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The Joel and Bill Plaskett Experience

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The Joel and Bill Plaskett Experience….

Find this Photo by Lindsay Duncan in The Maritime Edit

Article and magazine can be purchased here.

Live At the Imperial Theatre, October 25th, 2017, was an experience I will never forget.
Living in New Brunswick my entire life, Joel Plaskett is a very familiar name amongst the folks here and all over Canada for that matter.
Joel is one of the most incredible singer-songwriters I have come to have the honor of seeing live. There is something so humbling about last night’s show I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.
The show itself started at 7:30 and any show at the Imperial Theatre is a good one in my opinion. The audience was full of energy and the first band, ” Villages” From Dartmouth was absolutely incredible. They are a folk group from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Their sound is very traditional and stage present completely wonderful.
Around 8 PM the main act opened and wow, what a night. They played a mix of new and old material and had the crowd laughing, learning, reflecting and truly having a great time. I have had the opportunity to see a lot of bands and even some of my favorites, but I have to say this overall was one of the most special and humbling performances I felt really honored to attend.
One thing I really enjoyed was the ultimate experience of attending. The poetry portion of the show he dedicated to Gord Downie was an honor to be present at that. A proceed of sales of the track on the album that includes that piece will go to Gord’s charity. I think that is so fucking rad!
Speaking of Gord, I own the movie One Week, which features an appearance by Joel and Gord. The lead character is played by Joshua Jackson and features some of the most beautiful imagery, Canada.
I definitely urge you to check that film out.
They also closed with ” The Waiting” by Tom Petty, which I have included below because it’s a damn good song.

I urge you to check out more from Joel on Spotify and his facebook page can be found here.
New album info here.
Find out more from the show by listening to a podcast, Strange Grooves podcast where Cherise Letson and myself and Pam Wheaton from Heartbreak Boutique chat about all things tunes. Tom Petty, Chick bands, The movie One week and much much more.
Listen to that here: 
Cheers,

Great Expectations…

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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.

Check her out on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to her youtube here!

Photo –Al Gagnon

Photo- Al Gagnon

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!

Get your tickets to your next performance here

Photo- Al Gagnon

Joined by Adam Gerrior and Aaron Gunn.

It really is a great thing that we can all come together and watch our friends celebrate their passions and successes, and together at that.

Cheers

 

“Pretty little ice cube”

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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!

Get A bottle here!

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!

 

Cheers 🙂

Landline

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LANDLINE

Sept 16th 4:20 PM

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.

It begins…

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. 

Check out this article as well!

 

Startup Weekend Saint John 2017

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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.

Kick Off Party Event Here

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.

The event can be found here

Tickets can be purchased here

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.

Shoutout to Jeff Scammel Financial Planning and Momentum Canada for helping put this event on!