I will have you know that in this clip I am performing on “expert” and have lost my guitar strap, as has Claire. There are lots of hilarious things I could tell you about the evening, but main thing you should know is that our prize for winning this Rock Band video competition was recording studio time. Seriously.
The only time I’ve seen Pearl Jam in concert was in Chicago’s Grant Park two summers ago, the exact same place where President Barack Obama (yeah, Warren’s right, it feels amazing to type that — President Barack Obama!) made his victory speech on election night in November. That might have something to do with why this quote today from singer Eddie Vedder (via Alan Cross) struck me.
Two years ago, you were wondering what could there possibly be to unite our country and get us out of this mess. What can get us back on the positive? What can bring us back into some kind of standing with the international community? And it seemed like that there would not be any answer. Who knew we would get to this moment?
That’s how I sometimes feel about Canada right now.Â There is a vacuum and no obvious way to fill it.
But Eddie brings an encouraging thought. Somewhere, for us too, there is a leader—or a team of leaders—waiting to articulate a vision for “rebuilding Canada,” so to speak. We just haven’t met them yet, or if we have, haven’t recognized what they have to offer. I’m optimistic that we will.
I’ll again be appearing on â€œFocal Point with John Taylorâ€ live tonight from 8pm to 9pm on Rogers Newmarket. Why do I keep doing these Newmarket shows? My grandma lives there, that’s why.
When the show’s done at 9pm I’ll be heading up to The Last Class at Georgian College in Barrie where I’ll be playing guitar and singing songs until 1am as part of the cleverly named band “Steve and Chris and Alex.” Seriously.
Since I haven’t blogged in almost a month, I felt it was important to make sure my first post back was a significant one. So here it goes: I need your vote. Not for Parliament, but to win Media Idol. It’s just like Canadian Idol, with a few key differences: it’s only open to people who work in the media, instead of making you line up and suffer for hours you wait in a green room with free refreshments, and the winner gets to dedicate $1000 to a charity of their choice. I’m singing for Camp Big Canoe, a boys and girls summer residential camp that I sit on the board of directors of.
Click here to vote for me. (Watching the video of me singing is optional. And try not to get distracted by my flashy competitors with their big budgets and Argos cheerleaders.)