Sunday, July 1, 2018:
Happy Canada Day, everyone!
I marked the occasion of Canada’s 151st anniversary with a list of 15.1 great albums by Canadian artists (the 0.1 being the greatest Canadian song of all time, The Northern Pikes’s “She Ain’t Pretty”).
And while I wasn’t able to make it to Parliament Hill, I did get to see a snippet of Arkells’s set when I stumbled upon their rehearsal on Friday night. So that was cool.
Today I received an email informing me that my poem “On Birds” has been accepted for the July issue of Bywords, Ottawa’s online poetry journal.
A week ago, I found out that the awesome horror webzine Lonesome October Lit will be publishing three of my pieces over the next few months: my poem “In Defense of Horror” in August; flash story “Ghost Towns” in September; and story “Don’t Scare Her” on Halloween.
Additionally, the debut issue of Rhythm and Bones Lit, which will include my Labyrinth-esque fantasy story “The Beast and the Hummingbirds” is coming out on July 15th.
The cover for the first issue has been released, and it is stunning:
They also released this epic banner announcing the line-up:
This week I went to see former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach (who grew up in Peterborough, Ontario) at Barrymore’s. He sounded great, and his backing band (which includes Halford’s drummer) was stellar.
Check out my full review here.
Song of the Day
Today’s song of the day is “Courage” by Canadian icons “The Tragically Hip.”
“Courage: it couldn’t come at a worse time”
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Canada Day! And if you’re in Ottawa for this heat wave, stay hydrated!