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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Get Wrecked while Rock Gardening

Posted on Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 2:07 PM

If you like making a lot of noise while simultaneously retaining a happy landlord and neighbours, you ought to head to Reflections Wednesday July 9 for a benefit for everyone's favourite jamspot, the Rock Garden (with Get Wrecked, Bloodbath, ROCKSTORM, Journalists, Wolf and No Flyers Please). I asked co-owner Rob MacArthur how much he cried upon first hearing that his beloved music scene was going to give him a helping hand. "First it was all happiness that someone would even want to do this for us. Then it was concern like, 'wait, we're a business, what will people say about this?' Now we're back to complete happiness and don't carry what anyone else says as it amazes us that anyone one person would want to do this, let alone a number of bands. We're very happy and grateful. It'll be a good night out." Anyone who frequents the Rock Garden is familiar with the aromatic bathrooms, and MacArthur would like his clients to know that they have not escaped his attentions. "We're fixing the bathrooms! The space needs a little more attention, some affection." Hopes are that this show will help him with some cash to do all the little errands that are required. "I think this is one of those cases heartwarming was intended for. No matter what, it makes you feel good that people out there would be willing to offer their help. And we have been fortunate to have plenty of people do so in different ways over the past three years. And special thanks to Don Hynes for taking the initiative on this one." Some may remember that the Rock Garden used to host the odd all ages show in their larger room, and those shows have since been put on hiatus due to damages sustained during some particularly rousing choruses. Are shows something that MacArthur and Rock Garden co-owner Johanna Gerrits might in the future? "Not likely to have any shows here in the immediate future but I am working with someone now and we are exploring options for shows elsewhere," says MacArthur. "How that ends up looking depends on the venue found and if/when one is found that will work for us. I would love to have a space to offer for shows but right now I think making the Rock Garden a better place to rehearse is the main priority." Bruce Parks from ROCKSTORM explains why it was important to him to participate in this show, "Rob and Johanna are great and put up with our noise pollution on a regular basis, so we couldn't say no. Very few people would be able to put up with that barrage of clashing noise and still keep a smile on their face. Well, maybe Rob doesn't smile that much, but he's always hospitable."

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