Sunfest, this July 7th to 10th, will be celebrating its 22nd successful year in our city. During a particularly busy period of preparation and tweaking, Alfredo Caxaj took some time out of his schedule to talk with The Yodeller about this popular world music festival’s beginnings and future.
When Conor McPherson’s 1997 drama The Weir was first performed in London Ontario, back in 2001, the production was such a hit that there were fistfights in the lobby for tickets. If folks had only known that they would simply have to wait 15 years for that production’s director, Don Fleckser, to direct the play again, perhaps some knuckles would have been spared.
at the London Music Hall
Monday, July 11th
Though the days of glam hair metal bands has passed by, Los Angeles’ Steel Panther affectionately lampoon the look and the profane lyrics of such pretty boy bands as Poison and Motley Crue. They started as Metal Shop releasing their self-produced debut Hole Patrol in 2003.
Art Bergmann’s not getting any younger and his bones are giving him grief, which is to say there might not be that many more opportunities to catch Canada’s godfather of punk in live performance. This always arresting singer-songwriter wouldn’t know how to fake it if he wanted to and it’s that ever-present note of authenticity that has attracted top drawer collaborators like John Cale and Chris Spedding to sit in with him in the studio.
“There are lots of back doors and secret passages in the fun house that is the pot world. Yes, it’s illegal. But it’s not equally illegal for everyone.”
When one is in the business of hangovers, conversations with friends sometimes turn into a bit of a competition. People want to earn that gold star, to have had THE WORST HANGOVER OF ALL TIME.
The English-speaking world celebrated the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’ birth a few years ago, according him accolades second only to William Shakespeare for sheer fecundity in the service of literary genius. Not so widely acknowledged at that time was the impact of the great Catholic writer and apologist, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) in framing our understanding of Dickens. Chesterton’s acclaimed biography of Charles Dickens was published in 1906 when Chesterton was 32 years old, and had already tackled biographies of the Victorian allegorical painter, G.F. Watts and the poet, Robert Browning.