159 Manning Presents: Yardlets & friends

August 18, 2015

I’m throwing 1 more party this summer at 159 Manning. Likely my last jam until NYE. This will be sort of like the party I threw in May with Kapuano Records, with the backyard open, but all bands will be playing in the living room, NOT a giant 3-stage circus like M for 159 Manning. I don’t think my neighbors will let me get away with having bands in the backyard again so soon after the NXNE weekend.

Like the party in May, I’m keeping with the theme of 2 Montreal acts, 2 Toronto bands + me opening the party with a piano sing-along. I’ll be doing something similar to what I did in the video below, but keep in mind that was shot 2.5 years ago and I’ve come a lonnnnnnnng way in my playing since then, and I’ll make sure to choose songs that suit yelling along like Don’t Stop Believin’, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and November Rain. If I get my shit together in time I may even provide lyric sheets. It’ll be kind of like Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE except I want everyone to sing rather than solo singers, which means it’ll be kind of like Choir!Choir!Choir! except I don’t expect anyone to sing harmonies, just shout-along.

The headlining Montreal act is Yardlets, featuring Sam Goldberg Jr who may be the last current member of Broken Social Scene to hasn’t already performed at 159 Manning before? Let’s see, Justin Peroff DJed NYE last year, Brendan Canning has DJed my NXNE BBQ’s once or twice, and KC Accidental played the BBQ last year featuring Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin…so does that mean I can lie and tell people BSS has played my backyard? Like when people ask “Hey Tim, Sloan played at your house didn’t they?” and well no, I’ve done a photoshoot here at 159 Manning with them which resulted in the album cover for their most recent Record Store Day 12″ Ep, and Chris Murphy played drums for Little Orton Hoggit and His 10 Cent Wings here a few years ago, and then sang Minor Threat’s first 2 7″s from start to finish with my band Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE in my basement, and everyone else except for Andrew (Jay, Patrick and Gregory) has attended one of my BBQ’s, so I just say “YES. Yes, Sloan did play in my backyard and it was great”. But I ONLY say that when people suggest that it happened first. It’s more succinct than saying no.

I digress; Yardlets are playing, and Sam suggested another MTL resident to perform named Paul Jacobs. I don’t know much about Paul, except 1. he’s a one-man-band, 2. that I briefly met him at Parts & Labour a few years ago and he insisted on giving me this sticker he drew which is now on the cover of one of my notebooks, and 3. he’s originally from Windsor ON, which is also my hometown.

The 2 Toronto acts are the good-ol’ 159 Manning standbys Fill Spectre and Wave of Terror. Jesse Bellon (also a Windsor native) will be playing guitar in both bands. Fill Spectre photos below by Del Cowsill.

I’ll be playing bass in Fill Spectre, and keys in Wave of Terror. I’m playing 3 sets that night!

Wave of Terror photo shot on NYE by Jett Black. W.O.T. drummer Ian Sattler designed the show poster at the top of this post.

Some Say Blogging Is Dead

August 12, 2015

…and that may be true, but HEY I’m used to passionately toiling away in obscurity producing mediocre work that nobody cares about. That’s my thang!

I took a few pics at Fill Spectre band practice last night.

This is my bass rig.

In my bands, wearing no shirt is the new wearing a shirt.

My pal Rich Terfry released a book today! I’m very excited to read it. I took a few pics at the launch party to commemorate the event. “Maybe I should bring a flash” I thought as I left the house, but alas I did not. Everyone still looks gorgeous, so I hope you enjoy the pics anyways!

Congratulations Rich! You’re officially a writer now.

I’m A Better Photographer than Musician

August 10, 2015

…but I get more satisfaction from playing and pursuing music, so I’ve really gotten away from taking photos for awhile. I should make an effort to get back into it. Here’s a few photos I took at my party back in June, shot on my Canon 5D Mark II with some assistance from Jason Sherritt.

Unfortunately, a couple weeks after the BBQ I was on a job shooting video and accidentally cleared the card with pics from the 2nd half of the BBQ before I’d archived them to my computer, so that’s all I have. I hope you enjoyed them!


July 18, 2015

Look at this picture of me! It’s funny because I ate a nibble of mushrooms about an hour before this picture was taken and now it looks like how it would if the viewer were tripping on mushrooms.

Tonight Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE are playing at Casbah in Collingwood for the 3rd time! It’ll be me on rhythm guitar and keys, Eric Woolston on drums, Del Cowsill on bass, and Danny Gorman on lead guitar. 4 piece band.

Our next Toronto show is Thursday July 23rd, making our Kensington Market debut at Supermarket!! It’ll be the same band as we’re doing in Collingwood tonight except Del will play rhythm guitar because Craig Mailman will be on bass, and Alan Snoddy will also be there part of the night playing lead guitar. 5.5 piece band.

Fill Spectre have been making some new recordings with Ian Sattler engineering at his studio over the past week and a half. We’ll be playing a free show with Colaheads and the Graffiti Crimes on Saturday July 25th at Redlight. Fill Spectre features Jason Sherritt on lead vox and rhythm guitar, Travis Kiid on lead guitar, Jesse Bellon on lead guitar, me on bass, and Matthew Cosgrove on drums. 5 piece band.

NXNE 2015: Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE @ Yonge and Dundas Square

May 25, 2015

It’s official, we’re Toronto’s new band. For better or for worse, we’re what you deserve. Sunday June 21st from noon to 5pm at Yonge Dundas Square. It’s 5 hours of Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE rocking what some would call the Times Square of Toronto, featuring many special guests singers and maybe even YOU!!!!!!!!

It’s real: You can sign up to sing here! From NXNE.com – “Ever wanted to take the NXNE YDS Stage but never had the headlining superstar status it inevitably requires? Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE is here to help your dreams come true.”

Here’s some info on the hosts I’ve asked to act as MC’s throughout the show. As they’re all about to find out, taking the stage with Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE can be like a roller coaster ride; both terrifying and exhilarating! Not for the faint of heart.

noon – Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman – Collectively known as DaBu, they are the founders of Choir! Choir! Choir! a twice weekly drop-in singing group in Toronto. What started as a small gathering of friends now brings out hundreds of non-professional singers each week and has led to gigs opening for Jay Leno at Massey Hall, singing with Patti Smith at the AGO, and on the Juno Awards with Tegan and Sara. For more info, check out choirchoirchoir.com.

1pm – the MRCH Morning Zoo Crew – Hey Everybody! Skip Lowe (Kevin Hilliard), The Platypus (Chris Murphy – Sloan) and MRCHy the 6 foot promotional t-shirt (Mike Nelson) from Toronto’s hottest non-existent radio show, The MRCH 108.8 Morning Zoo Crew!, will be on hand to host singers talented and otherwise.

2pm – Nick Sewell – As a member of storied TO rock outfits such as Biblical, The Illuminati and Tchort, Nick Sewell has been releasing and performing loud guitar music for over 20 years. He is currently touring in support of Biblical’s debut LP Monsoon Season, which was released to critical acclaim in 2014 by New Damage Records.

3pm – Justin Peroff and Mikey B Richwan – Justin Peroff; Broken Social Scene drummer, artist manager, DJ, 159 Manning co-programmer, day dreamer and Good Enough Live Karaoke fan-boy. His co-host, Mikey B Rishwain was born and raised in Stockton California, home of Chris Isaak and Pavement. Mikey eventually relocated to Montreal, where he rapidly established himself as a G ranking in the Top 100 in Nightlife Magazine’s Montreal “Personalities that changed our nightlife”, after being in the city for only a year! He has been Programming Director for M FOR MONTREAL since 2007.

4pm – Raina Douris – Afternoon drive host at indie88, blogger, videographer, artist, writer and all around nice lady.

NO COVER at all upcoming Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE dates:
Tuesday May 26th at Clintons Tavern after Choir! Choir! Choir! – 10:15pm to 1:30am.
Tuesday June 2nd at Clinton’s Tavern after Choir! Choir! Choir! 10:15pm to 1:30am
Saturday June 6th at Dundas West Fest on the Beer Store Parking Lot Stage 1:15pm and 5:15pm
Saturday June 6th at JCMH – 10:15pm to 2am
Friday June 12th at Wrongbar – 9:30pm to 2am
Sunday June 21st at Yonge Dundas Square – noon to 5pm

20 years of Doing-It-Myself

May 15, 2015

I put up the FB event yesterday for what’s officially known as M for 159 Manning, colloquially known at the 6th Annual 159 Manning BBQ. I’ve already reached the limit of number of people FB will allow me to invite, so feel free to add yourself or invite your friends to the event.

This past NYE party commemorated 10 years of me living in Toronto at 159 Manning, and this summers BBQ coincides with 20 years of DIY for me; releasing music, playing, organizing and promoting shows, etc… always with whatever limited resources and talent I had at my disposal. Here’s the first show poster I ever drew, for the first show I ever played, and the first show I ever promoted. July 21st 1995 at the Acapulco Delight in Windsor. $2 at the door, includes a free pop.

Wonkavision’s $3 Basement Party was the first tape I released, recorded in May and June of ’95. I listened to the first half of it with Andrea last week, and I gotta say, you’d have to have a VERY open mind and consider the context to appreciate what we were doing at the time. There will be no Wonkavision reunions, no re-release of the recordings. I just want to make a point of saying “I started spending my time and energy doing this, 20 years ago”.

I could tell you the good things about that tape, but to cater to the haters; maybe the songs were terrible, maybe the lyrics were silly, maybe the recordings sounded like shit, but I don’t care. I had a 2-track Teac reel-to-reel, a couple high-impedance mics, the same frankenstein drum kit I have now, the same Traynor PA head and Peavy guitar cabinet I play through now, a shitty guitar and a bass, and a Casio keyboard to pull that project together with $0. I’m proud of it, because I made something out of nothing.

I sold about 300 copies of $3 Basement Party back in the day. I cut out and colored all the covers by hand, and even wrote out all the songs on each and every copy of the tape labels. The internet didn’t exist back then, at least not for me, so what else was I going to do with my time? At any rate, I think 16 year old me would be pretty excited about this party on June 19th.


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