Catherine MacLellan and the Olympic Symphonium

Just returned from seeing two great bands, Catherine MacLellan from PEI and the Olympic Symphonium from Fredericton. It was almost more of a combined show since both bands played with each other for most of the evening. Catherine’s coming back to the Folk Fest which I’m going to with Sharon and I’m excited to see Catherine play again. I remembered her last song from her set at the Atlantic House and it was one of my favorites.

The headliner was pretty bad though. They were talented, but the singer was some dude who was dressed up like a fancy lad from the 30’s and when they began the first song he broke out this ear-splitting yodel! Good thing there weren’t any dogs in the venue or they would have been howling. So we fled after two songs.

Otherwise it’s been a busy night. Monday our band rehearsed and Reilly and Shan put together a MGMT cover. Sounds good. I’ve got some ideas from drums but I’m not yet talented enough to pull them off. Need more practice!

Tuesday was the ABC meeting for our Amenities Building that’s part of our complex. Since I’m administering the music studios I’m involved in these meetings. I also took on the role of secretary, not only because I look hot in a skirt, but it’s good to help keep the minutes organized. Organization is what I do best these days. After I returned from the meeting and writing everything up I met Dave for a beer at the Alibi Room. The Alibi Room is the best pub in Vancouver because they bring in an ever-changing selection of esoteric beers from BC. Dave discovered they had another specialty brew list of beers brought in from other countries and so he asked for it. The waitress dropped a notepad off with several handwritten pages of beers from all over the world! We went for a Scotish beer that had been aged in oak whisky barrels. You could smell and taste the scotch in the beer and it was one of he best beers I’ve ever tasted.

Wednesday I hooked up with one of my co-workers, a former co-worker, and their girlfriends for dinner at a fancy-pants place in Yaletown called Lupo. Delicious Italian food and amazing desserts. Totally recommended if you want a tasty night out.

Last night Sharon and I went to the Hollywood Theatre to see Crazy Heart, the story of a washed up country singer who’s an alcoholic touring whatever bowling alley or pub will have him play. Fabulous film! Very well done. I won’t say much about it other than it’s well worth seeing.

And then tonight: 2 great bands and one terrible one. But a great time was had even if I did have to hear that the Canucks got pushed within one game of elimination with a 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, who put Vancouver out of the playoffs last year.

Tomorrow is the Northern Voice social media conference over at UBC. Should be fun! I enjoyed last year quite a bit. Then it’s our friend Matt’s housewarming.

Sunday I need to see about picking up the acoustic panels that have arrived at Tom Lee and installing them in the music studios in our building.

So a busy week! But good. I like busy… I feel more alive when things are happening.

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