November was a busy month for the guys outside of the studio. Brennan went on a short tour to the US with the Stampede Show band, Spencer did some touring with Jocelyn Alice, and Josh had a trip out to Vancouver for the Peak Performance Project. In the studio, we had a lot of fun with with a few different projects produced by Russell Broom, a few short projects, a band out of BC, and Madi Allen from Edmonton. November was also the month that we put our very first Gold Record on the wall, for Spencer's work on Jocelyn Alice's Jackpot! As we head into the holiday season, we're feeling extra grateful for everything we've been doing. We're also grateful for the unseasonably warm weather and easy to drive roads. James hasn't ditched his car once yet!
1. What is one thing you hope Santa brings to OCL? Great songs and great artists! We've been pretty fortunate so far, so hopefully that keeps on happening!
2. What's your favourite local venue to see a show at? Hotel Cafe in Hollywood... Small/medium sized room - but so many great artists come through there and it's got a very cool vibe. (I don't think Spencer read the whole question... - Meg)
3. You've all toured before. What's one of your favourite tour stories? Well, when I was playing some shows with Jocelyn Alice we saw a fight break out in the venue we were playing at, and one of the guys got walked out in handcuffs by the police - right before we went on stage!
1. What is one thing you hope Santa brings to OCL? Sony C37 or C38. Damn amazing on electric guitars and vocals.
2. What's your favourite local venue to see a show at? I love seeing bands at the Palomino. A downstairs, small intimate club with some good walls to lean on.
3. You've all toured before. What's one of your favourite tour stories? Winnipeg with MBF we just played an afternoon show at a record store. Michael got swindled into going off with a group of girls to get tattoos. Realizing this is a crazy, stupid idea he looked at me and said, "You have to get me out of this!" I said, "Yeah, okay. I'll get the trailer on my arm." I don't think I got the hint that he wanted me to save him from the super fans. Whatever.
1. What is one thing you hope Santa brings to OCL? A robot vacuum. Or a new live sound console. Either one would make me happy.
2. What's your favourite local venue to see a show at? Smaller venue, the Ironwood for sure. Larger venue, the Jack Singer at Arts Commons for sure!
3. You've all toured before. What's one of your favourite tour stories? When I was touring with Locomotive Ghost last year, there were a couple cities where we didn't have anywhere to stay. In Penticton, we managed to get ahold of a random acquaintance our lead singer met at his wife's friend's birthday, whose parents had a house there. They let us stay when we went through going West as well as coming back East, without knowing us at all. In Chilliwack, BC, we took a chance and asked from the stage. We had 5 or 6 couples and families come up after the show and offer us places to stay - it was astounding. We ended up staying with this wonderful couple, who supplied us with bottles upon bottles of homemade red wine and wonderful conversation, and in the morning had blueberry pancakes and a whole breakfast feast prepared. It was super heartwarming, and really set the tone for the rest of the super fun tour.
1. What is one thing you hope Santa brings to OCL? One thing I would like Santa to bring to OCL would be a working hot tub for when it's cold out.
2. What's your favourite local venue to see a show at? My favourite venue around town to see a show is the Jack Singer. The acoustics are amazing and the venue is very beautiful.
3. You've all toured before. What's one of your favourite tour stories? My favourite tour memory was in 2010 when I went on a bus tour with the Calgary Stampede Show band. We were traveling to Wisconsin, and had to drive through the night. At 2:00 am one morning, only one of my friends and I were awake on the bus. There was a wicked storm outside with tons of thunder and lightning. The two of us stayed up and watched the storm. It's a very happy memory for me.