Monthly Archives: April 2013

Saturday at 9pm

You know what’s really amazing? That I am posting about this freely improvised music concert but all the comments I will see tomorrow will be crazy spam bastards who will say things in the body of their remarks like, “I really agree with what you said in your blog. Keep up the good work” or “I love this blog, I feel the same way”.

They use complimentary language in the hopes you will approve their remarks. I suppose afterward some tricky cookie thingamajig will tell headquarters that you agreed to the comment and then they will zero in on greater bombardment like mosquitoes realizing there is an opening inside your tent and so much blood inside. Truly I would enjoy writing them back and telling them to die but it would only prove to them my actual email address and cement something statistically useful for them so instead I suffer their lame remarks and delete them.

Naturally it’ll be hard to find a seat at this concert since it is freely improvised music which all the kids go batshit over. Good luck legions of fans trying to get in.

London, Amelia Does, Corin Raymond

Last week I made an ad with  Corin Raymond for our upcoming performance in London Ontario – CLICK HERE TO HEAR . Now radio station CHRW has approved it. Excellent. Most artists don’t make the ad themselves – why not? Alternatively the station makes their own advertisement and they tend to not be funny plus they probably call me the guy formerly from Blue Rodeo which I believe about as useful for getting a crowd to attend one of my shows as would be advertising free packets of horse shit with the admission.

The other thing I try to do, to increase the audience for a show, is partner with other groups who might share some of the content and find someone local who would help out or promote it. Enter Amelia Does (see picture) Filmmaker, writer and general do-gooder (does-gooder?).  Amelia called the London Ontario Media Arts Organization since my show contain films, videos and animations. Come to each city from now on please Amelia! She is also the author of a book about Arthur Lipsett which is how I met her and Dennis Mohr – who is the director of the Mugshot film – (see earlier blog post –

Turning Down Montreal

If I’m performing my usual music and  films, I will at the end of the day make money or lose money. I will roll with it. There’s a good crowd or not much of a crowd.

I will even play to nobody, as in thems the brakes. Hello empty chair,  listen to this one –  1, 2, 3, “Don’t tell me I’m wrong ’cause I’ve been watching every move that you make”. Nothing is as satisfying as matching surrealism with itself.

I turned down Jonathan Cohen’s  One Man Band Festival in Montreal, that’s him with the rose. Jon wanted me to play the One Man Band Festival. I wanted to play the One Man Band Festival. I suggested I do Actionable because it is an interactive one man show using 3 instruments plus video. Jon was into it, he had promo plans. They sounded great. He is a good man and a excellent writer. Montreal is the only place in Canada where I have not yet performed this play.

To perform the play Actioanble I need a tech person, I need some theatrical elements, lights, dimmers, a controlled environment. More or less and I need a guarantee but he didn’t have the budget for it, goodbye Montreal.

Touring and performing Actionable started as a surprise request from Michael Rubenfeld the curator of Summerworks (though I feel the credit is due as well to Tara Beagan who told Michael the night before he called me “You really should let Bob do a show because someone will cancel” and Michael replied “Nobody has canceled. Bob will play the festival next year – maybe.”

I was there, they had that conversation in front of me.

Michael called the next morning. ” Hi Bob. Guess what, someone canceled.”

So I made a story and it’s called Actionable – about how sometimes through songwriting I came into the orbit of upset lawyers. Before Summerworks finished  I was invited to play another festival in 10 months time. That was in 2009. I have since toured Actionable throughout Canada and twice in New York. Too much fun but so much more effort and pressure than an ordinary show.  Sorry Jon good luck with the Festival.