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Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Charming & Humorous World Of Lenore

August 31, 2012 |

Part of the SASSYTIDBITS team has been enjoying some R&R this week at a lovely cottage on Grace Lake in the Haliburton district north of Toronto. Naturally, we stocked up on lots of reading to while away the time. One of the things that made it into our book bag was Lenore: Swirlies, the fourth collection of illustrated stories by Roland Dirge about a deceased little girl who just keeps on living. Read More

Same Seven – Natasha Duprey

August 30, 2012 |

Every week we ask people the same seven questions.

This week meet:

Natasha Duprey

Music Supervisor, Silent Joe 

Where are you based:

Vancouver, BC

  1. Where are you?
    Under a canopy of oak trees on my patio in Vancouver at midnight on what may be the hottest night of the year. 
  2. If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be?
    That is the meanest question anyone has ever asked me. I’m going to say David Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars because I’m listening to it right now and it never seems to get old but if you ask me tomorrow I’ll have a completely different answer for you. Wait can I change my answer?
  3. What is your ultimate couch (burn out/hangover) day entertainment?
    I love that it rains so much in Vancouver (yes you heard that correctly) so on a perfect day off at home the rain would be pouring down on the skylights and I’d be watching The Big Lebowski while simultaneously doing New York Times crossword puzzles, beating my boyfriend at Scrabble and drinking a big glass of really good scotch. Read More

Same Seven – Chris Walter

August 17, 2012 |

Photo by Brad Watson Davelaar of BWD Photo
www.bwdphoto.com

Every week we ask people the same seven questions.

This week meet:

Chris Walter

Author, music journalist, and general malcontent.

Where are you based:

I live in East Vancouver, British Columbia with my girlfriend and our son, where the high cost of living combined with almost constant rain probably has something to do with my general discontent. More likely, however, I was just born on the wrong side of the bed. I love my life, but I can always find things about it that aren’t perfect, even when they are. Read More

Yeasayer – Fragrant World

August 17, 2012 |

The first time I saw Yeasayer was at the El Mocambo in Toronto.  The headliner that night was MGMT.  People were freaking out and chatting about the next indie darlings (months later the success caught up with the hype).  Personally, I thought MGMT were okay, fine to be exact. The Brooklyn band had made a decent record, but they were just staring to play together and their live show was not yet solid.

Yeasayer, also from Brooklyn, were setting up to play before MGMT.  I went to the bar, got a drink and spoke with the ‘lucky’ friends and industry folks who had gotten a ticket to the sold out show.  Then Yeasayer started their set, I remember thinking: Who is this band?, I need to check this out!   Read More

Same Seven – Linda McRae

August 10, 2012 |

Every week we ask people the same seven questions.

This week meet:

Linda McRae

Singer. Songwriter. Musician.

Where are you based:  

Nashville, TN (via Vancouver, BC)

  1. Where are you?
    In a hotel room overlooking False Creek in Vancouver, BC getting ready for my Rogue Folk Club CD Release show tonight at Studio 700.
  2. If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be?
    Little Feat‘s Waiting For Columbus. This would definitely be one of my desert island discs! It’s a live recording and is absolutely brilliant. These guys definitely knew what they were doing! Oh but then there’s The Band‘s album The Band, Hazel and Alice, Hank Williams, The Stray Birds, Chris Smither, Terry Allen, there are just so many great ones out there. Read More

Justify My Love – Episode 9, Bourne Again

August 9, 2012 |

BOURNE AGAIN

This summer, like every summer, is full of movie franchises. Sequels, prequels and remakes always fill the cineplexes from June-September. Generally, when it’s hot and sunny out, people don’t think to spend their time in a dark movie theatre, so they need an extra incentive.

Offering up stupendous, light-hearted, eye-popping action is the one thing that makes sense. The Avengers and fireworks go together well, while The Hours followed by cocktails and dancing doesn’t seem to work. Rolling out big blockbusters and superhero movies to lure in audiences is quite effective, as MOST said franchises do incredibly well. Sticking to this economic formula makes sense, so I am impressed and intrigued with Universal Studios’ upcoming summer risk. This weekend, a very popular franchise is taking a bit of a gamble with a “spin off” instead of a tried and true sequel. On Friday, August 10, The Bourne Legacy premieres, starring Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton. As most of you know, Matt Damon played Jason Bourne in the franchise based on a 1980 novel. Yet after 3 films, the creative team has made an unusual move by beginning a new thread of the series. Jeremy Renner is not replacing Damon as the lead character, he is playing an entirely new character in similar circumstances to Bourne. The 4th instalment of a series seems like an odd time to shift gears and hire a new cast, but it might be crazy enough to work. Read More

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