Archive for May, 2015

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.