R.I.P. Vassil

April 3, 2015

I’ve cried 4 times in the past 12 hours thinking about Vassil. I’m glad I’ve got this picture of him with his gold low-rider bike in front of 159 Manning 2 years ago. He kept showing up at the house over the past 7 or 8 years because he was often friends with one of my roommates, whoever happened to be living with me at the time, and we’d see each other at shows. He was always good vibes. Through so many ups and downs I’ve had, he always seemed genuinely relaxed and happy to see me. I’ve thrown less than 20 major parties here in the past 10 years, but I think he attended at least half of them playing in one of his bands like City Sweethearts, Rad Habits, Fill Spectre, or just hanging out. He’s been a welcome part of what’s happened at 159 Manning since I moved in just over a decade ago. We had a lot of common interests and people in our lives. The day this picture was taken he was here with me (not one of my roommates), before a Fill Spectre rehearsal.

A couple of weeks ago I got stupid drunk at Red Light on the Sunday night before St Patrick’s day doing too many shots with Julian, and a Thin Lizzy song came on and in my drunken ecstatic state I felt the need to tell facebook how much I loved them, and I told Vassil I was proud that we’d played together. I woke up the next morning feeling like an idiot for posting online while I was obliterated…and you know what? I still feel like an idiot, but I’m glad I told him I was proud I played with him, because I am. That’s the last interaction I got to have with him. He was a universally well-liked person. I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word against Vassil. He’s a person I’ll miss having in my life.

Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE Sign Up Sheet From Thursday March 19th @ the Garrison

March 25, 2015

Here’s the sign-up sheet from Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE at the Garrison on Thursday March 19th.

I think it’s a pretty good representation of what we get asked to play in an average night. This is the project I spend most of my time on these days. I’ve currently got 6 shows either confirmed or penciled in for April, including our first out of town show! Each show for April is with a slightly different lineup, but I’m playing all the shows, and Jesse Bellon will be playing most of them on lead guitar. I think the aim right now is to keep the regular rotation of 10 to 12 regular members to play in the band (generally as a quartet or quintet), people committed to working at learning all the songs, and like the idea of playing for 3 to 5 hours a night. My magic number I want to get to is 500 songs in our songbook. I think we’re almost at 300 songs right now. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE family, hit me up. I will update when all April dates are confirmed.

This Thursday

March 23, 2015

The 4 of us in Fill Spectre got together yesterday evening at Ian Sattler’s east-end rehearsal and recording studio to record a couple of songs for a compilation tape Ian’s putting together. The studio sounds great, is very clean and feels both relaxed and isolated.

We’ll be playing this Thursday at Velvet Underground with Ian’s band Wave of Terror, and Bad Breed!

Doors at 8:30pm, Fill Spectre goes on at 9pm, Bad Breed at 9:40pm, Wave of Terror at 10:20pm, live music is over by 11pm! Like this: BAM! BAM! BAM! 3 great bands, 1 right after the other and you can still get up at 7am the next morning for work no problem!

Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE Tour Dates Jan 2015

January 11, 2015

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Minor Treat

December 16, 2014

Back in June, Chris Murphy did a set of Minor Threat songs at the 159 Manning BBQ with my karaoke band Good Enough. All the material that day was from the band’s first two 7″ records. The reason we did this is because he and I are both big fans of the band, so why not?

We’re getting the band back together tomorrow to play the album Out Of Step, which represents the 2nd half of Minor Threat’s career. Why are we doing this? Because we love Minor Threat, so why not? Plus it’s a holiday toy drive. This is my poster:

This is Scott’s poster:

A few weeks ago Good Enough Live Karaoke (AKA Taxxx) backed up Buck 65 at the Danforth Music Hall, which got great reviews on A Music Blog Yea?, Exclaim and a bunch of other places, so we’re getting the band back together for NYE @ 159 Manning!! It was pretty exciting for all of us to play to a crowd of over 1000 people as part of the headlining act of the night, and I think it’ll be exciting for us to rip it up for 100 people in my basement on NYE.

I’ve also confirmed a NYE performance by the Milk Lines. Last time Jeff Clarke played in the basement at 159 Manning was on Halloween 2008 night at 5am. Mark Pesci was there and was the drunkest I’ve ever seen him before or since. I have a vague memory of him puking into a popcorn bowl. I think that might’ve been the night that caused him to give up drinking?

Jeff and I had an art show together back in 2008, at which neither of us sold anything. Maybe Jeff can bring some of those unsold paintings to sell on NYE. Hopefully their value has skyrocketed over the past 6 years.

There will be DJ sets on the main floor on NYE by Justin Peroff, Sunclef (both of whom played on Buck 65’s most recent album Neverlove) and Elaquent, with a late nite DJ set by TAIZA! There’ll also be performances in the basement by Green Rays and Wave of Terror. More info to come soon!!

I’ve started experimenting more with songwriting on my Triton Studio keyboard.


End Up Summer Update

August 28, 2014

Greetings readers! It’s been over a month and a half since my last update. Micro-blogging about my life just isn’t as exciting as it used to be. Not that my life isn’t as exciting, it just feel like I’m getting diminishing returns on the rewards of recapping everything I do. I’ve been considering retiring this blog soon, and start posting from www.159manning.com. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but it’s a reoccurring thought originating many months ago.

Good Enough Live Karaoke are playing at Parts & Labour tonight! Wini Lo wrote a nice article about us that went up on BlogTO this past Saturday.

I was on 2 hits of acid when we did the interview last month on a Friday afternoon in Trinity Bellwoods. It was a beautiful day, we’d just had a great meal at P&L and I was surrounded by friends, so I was feeling pretty great.

One of our karaoke regulars Rhett Morita who just happens to be a professional photographer, had taken some pictures of us at Clinton’s a few days before the article went up, so it was perfect timing!

I did a photo shoot with Sloan at 159 Manning last month (because I also happen to be a professional photographer); publicity photos for their new album Commonwealth which comes out Tuesday Sept 9th! Earlier this week, one of the photos was featured in USA Today!

If you didn’t already hear about it, check out this video Scott Wade shot of Sloan’s Chris Murphy singing Minor Threat – Seeing Red with Good Enough, which also happened to take place at 159 Manning.

Yesterday I got to captain a boat, as part of a short-film shoot Alison Honey of Park Bench Films is working on.

I want a boat of my own now! It definitely beats cruise ships.


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