Thursday, October 30, 2008

Playing in Toronto

Playing in Toronto has never provided the satisfaction musically (appreciative bars, new fans) or promotionally (radio, interesting/meaningful reviews) and certainly not financially (money in the pocket); which attributes to why we don't play there. In contrast has been great experiences like the east coast, NFLD, Kingston's "Wild Stallion", Peterborough's "Red Dog" and certainly Sudbury's "Peddlers Pub". In fact just recently a new fan noticed himself and friends in a video of the hockey song, filmed on location during last years St. Patricks' Day. Olaf would say having met at McMaster (Hamilton) and having done further studies in Toronto that 'at the time' both our circle of friends were in the toronto greater area and so more shows happened in the big "T". As the years went on the close circle of friends and family we could rely on to attend EACH AND EVERY SHOW became less and less; not because they loved us any less (I remember meals with Olaf's mother btw, in Burlington, and watching invasion #2 of Iraq on the tele, with fondness) no but because a band simply cannot survive on that alone, we needed to grow and were seeking new, hopefully adoring, fans to nurture us and grow (cheese) and we found that... on the road. In closing, we like to return to Toronto for the Christmas shows and they only reason in my books is because 3/4 of the guys actually live in the city of Toronto. One day Olaf says we'll burn the bridges and play at the Horseshow, I say, I could care less about such a place. I prefer the Wild Stallions' and the cougars humping his shoes, and bouncers bouncing patrons from our microphones ahhhh the memories. In closing I remember Olaf having a good line to label the attitudes of the (mostly i'm sure) Toronto Bar owners in regards to whether they would hire you or ALLOW YOU TO SHOWCASE FOR FREE!! (can you believe the nerve) - "It doesn't matter what you play (instrument). You could play a sledgehammer and puke all over yourself as long as you're selling at the bar."

And that's a few of the reasons we don't play Toronto. Any bar owners want to prove me wrong? :)

Vile Christmas 2008

With the Halloween decorations still up, it's probably a bit too early to string up the Christmas lights, but it's not too early to spread the word about this year's Vile Christmas. We always look forward to this show and this year is no different.

One of the things that makes Vile Christmas a lot of fun is that's it's one of the only occasions that we play in Toronto. In fact, I believe that VR hasn't played in Toronto since last year's Christmas show in 2007. A discussion as to why we don't play in my hometown more than once or twice per year is probably best left to a different blog post, but that makes this show all the more exciting.

The show details are:

Saturday, Dec 13, 2008
@ Holy Joes (Queen & Bathurst)
Toronto, ON

"Left of Here" will be joining us at this show. We have borrowed heavily from this band in the past. Bass player Dave "Biggie" Bigwood toured the Maritimes with us back in 2006. Drummer Richard Cambridge also happens to be the latest in a long, long, long line of Vile Richard drummers. He is, however, the first drummer in the band to be named "Richard", which, when you think about it, is nothing to sniff at.

There are more special guests on the way and we'll also have our Vile renditions of your favourite Christmas carols as well to round out the evening. Andrew will enjoy an evening not spent renovating his new house, while Marc and Richard will have a few hours of relief from diaper duty, so it's win-win for all concerned.

I'll post more details when I have them, but for now, please mark your calendars!