Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Eric's Trip

Eric's Trip
Originally uploaded by Steve Dinn.

SappyFest: Day 3

The third and final day at SappyFest 2007 was a whirlwind of activity. It started off with a breakfast show put on at Struts Gallery. I had a curry wrap and a grilled cheese sandwich. I stayed for a couple of hours, but the sun was brutal, and as the afternoon wore on, there was less and less shade to cower in. Regrettably, I made my way back to the dorm.

After trying for the third time to get Chris to rip the CDs I had bought (because I didn't remember the CD-ROM for my laptop) so I could get the music on my iPod, I remembered that the last show for the trapeze artist, Poisson D'Avril, was going on at 1400h, and I hadn't yet seen her. I rushed over there and just made it as the show was starting. It was pretty amazing.

Now it was time to relax a little bit. I didn't really feel like going back to the afternoon show because of the sun, and besides the Singing Saws performing at 1700h, there was nothing going on until 1800h. I went back to the dorm, finally got my new music onto my iPod and played around on the internet a bit. Chris and I went to this family restaurant for supper that gave you the choice of "frozen french fries, or homemade ones that we cut fresh here." Well, that's not much of a choice, is it? I took the homemade ones.

Six o'clock rolled around and we headed down to the final show of the festival. It was gonna be a monster 9 hours, and I think just as many bands. I got a great interview with Julie Doiron, and saw some fantastic sets from B.A. Jonston, The Stance, the Memories Attack, the Monoxides, and of course Eric's Trip. It is always amazing to see a band play live when you have an extreme intimate familiarity with the music. Especially when you're right at the front of the stage, and they're basically playing directly in front of you. I had an amazing time, and I'll definitely be on the lookout for SappyFest 2008 :) I would have taken more pictures, but my camera started flashing the battery light at me, so I decided to save the juice for when Eric's Trip played.

Back at the dorm, I got my pictures posted, and I was in bed by 0400h or so. I decided to take the scenic route home (through P.E.I....I had never been across Confederation Bridge before), so if you're interested, you can check out the pics from my whirlwind three-province tour.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

SappyFest: Day 2

Day two of SappyFest had a late start for me. Like I said in the last podcast, I was starving and I went looking for a diner at which I could get some breakfast. I found Mel's Tearoom on Main Street in downtown Sackville and grabbed a booth. The place wasn't even that crowded, but it seemed to take forever for me to get served. On the upside, ham and eggs and coffee only cost me $4.35.

I don't think I described my room very well...it's a typical dorm room: single bed, desk, shelves, small closet, and a mini fridge. The only real problem I had was getting network connectivity. The wireless network here at Mount Allison goes through a gateway where you have to enter a username & password, but the wired network just lets you get online. Unfortunately, the network drop is not under the desk, where you think it'd be, but rather across the room, by the mini-fridge. The cable that I brought wasn't long enough to reach the desk while still being plugged in so I had to basically sit at the fridge in order to be online. I took my chance this morning while nothing was going on to drive up to Moncton (about 35 minutes away) to Futureshop to get an SD card reader and a 25' cat-5 cable. So, the upshot of that was that I was able to get some of my photos online and I'm now sitting at the desk :)

I missed two shows from Poisson D'Avril, the trapeze artist, but luckily she's putting on one more show tomorrow. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from those who have seen her show.

The weather in Moncton was something you just had to see. As I drove into town, there were numerous strikes of lightning in the sky, but no thunder, and no rain. On my way back to Sackville, I drove through some of the worst rain I have ever seen, but it stopped about 10 minutes before I got to the Sackville exit.

At 1700h, there was a show from Sappy's sister festival, Ok, Quoi? going on at the Sackville United Church. There was some wacky shit going down in there. The various classical-style instruments in the 'Motion Ensemble' were dishing out some experimental (and I mean ex-per-i-mental) sounds that I'm not sure were music, but they were certainly interesting. Certainly a break from the norm of even the fare from SappyFest. As I left this show, the rain finally caught up to Sackville.

As there was last night, there was an outdoor show scheduled for 1900h outside of Struts Gallery, and there was supposed to be a barbecue. If it was raining, I wasn't going to go, because as attendees of that Summer Rush concert know, watching music in the rain quickly becomes not much fun. Around 1930h, the rain let up and I ventured out. I'm glad I did, because I got to see the Superfantastics.

After the outdoor show, we migrated to the Vogue Theatre about two blocks away. This was fantastic because being located on a marsh, Sackville has more than its share of flies, and I am apparently fine dining for them. However, karma being what it is, it was hotter than hell's armpit in that theatre. I was sweating like it was going out of style and I ended up leaving after Rick White played, and I missed Ohbijou and Chad van Gaalen, who I really would have liked to see, but I just wasn't prepared to torture myself to see them.

I managed to get a great interview with Paul Henderson, one of the three main people behind SappyFest, but I forgot my microphone in the car, so the audio will have to wait until tomorrow.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Maynards

The Maynards
Originally uploaded by Steve Dinn.

SappyFest: Day One

I'm going to try to make some short audio posts for the time I'm at SappyFest, hopefully with some music each time. Here's my first installment.

Check out the song at the end. It's the Maynards with 'Break Out the Make out'.
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Friday, August 3, 2007

Arrived in Sackville, N.B. for the Sappy Music Festival

I know it's been a long time since I've written anything on here...just about a month, but I figured that now that I'm actually doing something that it might be fun to post about it :) I have just made the slightly more than two hour drive to Sackville, New Brunswick from Halifax, and checked into my room at the Mount Allison University dorm (Windsor Hall, to be precise). It's hotter than an armpit in the sauna in here. But there's a dorm-sized fridge, so I've just plugged it in and left the door open. We'll see how good of an air conditioner it is. I have my doubts.

Anyway, I'm here in order to see various shows associated with the Sappy Records Music Festival. They even have "Sappy Fest" tacked on the bottom of the big sign on the highway that says "Welcome to Sackville". I managed to forget my SD card reader, but I am going to try downloading the drivers for my camera to see if I can get the photos off of it directly. Here's hoping I can pull it off.