Saint John is a very amazing place to live. There is a lot of history and tradition here. New Brunswick is proud to have Moosehead Breweries call this place home. For 150 years they have been thriving here and brewing delicious beer.
On the night of their big 150 party, I got an invite from my friend Cherise Letson, at Huddle and I went as her guest and it was super fun and I was honored to attend.
We arrived at Harbour Station, at promptly 6:45 for our shuttle and City Transit transported us to the Brewery. We showed up, and while in line, and obtaining our bracelets we got glow sticks, pretzel necklaces, beer cozies and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.
We got on the bus and heard lots about the history and about the evening ahead of us. We arrived at the Brewery, and the warehouse had been prepared for one hell of a party. Holy Macaroni!
The lights, from Duncan Electrical, were incredible as you can guess. Rows and rows of lights, disco ball, and band lights were spectacular. the whole place was electric.
The beer and cider options were plentiful. The snacks were abundant. There was no shortage of food or drink for anyone there. The food trucks outside also offered a vast array of options for folks to choose from. While on the topic of food, they supplied more Dominos pizzas than I could ever dream of eating in 10 years, this is not an over exaggeration.
The photo booth experience was the coolest thing. Being able to immediately have a photo of the experience as well as digitally on Ipads to share in the moment to your specific social media profile. We used the Hashtag #Moosehead150Party and we saw everyone’s photos up n the screen. Smoothest most fun, completely seamless photo booth I have ever used! So Cool! Check out this company via Huddle Article.
Coffee, and adventures, yes, please. Station 33 is the perfect combo of the 2 things.
Sunday, my friend Andalia and I went out for a cruise after breakfast. We made our way eventually to Station 33 out in Hampton. ☕️✨
We both were so pumped when we went in. The cafe was calm, the coffee smelled incredible, the layout was pretty and immediately made you feel at home. That is essentially what it was. A home. There were a kitchen and a big dining room area. Everything was homemade, from the protein bars, sandwiches and more. The contents, for example, books, menu boards, writing on the wall, it was truly amazing. I cannot wait to go back.
I am still thinking about it. From the Americano to the homemade sea salt scrub in the bathroom, I urge you to head out there and check it out. Here are a few photos I took while we were there.
Love this mug which was only 10$ and is a camper style mug. I love the feel of it and the price was rad too!
Let me know your thoughts and what you got when you visited Station 33.
Yesterday, Canada celebrated the life of Gord Downie, and the Music The Tragically Hip gave us to enjoy and continue to make memories and experiences with.
Strange Grooves had their first live listening party, and we were joined by Tara Keeley and Abigail Smith. Although it was under sad circumstances, this is the exact reason we created this group and project. To bring people together to the music they love, even when tragedy happens. it is more important than ever before that we connect and have conversations, especially about music, something we all enjoy in some capacity. Having friends over, and discussing what The Hip means to us was very nice, and really comforting. We urge everyone who wants to join our group, write for our page, YOU are more than welcome.
Our listening nights are very chill. Genuine conversations and hanging out. We would love to hear from you.
Thank you so much for joining us on our last podcast. We really really appreciate all the support and interest we have got so far with this project. We are so excited that it is getting some reach and really helping people bring their love of music to life by communicating and chatting to each other about it.
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In this episode, we chat about the late Tom Petty, Influence music has on us and our memories, RUMOURS, The ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute show we attended, upcoming events and much more.
Last week, when we heard the news of Tom Petty, that was just really awful. It was just something the world did not need at this moment. Tom Petty is a sincere and very well respected man and to lose him, just plain sucks. I personally am a big @Juliette Lewis fan and I follow her on Instagram and saw in the last couple weeks she attended one of his shows, and did some live broadcasts, and it was incredible. hearing the news of his passing was surreal. Oddly enough, I thought of her when I heard the news. Someone who could relate to how much this sucks was comforting. It made think about how important plays an influence in our lives. All of our moods etc.
My dad and my grandfather always taught me mostly what I know about music to date, and one thing that always stuck out was how much they respected Tom Petty as a singer-songwriter. They would always say he seemed like a really good guy, the type of guy everyone in any band would want around or collaborate with. That to me was something to respect and to think about when listening to music, for me anyways.
We discussed how music and memories, experiences go hand and hand and really bring back vivid memories, whether celebratory or tragic, Music is emotional and it touches us and helps us cope in incredible ways. we use it to workout, celebrate, get through tough times, communicate with people among many other ways and capacities.
My grandfather was a huge music lover and always would talk about classic rock and he would let me dig through his collections. When I listen to music today, I think back to those times. Good times.
Last week, a friend and I attended a show Apryll Aileen was playing, to show our support to her, our friends who run the comedy club and the venue itself. After a long day of work, the atmosphere was really quite enjoyable. The venue was packed, the crowd was excited. We had a really fun time!
The seasons have started to change and a night out means something a little different to everyone. Have you ever watched a show or performer but felt like maybe you were reflecting the entire time? If you have, me too…
We all go out to support local artists, our friends, someone a friend told us we would enjoy seeing perform, many other reasons, but often sometimes the expectation of why we went and the reason we attended changes, sometimes we surprise ourselves.
Apryll Aileen, This year has been in the minds and ears of everyone, and every place she tours and performs. She just finished touring across North America and is one of New Brunswick’s top singer-songwriters. She has worked very hard and has performed at a variety of events and shows. It was really exciting to see her play YukYuks Comedy club, which was hosted by her good friend Fran Menton.
The show was opened with a spoken word poetry piece by Mikayla Hanlon and had quite a few fun surprises throughout including a fellow friend David Kirkpatrick’s daughter Payton Kirkpatrick joining Apryll on stage to sing ” Hey Sugar” for the finale. That was mega cool!
When you see Apryll play music and have fun with the crowd, the distraction is quite wonderful. Life can be quite intense for us all at times, but when we step out and enjoy music, the experience and music can be even more wonderful and more enjoyed.
YukYuks Comedy club is such an incredible venue. I personally have held my own private birthday party there with almost 200 people in March. Steven Barnes and his team are the most wonderful folks to work with. They work really hard to ensure talent, like Apryll and famous comedians, and musicians from all over the world continue to come to Saint John!
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👽 VOLUME 1 is now live!
🎶We discuss the new Primus album dropping TOMORROW!! The VIP Primus experience with Claypool Cellars. We talk about the last few shows we attended, including seeing and meeting Canadian classic rock heroes, The Stampeders. You will hear a bit about what we are currently listening to, Queens of the Stone AgeGreta Van Fleet and some documentaries you should check out including “Danny Says” and another we’re excited about” five foot two” which is the new Lady Gaga film on Netflix, and lastly, what you can expect coming up including events, who will be joining us as guests….
Stay Tuned, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.🎶💀
15 years ago, I heard my first Primus cd. I asked a friend to borrow the cd for a few days, as I didn’t have the cash to buy it.
Listening to Pork Soda, a fondness of Primus developed. A big one.
Let’s fast forward 15 years and I’ve had the opportunity to see the band a few times and fuck each time my mind has been blown and I’ve sung louder and smiled harder than I’ve ever before. I have Obtained a few setlists, just recently experienced my first meet and greet and man, I love them even more. If that intrigues you I urge you to read on. They have a new album coming out so I think it is important to showcase the phenomenal experience they gave to fans, and how awesome this new album is so far. #PrimusSucks
This is me seeing Primus for the very first time.
Over the years, I have gotten to know the band in a neat way before ever getting to meet them. Trying to comprehend their dynamics and talent, I attached myself to their music. I have read the books, followed side projects, collected most of their records, tried to support them how and when I could. As I grew up, Primus has stayed a focal point musically for me, and it was only a few years ago I finally got to see them at Rockfest, in Montebello, Quebec. That was rad. I then 3 days later traveled to Portland, Maine to see them at the State Theatre and was front row and had one of the best times of my life.
When I found out they were touring this past July in Portland, I was thrilled. I found out in January and myself and another good friend of mine, we just knew we had to go. The venue was outdoors, and Primus was offering a VIP experience for the first time.
We got the tickets, which included special merch, signed poster, meet and greet experience, Q &A with the band, opportunity to taste Claypool Cellers variety of wine and Les Claypool’s Seapop Soda, and this package also offered early access to the show.
One thing I want to really state is that every time we would correspond with the band, they would engage. That was really cool. We were stoked to make the drive in July and would reach out showing us driving listening to the albums, or the ocean, our Province, etc. They would always take notice, reach out and reply and that really meant a lot.
The time came when we made the drive to Portland, and from the moment we started the trip, we started storytelling. We were driving to see our favorite band. It’s been a crazy year and sometimes, a good concert can help.
Me and Andalia getting our VIP Passes
We got to the Pier, after renting a cool little house with Air B&B, and mentally preparing for the show. We were greeted by incredible staff, who fixed us up with our passes, bracelets and got us to where we needed to be to chill and taste some drinks while we waited for the Q & A to start. When it did, Everyone was super excited.
Each one of them were fantastic and humble to be there. They answered questions and joked and really made the crowd, in my opinion, feel even more stoked for the show. There was an opportunity previously to submit questions online, we both submitted questions but it was not guaranteed they would answer all of them. They did ask me my question, in which I asked basically, now that they are so engaged with their brand, audiences, does it add any energy to their shows? Maybe now that I mentioned it. I wanted to them to know as well as Chaney, Les Claypool’s Wife, who manages Claypool Celler’s brand, that it is the constant engagement lately that makes this experience even cooler for fans. We are actively watching live feeds, and driving all over the world to these shows and its freaking awesome. Not many other bands are doing that because they dismiss not having time as an excuse. We the fans thank you for not skipping that component on us.
They answered and it made me even more stoked about them, and their music. The wine then started, and the photo opportunity with the band begun. This was definitely a majorly neat moment for me. I always wondered what they would be like, and it turns out even more humble and amazing. I really respect them as people, and as business owners on a whole different level. I honestly can’t wait for the new album. From what I have heard, I’m Pumped. The first single Seven, I really liked and then I heard The scheme. This song, I super dig. I personally think it sounds like they are having fun making tunes, and that they are going back to Pork Soda times hard. In that song, I hear a lot of Mr. Krinkle, and My name is Mudd and I really dig where this is going. I love seeing them tour with their families and generally good people I admire do what they love.
The new album comes out September 29th, 2017 and can be preordered on Itunes. Make sure to check it out, folks.
Me and Andalia meeting Tim Alexander aka HERB, whom My dog is named after.
Wine Tasting with Claypool Cellars finally after years of waiting! SO YUMMY!
Below: Me and Chaney Claypool. The woman behind the brand. This was a major moment for me. She is touring with the band, managing a wine company, and keeping an entire fanbase engaged with Primus, just to name a few things. So neat!
I Always Enjoy watching Larry play guitar! I remember watching DVDs and videos and thinking man this dude knows what’s up.
Seeing the show, front row, with my bud, and meeting them, now just makes me even more happy to listen to the music. Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog where I share video from Portland and my thoughts on the new album.
Check out a quick recap video I put together below!
I guess I could start by saying they have filled a big hole for me musically. Listening and looking for their records over the last few years have really changed the way I listen to music. The way I seek music and ultimately the way I personally enjoy it, so I thank them for that.
Record Expo In Moncton, always looking for the dan gems…
The first record I got by them has been my favorite for some time, and as I got to know the collection more in-depth, it still is my favorite. Royal Scam and Aja are my favorite records. It’s very tough to choose.
Favorite song from this album!
One of the things that stood out to me about Steely Dan, is the connection and passion Walter and Donald shared. It to me was very genuine. I liked trying to think to and imagine what shows were like before my time. When I see how selective they were about their band, how records were created, it only made me enjoy them more as musicians and composers. I have spent quite a bit of time collecting their records, watching archived shows, reading about them, and last year had tickets to see them at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. It was their 8-night run, and I got tickets to 2 shows. Aja and a greatest hits evening. I was unable to make that show, and have regretted that ever since, and even more so now with the passing of Walter Becker.
I have spent quite a bit of time collecting their records, watching archived shows, reading about them, and last year had tickets to see them at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. It was their 8-night run, and I got tickets to 2 shows. Aja and a greatest hits evening. I was unable to make that show, and have regretted that ever since, and even more so now with the passing of Walter Becker.
Steely Dan to me is as real as it gets. The sound, the instruments, the whole friendship, and vibe are and were compelling. Lyrically, I enjoy being told stories, finding new and old ways things used to be called or places that used to exist. Hearing the tones and smiling just because it’s sheer gold and chatting and dancing amongst friends is fun. Needless to say, to me, this band is more to me than a band I listen to that created records, they are and will always be an experience. When folks come over to visit or to dance, It is my go to. In the mornings, at night, before roller derby games, when I need to smile they are a motivator. Steely Dan is important to me and always will be.
“Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last”?
When I bring records, I always bring Steely Dan.
Steely Dan definitely sparked my love of vinyl collecting and helped launch record nights with a few of my friends at local venues and my own home. You could say they are one of the best conversation starters.
It has been a dream of mine to see Steely Dan, and with the passing of Walter Becker, that is very saddening. It has been very heartbreaking thinking about the band, the North American tour, and how Donald is doing with the passing of his good friend and longtime partner in music. He recently became ill, and canceled a few evenings and shows, but intends to keep the music alive for Walter and I do plan to see them once and for all.
Walter’s daughter posted a very touching tribute to her dad in which you can read here.
On Friday night a friend sent me a message asking me to take a spot in the production of landline and participate, I said yeah ok cool. I did not know much about it but definitely did not expect the outcome.
What I did know was that LANDLINE was a performance that would take place in two cities at once. I arrived to receive instructions and a map. We were instructed to wait for Dustin the creator of this production and he would then set us up with an iPod.
When I met Dustin, the overall vibe was really fun and I was super curious. He told me that there was one minute till the curtain would open and that the city was my stage. We counted down together, while his partner in Whitehorse, set up my new friend with his iPod and we were to hit play at the exact same time.
This project aims to use urban landscaping and audio to connect two strangers over text message.
I opened the main entrance doors and exited the theatre not sure where to go first but was instructed to take a route less traveled, and so I did. It seems I did the entire time. Taking routes and paths I never take, intentionally.
From the first minute, this was a very emotional and intense experience. As the audio told me to look up at the buildings, to take notice of any birds, seagulls flew by and I got this really intense feeling.
We were told to start looking for a rendezvous point. The texts began..I met my new friend from Whitehorse as we were waving to things randomly but knowing we were both waving at the same time in a different place on the planet. That was super neat. What a feeling.
Our conversations got serious and sincere very quick. We walked and conversed, telling each other things. All sorts of things. We had various rendezvous points and times to showcase the city via photos and to let each other know where we were on each other’s corresponding map.
This to me was one of the coolest moments and experiences I’ve ever been part of.
As we scoped the city and chatted, we-we’re instructed to go back to the theatre, it felt so quick, I didn’t want it to be over. When I arrived back I had 30 seconds, and saw Dustin, gave him my headset and badge, very emotional, which was strange for me to express in public.
He brought me into the theatre for the final portion of the performance and I saw a chair and table, and behind it was a banner that said Welcome, in Whitehorse colors, there was food from Whitehorse there. And now he brought over a tablet, which had a mimicking image I could see, a chair, and banner that said Saint John, and then Scott and I met.
This was so cool. I did not expect this.
We had a minute to say anything else we wanted to say, to share a bite together and to decide to stay in touch or not.
To know that someone was on the walk with me, waving at things, being present in the activity was really rad. I would really do this again. I would really recommend this to anyone. Very intense, and an incredible way to meet someone.
Scott and I have been chit chatting since the production and I can now say I have a bud in Whitehorse, how neat is that!
Thanks for reading! I hope you get to meet someone like this, there is really nothing like it.
Check out this event URL to find out more about the project.
On Sept 13th, at Five and Dime, Mayor Don Darling will be speaking as well as Entrepreneur, filmmaker, and community movement maker, Greg Hemmings and lastly, Cait Milberry, Myself will be speaking about the importance of startup weekend and why it is the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship and to showcase why it is important for New Brunswick.
We will talk about the best way of empowering others, identifying leaders in the industry and how to build a stronger community and inspire change.
The kickoff event will start at 4:30 and run till 6:30 PM and will aim to inform people about the 54-hour event, and more details surrounding it on the weekend of the 29th. Join us all for a drink and a chat after work.
Only 8 cities in Canada are hosting these events, and Saint John is now one of those cities.
This ecosystem of people, and expertise and sincere mentorship is truly helping empower entrepreneurs in our city and we have to keep nurturing those efforts, resources and helping others in any way we can, attending this event, is a way.
There are many accelerator programs and what this program and event are showcasing is that when participating, that they are there every stage of the way of the entrepreneurial journey.
Early stage, to funding and beyond. TechStars is a program that is a global program that truly fosters the pace of innovation with and for startups, experts, and small companies.
If you have an idea, you are welcome to pitch your idea, have conversations and receive feedback to embark on a 3 day, 54-hour frenzy, creating a business model, coding, designing, market research and validation, social media and much more to make it come to life.
Put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and understand your part of a more sustainable New Brunswick and the world, get your ticket and support this great event and the entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.
ICS Creative Agency is proud to be a sponsor of this event and to provide support for our clients who are part of a startup or who may be early stage, or who may need some extra expertise and feedback to really scale their idea, product or service.