never underestimate a shiny guitar

Well, looks like summer is over, and things are slowing down for a little while. This is good because I have a lot of catch up work to do over the next little while. I spent a good part of august in Edmonton this year, most of it at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, which again lived up to it’s reputation as one of the best Fringes in North America. Anyway people in Saskatoon and Edmonton kept coming up to me to say they saw me at the Edmonton International airport. Which was kind of confusing as I had not been there for a couple years. After asking for more clarification it appeared I was on a poster the terminal marketing Edmonton festivals. So at about 3 in the morning on our way back from the Fringe we stopped by the airport …. And there I was bigger than life.

Like I always say “never underestimate a shiny guitar

Summertime at the Saskatoon Fringe

Well the Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival is going full swing right now, and its nice to see old friends and meet new ones. I think this is my favorite time of year music, theatre, artisans good food , lots of drama. Something for everyone.

The circle buskers are so much fun, juggling fire, doing some amazing acrobatic tricks, I envy them laughing at danger and doing all the things my mom would not let me try at home. A couple of my favorites are Ross Vegas from Australia, and Chis without the Hat a home grown Canadian. Both of these guys are something to see, and they’re very funny performers.

Another thing I like to try is all the different food trucks that can be found at the fringe. I love the Thai Bo truck it’s the best, freshly made , tasty and good for you.

This year I made another discovery the G U D Eats food truck. My wife is a vegetarian so I wanted to get her a veggie burger or something like that to take home. It was late at night and there were only a few food trucks still open, but I caught a lucky break when I saw the G U D Eats food truck with the lights on.

Now I ordered her a cheese burger, which was vegan and I expected the usual. You know.. a wanna be hamburger. I mean how can a hamburger be a hamburger without meat? Forgive me but I’m a straight up carnivore and right or wrong I tend to be dismissive of menu items made from vegetables pretending to be meat.

I waited a few minutes and they handed me my wife’s burger. When I got home I gave it to her and asked her how it was. She loved it  and she offered me a bite. It was the best hamburger I’ve ever had! The next night I got one for myself and again it was absolutely amazing. How did this happen? What kind of magic was going on in that foodtruck. What struck me most was the balance of flavours, the bun and ingredients, like a symphony.

Anyway, over the next two days I sent two of my confirmed carnivore friends over to try their cheeseburger. In order to entice them I told them if it was not the best burger they’ve had (vegan or not) I would give them their money back. Guess what, I still have all my money.

So regardless for your world view carnivore, vegan or vegetarian try one of GUD’s cheeseburgers , you’ll never look at burgers the same way. Oh yea, their onion rings are first class.

I’m willing to live with the screams of onions and other veggies being pulled from the ground and guilt of lettuce and tomatoes being waterboarded chopped into little pieces as long as I can get one more cheeseburger from GUD Eats

peace

2018 Food Truck Wars Street Festival-July 27, 28, 29, 2018

I think were in for an exciting weekend, I’m going to be hanging out at the 2018 Food Tuck Wars Street Festival. It’s going to be a lottta fun. Affinity Credit Union Main Stage will be hosting  * SIGA’s Hot Dog Havoc, a hot dog eating contest * Ultimate Hamburger Championship (UHC) *Saskatchewan’s Got Talent contest, and lot’s more.

I’ll be hanging out at the The Dakota Dunes Casino Entertainment Circle located at the intersection of Avenue D & Avenue E on 20th Street.  I’ll be playing and we will have lots of action there. I’ll be playing a few tunes on and off all day, I know there are some other musician buskers scheduled that will make your toes tap and your day a little brighter. I just found out we’ll have a few performances over the weekend by Ross ‘Vegas’ who just flew in from Australia to do some performing in Canada. No his arms aren’t tired Ross is a pro in very good shape.

Ross Vegas combines the ancient arts of circus and vaudeville, with rap, human beat-box, and vocal sound FX, to create a show unique worldwide. Acrobatics, illusion, fire juggling, visual gags, rapping, and comic improvisation are performed to a soundtrack created live with just the human voice, culminating in a spectacular one-hand balance on a tower of folding chairs. You can find out more about him on his interweb site.

https://www.rossvegas.net/

So if your looking for some fun, and some good grub come out and hang with us this weekend, it’ll be a blast. Check it out.  https://foodtruckwarsyxe.com/

peace

saturday afternoon Rebellion Brew co

Well off to see the Moose Jaw Sidewalk days. It will be running until Saturday and I highly recommend it. After that it’s off to the Rebellion Brewery Co  in Regina, where I’ll be playing Saturday afternoon July 7th.

Rebellion Brewing Co 1901 Dewdney Ave

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I stopped by there the end of May this year and had an awesome beer (oatmeal stout). I’m gonna try another this Saturday and play a few tunes and tell a few tall tales. Come out and have some fun. I’ll do my best to be entertaining, and I can guarantee the beer will be awesome.

Be there or be square

peace

 

only in saskatoon

The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival started this past Thursday and it looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. It makes downtown Saskatoon look like one big party, with people everywhere. On the weekend one thing that happened struck me as being very uniquely Saskatoon. I could not get a parking space near where I was playing so I dropped off most of my equipment on a corner and went and parked the car about a block and a half away

After parking the car I walked back and all my equipment was where I had left it. People were everywhere walking by it and all of a sudden it occurred to me. Only in Saskatoon can you leave a bunch of equipment on the street corner and come back to found it untouched, unstolen. What a great place to live.

peace

Prince Albert Street Fair

I went to the Prince Albert Street Fair last weekend and I had a wonderful time. All of Central Ave was shut down and there was music, people and excitement everywhere. It was my first time at the Fair and I was not sure what to expect, but it was more than worth the trip. I drove up from Saskatoon, and from the amount of people who visited me I was not the only one who had the same idea.

There were literally thousands of people coming and going all day, a steady stream of new faces all day long. I had no idea the event was so well attended. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised considering all the activities, and sales. There were 3 open stages with all kinds of music and dancing, the First Nations dancing is by far my favorite. The people were amazing very friendly and welcoming, in fact much friendlier than when I lived there in the late 70’s. Of course maybe people were nicer because I was not as big a dick as I was in the 70’s, because as a teenager I knew everything. Not sure what happened because I definitely do not know as much now.

I also took some video while I was there and I’ll get it on my YouTube channel soon as I get a chance

Any way I want to thank Lucy James and the other people who worked so hard organizing and putting on such a first class event . I had a great time and I’ll be coming back next year. Hope to see you there.

peace

Rebellion Brewery co

I was down to Regina this past weekend to play at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival and it was a great day. Very hot, lots of people and I really worked up a thirst. What better way to end the day than to have a nice cold beer. So we stopped into the Rebellion Brewery co and had one of the better beers I’ve had in a long time, Oatmeal Stout

Made in house, absolutely awesome and smooth as silk. The only thing that kept me from trying a few more of their tasty beers was the fact that I had to drive back to Saskatoon that night.

Fortunately I’ll get another crack at their menu as I’m booked to play there in July later in the summer. So come down, enjoy one of Rebellions  tasty beers while I entertain you with some music and a couple of tall tales.

’ll be playing there the afternoon of July 7….be there or be square

peace

a lady sings the blues

I was finishing up a set and this unassuming young lady who had been sitting on a nearby bench commented that she really enjoyed my playing. I was humbled and I thanked her for her kind words, and then she blurted out “I can sing.”-“What kind of music do you sing “I asked, opera she said.  This got my attention  because opera singers always have good pipes.” I don’t know any opera, do you song anything else I asked”?

She named a few Jazz tunes and of course my ADHD kicked in and I couldn’t match the names with the songs. Finally she asked me if I knew “Lady Sings the Blues”, frantically searching my brain, I could not match up the title with the music so I asked her to sing a few bars. She opened her mouth and started singing…. well her voice filled the entire street. I swear… the birds stopped singing, people stopped talking, it was like a surreal movie. Her voice carried over everything, it was like slamming an incredible soundtrack on real life. It was like listening to an Ella Fitzgerald album with that extra electricity you get when it’s live.

Well I (and everyone else) was blown away. I had to stop playing for more than 30 min just to process it all. After that we got to talking, and it turns out she is a voice teacher at the Saskatoon Academy of Music.  Absolutely amazing.

That’s what I love about what I do, it keeps opening me up to these amazing unexpected moments.  Keep your eyes and heart open, it could happen to you.

peace

Cathedral Village Arts Festival

Well I’m starting to get booked up and I’m really looking forward to the coming season. I just got confirmed to play at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on May 26, 2018 in Regina SK.

(GREG PENDER/STAR PHOENIX)

As I mentioned earlier in this blog the Cathedral Village Arts Festival is one of my favorite festivals. It has music, artists, artisans and all the creativity that come with it. 12 blocks of artisans showing off their very very cool work.  Definitely worth the trip, with events scheduled all week and finishing with the Street Fair that runs from 10-5 on Saturday. So come down browse the creations, enjoy some great eats, and listen to a few tunes, and don’t forget to say hi.

peace

summers arrived

What a great weekend, One minute it was winter the next it was full on summer. Spent most of it shaking the dust of the strings, and playing a few tunes. I don’t mind admitting that every year when I first start playing I get a little sidewalk stage fright. I think what makes you (me) think that anyone wants to hear me play. To get around it I always pick spots where people are not forced to listen to me, and after a while I relax and forget where I am. Especially as people are so kind to me.

The other thing I love is running into other buskers. Some are old friend and some are new, and this past weekend I ran into a few great players.  A little sunshine, music in the streets it’s shaping up to be a great summer. If you see me out there come say hi.

peace