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What day is it anyway? Christopher Rees is performing *tomorrow* night at Ginger's. I don't have to run between two bars after all. Until tomorrow.

I walked downtown around 9pm, thinking I'd catch Special Noise at Stage Nine, and then, duh, realized the show wasn't starting until after 10. I had time to catch Ted Leo at the Pavilion!!! If I hurried! Uphill!! (Note to self: join gym.)

I arrived on the grounds just in time to watch a fight between two young ladies. Crowds of young folks soon followed, so I thought it best if I made my way inside immediately.

Hoorah, Ted Leo and his Pharmacists had not finished their set--they had barely gotten things underway! Pardon the excessive use of exclamation points, but you have to understand my love for Joe Jackson and Joe Jackson-sounding music borders on stupid obsessive. I once took a bus right after work from Ottawa to Montreal to get off the bus, grab a slice of pizza, walk to the theatre where Joe was playing, sit down, watch the show, get back on the bus, go to bed and go to work. And so hearing Ted last night, I was like "yay, someone playing music that is awesome like Joe would play 20 years ago!"

I ran into Peter Rowan, who was one of the forces behind the original Pop Explosion back in the day, at the door of the Pavilion. He was all smiles, saying how he couldn't believe he was watching Ted Leo here. I said "yeah, I love how he sounds like JJ," and Peter's eyes lit up. "YES!! I was just saying he sounds like someone and I can't put my finger on it. That's who!" Yep. :)

And now, it's 10:15 and if I play my cards right and walk as fast as my out of shape legs will take me, I might catch that Special Noise set.

Speaking of that Stage Nine show, I ran into Derrick from Gilbert Switzer earlier this evening and he said he was the most excited he'd ever been about any show ever (as a musician, I presume). I take it he's going to give one million percent, and I expect no less from Megan and Troy. It. Will. Rule.

Tomorrow's the Indie Zine Fair Labelpalooza at St. David's, and the brunch at the Med, so wake your sorry sleepy ass up early anyway and come out for more fun. I figure we can all sleep next month. Or something.

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