Monthly Archives: January 2014

Canada Day Winnipeg


Sometime 20 years ago my band the Binder Specialists played Canada Day in Winnipeg. The band was named after a used car which belonged to a company called The Binder Specialists (which made us look amazing when we pulled into town with a fancy logo across the truck – the bindermobile).

This excerpt in Winnipeg was one of 25 dates we did that summer. Selina Martin, Liz Murray and Dave Lee were awesome.

Being from Winnipeg it was very strange that we had a room or two at our disposal at the bar known to Winnipegers as The Zoo. I can’t imagine we could survive sleeping a night there but I can’t remember now if we did or made a better escape.

Whoever filmed us starts and stops. It’s kind of interesting. These two songs slamspliced are Real Thing – which Ron Sexsmith once told me could be a hit, (why doesn’t anyone listen to Ron? and Stay Untraceable which in upcoming months had unique movements choreographed by Liz ad Selina. I’ll post that after I digitize the Kiel, Germany performance, the one when we scraped the top of the rental van.

Tip for future bands: try not to scrape a rental vehicle.

Grace Hospital At Ultrasound

janeIn my closets so many things over time recorded with different technologies from 1/4 tape, dat, Lcassette, 1/2 inch tape, 2 inch tape and vhs. Finally got around to transferring the big bags of VHS and there were some surprises there. This moment where Jane Siberry did a guest performance at my Ultrsound show was especially striking¬† because I didn’t remember ever playing the piano like that.

We did a few dates together, she locked the keys accidentally in my van at our London, Ontario show at Call The Office. Next thing I knew 12 different men were falling over themselves to show her they could break in and retrieve them.



New Year New Contract

Dear Lucifer

Even though the lyrics to  Serpentne Fire, like everything by Earth Wind and Fire, make absolutely no sense*, I am willing to sign away my soul if you could bestow me with approximately 15% of the talent necessary to conceive of horn lines similar to what they did in Serpentine Fire or September.

your pal (who’s soul is still available despite being in music biz)





* (to me)