Awesome covers: Complicated

One of my criteria for a great cover is when a band takes a song and makes it theirs. That’s why Dick Brave and the Backbeat’s cover of Avril Lavine’s Complicated makes the list. I mean…50s styled cover of a 90s pop song? Genius. And this is years before Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox started giving modern songs an early 20th century jazz makeover.

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Theatre gotta get paid for somehow: A Reading of Romeo & Juliet: Re-translated – June 25th 2017

You’ve probably heard about the show I’m going to be performing in November. I’ve mentioned it once or twice. The play’s working title is Krampus Night, but that might change between now and then.

Making theatre costs money, so I’ve got to do a little fund raising. My first fundraising effort is going to be on June 25th at the Social Capital Theatre in Toronto. Its a fun event I’m calling Shakespeare, Re-translated: Romeo & Juliet.

Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2937272. And since this is a fundraiser, if you can you can’t attend, but want to help me fund the November show, there’s a spot to donate there as well.

So what is Shakespeare, Re-translated? Here’s how it works: I’m going to take Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and run it through a popular online language Translator into another language, then take that translated version and run it BACK through that same Translator and translate it back into English. Then, give it to some really brave and talented folks to read in front of an audience, without them knowing in advance what language I used, or getting to see the re-translated play beforehand.

The really brave and talented actors who’ll be doing this are:

Dave Miller
Merritt Crews
Tom McGee
Richard Beaune
Kiran Friesen
Austin Shaefer
Sarah Strange
Torey Urquhart
Scott Emmerson Moyle

 

I hope you’ll come out and have fun hearing this strange, fun thing get read, while helping me make theatre this fall. You can find more information here.

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Awesome Covers: God Save the Queen

Dig Circus was one of my favourite local bands in the 90s. I used to hungrily look for their live listings in Now every week and when I found one, I was so there. They used to play some great covers in addition to their own awesome songs, but it was their very original cover of the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen that always turned heads.

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Awesome Cover: I Will Survive

How can you not talk about covers without talking about Cake’s amazing cover of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive. For me, one of the hallmarks of an awesome cover is when the band makes the song their own; a great cover doesn’t just recreate the original, it takes the original and makes it something new. And Cake does that with this cover.

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Stepping out

I walked into a cafe this morning, and blaring out of the speakers was an 80s song I had almost forgotten: Joe Jackson’s Stepping Out. The song didn’t have much of an impact on me when I was a teenager. It was far too mellow for my tastes then. But where the song really came to be a favourite of mine was while I was playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a game I loved, but never finished. And I never finished the game, because the soundtrack was so good. I’d get into a vehicle in the game, start driving and the radio stations would play amazing music, and I’d just want to keep listening. So the game became just driving around listening to the radio. And Stepping out became one of my favourites for driving. And when I walked into this morning’s cafe, that feeling of just driving through the fictional city of Vice (the Miami of the video game world), and immediately, I’m smiling.

Good start for the morning.

 

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