Category Archives: music

Making music where beer was made: WTMC

Nobody has ever mistakenly identified me as an improvisational musician. I am not that. I am, however, a fan of new things, tech+music things, DIY things and things that bring people together for whatever reason. Waterloo Tape Music Club is … Continue reading

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RAMBATAM I–Newtonian musics in DTK

A couple weeks back I finally got myself to an Ian Newton jam. Over the years, fortune has repeatedly conspired against me, preventing attendance at Ian’s legendary Blue Dot parties and Kabelsalat series. But not this time, friends. This time … Continue reading

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The Jazz Room–5 years

I meet Stephen Preece back in 2011 at a talking-about-the-arts thing. He said: I’m working with a bunch of people to create a jazz club in Waterloo. Said I: that sounds pretty wicked, how can I help? A day later … Continue reading

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Funked up serial modernism with the Kyle Brenders Big Band

I hit The Jazz Room in Waterloo late Thursday night to catch the Kyle Brenders Big Band mashing up the atonal compositions of Webern and Schoenberg with funk a la George Clinton and Parliament. That all sounds like I sort … Continue reading

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Trilencia–a band is born

A ran into my friend Tom Nagy a couple weeks back at the Jane’s Walk of public art in DTK. I know Tom from around The Jazz Room, around CAFKA, around Little Libraries KW, and the many other places our … Continue reading

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1shot #254-opportunity

Last week I found Erik playing the most beautiful music amid the most baffling uptown visual esthetic. Outside the liquor store. Within this photo lies our challenges and opportunities. At King and William, this is Waterloo. DW

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Open Ears this weekend

Montreal’s Lori Freedman stretched our minds today at Communitech, collaborating in a performance piece with dancer Marc Boivin. My friend Ben Grossman from Guelph opened this Open Ears gig called Supercollider with his haunting hurdy gurdy. Composer James Harley was … Continue reading

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Reinhart and Hunt at The Boathouse

I hit The Boathouse last Thursday night after a rather hectic week. Caught a great set of the mellow urban folk sounds of Mr. Michael Reinhart, born and bred in Kitchener and now hailing from Montreal. Opening for Michael was … Continue reading

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iLL EVANS funk-hip-hop-jazz fusion at AbeErb

Musicians are a lot like photographers: we practice our craft, we put the work out there, we engage the audience, and we try to figure out how to get paid. Just like venues book bands, you can book me for … Continue reading

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Dixieland jazz for Valentine’s Day

Been here twenty years; just discovered the KW Dixieland Jazz Club. How does that happen? Hit the Legion on Regina Street in Uptown Waterloo on Saturday, on the advice of my good friend Tony Reinhart. Said he on Friday: you … Continue reading

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