I woke up Tuesday at 5:15 am to go to work. Not exactly my idea of a good time but I’ve been working extra shifts there to save up a little extra for some travel. It was a strangely warm morning outside, leaves were golden yellow. It was utterly quiet as I rode my bike. I could even hear the sound of my gears gently creaking and the soft wind sound.
But there was something wholly different about this morning, this was the first morning after the Canadian election! What I witnessed last night was I think as close to history or revolution we ever got. Liberals sweeped a majority under pretty boy Justin Trudeau (who needs acting lessons so says William Shatner) getting rid of the collective Harper cancer, as brilliantly as it was demonstrated by John Oliver. Hope was in the air, and it tasted sweet.
I’m a cynic when it comes to politics. Power corrupts, plain and simple. I won’t be too surprised to find good ol’ Justin backtracking on many of his party’s lofty promises (Justin, prove me wrong!) it’s politics as usual and always has been. I just wonder why we fall for it every time. Politicians are like that boyfriend who always cheats and says he’ll never do it again, and we are like the naive girl that always takes him back and eventually regrets it..again..and again. Sometimes I feel like as a collective, we act so much based on our unconscious, not even knowing why we do the things we do. And it shows in our political actions and decisions as a nation. Though we quit Harper, we went right back to an old drug that in many ways, was just as harmful. I feel we had a close opportunity to move in a fresh new direction (yes I am pro NDP). Anyway, maybe fresh blood will be good for everyone. No Harper is good anyway you slice it.
Apart from the 72 day election mania, September and October flew by! Music and friends have been at the forefront with highlights including a visit from my wife Lisa’s best friend Raj from England, (we took him to the eastern townships, to see Timber Timbre and to try out many great Montreal Poutines including the Poutine Gratinée at Fameux. I did a string of shows in Quebec with Phil’s (my keyboardist) band Couteau Papillon, and almost left them stranded in Quebec City without keys to their car, in the middle the night, in the middle of an alley brawl (long story – I think I have been forgiven for that one?). It started with a One Man Band Fest Pop Montreal Showcase with BA Johnston and Xania, Mark Mills and Jonah Haché performing, all were just pure genius. Then my band, the JCEX played an awesome set at Quai Des Brumes on Sept 19th For Pop Montreal 2015 with Dear Denizen who were pretty cool. We’ve been really ripping it up lately as a band and are sounding pretty smokin’. We now have a second bass player, by the name of André Bendahan, big hair, big heart, big bass!
Psyched about the string of shows coming up in the next few months, it’s going to be a roller coaster involving up to 5 countries. First show is tomorrow night! This Friday October 23rd @ the Plant with Sean Foster & the Vaqueros. The (185 Van Horne) It’s a Pay What You Can, BYOB event NOT TO BE MISSED! We will even have projections on this one courtesy of Bobby Jones. One week after that, I am off to Iceland, for a string of shows around Icelandic Airwaves Festival, then back to Canada for 2 short weeks before another jaunt to Europe where another JCEX stint begins!
Fall/ Winter 2015 Dates
- Fri Oct 23 (Montreal, Qc) @ The Plant W/Sean Foster & The Vaqueros 10pm
- Wed Nov 4 (Rif, Iceland) @ The Freezer W/Pfuzzle 8pm
- Thu, Nov 5 (Reykjavik, Iceland) @ Reykjavik Museum of Photography 3:30pm (Icelandic Airwaves Off Venue)
- Fri, Nov 6 (Reykjavik, Iceland) @ Aurora Reykjavik 4pm (Icelandic Airwaves Off Venue)
- Sat, Nov 7, (Reykjavik, Iceland) @ The Maritime Museum – Settlement Exhibition 2pm (Iceland Airwaves Off Venue)
- Sat, Nov 7, (Reykjavik, Iceland) @ Hitt Húsið w Pfuzzle 5pm (Icelandic Airwaves)
- Sun Nov 15 (Montreal, Qc) @ Balattou playing bass with Couteau Papillon 9pm
- Sat Nov 21 (Montreal, Qc) @ Cagibi playing bass with Couteau Papillon 9pm
- Thu, Dec 17 (Brighton, UK) @ The Lansdowne w/ Sam Walker
- Fri, Dec 18 (Oxford, UK) @ The Wheatsheaf, 9:30pm (Gappy Tooth Records Xmas Party)
- Sat Dec 19 (London, UK) @ The New Cross Inn 11pm (Bark Noise Promotions)
I am so excited about playing at Icelandic Airwaves in these truly awesome venues (respectable too for a change!) and discovering this incredible culture, traveling around, seeing the Aurora Borealis and experiencing new music too. For these shows, the JCEX will be a duo asI will be joined by long time friend and incredible electronic music artist and collaborator Christophe Barthe AKA Pfuzzle. Check out his awesome tracks on Soundcloud. We are “meeting halfway” as he puts it, with him coming in from Copenhaagen and I from Montreal, both meeting in Iceland, an exact halfway point!
There are many other dates in the work in the UK and Germany including a few possible dates with UK OMB extraordinaire Sam Walker and a tour with Wax Mannequin in January 2016 (he likes the touring like he likes his ice cream, freezing cold!)
Oh in Final news, The One Man Band Fest submissions are opening next week. Our One Man BAnd FEst – Pop Montreal show with B.A Johnston was a smash succes!! he dates are set for next year from May 27th to 29th. Check the website for details on how to apply: www.onemanbandfest.com
Well as this new era begins and we close the book on the old and tired one, all I can say is as they Say in Icleandic “Áfram með smjörið” translated as “On with the butter!” meaning, “keep doing what you’re doing!
Love and Butter..