Folks, when Montreal lost our free English weeklies, the Hour and the MTL Mirror, it was devastating. We lost alternative voices for, and records of, the activist/non-profit/indie business/art communities (CultMTL rose from these ashes, thankfully). Regina, I urge you to recognize and celebrate all the ways that your true independent weekly the Prairie Dog supports your city, records your lives, and celebrates culture, by way of things like the Annual Best Of issue, Folk Festival guide, interviews with touring bands, restaurant reviews, alternate news coverage and more. Please share this link and urge anyone you know who’s read/been in/lined their kitty litter tray with the Prairie Dog to buy them a 20th anniversary birthday message:http://www.prairiedogmag.com/20/
2. Do celebrate indie upstarts like the Archive Montreal crew and 10 years of the rad zine fair, Expozine! Don’t stay in all weekend, instead attend the Expozine 10th Anniversary and Four Minutes to Midnight launch at Drawn & Quarterly on Friday and then check out the fair on Saturday and Sunday!
3. Do stay warm! Don’t catch a cold!
4. Do follow my band Cobra & Vulture on Tumblr, don’t sit idly by part two!
5. Do check out Howl, don’t stay at home Thursday night!
Why not a do’s and don’ts? Gotta start blogging again somehow- it’s been almost a month since my last post! It would seem that a summer spent indoors being busy and fabulous leads to a decreased internet journaling presence.
DO: Go through through your deep storage and start wearing clothes made by your 12-year old self. Take this t-shirt for example, violet (my then-favorite colour), covered with what appears to be finger-painted depictions of peace signs, happy suns, happy faces, some random circles and flare and the sentiment ‘Amber Party’. A total win, non?
DON’T: Panic about a decreased real world presence. I’ve had to miss a few birthday bashes (Lara’s included- boo), shows and cool socials this summer and what I’ve learned is that it’s best to finish what you’ve started (a record and EP) and to invest in self-care and Netflix when feeling burned out. I find that the stick-to-it-ness and self-care route is best chased by a enthusiastic bout of autumn and winter event planning. Wardrobes will be better then anyway.
DO: Fantasize long and hard about trips out of the city, for example, our up-coming camping trip to Mont Tremblant National Park. I’m planning mix CDs, menus and trails and hoping that the weather is good enough for some lake beach time. Let me know if you have camp fire recipes to share! I’m thinking of prepping some yummy dessert squares and salads to bring along for the ride. Grilled wieners and beer are a given. I’ll post my drive-to-the-campsite playlist here when it’s all done!
DON’T: Believe your movie-loving partner for one minute when he says that he will hold off from watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which I’ve been incorrectly referring to as Planet of the Apes, Rise Up!) while he’s out of town, especially when the weather gets rainy where he is and the reviews coming in are good. So I’m going in a group and am looking for gorilla hands (gloves) because, well, come on that would be awesome and less in your face than a gorilla mask. I know that the apes in the movie aren’t gorillas, by the way.
DO go see Roxanne at Narcisse et Echo for a haircut, seriously the best salon experience of my life (down-to-earth, great instincts and expertise) as a curly-haired gal.
DON’T watch Cutthroat Island (1995) on Netflix, the sound isn’t working properly, all you can hear is the soundtrack!
DO try the fried chicken (tangy) and deep-fried peach pie (topped with vanilla ice cream) at Ice House, but go early in the evening to get a table.