The centerpiece of this epic Albertan weekend was without a doubt the funtastic show at Tracks Pub in Olds, AB. The night featured the kick-ass smoke-machine debut of Calgary’s Hot Sweet Noise, the left-handed Tyler Toews (of Miss Quincy) inconspicuously (and amazingly!) rocking an entire show with an upside down right-handed guitar (after his own lone guitar kicked the bucket between sound-check & showtime), and a post-show bar-wide fancy-free table-top dance party that went long past closing.
Watch out for the left-handed Tyler Toews rockin’ an upside down right-handed guitar like there’s no tomorrow.
While testing the stage light at a show at Mikey’s Juke Joint last night I accidentally captured a particularly intense moment going on behind the microphone between Miss Quincy & her left-hand man Tyler Toews. I’ve spent the entire day trying to come up with an oh-so-clever caption to express just what the hell they’re thinking to each other, but I’ve since decided to leave it up to you folks … in contest form!
So, get creative and leave your caption as a comment at the bottom of this post. Whoever comes up with the best caption for the photo wins a wee prize. Seeing as I’m going to Euroland in a few days and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving good ol’ fashioned mail, I’ve decided to reward the Master Captioner (determined by myself and the rest of the Quincy crew) by sending him/her a postcard from somewhere along our Euro adventure.
Without further ado, here is the photo to be captioned:
Mikey’s Juke Joint has joined the ranks of pub loves in my life. It’s the sort of small, friendly, and lived-in place I long to be a regular at, and if I lived in Calgary I would spend most winter evenings there getting my nightcap and blues on.
The photos below are from last night’s packed & rollicking show by Miss Quincy & co.
Why yes that is the legendary Tim Williams making an impromptu appearance on stage!
One of my favorite things about being on the road is the magical transformation that can take place in a matter of minutes from road nasty to stage hot.
The 10 Minute Transformation
Minute 1: Mascara
Minute 2: Lipstick
Minute 3 & 4: Snap (a short nap, that is)
Minute 5: Readying the electronic apparatuses to capture stage hotness
Minute 6 & 7: Hippy Maintenance
Minute 8: Blow Dry
Minute 9: Communal Blow Dry
Minute 10: Communal blow dry freshly laundered armpit of show shirt
Featuring my greatest friend in the galaxy Lindsay Pratt and her pals Mitch Vinet, Jen Courchesne, and Varoujan Mardirossian, this opening band was better than many headlining bands I’ve seen (… and if I come back from Euroland and discover you haven’t continued to play music together you plaid devils are going to feel the earth-shaking force of my wrath!).
Miss Quincy’s Dirty Dance Band
Miss Quincy enlisted her left-hand man Tyler Toews, the ever-dapper upright bassist Brinjamin Porter, and drum-machine Cortney Osness to help her screech out with her peach out and perform a full-band dirty dance party like you’ve never seen her play before.
MQ and LP Make a Sweet, Sweet Harmony Love Child
Oh hello sweet lady harmonies making love in my ears!
Howdy Boys & Girls,
As I was scurrying around doing holy-shit-I’m-leaving-in-2-days! sort of errands it occurred to me that I hadn’t even mentioned the fact that I’m skipping the country.
I’m once again hopping in the tour wagon of Miss Quincy – this time in a yet-to-be-christened right hand drive station wagon. Which can only mean one thing – we’re heading back to the UK! We’ll be spending February and most of March traipsing around the UK … and also the Netherlands and Germany too.
All the UK/Europe tour dates are below and you can find more details about the shows here. We’ll also be roving through BC and Alberta on our way to the airport over the next 2 weeks and you can find details about those shows here.
Make sure you check out the dates, come down to a show if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, and follow us along on our adventure through Euroland.