Thursday, February 16, 2006

I am really enjoying the olympics. I really don't follow anything other than hockey but it is a great background for doing paperwork ( work etc.)

I was telling Julie tonight how it is somewhat nostalgic for me ever since th 1976 Olympics in Canada where my Mom and Dad really got us hyped for the whole thing. We had the plastic olympic figures, the books, watched it on the crummy black and white TV at the family cottage and it was so fun. I am totally instilling the same thing in my boys. They seem to really like it too!

Tonight Julie and I had a discussion that we seem to always have about where we will live next. It seems that Quebec City is a strong possibility. It would probably be for one year. I would like move closer towards being bilingual. I am not sure what I would do there but there are a bunch of creative people in that province in many disciplines that I would look forward to getting to know a little. (yes, I know it's a big province)

gold medals!!!


As per usual, I don't have long to feel sorry for myself (usually not more than a couple hours) as I am at home in bed watching the hockey game with my sick little three year old.

I am thinking about having my own annual music award...why not, eh?...I try to do it all by myself anyways. haha
Some of my ideas would be awarding outstanding music in improvised music and creative jazz composition. I think we would search out the music on our own (heck...I love music so why do I need others to send me their records?) and it would not be saying who it the best (which of course is ridiculous) but just an opportunity to celebrate and draw attention to some outstanding recordings every year.

any suggestions for the name of my award? How about the Hoser Cup for Creative Music? I guess i could never win but it would allow me to celebrate some of those Canadian artists who I feel will rarely or never get support from the music industry.

Here is a good place to keep up to the minute with Olympic Hockey.

Go Canada Go!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 big celebrations here at Canadian Jazz Juno nominations....I was quite disappointed. As I was saying to a friend of mine tonight, it doesn't really matter but every now and again I need a lift, or a "thumbs up" like that.

The good news is: Tim Posgate Hornband featuring Howard Johnson really is one of the best jazz records made in Canada this year. I know because I listened to the whole thing today when I was working on a grant application, choosing which songs to use etc.

Sometimes you have to blow your own horn. I am starting to wonder if it will always be me doing the blowing...(am I really that flexible?...haha)

One note to the panel, the judges, CARAS etc: There are a lot of really good musicians out there in this Country (even in this city) making jazz music that sounds like today...2006. I have publicly listed who I feel these people are and I don't see their names coming up on any of the polls or awards.

contemporary by this point please pull out your dictionary and read the definition for modern.

thank you,


Canada vs Italy: What a fun hockey game! I haven't enjoyed watching a hockey game that much for sometime (and I enjoy every hockey game I watch!)

The personal stories really made this for me. Not one current NHL player on the Italian men's team. Parco for the Italian team is an Italian Canadian (as many of them are) and is raising his family while playing professional hockey in Europe. (as I always say; that is the only thing I would rather do than be a musician) He scored a goal and Muzzatti the goaltender played a great game. Muzzatti stopped more than 50 shots from the best players in the world.

This game was so quick too (on the clock); about two hours from puck drop to finish. I think a few personal things made it work for me too; I watched the first period with the boys and they were really into it, I am wide awake drinking coffee (versus beer) and the second and third period I got to watch in silence by myself (as I occasionally love to do).

I guess the other great part of it was that Italy was really going for it offensively with their home town behind them in the stands. I could feel their personal sense of achievment when one of them would pull a nice deek on one of these top NHL players.

My only regret is that I didn't convince the CBC to send me over to do an in depth feature (radio would have been great) on the personal stories in this game. I would love to know about all the Italian players personal lives leading up to the game and after. Also contrasting that to the lives of the NHL players, finishing their jobs at home and getting on a plane to Italy to play a game that was a sure thing and meant little to them.

I often find myself cheering for the home team and this morning was no different when I cheered after the Italian goals. (don't tell anyone!)

Go Canada Go!


Monday, February 13, 2006

We just had a good game of road hockey on our driveway. Everything for us right now is "Olympic" Road Hockey! I lost again of course.

If you are keeping score at home you can clean up my tears here (ok, I probably won't cry) on Wednesday when they announce the nominees for this years Juno Awards. (not that I am counting the days!...haha)

Never before have I felt like I had a chance but always enjoyed the long-shot-of-it-all. This year I will be disappointed if I don't get nominated as I feel this is my best Cd I have made and it is something that is not too abstract.

If I don't get to "feel like for just a moment I am up there" with all my childhood heroes like Rush and Max Webster, I truly hope that some of my friends get nominated and regardless I will still watch the TV broadcast as I always have on April 2.


Sunday, February 12, 2006

Had so much fun getting out of town and playing in the snow for 24 hours. We were imitating the Olympics which I am already thoroughly enjoying and Mens hockey hasn't even started. (I think I have made it clear here that I am not a big fan of Woman's hockey...sorry)

The opening ceremonies were fanatstic. I loved Poverroti (sp?) All of it was great. Some of the choreogrophy was so great and such a spectacle yet such integrity. (hard to do that!)

Our weekend nearly got cancelled when Leo started puking on the highway 400. I was more worried about my brothers new truck than about my son (funny eh?) We brought him home and all was fine (not sure his mother felt the same way)

Rough weekend for the Leafs. I was kinda bummed when we watched the whole game last night on an unclear channel and then when I turned it on later for some more Olympics realized that we had a better CBC feed. Oh well.

I am not really in the mood to write...hope to watch a little more of 81/2 tonight and get started on all the paper work I have to do over the next couple days tommorrow (good luck eh...seeing as I am at home with my 3 year old...)


p.s. rinsethealgorithym was really good and sold out at the Red Guitar on Friday night. yah Rich Brown!

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