The thing I like most about Toronto is that I have the ability to mix a alt-country singer/song-writer duo in a backyard one day, and a full on rock band in a hockey arena the next. Tomorrow I will be mixing my first show for Toronto’s Fucked Up who will be opening for the Foo Fighters at the Air Canada Centre. It’s not going to be the first time I’ve been in this room, but when it’s the first time working for someone I can’t help but be at least a little bit nervous.
I’ve done my homework and have listened to their new record David Comes To Life over and over. It’s a really great record. I can’t wait to mix some of it live.
I can’t wait to see what rig the Foo Fighters will be touring with, and I will most definitely blog about it.
What’s Next: Following tomorrow’s show, I have a week off before Arkells fly out to Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
I never thought I would be mixing a show like this in my hometown. At the corner of Wilson St and Trinity Road (or Highway 2 & 52), the Ancaster Fairgrounds opened up a couple of years ago. The old fairgrounds site is now covered with newly built homes, in the ever-sprawling “Meadowlands”. The Ancaster Agricultural Society really couldn’t say no, when it became apparent that the property they were sitting on was worth a fortune; enough that they could pick up and move and build a brand new facility safely out of the targets of development (for now).
The Festival of Friends has decided to leave the downtown location of Gage Park, for somewhere with a little more room, and the Ancaster Fairgrounds will be hosting it for the first year. Arkells, among many others will be playing, and because of all this, I get to mix a show is only 4 kilometers from where I grew up, and coincidentally is directly across the street from where my father started our family business.
The best part about the show though will probably being able to jump in my folks’ pool immediately after.
I really like Hollerado. They’re a great band, they’re great people, and they know how to put on a good show. I first saw them in Victoria in 2007 when they opened up for Cuff the Duke. Their album Record in a Bag is a great one and was in regular rotation on my iPod for a long time (that iPod has since been stolen).
If you’re at Edgefest, they’re closing out the side stage at 6:40pm, immediately after The Weakerthans play on the main stage, so if you’re not trying to get to the front of the crowd for A Perfect Circle (which if you are, go back to the year 2000), check them out!
The title of this blog post speaks for itself. This Friday and Saturday I’ll have the pleasure of working at Massey Hall. I’ve been lucky enough to already have done 4 shows in here before. I’ve been there with Cuff the Duke three times, and Hayden once. All four of these shows have however been as an opening act and this will be my first time in here working for the headliner. I think it will be a more enjoyable experience because we wont be rushed off the stage after only 30 minutes, and I’ll get to spend the entire day in there soaking in the room. The other great thing about it is that I get to watch the entire show from the best spot in the house: stage left. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos from this position because you can’t really appreciate how Massey Hall looks until you see it from the stage during a show.
The other cool thing is that while mixing the monitors for the band, I’ll build my own mix so I can listen to the show exactly how I want to. It’ll also help me hear anything weird that may be happening.
I’m sure I’ll be taking a ton of photos, so stay tuned.
Arkells, San Sebastian, Dinosaur Bones – Southern Ontario Sat. May 21st, 2011 – 9:30pm – Outback Camping, Port Burwell, Ontario. Sun. May 22nd, 2011 – 11:00pm – Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, Ontario.
It’s been ages since the last Arkells show, and I’m getting a little antsy to get back out there and work with these boys. After some time in the studio, they’re getting down to the nitty gritty of the album release preparations, but thankfully that isn’t stopping them from doing a couple shows in the meantime. We have a good amount of shows in July and August, so these shows will be a nice little bonus in the meantime. The shows themselves are unique, they’re not club shows or even really festival shows, but they should be as my friends in Newfoundland say: “a laugh, and a time.”