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Friday, April 26th, 2013
8:44 pm
FilKONtario - citations and reviews of FKO 23.
The Hall of Fame citations are now available on the FKO web site. Check the Inductees By Year page at http://www.filkontario.ca/hof/inductees/byyear.html
We also have a new page for photo links and reviews of the convention. Please let me know  if there is something you'd like added! Check here: http://www.filkontario.ca/html/review23.html
It was a wonderful convention (just read the reviews!), thanks to all the wonderful people in our filk family! I hope to see you all again soon!
Friday, December 16th, 2011
12:53 pm
I wonder
Sheridan Nurseries just sent me an offer for Christmas stuff, including "Everlasting Picks", which made me wonder, since they more ofter get lost rather than wear out, if they tied them to your guitar, or what?
Monday, November 28th, 2011
12:39 am
House Concert with Eileen McGann!
We just came home from a really wonderful house concert with Eileen McGann. Wow!
She has a remarkable voice, and sings beautiful, positive, loving songs. Most of the songs she sang tonight had a chorus, and she encouraged the audience to sing along with her, which we did! Her anecdotes wrapped context and brought depth to her songs, and I was delighted and occasionally moved to tears.  And she sang Medusa for us, which really made my day as Tom and I plan to cover it on our first Stone Dragons CD because we love it so!
Eileen has been nominated as Traditional Singer of the Year for the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and it's easy to see why.
We picked up a copy of her new songbook, her newest CD, and a couple of cards featuring her art (which also appears throughout the songbook.
 Eileen McGann Songbook
I think heaven is a place where you can wander from room to room in a house full of wonderful musicians, and you can sit beside them and make music with them. Or just sit on the back porch, watch the trees, and listen to the beautiful music.
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
12:36 pm
Aurora Award

Dave and Tom won an Aurora for The Face on Mars!!! Squeeeeeeeeee!

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011
11:59 pm
House Filk Happy!

Big thanks to everyone who came tonight and shared wonderful music. The house was royally sung in to the local record books with a smashing number of filters old and new. I wanted to be in two places at once, since we had two Filk circles - one upstairs and one down - with very little sound bleed. So I missed hearing Peggi sing, but I got to hear Errol doing his geek love song. And I missed most of Dave and Rick doing their beloved oldies, but I got to sing Vegematic with Rick when the ebb and flow brought him into the upstairs circle. There was delicious food, warm hugs, beautiful music, and we're not likely to see another Filk like this one for some time, as we had Morva and Alan and Dave Clement all here from Winnipeg. Sometimes the fates conspire to bring us joy and delight (somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.) so thank you to all who came, and we hope you all had as much pleasure!

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
9:08 pm
You all know that Toyboat is coming to Toronto next month as Filk GoH for SFContario (Nov. 18 - 20). Well, now I know that their concert will be Saturday night at 7:30.  And there will be an Aurora Award Nominee concert at 6:00 featuring Dandelion Wine, Karen Linsley, and Phil Mills. You can check out the program grid at http://2011.sfcontario.ca/site/index.php/convention/program/panels - click on the link to the grid.
Hmm. I suppose I might mention there will be lots of panels and parties and open filking and cool guests. But go check out the web site and see for yourself!
Wonder if they plan to do Little Fuzzy Animals???

Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
10:31 am
Geeky and amused

I downloaded a dictionary app to my iPad, and was trying it out. It will pronounce your words for you, so I tried making it say "sit", and guess which cute little doggie sat?

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Monday, September 19th, 2011
8:56 pm
Tom has spent the better part of a week assembling this huge desk that I'm now working at. Ye Haw! 

When I ordered it I was not aware that it came flat-packed, nor that it would take the strength of many, nor that it would cause blisters from all the millions of little screws that attach little bits to other little bits. And of course you are forbidden to use a drill. Tom is a champion!  He deserves a medal.  He is my hero!

This is so cool!  I have my own room and a desk big enough to do whatever (like maybe a few of the websites I've been too busy or too cramped to worry about. Or maybe like some of those online courses.) There's room for books and binders and files and paper and "stuff".  Everything is neat and organized (or will be until I start unpacking all my junk from the condo.)

Eventually this room will have patio doors to go out to the back yard, or let the dog out to chase squirrels. Then it will be near perfect! 

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, July 1st, 2011
9:32 am
I just talke to Sally on the phone from the hospital - she must be improving because she wants her personal game system! She seems chipper and is asking for her cell phone and cane. I don't know how soon she'll be on her feet, but she'll be in the hospital for almost a week. That's a very long time these days. 
Her mother will be here from England before Sally gets out of the hospital, so she will have someone around to look after her. We've all been so worried, and everyone has some other major stress going on in our lives as well, so it's been a busy time. It looks like the worst has passed, and Sally is getting better, Judith has a new granddaughter, Tom and I have a new house, Jane has written two chapters for a new book, and life is good. 
Happy Canada Day! Go celebrate the good things life has to offer!

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, April 25th, 2011
12:07 pm
Fed Ex tracking says Tom's iPad has been delivered! He's running downstairs this very minute. Stay tuned for more info!
Monday, January 10th, 2011
10:53 am
I'm sitting here feeling two very opposing feelings - happy I didn't go to Gafilk because of all the weather problems, and sad I didn't go to Gafilk because it sounds like it was an excellent convention. Being stuck in a hotel with a bunch of filkers would be just fine. I'm sorry I missed Howard's Interfilk guest spot - Tom and I would have loved to have been there to cheer him on. But we did good things this weekend, so I'm not feeling regret.  Maybe there's a word for it?

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
11:53 am
I hate Rogers
Once again, my email has gone away. Every now and then Outlook asks for my rogers password, even though I've saved the old password, and haven't changed anything. Then when I retype the old password it gets rejected by Rogers.
Go online and ask for my password, it sends it to my email, Duh
Previously I have been instructed to change my password online. But that doesn't work, and next thing I know I can't get into the online site either because my account has been suspended.
So I have to phone their customer disservice phone line where I get put on hold for, oh, I don't know, it feels like forever, while they play soothing music and regular announcements of "Thank you for continuing to hold. We apologize for the delay in answering your call... blah blah blah." So I decided to record the call as well.
After nearly 15 minutes I got a warm body, who reset my account and changed my password for the online account maintenance. Then they transferred me over to the email tech - only it was another wait lineup (I'm supposed to be in priority sequence!) and the announcement tells me they are experiencing a "greater than average" volume and it will be an estimated five minutes. Oh, and the volume of the music and the announcements are at least double the volume. Perhaps they think they can drive me away by blaring at me. No such luck.
Twenty-five minutes and counting and my phone is dying. Good thing I have another handset.
La la la, read some LJ.
Okay, someone comes on and changes the Rogers Yahoo password, and I plug the new one into my email and it works.
Elapsed time, 37 minutes. Now I have to change all my passwords.

Did I mention I hate Rogers?  My new password will reflect my disgruntled state.
Friday, October 15th, 2010
9:59 pm
Filk at SFContario
Heather Dale will be performing at SFContario (www.sfcontario.ca) on Saturday Nov 20.  Yay!
You probably already know that Karen Linsley is the Filk Guest of Honour, and that she will be performing some bright new songs, she'll be backed onstage by Phillip Mills and Tom Jeffers, and they sound really wonderful together!.
Speaking of bright (and shiny!) the Bedlam Bards will also be performing for us. Cedric will even be doing a Hypnotism workshop - wonder if he can make me believe I can sing as well as Karen?
Evenings will be full of open filk.
It's just over a month away! I'm very excited, and I hope to see a whole bunch of friends there!
Friday, July 9th, 2010
6:18 pm
Interfilk Guests at ConChord
ConChord was amazing!Collapse )
We especially want to thank Interfilk for their generosity in sending us to ConChord. We had a wonderful time and hope we were good guests. Thanks you for making it possible for us to meet a whole bunch of new friends, to share songs, to swap stories, and to enjoy the warm California sun (and avoid the heat wave in Toronto!). I know we will be talking about this trip for a very long time to come. Once again, thank you for a most excellent adventure!

Current Mood: relaxed
Sunday, June 27th, 2010
7:25 pm

We had a wonderful time! Here are some jumbled comments.

There was good, bad and ugly, but wow! What wonderful filk guests! And the Dead Duck was amazing and so much fun!

The drive there and back were delightful! If you ever get a chance to travel with Phil and Jane, take it! They are the most pleasant and delightful travelling companions one might wish. We chatted amiably about recording, musicians, traffic, interesting roadside signs, weather, gardening, and more music. For a while we played “name that tune” by putting my ipod on shuffle – it holds CDs from Tom’s and my collections. Surprisingly Phil and Jane guessed many songs before we did! Then we plugged in Jane’s iphone, and laughed when a song from the new Face on Mars CD popped up! Thousands of songs, and we have to listen to that. I’m a little tired of that CD (actually, it has remarkable relistenability).

At the hotel, Tom got his room with the Whirlpool tub. So after his long drive he took a relaxing soak. I “accidentally” spilled a couple of drops of shampoo into the tub, and when the jets came on, Tom was totally immersed in bubbles!

Then came the CD release party, and so many people came in to chat and visit and get a copy. Special thanks to Gretchen Roper who came up to take over the sales, thereby freeing Tom and Dave to sign autographs, hug and grin, and socialize. 

Then it was off to the con proper. Talis was amazing. I don’t think I had really appreciated her properly until I saw her in concert! I don’t know what else to say about her, she just blew me away. (When I grow up I want to be like her!)

Bill and Gretchen did a wonderful concert, with Katie joining them onstage for part of their set. She’s a real cutie and she mostly stole the show!

We saw some of the Wild Birds of Prey – very impressive! (But it didn’t help the tech crew to be locked out of the room before the DW concert!).

We missed some concerts practising for the Dandelion Wine set (but the look on Gundo’s face when Tom added ”Toyboat”  to Gone Filkin’, was precious – father and son, oh yes. Possibly some parallel universe was involved!)

I finally got to meet Scott Snyder – ooh la la! What a delightful man and wonderful performer! I’d heard his song Secrets years ago on a CD, and it was the first song I ever sang in public. It was a joy to listen to him and to hear the rest of his gaming songs.

Talis’ official concert started late and ended early due to the room reset that was required for the masquerade. She seemed a bit flustered and rushed, until she opened her mouth to sing and then once again she performed magic for me!

Sunday was a bit of a blur. The ugly was being smug that we’d been awake and had gathered up our stuff before the fire alarms at midnight Saturday. Only to be awakened early Sunday morning to the same the piercing, screaming, headache-inducing sirens. Nobody’s fault (except I heard a rumour that someone was trying to toast a bagel on the in-suite coffeepot).

Toyboat’s concert was great, except it was far too much energy for a Sunday morning where I was sleep deprived and headachy to begin with. Nevertheless I was singing along and dancing with the crowd to Banned From Argo. Tom taped it for us to watch again when we’re rested.

The Dead Duck, as I mentioned before, was absolutely brilliant! The sharing was wonderful, especially when everyone started to do songs that Amy could join in on. (I wonder where she keeps the Devil’s golden fiddle that she won?) Peter sang “The Kid and the Dog” which made me very happy. There were people who I’d never met before as well as old friends, and as always, it’s a bit of a love-in. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this a great weekend! Jan – you did another amazing job!



Sunday, June 6th, 2010
1:48 pm
At long last!

Friday we picked up the new Dandelion Wine CD! Yay! We are both relieved to have this project nearly completed. I say nearly, because now we have to sell them! So I am shamelessly posting to LJ. There will be a CD release party at Duckon Friday from 4 - 6 in the filk suite (thank you Jan!) so come early and have something to eat and a chance to relax before the con. Here's a photo of Tom looking rather smug, if you ask me. The Ropers have offered to come and help us take your money! So it will be a fun party.  See you there!

Current Mood: satisfied
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
2:21 pm
Birthdays and Music
Thank you to everyone who posted, called or sent me birthday greetings! I'm a very lucky girl!

Tom and I had lots of music yesterday - first we went out to see Rock of Ages. It was full of sex, drugs and rock n' roll. It was well done and we particularly enjoyed the talents of Aaron Walpole, who placed third in season three of Canadian Idol. I think we must be related, based solely on the size of his tongue! Then we came home and watched American Idol - tonight they will eliminate another one, and we'll be down to the final two. After that we watched Glee. And crawled off to bed, well after midnight. All in all, not a bad way to spend a birthday.
Monday, May 17th, 2010
2:04 pm
Oh look!!

We noticed something going on at Fort York today and ran out to the balcony to take pictures. It seems the RCMP was performing their musical precision horsemanship! Yay! We couldn't hear the music, but the show was colourful and fascinating to watch! I'll bet Jane would have loved it!
RCMP Musical Ride
Sunday, May 16th, 2010
4:08 pm
FilKONtario 21

We just had our wrap meeting for FKO 20, and I am now the proud owner of a chair. Yes, I get to boss around the Concom for a year (or is it more like they all get to boss me around for a year?) 

First official duty is to make sure everyone is properly thanked. Interfilk sent us a fabulous guest in Mark Simmons! Jeff and Maya were wonderful! Erica was charming and run off her feet. Thanks to all of them, and all of you who came and had a delightful time.  It was a great con, and it isn't just me saying so, you can find links to a whole lot of con reports and photos at the FKO web site at http://www.filkontario.ca/html/conreps.html

Please mark your calendars for next year! FilKONtario 21 is April 1 - 3, 2011.  Same hotel. Same Concom (except Heather is taking a year's sabbatical to deal with LIFE, and Tom Jeffers has joined the team). Give us a shout if there's anything we can do to make this a better con. And start singing "Hi ho, hi ho, to FKO we go..."
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
12:50 pm
Thank you Colleen!

Sicilian style orange chicken We had a wonderful time in San Franscisco and at Consonance. One of my personal highlights was getting to visit Steve and Colleen Savitzky on a Wednesday evening. They are both wonderful, generous people who I'd love to see a lot more often.  Colleen gave me a cookbook while I was there, and last night I made Sicilian-style Orange Chicken for me, Tom and Dave Clement. It was simmering in the crockpot while we picked Dave up at the airport. This receipe is definitely a keeper!  Yum!
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