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bikes and buddies

It’s been an eventful few days.  Mostly with good news, with a little bit o’ bad news in the mix.   The bad is that my bike was stolen on Monday evening.  I had been to see a good show, the Cave Singers, at the Horseshoe.   I came out and found a busted lock (no more kryptonite ulocks garbage after this), left in two pieces along with my helmet.  I’m glad they didn’t take my helmet, since i really like it a lot.  A friend of mine sent me this link, which although perhaps a little extreme, does the job of expressing the feeling you get when your bike is stolen.   The lowest of the low crimes.

The next day, in my slightly crazed state, i bought a new bike:  a Batavus dutch commuter bike that I have been lusting after for some time.  I also bought a super-industrial lock.   So  I am back to riding happily around town, now with super-excellent posture on my super-upright, euro-styles cycle.   I have named her Stein.

Yesterday afternoon, i took Stein for her first trip across town, from Parkdale to the village, for a meeting at Buddies where, after weeks of deliberations, the Board of Directors were announcing our new artistic director.

So it is good new is that Buddies in Bad Times Theatre has a new artistic director, my esteemed colleague Brendan Healy. This is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of a pretty extraordinary theatre.  It feels like a significant moment.  An exciting and bold decision, which i believe is going to have important and exciting implications not only for Buddies, but for theatre in Toronto and across the country.   Brendan is very articulate, passionate man with a big vision.

Other than these dramatic events….last weekend went to see one of the best lives shows i’ve seen in ages,  The Ex and Getachew Mukuria.   Also played the first of my monthly Sunday shows at the Tranzac, and it was great. Tried out a bunch of new material, which was nerve-wracking but pleasing.  Next month will be me with special guest Kate Reid, and also Brad Hart and Anna Friz, performing some of the music from Spin with me.   The workshop of Spin is coming up on October 25th at Buddies.