitely my unknown (to me) treat of the night. I don't believe I'd heard him perform before and he came up with some lovely songs. His second song, 'City of Sirens' was one I particularly fell in love with. I hope the performers record these new songs, some of them were just fantastic!

John Southworth (who, dear readers, you may remember me mentioning as he opened for Sarah one night in December) he for me is always a little hit or miss. Very experimental performer which is always interesting but I know I was not as impressed as I'd expected to be back in December. For this show his first song (which I think is called 'Mourning in the Morning") was delightful. Everyone spent the rest of the evening comparing him to Johnny Depp and while I couldn't see as much Depp as people were going for what I think they were getting at was that it was very much a Depp directed by Tim Burton performance. His second song ('Zulu') I just wasn't feeling as much, it was very original and actually the second night when I knew it was coming I found that I liked it better. At any rate I think I'm going to look into some more of his music because he is fantastically talented, just some of it so far hasn't worked for me, I'll keep trying.

Sarah Slean, for whom we'd bought tickets way back in October to these shows, had two very lovely songs. Both nights the string players who accompanied her were placed so it was somewhat tricky to actually see Sarah but that doesn't really take away from getting to hear two new songs. Her songs were called 'Lonely Side of the Moon' which was written about how mother earth is striking back at humanity somewhat and how if we wreck the world we can always go live on the lonely side of the moon. As that's something I tend to keep ranting on and on about (not the living on the moon but about how these random disasters aren't actually random and it's just the earth's way of evening things out) I was delighted with this one. The second song was called 'The Rose' and was about dying and it was just beautiful and sad and strong. Two really good solid songs.

Danny Michel was very entertaining. He won over the audience right away, and I have to say I always do enjoy seeing him up on stage. He performed one song to which I do not remember the title but it was about a love story in Guatamala and his second number was called 'Rye Whisky.' Before any Danny Michel fans stumble by this to inform me that that is not a new song, even I knew that! He told the story about the poem which comprise the lyrics and I was sitting there on Thursday thinking "boy does this sound familiar" and then he played the song and I've only seen him perform 3 times I think and I've totally seen him play that song before. Which I called him on on Friday before the show and he said that the music for it is all new, which in fairness it completely is, I paid close attention to it on Friday night and you can pick out the Shubert insipiration.

Martin Tielli wrapped up the evening and he was such an interesting performer to watch. He's very much someone who just gets out there and when he's playing he seems to be completely wrapped up in the music and unaware that he's also putting on a show... but he is theatrical with it at the same time... which doesn't make much sense when I write it down, just go see him, it was great. I can only remember the name of one of the songs 'Aluminum Flies' ("as in the things that lay eggs on rotting corpses") but both of his songs were just great fun to hear.

All in all it was a fantastic pair of nights full of songs. The second night I was particually aware of how every piano player completely handles the instrument differently, which I'm sure also translates to other performers with other instruments but as I only really know how to play the piano (somewhat) that's what I noticed.

Also on Friday Andrea and I were invited to go to an art show opening that Kate Jackson (one of Sarah's friends who was at the Thursday show - which is how we got invited) was a part of. I have to recommend this one. It's at the York Quay Centre and it's their Spring Exhibitions so there are so many different types of amazing artwork there to see. My favourites of the night were: Kate Jackson & Suzanne Carlsen 'Last Night I Dreamt I Was'. No, not because it's Sarah's friend and therefore I was somewhat obligated to like it, but because it was just a delightful series of pieces of art. I loved how it was displayed, you peer through cut outs to see these vibrant moments from dreams. They captured a whole mood with their art. Also Jennifer Long's 'Immigration Series' because the whole idea behind the photoshoot was so powerful and again you just walked into a whole mood there. Heather Goodchild who had a lovely dark fairytale feeling to her artwork (clearly I was going to like that!) There was also a whole series of different art using the medium of film in one way or another and the one that particularly stood out to me was one that was mounted around an old Catholic sick bed kit type of thing. It was a box that came with the holy water and candles and candle holders etc and the instructions for what would happen when the priest came and what you should have prepared and what then would be done, just very interesting to see that and to have that bit of history contrasted with film running over it. Hard to explain. Instead you can click the link for more info and head over to the show :)

I invited Jo to come to the art show opening with us and she made it and while there I convinced her to come see Sarah perform in May with us :) *yay* much fun!

And I think this is plenty long enough for now!
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Last night Jo and I went out to see Karen Le Blanc sing at the Gladstone Hotel. I quite enjoy that venue. It occurred to me that I was there for Valentines Day last year and at last nights show there were many references made to Valentines day even though it was a couple of days off. I’ve decided it counts. Hmm random tradition by coincidence.

I greatly overestimated how long it would take for me to arrive from the West End so I decided I’d just go on to HMV to kill some time and buy a Farscape DVD (I wanted the ‘A Human Reaction’ episode) but when I got there they just had 2 from season 3 and one from season 4 so I passed on that and headed back to the hotel.

The venue was packed, I’m glad it’s not too huge because Jo and I were able to stand near the back and see perfectly J Karen LeBlanc is fabulous! How smoking for years and years has not hurt her voice is beyond me but she still has this amazingly powerful beautiful voice. Lucky woman! It was a Cabaret night so she just performed two songs. A stunning cover of ‘At Last’ and a cover which I believe was called Can't Live Without You (she said Mary J. Blidge had sung it at the Grammy's last weekend, anyways it was marvellous as well. She was also funny and chatty with the audience. This of course amused me a lot because I was so young when I was seeing RENT and I was SO intimidated by Karen, now it’s fun to see a little bit of who this person is.

The Cabaret was hosted by Sharron Matthews who is just so talented and funny! I would absolutely go to another one of her events. She did a Dirty Dancing number which was very amusing, and had trivia. Is it a bad thing when that entire movie appears to be permanently installed in ones brain?

The other performer was Kyle Golemba who looked like a young Brad Pitt, so no complaints there ;) Again, very talented and fun.

Another night of seeing the fabulous talent in this city and wondering how these people are not all fabulously famous yet!

Oh we also ran into Tamara Podemski and Tricia Young (both Canadian RENT cast alumni) and chatted for a bit. It was nice to be able to say goodbye to Tamara before she heads out to LA. It’s a very bizarre feeling standing around waiting to talk to old RENT cast members. Falling back 9 years in time LOL

Today was a little rough. Drinking on a work night is never a good plan. But it’s always a fun plan at the time ;) I didn’t drink enough to be hungover but I felt a little spacy for the morning.
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Just got home from seeing Tamara Podemski play a gig at Old Fort York. Which is a lovely little piece of Toronto history which I'd never seen before. Of course it was freaking freezing so I didn't spend time seeing much, perhaps when it's warm. It was an odd sort of night but good. Actually this is the first show of hers that I've been to that I FINALLY didn't feel anxious about being there. She played a good set with one of the songs from her Spirit Voices album which Jo and I each bought a copy of so *yay* I was also glad to be able to say congratulations to Tamara for her Sundance Festival win in person instead of emailing it. So this show had good timing. Although, had the Sarah Slean Kingston gig actually happened then I'd have been there missing this night. So perhaps that turned out well then :)

Karen LeBlanc was there as well, she's going to be singing a couple of songs on the 12th at the Gladstone... I'm very much considering going, I'd love to hear her sing again. It's just interesting to see where our Canadian RENT cast members have ended up. I really was so young when I was seeing the show here and just was in awe of all of them, and now almost 9 years later it's just so neat to be able to still see them perform and to see how everyone has evolved as performers. It's a little bizarre :)

So aside from the FREEZING weather and the long long waits for streetcars it was a good night. I'm glad I let Jo talk me into going :) I'm now starving (too nervous to eat much before I left, oops) but I'm cold and sleepy and I think I'm just going to bed.
elizalavelle: (Sarah Slean - have the ravens come)
So this is totally not confirmed one way or the other, but the Slean show in Kingston that I was absolutely thrilled about, might actually not be happening at all. It appears that no one working for Warner Music knows about this show. Not a good sign. This company isn't one known for screwing over their customers though and they were the ones who promoted the last Kingston Slean show, ergo I'm holding onto a shred of hope.

**ETA** My shred of hope prevails! The show is being rescheduled as I type :) Probably to March, nothing's for sure yet but they're working on it. No clue why Warner would have said there was no show as they're the ones rescheduling it. Then again they STILL owe me my dollar so I have far less faith in them being competent at their jobs than I used to.

Of course this fabulous news came after a work week that had some stressfull moments these past two days so I'm now feeling slightly ill. Not the best way to start the weekend.

I shall make it better though :) I am determined to not dwell on this, nothing can be figured out until Monday anyways.

Tomorrow Jo is doing me the huge favour of shortening my pants (curse my little little legs) which may not sound like news to most people but it's great for me :) It's like getting new pants all over again, because I'll finally be able to wear them!

Other than that I plan to relax, read more (just finished book 4 on the bus ride home today... almost cried on the bus *embarassing*) perhaps watch some movies, just sloth for a while and de-stress before Monday :)

Perhaps it's time for bed soon...
elizalavelle: (LM night sky)
Now I almost forgot to write about the AIDS benefit show that we went to on Friday night. Nancy (whom I know of through Sarah Slean concerts) put it together and sang and did a fabulous job at both! I'm always blown away when I find out people who I know are greatly talented, and Nancy is a great singer! A great start to our night.

Lindi was also performing and she was the reason we decided to go, I quite like her performances. There was also a singer named Emma-Lee who was really good, oh and the surprise greatness of the night was a singer named Alexandra Slate who when she took the stage reminded me of what Lilly Kane would look like had she decided to be a singer but then she (Alexandra) started to sing and she's seriously amazing. Her brother also performed (Gavin Slate) and it turns out that he goes to school with my brother, small small world. And the closing band was No Stone who were so good! I love our TO talent.

And not only was it a super fun musical night but we also ran into Cam who I'd not seen in forever (and good thing too since the show ran late and he was able to get Joel back home) and we saw Nic and Miguel who I haven't seen much of lately either (all my own fault.) We also got free handcuffs and fingercuffs from the movie Bon Cop Bad Cop which are always fun :D

Oh and lest I forget we had an awesome veggie dinner at Kensington Market with Neal :)

AND Saturday I spent wayyyyyy too much money at Vortex, BMV and Sugar Mountain (SM had a Wizard of Oz wastebasket and we needed one for the bathroom and I couldn't resist it!) AND we also went to see PotC 2 again. It's almost cleared a billion dollars this summer, I think it'll make it before the summer is out. Dell and her friend Anna hadn't seen it yet so they got to go for the first time :) Always fun!
elizalavelle: (LM night sky)
Well, I've been having fun looking up 90210 stuff on youtube.com. I'm going to have to buy those dvds eventually. Hello Ebay :) I cannot believe that the studio didn't get them out faster. They're losing so much money by not buying the rights to the songs that they need. Also how addictive is youtube once you get going on that site. I've been watching fun clips like woah.

Sarah Slean has added another show this summer, July 19th in Huntsville. It's a Wednesday and out of town so that's totally out of the question for me. I'm still hoping that we get a random TO show this summer as well :)

It's the Serenity charity screening in TO this Saturday! (www.canadianbrowncoats.com) I can't wait to see it on the big screen again! I have no brown coat... but perhaps I'll go for my brown sweater or something, must be in theme somewhat.

I think that's it for tonight, I'm off to freak myself out with some Xfiles and then go to sleep. Although last night was the ep Paper Hearts and I think that was a two parter that was more sweet than scary...
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I just got home from seeing Tamara Podemski in concert :) I am so glad I made myself go, totally worth it :) Also so glad that Nic could come with me and could put up with my being freaked out to be there for the first part of the night lol.

The concert was fabulous, all three acts were great. Perhaps it's time to start finding some more Native music stations because it's great music and isn't the overplayed mainstream crap I hear everywhere else...

Nomi, Tamara's CDs were on sale so I bought you one, don't order one in the meantime :)

Now I'm crazy amounts of tired and so must be off to bed in order to make it through work tomorrow.
elizalavelle: (Sarah Slean France pic)
I just had to stop in the midst of my email checking to say SARAH SLEAN IS COMING BACK TO CANADA. Aug. 17th she's performing in London. I have my ticket now and I'm SO EXCITED. The credit card that I wasn't going to touch until it was paid off had to come into play.... but it's SO worth it!

Nomi I wasn't sure if you'd be in TO yet by then so I just ordered one ticket (also they're pricey this time out and I didn't want to risk getting stuck with extras that I couldn't sell) if you want to come grab a ticket and we can compare notes after the show :D

and of course this goes for anyone else, come come come! The more the merrier, and the more fun we can have finding a place to stay and partying in London!

hmmmmmm must book time off from work. Silly Thursday night show, who decided that. There will be some major begging tomorrow.

On the flip side, now that I have a job I can actually afford moments of crazyness like this unlike last time when the last Kingston trip almost bankrupted me and I ended up in debt to my dad with the December shows. This time it's much better :D
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Umm what, Counting Crows and Goo Goo Dolls are touring together this summer.... did I go back to highschool and not notice it?

I finished making the bases for my VM finale icons (way way way late I know) thus far I have 123 bases to play with. I just love the lighting and the shots they use on the show. It's like BtVS and Angel and Firefly... they're really paying attention to that stuff and it makes the show a visual treat.

time for sleep now.
elizalavelle: (LM night sky)
A slightly tipsy LJ post after the Regina Spector show to say that wow is she ever awesome. Her fangirls can be a little overwhelming shall I say... I had to double check that it was a 19+ show, but she is indeed great. Also great, the caesers at the Mod... although they're a little spicy, still they've done the trick, perhaps I shall have a deep dreamless sleep tonight... last night I dreamt of grasshoppers and death and some weird office stuff.... I think my subconcious is doing acid when I'm not looking ;)

goodnight all
elizalavelle: (sunlight)
Alright, and now for my full art show reviewish thing. Under the cut you'll find my rambly description of the night, setlists for the songs Sarah played and a full list of the artwork that Sarah has displayed.

the time is now )
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I went to my first concert of the new year last night :) Danny Michel! Awesome! Kevin Fox played most of his set with him and that was just mindblowingly great! I'd love to see another show with the two of them. This was actually my first full Danny Michel show and he was sick :( BUT although he says it was a bad show I thought it was really good. He did a great set.

Also Lindy was one of his openers (he played with his finacee Sally I believe her name was who plays the bass and sings and she was great too!) and I really really enjoyed his set as well.

The first opener... I feel bad, I forget her name.... she was definitely talented. She's young though and that still comes through in her stage presence... however she was more composed than I'd have been with the crazy amount of talking that was going on that night.

This brings me to the ranting

behind the cut... sparing you if you want lol )

Cute thing of the night: Danny had this girl from the audience come up and play the piano solo with him and Kevin. She looked so happy, that must have been amazing for her.
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So as the year draws to a close I'm just going to sum up my strongest memories from each month. Simply because I can :)

a year in the life )


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Elizabeth Jamieson

January 2013



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