Rocking and Running for a Cure - 2013
I’m not one to beg for people’s support, even for worthwhile events I’m involved in. This one, however, is a little different.
As many of you may know, my wife Luisa has lived with Crohn’s disease since her teenage years (which hasn’t been that long, I know, I know). In layman’s terms, Crohn’s entails an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in anything from an embarrassing situation to near-critical abdominal pain. It also affects anyone and everyone around the sufferer, the least of which being myself and our two kids.
My wife Luisa is by far the strongest person I know – Rather than complain about her lot in life, she prefers to take action, which is why we’re participating in the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s “Gutsy Walk,” formerly known as the Heel ’n’ Wheel-a-Thon. We will both be running 5K on Sunday, June 9th at beautiful Spencer Smith Park on Burlington’s waterfront. (Us LeBlancs get around, I tell you!)
I definitely need to step up my training for the big race, not only because there’s a VERY good chance she will outrace me, but because there is an extremely good chance that Crohn’s disease will be beaten in her lifetime, but we need your help! If I’ve done a decent job persuading you to sponsor me, you may do so here. And anyone is also more than welcome to join “Team Zoom Zoom,” where once again my daughter Miranda will be acting as one of our team captains. Any amount is greatly appreciated, but if you pledge at least $15, not only will you be eligible for a tax receipt, I will add any song you suggest to my running playlist. People familiar with my music tastes know my preference is garage rock, but if someone donates enough and REALLY wants Justin Bieber or Bon Jovi on my iPod, I will begrudgingly accept. Because like their slogan goes, “It takes guts to find a cure.”
Whatever my playlist ends up being, I will share it with you all on Facebook.com/ROCKthusiast.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all very much!
Gilles AKA ROCKthusiast
The ROCKthusiast’s Guide to Surviving the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
In seven short years, Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festivalhas become one of Canada’s preeminent destinations for hundreds of bands and fans. According to folklore, Osheaga was the first name used to describe the area that would eventually become Montreal by its European settlers, a word descended down from the native Mohawks as the place “where they met the people of the shaking hands.” These days, there are still plenty of shaking hands…and fists…and crowd surfers…and yeah you get the idea, hopefully! O-she-ha-ga, as it’s pronounced, may as well stand for, “Most awesome music fest in Canada!”
The ROCKthusiast’s Tips for Surviving NXNE
North by Northeast 2012 is here and is rarin’ to eat unsuspecting festival goers alive by the sheer weight of its imposing schedule.
A whistle-inducing 780 bands, up +20% from last year, will be taking over Toronto’s downtown core from June 11th to the 17th, causing many a music fan to run for cover, not unlike how Cary Grant does from the crop duster in the similarly titled Hitchcock thriller. NXNE can be intimidating for even the bravest of people, but it can also be unbelievably rewarding. I’ve compiled some (hopefully helpful) information for those who are thinking of attending so that your NXNE experience leans more to the latter. Hope you all have fun at one of the largest fests of its kind, but be on the lookout for that creepy-looking “Thing with 1,000 Eyes” that’s on their home page…
Live Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (4/27)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are entering an interesting period in their nearly 30-year history as a band. They’re not quite ready to hit the nostalgic casino circuit, yet at the same time, more than a few people have turned their noses up at the sight of their name on festival posters, claiming their relevancy has passed. Even their most fired up fans would probably concede that these longtime rock funksters have gone down on the musical Scoville heat scale in recent years.
Definitely not your average 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.