The last 5 centimeters of snow is enough to put you over the edge, but fear not summer will soon be over! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!! It comes too quickly doesn’t it, after we hit April it seem like the seasons whip by. It is with great pleasure that we announce the BIG 15th Anniversary of Barnstorm! comming this September.
Barnstorm 14 was a huge success – the weather was fantastic, and audience members and musicians had a wonderful time. Several people have commented that this was the best Barnstorm yet, and that this is THE music festival to play.
Thank you to everyone who made this event great, including of course the bands that made the magic happen. You all played scorching sets! I want to thank all of the volunteers – I couldn’t do it without you: Special thanks to Dick Alta Vista for doing a great job as MC for the evening, and for the delicious Jamaican patties for the bands. He also transported the bass amp and drum kit. You were fantastic!
Thanks again to Laker Beer’s generous sponsorship of suds for the bands. Thank you Kevin Colbourne and Laker Beer!
Sound Output Audio Productions (SOAP) for the sound reinforcement and recording and front of house PA – thank you Mark Valcour, Justin, and Jay Kay.
Dave’s Drum Shop for the loaner drum kit – thank you.
Spaceman Music for the bass amp – thank you.
Thanks to Dylan Hunter from CKCU for your great audio ad. Bravo! Dwight Macpherson for the poster design – thank you.
Thanks to Derek and Jennifer Bradshaw, who organized the raffle, arranged for the Marshall fridge, and worked the gate.
Special thanks to Kent ‘the man’ MacMillan for all the effort you put into the drum riser, and the new improved Green room walls and the heavy lifting – thank you.
Thanks to Martha Walsh desserts for our performers’ hospitality area, stage direction, and her work at the Merchandise booth and Tom Walsh for the airbag detonations – it’s always wonderful to have you with us.
Thanks to Dave Sarazin and Matthew Crosier from CKCU for spinning the tunes in the Chill Zone.
Thanks to Michael Valerio for obtaining, and providing the bacon butty.
Lastly, I would like to thank my girlfriend Margaret for serving food, and for putting up with me for the last few weeks, as there were many long nights and early mornings that were spent working on the endless details that need to be attended to. Thank You Sweetie!
“This is not,” Barnstorm’s organizer tic stresses, a “punk rock festival.” Neither is it, despite the description on sponsor CKCU’s website, a “country music” festival.
But there will be punk rock. Country music too. It’s all part of a rich mix of genres courtesy of bands playing late into the rural eastern Ontario night. You’re advised to bring something to eat, something to drink, something warm to wear and some camping gear. Inhibitions are to be left in the city. Barnstorm may not be a country-music festival. But the day-long event set to take over tic’s barn – aka The Odditorium – Saturday, Sept. 14, is very much a country music festival.
That’s country as in Concession 3-4, county Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, near Finch. This ain’t no Hog’s Back. This is live music in the country. And you’re invited to sit a spell and enjoy a sextet of local bands, including known local quantities Shannon Rose and the Thorns, The Bushpilots, The Bible All-Stars as well as up-and-comers The Bruitals, Alaskan and Jack Pine and the Fire. Meanwhile, in the ‘chill zone,’ DJs will be keeping the tunes coming throughout. The grounds will be open all afternoon for your picnicking enjoyment or a walk in the country; the live music starts in the evening – and runs ‘til late.
“It’s about getting country people to accept new music and getting city people out to the country,” is how tic explains the mission behind his ambitious event, which he launched in 1993 and has kept alive through determination and a passion for live music. This will be the 14th edition of the not-quite-annual rain-or-shine barnburner. And it promises to be a doozy.
For tic, it’s all about the music. And making the most of that barn. (“I eat in there; I sleep in there; I just love that barn.”) A true labour of love, Barnstorm is for the longtime CKCU volunteer an opportunity to see bands treated well, to welcome locals and visitors young and old to his rural oasis, and to offer to those few hundred attendees a memorable day out – complete with a raffle for a cool Marshall beer fridge.
“This is my hobby,” he says of the event that he estimates costs him around $2,000 to stage. “I don’t do sports. I don’t drink excessively. I don’t do hookers. This is what I like to spend money on. I like to do it; I like to do it right; and, I want to make the bands that play it feel special.”
Part of that is providing bands with food and drink, plus a modest sum. As well, artists are treated to a professional recording of their set, on CD and DVD. Each performance will subsequently be broadcast on CKCU’s Live Revolutions program. (Broadcast the last Thursday or each month, from 4 to 5 p.m.)
Not that Bushpilots keyboardist Tom Pechloff needed to be sold on Barnstorm. He estimates he has played “seven or eight” of the previous 13 editions, with a variety of bands. For the remaining five or six, Pechloff has joined the party as an audience member.
“The vibe is great,” he enthuses. “Maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm, but any time I can get away to a setting like this I will. And everyone is there for one reason: they love music. That’s why tic puts it on, that’s why people come to listen and that’s why people come to play. So it’s a really positive attitude, really supportive.
“What struck me the first time I went was how organized it is. It is one of the best organized events I have ever played and the musicians are treated extraordinarily well. And of course the location: in a barn. And the barn – or as tick calls it, the Odditorium – isn’t your average everyday barn.”
But then, Barnstorm is not your average everyday festival. Most festivals, for one thing, do not encourage you to sleep over. (The air can get chilly, so come prepared.) Most organizers, meanwhile, do not invest in their own lasers and smoke machine.
“I want it to evolve,” tic says, as he dares to dream of adding a second day to next year’s Barnstorm, as well as expanding beyond music to showcase crafts. “I’ve wanted it to be a music festival but I also want a few surprises.”
He pauses to consider Barnstorm’s unlimited potential.
There was no other choice. The Ottawa Folk Festival and Barnstorm has conflicting dates this year. Traditionally Barnstorm is held on the first Saturday after Labour Day weekend. Not that Barnstorm has the same stature as the Folk Festival, but since CKCU-FM plays a vital role in both music Festivals, this year, Barnstorm will be held September 15th, 2012.
With one foot placed in the folk/alt-country camp of Wilco/Neil Young, and the other in complete unironic admiration of 70s Aerosmith, Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy — No Fly List compose original songs bathed in the glimmer of these timeless influences. Their debut album, Blaze On shows considerable range, with all the intensity and bluster of the best of hard rock filtered through the introspective lens of the singer-songwriter. This dynamic is firmly on display throughout Blaze On — from the rhythm n’ booze of album opener “4 Chords Away” to the pulsating, almost metal-sounding “Self Disciplined” and the fragile, plaintive psychedelic-folk of the title track.
Kris Millett – vocals, electric & acoustic guitars Reza Kazemi – vocals, drums, synth, guitars Jon Hill – vocals, electric & acoustic guitar Russ Schipilow – vocals, bass, guitars
The Flaps originally intended to play instrumental music reminiscent of European b-movie soundtracks — you know — the sort that feature vampire lesbians; but, after several years rehearsing in dank subterranean environs in the nation’s capital, their sound has evolved into an eclectic mix of surf-rock, Japanese film soundtracks, raunchy garage-fueled R&B and apocalyptic jazz-nerdery.
Pat Lawlor – guitar John Higney – guitar, lap steel, keyboards Jamie Gullikson – drums and whacking Martin Newman – bass guitar
The fiery and flamboyant Good2Go singer kicks out the jams with big boots and a burning rock desire. On stage Miss Maureen likes to cook the rawk with rocket fuel and that always leads to a smoking live show that you’ll never forget.
Faster than a speeding bullet, Christian lets loose some pretty friggin’ good rock n roll guitar. His vintage Fender Stratocaster can go from 0-100 mph in well under 20 nanoseconds.
Reg “Super Sizes” the Good2Go sound with his old Fender Precision bass and as an engine coolant Reg believes beer works best.
Gilles plays the drums the same way a lumber jack drops trees. His Gretsch drum kit has suffered many years of abuse but still enjoys the hard hitting brutality. Watch Gilles play the drums and you will believe!
Miss Maureen – vocals Christian Lapensee – guitar Reg Allen – bass Gilles Mantha – drums Glen Russell – keyboards
Muffler Crunch plays the heaviest music in the world on Sparky, the crappiest guitar in the world. We ARE hard rock!
Muffler Crunch’s future goal is to be able to afford to tour and play and play and play and keep on playing eventually playing for Conan O’Brien someday. Their mission is to inspire you and blow you away.
The jack pine is not your average tree. It sheds its seeds within a pinecone, like other pines, but the cone itself remains sealed until its seed is finally set free by the extreme heat of a forrest fire. In short, it thrives while everything around it dies. Jack Pine and The Fire, a project of Ottawa singer/songwriter/producer Gareth Auden-Hole, evokes that very same theme of finding direction in chaos. On tape and on stage, the band’s fingers strike acoustic strings with rare power and intensity, weaving intricate rhythms through striking melodies while Jack Pine’s voice, as sweet as it is raw and tattered, soars above the roaring Fire. Their self-titled debut merges the richness of roots music, the twang of old-time country, and the frantic energy of gritty rock as they hammer out a truly unique brand of driving ‘black-skied folk’; the result is a debut release that’s been called “One of the most rockin folk albums of the year!”.
Gareth Auden-Hole – Mandolin, Guitars, Vocals Martin Newman – Bass Tim Watson – Drums, Percussion Stuart Rutherford – Dobro Andre Desroches – Guitar, Tenor Guitar
Mahogany Frog is an instrumental electronic rock band from Winnipeg. The music draws influence from ’60s psychedelia, electronica, ’70s progressive/kraut-rock, jazz, 50?s “ultra” lounge and ambient/experimentalism. Using an arsenal of keyboards (Moog/ARP/Farfisa/Korg/Rhodes/Nord), cacophonous, feedback-ridden guitars, fuzz-bass and walls of electronics, the group creates dynamic, multi-layered songs which explore tone, mood and composition. Although Mahogany Frog’s unorthodox sounds and complex arrangements can challenge the ear, their haunting progressions and playful melodies are immediately catchy and satisfying. Onstage the band performs furiously and at massive volumes, often connecting multiple songs together with interludes consisting of ambient noise. Over the past decade Mahogany Frog has recorded five LPs, delivered high-profile performances at Pop Montreal, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Prog Day in Chapel Hill, NC and SESC in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and shared the stage with notable artists such as Caribou, Deerhoof, The Besnard Lakes and Eric’s Trip. Their upcoming LP “SENNA” is scheduled for a summer 2012 release.
Graham Epp – guitar/keyboards/trumpet Jesse Warkentin – guitar/keyboards Scott Ellenberger – bass/keyboards/trumpet Andy Rudolph – drums/electronics