Well folks, 2011 is coming to a close and i decided to write a blog entry. I don’t usually like to write. I’m pretty critical of my writing skills…actually other people are critical of my writing skills…so i’m shy about it. I decided however, that i need to just barf it on the page and be done with it. So here’s my thoughts.
I started this blog at the beginning of the summer to share my experiences with exploring the indie music scene in Toronto. I call myself the cheerleader…promoting bands without being a real paid promoter. I cover any Southern Ontario band/musician who gets a gig in a Toronto venue or music event. I will even cover a busker if it’s cool enough. It just needs to be in a Toronto setting. I take still shots and post them on Flickr. I’m not very good…but once in a while i grab the money shot and gawd that feels good! Sometimes I take some video. I need to do more of that. The original intention for the site was for it to be a vlog.
The blog has been hacked a couple of times (dammit!) and rather than restoring the same site, i’ve decided to take the opportunity to change it each time. I like what i have up now. My friend Jason Bunston of Elite Conceptual Consulting took a look at the blog and made it a little more secure for me this time around. Jason’s a genius with WordPress. His team customized the websites for Toronto artist Joel Richardson (recently in the news because the city paid him to paint a mural and then they erased it) and Toronto entertainment personality Rosey Edeh (ET Canada).
The objective moving forward will be to let you meet the bands i’m meeting. I’m going to try to find fun and interesting ways to introduce them to you. I’m also finding people who are doing cool things like operating recording studios, making custom drum kits, designing album covers, etc. I’d like to share information on those people too. While i’m at it, i’m hoping you’ll get to know me.
I don’t get paid for this stuff, so sometimes there’s a lag in the time between posts. My new year’s resolution is to be more consistent with the timing of the content. You can help me keep up with the calendar by letting me know about the gigs your band or your favourite band has booked in the city.
On Thursday we headed over to C’est What on Front Street to hear Mittenz. This cute all chick band plays garage pop with Emily Bones and Mary Deth singing and playing guitar in a pleasant, easy to listen to pop, while accompanied by punk drummer Lindsay Bird. It’s a unique sound. The girls are cute, costumed and animated on stage. They’re fun to watch. They are Mittenz and they call their fans kittenz.
I spoke with the girls after the show and they told me they are working on a 6 track EP that they expect to release in the spring. They have applied to perform at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in August. The lineup for that show won’t be announced until the spring. They’re hoping to set up a tour once their EP is released.
You can find Mittenz anywhere online. They’re at themittenz.com and on social networking sites Facebook, Tumblr, Myspace, Youtube, Twitter and Reverbnation.
So, I hate to whine, but I’m going to say it again anyway…Ohjusteatit was hacked. I’m starting from scratch to put the site back together. I learned a lot the first time around and I think I might be able to do a better job this time. I have a lot of new ideas. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think so far.
While I work I’m listening to Mittenz. Aaron and I have been wanting to check out the Front Street venue C’est What and when I checked out their site to see who was playing tomorrow (12/8) I was thrilled to see it was Mittenz. I’ve been wanting to see them and get pictures of them for my collection. They have been working on a new EP.