Fierce Fest 2014 Punk Brunch – October 4th – The Old Foundry – Bellingham, WA

FIERCE FEST is a radical queer and feminist D.I.Y. festival dedicated to dismantling oppression, building community and empowering marginalized voices. Because we can use art and music as tools for empowerment, reclaiming space, solidarity and education. Because we refuse to accept unsafe, oppressive conditions for marginalized people in our communities and the underrepresentation of trans, queer and female artists.

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Accordion Noir Festival Speakeasy – September 13th, 2014 – Russian Hall, Vancouver, BC

The “I Hate My Landlord” song went down well in the landlord’s paradise of Vancouver, and everyone was singing along, “Hypocrite, oh hypocrite, I’m not hip to your hypocritic shit.” They had loads of folks dancing, especially for some excellent covers of Tom Waits “Chocolate Jesus” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic”. No, really, they did a great job on Toxic, and the fiddle handled the electronica parts well.

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Accordion Noir Festival Rendezvous – September 12th, 2014 – Russian Hall, Vancouver, BC

I always try to sit by the sound folks. The sound is designed to be perfect from the middle of the hall, but it inevitably is just a bit better from where they’re sitting, especially in any show with a lot of people in attendance and instruments changing all the time. It’s also a secondary source of entertainment and, occasionally, a way to learn new and original swearing. That said, damn fine job, dude. That was the hardest working sound person I’ve seen in ages – he put on mileage making sure everything sounded good.

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Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival – August 9th, 2014 – Deer Lake, Burnaby, British Columbia

All music festivals should have dragonflies. It lends that beautiful edge to a festival – a shining note that you don’t get anywhere else. It was gorgeous outside for this year’s festival, and the breeze off Deer Lake helped cool down the diehards camped out in the sun in front of the main stage.

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