Tomorrow, I may make an attempt at drawing something, just to show the limitations of my talents.
Today, I’m going to start my list of new-to-me films I’ve seen so far this year. I’m not quite as fastidious as one of the ByTownian staffers, who made a goal of 100 films (writing a bit about each) last year, though. OR MAYBE I WILL.
* means I saw it at a cinema
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy*
The Good/Fun for Genre
I might venture out to see Hugo (back in 3D, thank you Oscar boost!) later today (or tomorrow). It’s gonna be an expensive year.
It’s All-Star Weekend in Ottawa and, as I’ve mentioned before, I find it very difficult to give one iota of a poop about hockey. This, with my general ambivalence to Rush, ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’, and poutine, makes me one of the worst Canadians alive. But it seems to me that many of my (few) readers aren’t Canadian and could benefit from listening to one of these not-really-known-outside-Canada musical acts that I’ve been listening to a fair bit this week.
1. The Balconies. Formerly based in Ottawa, I vaguely know them because Jacquie used to be roommates with a Cinematorium employee. I hope they go on to great things because they are fiercely talented and super nice. This track, which I’ve been posting everywhere, finally rid me of that tenacious Bonnie Tyler earworm that plagued me for three days.
2. Renée Yoxon. She interviewed for a job at the cinema in late 2010, but then her music career started taking off in an inconvenient way that made her unavailable for evening shifts. Ah well. Her voice would be wasted on shouting “I can serve the next person in line over here, please! NEXT! NEXT!”
3. Karkwa. I don’t many people who listen to them, even though they won The Polaris Music Prize in 2010. They sing in French. Don’t be scared. They are great. Their fourth album, Les Chemins de verre, is perfect for listening to while walking around on winter’s day (or night). Like today.