matthew good!

I am going to see Matthew Good tonight at Massey Hall (love this venue) as part of his Arrows of Desire album tour.  The last time I saw him was during the Hospital Music tour (which came out in 2007) so it has been entirely too long since I have seen this man perform live.

I have always enjoyed his shows because aside from his musical talent he is a great entertainer. I remember at one show him doing a Stewie Griffin impression that made me cry from laughing so hard.  I don’t remember what exactly he was saying but it was based on this bit.  Another time he pointed out that if Al Gore is really worried about energy waste and global warming, why did he use a cherry picker in An Inconvenient Truth when a ladder would have worked just fine?  He does have a point.

Anyway, it is a sold out show in a city that has a large fan base so I think it will be a great way to spend a Friday night!

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This show almost didn’t happen as Matthew Good had to cancel his show in London, ON due to illness.

matt good londonBut luckily, last night…

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no denying it

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On Wednesday night I was cuddled on the couch and was surprised to see that it was only 8:30 pm but it was already dark outside.  Thursday morning was a chilly ride to work despite the fact that I was wearing pants and a coat.  The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back.

There is no denying it.  Fall is approaching us pretty quickly and although it does not officially begin until the 22nd of this month, I am pretty sure it is safe to say that it has already snuck one foot in the door.  The cooler nights, the shorter days, the scarves…they all signal autumn’s arrival.  And even without these external signs, I can tell by my thoughts and cravings that it is almost time to burrow inside and prepare for the winter months.  Just this week I have been struck with an overwhelming desire to bake things, make squash soups, find some apple cider, get under cozy blankets, and dig some mittens and scarves out of storage.

The next few fall months also hold some exciting things:

– a girls getaway camping trip this month

– the wrap up of the Blue Jays baseball season (I have tickets to two more games)

– potentially a last camping trip to Algonquin with my boyfriend in early October to see the leaves and bid an official farewell to summer

– the trial of some fall recipes I have been squirreling away all summer such as warm cocktails with apple cider, pumpkin pie from scratch (I am determined to do this finally), and oddles of things involving squash.  I am also toying around with the idea of making some sort of elaborate Thanksgiving meal this year.

Anything you are looking forward to this fall?

-The Postliminary-

Some past autumn posts on The Shanty – here, here,  and one of my past favorites here.

gogol bordello tonight!

Tonight Gogol Bordello is playing the first of two shows at The Danforth Music Hall and I am super excited to finnnnaaaaalllllyyyy see them.  If you guys remember, I had tickets to see them around my birthday last year but then things came up and I couldn’t go.  So, finally after years of waiting, I get to see them live.  I am super stoked especially after listening to their new album Pura Vida Conspiracy.

I am also especially happy about the venue.  The Danforth Music Hall is actually a pretty small venue for a band of Gogol Bordello’s popularity.  It’s not “intimate” per say but I think it will be much better than seeing them at the Sound Academy (groan!) where they played last year.

Should be a fun night!

Two of my favorite tracks from new album are below.

You can watch some short videos about the making of the album as well — Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Togaaaaaaa!

Last night my friend in I attended a screening of Animal House at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, as part of their “TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy” series, which includes some of my other favorite comedy classics like Ghostbusters, Meatballs, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and Old School. 

I first watched Animal House after my older brother handed over some VHS cassettes to me and my parents after he went digital and replaced most of his favorite movies with DVDs.  I had never heard of the film before and am not quite sure what compelled me to pop it into the VHS one day.  I think that I have grown to appreciate and like the movie a lot more since that day, but even then I remember thinking it was a pretty funny film.  I have seen it many times since then and it only continues to climb higher and higher in my opinion.  One key reason for this is me coming to fully understand its place in the film comedy genre.

Just take a look at Old School (which although mirrors Animal House in many ways, is additionally a comedic remake of Fight Clubseriously, think about it!), the crusty old dean in pretty much any comedy in the last few decades (including the TV show within The Simpsons “The School of Hard Knockers”, and the Futurama episode featuring Bender’s foray into fraternity life as a member of Robot House at Mars University), as well as university/college life in general around major North American schools and you will see that the influences of Animal House are everywhere.  When my friend and I were discussing this prior to the show I said that in some ways Animal House is like the Citizen Kane of comedies.  It has been spoofed so many times that watching the original just brings to mind the oh so many times I had seen the same scenes reenacted in other TV shows and movies.

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It was great to watch this film with a crowd of people, the majority of which had already seen the film and knew what was coming next.  The anticipatory chuckles and the hearty laughter following funny moments always makes public viewing of comedies more enjoyable.  I personally think that is why outdoor film screenings have become so popular in Toronto over the past few summers.  Sure I could swoon over Lloyd Dobler in the privacy of my own home, but watching Say Anything under the night sky at the Harbourfront a few summers ago, just added a more special feel to the film.  A validation, if you will, of my personal appreciation of something.

I will leave you with one of my favorite clips of the movie and also a link to a very interesting article that discusses the origins and importance of Animal House.  Some of the particularly interesting tidbits you will learn from reading it are:

  • the script originally included what sounds to be a gratuitous number of vomiting scenes
  • how John Landis (27 years old at the time) became involved
  • the role The Graduate played in the crew finding a shooting location for the film
  • Richard Pryor’s small but important role in the final editing process

yes i am still alive…

…and no I have not been eaten by cats.

I actually thought about just posting the above and leaving it at that but may as well share some more info.

Overall I think that the move(s) have gone quite well.  My boyfriend and I moved my stuff over on the 29th of June, spent the next week working on the new apartment (while staying at his old place), trying to enjoy some actual vacation time, and getting ready to move all of his stuff over which we did (with the help of some awesome possum friends/sister) this past Saturday.

All in all things have gone pretty smoothly.  Nothing broke, no one got injured, no crazy accidents happened with the moving trucks, and the actual moving itself did not take too long on either day.  Oh, and the couch that we were worried about fitting into our narrow stairway and door frames ended up squeezing through just fine!  To add to the list of wins, the Booze Jays (the softball team my boyfriend and our friends play on) won their first game on Saturday!  Wooooooo!

The things that have not gone as smoothly are all pretty much par for the course in terms of moving headaches.  The apartment was in even rougher shape than we had originally thought so we spent many hours of our vacation painting everything, scrubbing it all clean, lining cupboards in kitchen, buying replacement outlet covers and light fixtures (because apparently the previous tenant didn’t seem to think these were necessary), and overall trying to get the place into a livable condition.  There have been many a stubbed toe on my part as I’ve been navigating through the mazes of boxes, garbage bags, and random items, and although we have both been unpacking as much as possible, we still have quite a bit more to do.  But this is all pretty much to be expected.

In terms of the kitties, we have yet to introduce my cat Billy to my boyfriend’s cats.  Billy has been almost exclusively confined to the bedroom while the other two roam the apartment and get used to it.  As of this morning one of the pair has figured out that another cat is beyond the bedroom door and has hissed and growled at it for a while.  Pretty much what we thought might happen.  I am hoping that this whole merging process is going to go smoothly.  Nevertheless, we will have spray bottles at the ready when they are all actually allowed to mingle.

Now for the fun stuff!  My sister has been in Canada now for almost two weeks and although she has spent quite a bit of time in London with the folks, she has been in Toronto with us as well.  Last Thursday we checked out the First Thursdays event at the AGO which was really neat.  If you have never gone to one of these nights I would really recommend it.  Aside from being able to roam the gallery there are different performers every month, interactive activities (for example this month you could sketch a cellist as she played), food, and two bars.  Some of the exhibitions were also pretty neat.  I particularly liked the Thompson Collection of Ship ModelsArtist’s Colony (Gardens) sculpture/3D collage by Kim Adams, and a few of the installations that were part of the Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Lost in the Memory Palace.

On Friday night we took advantage of the Toronto Fringe Festival and saw the Socratic Theatre’s performance of Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment. My sister and I are both big fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of books, so we jumped at the opportunity to see one of them performed live.  I haven’t read this particular book so I can’t comment much on the play’s alignment with the original, but I really enjoyed the performance and have to really commend the actors for all of the work it no doubt took to get this play ready.  Just the number of lines alone that some of them had to memorize is pretty amazing, not to mention the actors that played a number of parts completed with costume, and accent (!) changes. We followed this up with some chow at Ka Chi Korean where I stuffed my face with veggie dumplings and a noodle dish.

Since Stage II of the move happened early Saturday, the rest of the weekend was pretty chill.  Saturday’s move was followed by the Booze Jays’ winning game mentioned above, dinner at Grapefruit Moon (yum!), and some patio time at The Victory Cafe.  Sunday we got our kitchen almost completely unpacked and had our first homemade meal at the new place. Sunday night I tossed and turned for hours in bed trying to calm my brain down while it frantically made lists of what still needed to be done.  Not so fun when that happens.

Today was my first day back at work and although there is a part of me that wishes I was still on vacation, I think this enforced break from unpacking is actually a very welcome change.

Some pics below of this past week’s adventures.  {Before and after pictures of the apartment coming soon!}

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We press play, don’t press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

Happy Pride everyone!

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Look at what I found/read/saw/ate/listened to this week

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Peter Smart spent 50 days attempting to use design to solve social problems, big and small, all over the world.  Very cool and inspiring stuff. (50problems50days.com)

I too feel this way about most PowerPoint presentations. (ilovecharts.tumblr.com)

The New York Times finally does some quality journalism, with this article about the history of the T-shirt cannon.  We can all rest easy now. (http://www.nytimes.com)

Mmmmm summer dessert!  Marscapone stuffed apricots topped with a blackberry and then broiled.  Yum!  (http://www.prouditaliancook.com)

Review of The Wren restaurant on the Danforth.  Really hoping to check this place out before I leave the East side at the end of the month. (http://www.thegridto.com)

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Sin Fang this week.  Whaddaya think?  He seems to have a thing for crocheted beards (so Google Image search tell me), so, there’s that too… (http://www.youtube.com)

coffee shop sounds

Tell me if you have had this experience (because I definitely have, especially when I was in university), you try to study, write, or work in a library and it is just too darn quiet, so then you go to a social spot but it just too darn loud.  I could personally never listen to my iPod for background noise because the sound was too immediate and too loud.  Sometimes you could get a good groove going with a steady level of background noise somewhere only to have a table of two or more come and sit beside you and all you can listen to is their conversation.  Even though you just. want. to. FOCUS!

This is where Coffitivity comes in.

Ambient sounds to boost your workday creativity.

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Basically, the site provides continuous background noise that one would hear at a coffee shop, the volume of which you can adjust, along with the ability to play your own music, also at the volume level of your choice.  The perfect thing about it is that even at full volume the coffee shop noise is still a jumble of conversations.  You can hear some plates or mugs clinking together or the odd word pop out of a conversation, but other than that it is just sort of there, some fuzz in the background.  Kind of perfect if you want to get some work done but don’t necessarily want to drag your laptop to a Starbucks.

The site provides one link to a research paper published in March of 2012 in which the authors detail the results of five experiments that examined how ambient sound can have an affect on creativity.  It is only one paper though, which is a bit disappointing, however two things come to mind.

1) How many people want to read through numerous academic journal articles to figure out whether something works for them personally?

2) Related to the above, I am told that the proof is [oddly] in the pudding.  So give it a shot and if it works for you, great! If not, that’s fine as well.  There are some people I know who do like complete silence or loud music when they work so it takes all kinds.

I, for one, think this is a great idea though and guess what?  I was just listening to some Coffitivity noise while writing this post!

What do you think?

-The Postliminary-

Do you think this will lead to coffee shop inception? Like someone will go to a coffee shop but then be listening to Coffitivity through headphones?  Woah!

before midnight and company

Yesterday, as part of my belated birthday present, one of my dearest friends took me to see Before Midnight.  We are both big fans of this trilogy and I personally have seen Before Sunrise and Before Sunset a few times each and love them both.  The latest (and final?) installment skips nine years ahead from the last film.  Jesse and Celine are on a vacation in Greece and just like the previous two films, this one takes place over the span of one day as a snapshot of the relationship between the two main characters.

I thought this was film was just as beautiful and honest as the previous two and just as full of sometimes witty, at times serious, and occasionally philosophical dialogue.  I won’t lie, there was one scene in particular that made me cry because it was so beautifully written and filmed.

 

The film was preceded by three, equally interesting-looking trailers.  I am going to keep my eye out for screenings of all of them.

Frances Ha co-written by and starring Greta Gerwig who is all sorts of awesome.

 

The Way, Way Back.  Sam Rockwell is in this one, and although I know he has done all sorts of other stuff I can’t help but always think of him as Zaphod Beeblebrox from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

And finally, I’m So Excited.  I am not sure about this one but looks like it could be lots of fun!