What Do Authors, Musicians & Uber Have in Common? Indie.
Saturday, I went to a book reading for the book “Wake Up and Smell the Shit”, a book edited by Canadian travel author, Kirsten Koza.
I needed to travel from north of the city to McNally’s Book Store . I plugged the address in on my Uber app and the lovely lady who picked me up proceeded to the DVP where we got stuck behind an accident for an hour. I became very anxious about being late, but she was a doll and chatted with me while we inched our way down the highway. She told me all about enjoying life as an independent Uber driver, and said Uber is trying to encourage more female drivers. She finally dropped me off at Richmond and Bay, and I jumped out and started running toward McNally’s front door when I noticed a horrific scene of a burnt-out car on Bay Street. I thought “what’s with the driver’s in this city!” when I looked back and realized there was a large green-screen behind the fire truck. Movie set. Toronto. Of course.
I got to McNally’s on time to hear 3 final readings from the book. The book is made up of short story submissions of travel misadventures from several writers. One of the writers, filmmaker Kyle Keyser, told a story of getting up close and personal with a Peeping Tom rock star…hint: “Love in a Black Jeep Wrangler…Livin’ it up when the pants are down”. You really should get this book. It’s funny.
One feature of the event was guest musician Jorge Miguel. He found out about the event from his friend, Juno award winning album designer Michael Wrycraft, who is a mutual friend of Koza’s. Miguel added some sweet flamenco guitar to the room. McNally’s book store, in my opinion, is the most beautiful book store in the city, and being in that space with Miguel’s spanish flamenco guitar music felt very relaxing. I bought both his CDs.
If you’re ever looking for a new way to enjoy Toronto music, check out Toronto literary events. Take an Uber car to get there. Things will crash and burn around you in this crazy city and it won’t matter because it will be so much fun.
Pick up your copy of “Wake Up and Smell the Shit” here: Amazon
Get a copy of Jorge Miguel’s music here: Website