Looks like I made it into theSCOA’sGrand Ol Opry zoomer style fundraiser. The Saskatoon Council on Aging is a non-profit, community-based organization, and for the past couple of years they have put on an event calledGrand Old Opry Zoomer Style. I’m looking forward to being there and performing a few tunes, and I will be sharing the stage with some seasoned talent. I got a chance to meet them this past week at theVillage at Crossmount, a great little place just minutes from town, and on of the sponsors)
On March 27, 2020 at the Western Development Museum the party will starts with a wonderful meal followed by entertainment and an exciting competition between country music acts. There will be several winners at the event. Winners receive an award, press coverage and fan adoration. This is your opportunity to be part of an entertaining night of fun where Saskatoon’s seasoned talent is showcased.
Join us for the Grand Old Opry Zoomer Style! Enjoy an exciting night of fun as our finalists perform in a country and western showcase. Cheer on and vote for your favorite performer!
Just finished my second last date on the 2019 Traveling Medicine Show Tour , the Broadway Street Fair. It was a great time, the weather was awesome and there were an amazing amount of people who attended.
It was a great time, the weather was awesome and there were an amazing amount of people who attended.
What I really enjoyed was seeing all the people, saw a lot of old friends and made a lot of new ones. I’m always amazed at how nice people are to me, music has got to be one of the best social lubricants I know of. Music has opened so many doors and initiated many relationships that would never have happened without it.
The Broadway Street Fair is a great event, and I am humbled that Im asked to participate each year. Events like this are complex logistically , and it takes a lot of work to run one successfully. The variety of vendors, the food trucks, dancers , drummers, are always 1st rate ~ That does not happen without a lot of work,so if you see DeeAnn Mercier the executive director or Tom Waldron, tell them what a great job their doing.
The only negative is the Broadway Street Fair usually marks the end of summer, which makes me kind of sad because now I have to move indoors because those winter winds are coming.
The Traveling Medicine Show one last tour date to play, and It will be on Sept 26. 2019 at the Light House. I am both nervous and excited to perform this one as there will be a lot of friends there who haven’t seen me perform.
That will be the last tour date of the Tour, but I’m considering taking the whole dog and pony show East next year.
Anyway I’ll keep you posted, ( if we survive the coming election), Is it just me or are the inmates running the asylum?
well it’s been a crazy summer, and it got much busier than I expected. I have kind of neglected this blog, but I hope to rectify that in the coming weeks and get everyone caught up.
I have two tour dates left on the shuboy’s traveling medicine show, both of them this month. This weekend Saturday September 7th I’ll be at the Broadway Street Fair, and I added one last date for my friends at the Light House- soon as the date is confirmed Ill put it up.
It was a great summer and I look forward to blogging it. Also I started an Instagram account for some pics of this summers events look me up @shuboyblu1
I want to call the Cathedral Village Art Festival Street Fair one of Saskatchewan’s best kept secrets, but how secret can it be when 40,000 to 50,000 people show up every year to hang out, view the creative work of over 300 artisans, plus an assortment of musicians, buskers and food vendors.
The big attraction for me and a lot of others I suspect is
the quality and originality of the Artisan’s wares. Unlike most street markets
who allow the reselling of manufactured products, the CVAF prohibits this restricting
their participants to offer only handmade items made by the artist hosting the
spot. Which is especially cool because you can talk with the artisan directly.
With this in mind I was really happy and thankful when I got
the opportunity to make this event the first date of shuboy’s
traveling medicine showtour. I think it’s a perfect match, as the
goal of the tour is the same as the artisans which at the core is to showcase their creations to the public,
and to create revenue to live to create more. Win Win in my book.
My venue will be at the on 13thAve and just
before Elphinstone St so please come over and say Hi. I got a few tall tales to
tell and plenty of music, and of course the Volvolator my favorite cigar box
guitar. Just look for the tent and the
Marquee, it have shuboy’s traveling medicine show plastered all over it
So come down and have some fun with us it’s a guaranteed
The Street Fair date is Saturday, May 25th, 2019 and goes from 10 AM to 5:00 PM and takes place on 13th Avenue between Albert Street & Elphinstone Street, on the 2100 block of Retallack St on 2114 – 2124 Robinson Street and in the Garnet Street parking lot in the heart of Regina, Saskatchewan.
So I bought my National Tricone resonator from a shop in Toronto called The Twelfth Fret. I had been looking for one for a long time but a National Tricone is not the easiest guitar to source. I found a lot of stunning instruments on their site including shugirl the National I presently own.
My contact there was a guy named Grant MacNeill and he took good care of me. He asked me a lot of questions , some I didn’t understand to be honest, but he got the guitar set up for me based on my answers. So later when the guitar arrived I was pretty nervous because I had never purchased a guitar I hadn’t played first. It was like ordering a mail order spouse -lots of anxiety as it’s pretty late in the game when you finally open the box and see what you ‘ve got.
Turned out great and except for my darlin wife whom I love
to pieces it the only thing I’ve had
that has exceeded my expectations on a daily basis.
So now we go 10 years forward and shugirl is getting to the point where she needed and little R &R (rest and restoration). I sent her back to the old country Toronto ON, to The Twelfth Fret to be refurbished.
The point of my story is that I was really missing my guitar and the day it was supposed to be sent out it missed the truck. Grant was my contact and I expressed my disappointment. About the time I stopped pouting Glen emailed me and advised me he had taken my guitar with him on the way home and had dropped it off at the shipper. This meant it shipped as if it had not missed the truck. Never asked him he just did it.
I just finished running shugirl through her paces today and once again I’m impressed. The old girl has the spring in her step back, and to use a metaphor she’s more car than I can drive”. Fine workmanship gentleman.
At the risk of sounding old I’m gonna say it . hard to find old school above and beyond service, but if you need some work done or another instrument contact Grant MacNeill and his co workers at The Twelfth Fret
Every once in a while I m reminded If you think you can you can, if you think you can’t you’re right. Henry Ford
Well, things are
coming along slowly but surely, in my usual style I been juggling about a dozen
things at once, all at various stages of completion but of course none of them
completed. It makes me anxious, but I learned a long time ago to relax and let my
brain play out as it will.
Over the past two years I’ve been working on a number of original songs and some of them are getting close to being finished so I am going to releasing them here and there as I get them finished up. The first one will be Build on the Rock, a gospel tune I wrote a while ago. It written in the old school call format, and I have two versions. The live version will be more traditional, and the recorded version I going to release will be a blend of old-time gospel, and rap.
I was very fortunate to partner with tomikaz3 a rapper who talent speaks for itself. So, the recorded version will featuretomikaz3, injecting his of brand of gospel in to song. Give it a listen, it’ll pick you up spin you around, and sit you down with a smile on your face.
You can also catch this amazing artist on his YouTube channel tomikaz3. Two of my favorites are RUN and Do Re Mi from his album the lowly spirit.
So I’ve been pretty busy with a new concept that’s been running
round and round my little brain. It took me a little head scratching to figure
a way to make it work in the real world, but I think I got it. The goal was to keep
playing music on the street but include a small portable venue a that adds some
excitement and creates it’s own space.
So in honor of the old tyme snake oil salesmen, and sideshow carnies who rolled into town with their colorful wagons and vague promises, I’m gonna set up my own dog and pony show.
I’ve created a 6 ‘5” ft square portable tent decorated
carnival/medicine show graphics with a wooden floor, designed to fit within
traditional busking space. The front
will be open and I’ll do a littler song and dance inside it, maybe do a little
bamboozling. It will have an exciting retro carnival sideshow look especially combined
with National steel, cigarbox guitars, and harp work.
It’s going to be a good time, and a crazy social experiment we can all have some fun with. Kinda old school socializing without an electric filter or screen between us.
I’m excited as I’m in the process of firming up an eclectic western Canada summer tour “ shuboys traveling medicine show”. Yep I’m gonna take my little wagon and tent and set up on a side walk or festival near you. There will be music, tall tales or misfortune and luck, harp playing that will bring a tear to your eye, or at least a little dust.
Over the course of the 2019 summer a live album will be recorded on the street from the tent at different locations. So, I look forward to see you out there on all the best sidewalks, and thanks to everyone who tolerates my crazy shit.
Remember when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S Thompson
I’ve got some of my first shuboys traveling medicine show bookings confirmed so I’ll post some dates and locations soon.