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Paul’s Guitars:

  1. Gibson EDS-1275
  2. Gibson Les Paul R9
  3. Gibson USA Les Paul Special, TV yellow

I went to see an old friend of mine, Paul Deslauriers, from Montreal (Canada) play last week at Hugh’s Room, one of the best live venues in Toronto.  I met paul about 22 years ago when I was a working musician in Montreal, and Paul had just moved to town and was making us all realize just how sh*tty we were as guitar players next to this guy!  ;)

Note the wear on the LP Special.  That is 100% natural from 7 years of being played, hard, every day for 7 years!

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Oh you know, just me canoodling with Bruce McCulloch in Toronto last night! We were reunited at his show with Brian Connelly (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet). That’s me wearing Brian’s glasses. :D

So much fun! When I got there I was escorted to a table right up front which was amazing! Bruce did a variety of things - read some of his writings, did a little standup, sang a few songs (including a weird/fun version of “Daves I Know”). After the show I hung out with Bruce & Brian & caught up. Bruce’s memory amazes me, he remembered things we talked about 5 years ago! I’m so glad I was able to make it, it was such a great night! Bruce McCulloch, I adore you!

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2014-02-07, Hugh’s Room, Toronto.   Muddy Waters/Howlin’ Wolf tribute show starring:

  1.  Dylan Wickens with that candy apple/mint guard Strat.  Classic colour combination!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1iNhILAy6Q
  2. Douglas Watson (left), a big man with a BIG voice!  And Pat Rush (right) who has played with the Winter Bros. and Jeff Healy.  Peter Temple, far left on the harp.
  3. Jerome Goboo, local harmonica god (left) and Chris Antonik whose winning awards and touring the world with his new record.
  4.  Dylan Wickens
  5. The living legend, Danny Marks.  This song with his old band Edward Bear wwas recorded in 1969 when he was 19.
  6. More Danny Marks…and I believe he built that SG himself too!
  7. Jerome & Chris
  8. Chris
  9. Peter, Jerome, Douglas Watson and Pat Rush.
Alex Pangman - Album Launch

Two weeks ago, B was performing with Alex Pangman for her Album Launch at Hugh’s Room in the Dundas West neighborhood. I have always heard about performances taking place at Hugh’s Room, via mention on 91.1fm, so I decided to take the opportunity to check it out. I really enjoyed the ambiance, very low-key and unassuming. We didn’t order any food since we ate beforehand so I can’t say much about the food but judging from the performance - they have some pretty high-calibre musicians and talent performing at this venue, not that I’m biased in anyway of course! To hear for yourself you can check out some of Alex’s tunes here. Finally, I would just add that the average demographic (at least on the night I was there) was probably in the 40’s and the music is generally reflective of indie, blues, jazz, folksy and country genres. 

Onto the photos. Below are a couple of shots I grabbed using the available stage lighting.  The saxophone and violin player you see is our wonderfully talented friend Drew Jurecka who also writes music and sings, with a great voice might I add. 

Hmm okay maybe this first shot is not one of the performers, but I couldn’t help myself because he just embodies the quintessential jazz patron don’t you think?

Bucky moves in with Steve after getting dethawed again and Steve realizes that Bucky’s apartment in Lithuania wasn’t a sadness hovel, Steve just forgot that Bucky has always treated his living space like the floor is a trash can and bed sheets are for nerds and buying curtains are for chumps because dude newspapers are free (“no, they aren’t,” interjects Sam at this point, who does not maintain his subscription to a print edition so Bucky can Howard Hughes his living room, but Bucky isn’t listening because he’s trying to get his beer can into the kitchen sink from the couch and he’s pretty sure he can do it with his eyes closed)