October 22, 2012
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An original - captured by me a couple of weeks ago. You know the E. coli paranoia has reached the ridiculousphere when you see this:
I decided to live life dangerously and ate it completely raw. So far, so good.
KC4 in Calgary
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The dangers of online sleuthing - CBC
With Armstrong's disgrace, will anything change? - CNN
Toews stands firm, Khadar is a terrorist, not child soldier - CTV
Harper sets three byelections for November 26 - Edmonton Journal
Report says nothing that would have changed death - Edmonton Sun
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Move Those Deer Crossing Signs
This audio clip from Y94 Playhouse Fargo, ND radio station was too funny to not find a way for more people to hear it -- so thus, this video. Donna asks for help getting deer crossing signs moved to lower traffic areas.
Playing Tomorrow Night At LB's Pub
Morgan Davis and DOC MacLean and
THE NATIONAL STEEL GUITAR
BLUES EMERGENCY TOUR
We are thrilled to have the national steel guitar tour visit St. Albert again. I thank Johnny Tornado for hooking us up with the tour last year and we are very happy that Doc returns with an icon blues master.
MORGAN - For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour. Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada. While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960's, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto's music scene in the early 1970's was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters. Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox's first band, eventually forming his own trio. Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr. John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, Carlos DelJunco and the late Dutch Mason. Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie". Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize ... the Juno for Blues Album of the Year. Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band. His recording, "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001. Morgan's NEW CD on Electro-Fi is called "Drive My Blues Away." Morgan produced it with Colin Linden. Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.
DOC - Doc MacLean released the critically acclaimed CD, Narrow House, in September 2006. Produced by Colin Linden, the recording featured bassist Larry Taylor and drummer percussionist Stephen Hodges, former section of the Tom Waits band. Driven by MacLean's distinctive vocals and bare fingers National guitar, Narrow House plotted an emotional remapping of contemporary, Delta rooted music. MacLean has toured constantly, performing 200 plus road dates each year. MacLean's recent schedule has included club and concert dates with Guy Davis, Big Bill Morganfield, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, BB King, Duke Robillard, Lucky Peterson, Magic Slim, Tony Furtado, Downchild, Slick Ballinger, Colin Linden, Los Lobos, Johnny Winter and others. In Canada his relentless touring has reached nearly every area, and has seen him paired up with both Big Dave McLean and Michael Pickett for headline theatre, concert, and festival appearances. (to hear a live track, play "Jimmie Lee Jackson's Blues" and "Feel Like Goin' Home.") For the last four years Doc's National Steel Tours have been sponsored by Long & McQuade, Canada's largest music retailer, and have featured blues masterclasses and workshops in it's many locations from coast to coast. His intimate knowledge of the blues has also seen him featured in numerous documentaries, and in an increasing number of educational, in-the-schools presentations. Son of a civil rights lawyer and a fiddle player, MacLean was by his early teens playing harmonica and washboard in coffeehouses and festivals, and was appearing on radio and television variety shows. In 1972 he formed a duo with another young musician, Colin Linden, and became a frequent and popular opener for Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Muddy Waters, and John Hammond.In his travels Doc met and became friends with many older musicians including Son House, Tampa Red, 'Sippi Wallace, Yank Rachel, Robert Pete Williams, Rev Robert Wilkins and Bukka White. His work as an accompanist included tours and performances with Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Rev Pearly Brown, the Carter Family and Sam Chatmon. MacLean, who now resides in Toronto, has appeared at many of the larger North American folk and blues festivals. Radio and television appearances have included national programming such as CNN Today, PBS Morning Pro Musica, CBC 90 Minutes Live, Touch the Earth, Morningside, Canada Live, and Saturday Night Blues. Now appearing most often as a solo performer, he is equally comfortable at a folk festival workshop, priming a rowdy blues festival crowd, or telling a story in a hushed theatre. In his father's footsteps, Doc's concerns for social justice have lead him to perform in the prisons, soup kitchens, picket lines, and hospices of the many communities he passes through. Doc MacLean remains a bit of a blues hobo, performing on the street when the opportunity or need presents itself. A constant traveler, he will come to your town if he is invited. Call now, life can be short.
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