In Alberta there’s so much going on in the summer it’s ridiculous. There seems to be something happening every single weekend, be it a wedding or a monster truck show or a wet t-shirt contest or a housewarming. With the heat we’ve been getting though I think maybe somebody should throw a friggin’ house-cooling!! Eh? Who agrees? About the house cooling?
Cadence was off at a techno festival this weekend called Basscoast in Marmott, BC. If you take the ‘b’ out of Basscoast it turns into Asscoast. But that has nothing to do with anything except for the fact that I don’t like electronic music that much and I’m a hater. I’d rather sit through my own junior high battle of the bands than go to a techno festival. And my junior high battle of the bands was the worst performance ever. That is, until one of my high school girlfriends invited me to her place to stay the night when her parents were out of town. Then that night became the worst performance ever. And still is. Anyways Cadence said she had a great time at the robot music festival and I’m sure she did.
I was off in the Okanagan playing at my friend Tanya’s wedding. She had asked me to do it a while ago and although it’s an assload of driving I was happy to say yes because she’s a cool chick and her husband is too. (A cool dude, I mean).
I took my girlfriend because we haven’t been dating that long and there’s nothing better for a relationship than a long ass roadtrip in a hot car.
It actually turned out really well. We stayed in Canmore AB the first night, which is my favourite town to visit in Alberta. From there we drove to Penticton where the campsite I booked us was. I’d never been to Penticton and when I booked the campsite I had just found it on Google. It was pretty hillbilly. There were so many people packed in there it was ridiculous. We set up our tent and on Friday night at around three in the morning we were woken up by a bunch of drunken idiots pulling into the campsite next to us. They had also pulled their gigantic speedboat out front of our tent that they brought to pick up chicks. We were pretty pissed off at getting woken up by these idiots. But I ended up getting drunk with those idiots on Sunday night and they weren’t actually that bad. It helps to be a drunken idiot when you’re around drunken idiots.
They wedding went perfect. It was at a country club and it was great. As requested I played Reign of Love by Coldplay for the service along with some other instrumental stuff. Weddings are sweet and they always make me want to get married.Not to actually be married, but to get married.
The Okanagan is amazing with it’s lakes and rolling hills. And Penticton isn’t even that expensive when it comes to restaraunts and other basic stuff. I think a lot of places in Edmonton are costlier. Just make sure you book ahead because that place is busy in the summer.
We made it back to Edmonton safe and sound. Great trip. The final thing I wanted to mention was our soundtrack for the weekend. I stopped at the music store before we left and got some great cd’s and cassettes (Yeah my car has a cassette player. Jealous?) I got some old Beck and REM I hadn’t heard in forever and I also picked up some amazing Canadian records. You should give these a chance if you get a chance. They’re great and totally worth your dime or at least checking out.
The Provincial Archive – Maybe We Could Be Holy (My gf Chloe, loves this one)
Andrew Scott- 13 Birds of Prey
Kathleen Edwards- Voyageur
Great Northern Revival Vol 3 Compilation
(This one isn’t on itunes but it’s a mix of great indie Alberta bands).
Michael Dunn and the Moanin After- Come on out back to the shed tonight