Archive for July, 2011

Composition In Progress

July 26, 2011

I brought a record player down to the living room on Sunday.


July 25, 2011

I went to a meditation class at St Pauls Trinity Unity Church with Nicole Dagenais yesterday afternoon. There were lots of pictures around the room that looked like this:

I felt really relaxed during the first 15 minutes as we all slowly chanted ohmmmmmm, but then the girl leading it pulled out an acoustic guitar and we all sang hare krishna, hare krishna, hare hare over and over again and it was kind of boring and it made my back hurt sitting up straight and cross legged for 45 minutes. I wish we could’ve just done the ohmmm thing the whole time. Despite my flippant description, I’d consider going again (side note: they served us some great food during the intermission). I need to work on my posture in the meantime.

I’d like to learn more about Trancendental Meditation (AKA “TM”, same initials as me!), but I don’t want to pay $1500 to take the course. Maybe if I become famous someday they’ll let me take it for free. Cults love celebrities.

Let’s Try This Again…

July 19, 2011

I cleaned my room yesterday and did 4 loads of laundry!! It smells so clean!

After 4 of months of having only 2 roommates, I’ve decided to rent out my photo studio (the master bedroom) again starting Sept 1st. It’s a 12’x12′ room with 10 foot high ceilings, a large window facing east overlooking the backyard, and a closet. The floors were recently refinished and the walls painted white. $650 + 1/4 of utilities. This is what the room looks like right NOW:

There’s laundry in the basement, and my other 2 roommates are in Ladies of the Canyon, so they are often away on tour for stretches of weeks or months (and are lovely people when they are around); so chances are it’ll just be you and me most of the time. I am the superintendent/maintenance guy, but I’m not your maid/butler/slave/personal servant. I’m very proud of the house and how I’ve put it together, so I’ll expect you to do your part in keeping the place clean, organized and tidy. I’ve furnished the entire place myself, and I refinished the floors and painted the interior by the sweat of my brow, at my own expense. This is what the dining room/living room looks like.

I’d prefer someone who is:
-over 25-years-old (or maybe over 30?!!)
-female (this is negotiable)
-educated (also negotiable)
-employed and/or somehow mentally-engaged full-time AKA a productive member of society
-kind, reasonable and relatively happy with who they are

Do NOT apply for the room if you:
-have pets (I have a very pleasant cat named Maako but he doesn’t like having other animals around)
-are a drug addict or drug dealer
-are a hipster douchebag
-are a lazy sack-of-shit loser with piece-of-shit loser friends
-are a generally fucked-up or depressed person with intense social/emotional problems. 🙂
None of those 5 points are negotiable, because if any of the last 4 points describe you, I don’t want you to be part of my daily life. That’s how it is. The pet thing was Maako’s call.

This is the kitchen. It’s the one room I haven’t completed refinishing the floors but it’s almost there. We have a dishwasher. Call me at 416.523.7223 or email me to set up an appointment to see the room/house.

Last Gang In Town

July 17, 2011

I went out to Listowel ON with Sloan on Saturday as one of their stage techs. It was super fun. I love working with/for Sloan! I brought my camera, because that’s what I do; I take pictures and write funny “irreverant” captions. har-har-har…


The girl on the left is the summer intern at the local radio station and she introduced the band to the audience (check 2 pictures ahead in this photo series). Ryan is Sloans Chief Audio Engineer, Grand-Dragon Guitar Tech and Live Production Master Supervisor.

Mike is smiling because he’s generally a happy guy. Chris is smiling at me because we’re buds. Andrew is focusing his mind to ready himself to play for 2 hours.

There she is, on stage introducing the band (check 2 pictures ago in the series).

The crowd is hypnotized. They can’t believe it’s happening!!

Andrews arms are ripped. I’ll bet he could tear someone apart with his bare hands, while keeping a straight face, without his pulse-rate increasing.

The guy with the hat and no front teeth was really into it. I’m really into him being really into it.

Sometimes Chris gets hand cramps from all the autographs he has to sign. It’s a tough job, but he does it with a smile. He refuses to disappoint the fans!

“Ladies! Ladies! One at a time! Please…”

Thumbs Up

July 14, 2011

These are pictures shot on my Canon 5D. I think Kevin Hilliard took the first 4 and Emily Patterson took the last 2.

Songwriting class with Noah Mintz.

Emily shot this video too. Nyles recorded the audio. I spliced them together and sent the compressed file to Nobu.

Weekend Update

July 11, 2011