» It was the Toronto Small Press Spring Book Fair this weekend and Mandi and I manned the Ampersand Publishing table. It was a moderately good time. No, it wasn’t a bad time and the people watching was good, but not a lot of traffic. From the standpoint of “doing a show” it was fairly dire. From the standpoint of something to do with out Saturday, it was pretty nice.
I vaguely wondered what my registration fees went to when they announced the venue (Toronto Reference Library) had been donated free and the show was put on with the help of volunteers. You would think probably advertising except apparently the Library took care of that as well (I also saw no evidence of advertising leading up to the event). I guess there’s a lot of “admin fees” to cover. And fair enough. I’d never want to put on a book fair unless it was lining my pockets, or at least not putting me in debt. Also I had to appreciate lack of crowds made the day enjoyable unlike last years’ Canzine where I was in a state of near panic-induced seizure the entire time.
Saw a few people I recognized from previous shows and had a pretty good time with our table-mates from the Ottawa Arts Review. We made about enough money to cover the parking. Who says print is dead?
» I found out this morning that Michael Gira played a two-night engagement at the Drake hotel this weekend. I really have to start reading the entertainment papers again. He’s one of the only shows I keep hoping to catch in town since I moved here and that would have been a great venue to see him at. Disappointed I missed that far more than Pet shop Boys in Montreal. Which I simply decided was too much travelling and cash. Mostly too much travelling. Entirely too much travelling in August. Looks like I am going to Sonic Youth this month though for much less travelling and cash.
» I forgot to mention I won a Crystal Award at work last week, or maybe the week before. It’s an inter-ministry peer-recognition award so I’m not sure how much it counts. But it’s something to keep in my cubicle and it makes me look like an official civil servant.
» Mandi, Shara and I have been remotely engaged in a telekinesis competition held at the Ministry of Casual Living in Victoria, BC. Our team is called Thinking About Moving. We sadly lost in the final round last night to the Center for Paraspeculative Study. In a strange coincidence, two tables down from us at the book fair they were selling books on the previous year’s competition. Spooky.