Monday, 21 April 2014

Custom Guitar Show in June

This just in from Mike Sankey, custom guitar builder. The show is scheduled for June 29/14 at the Glebe Community Centre. seems like it might be a good spot for me to be with 10 to 15 guitar cases. Just to fly the flag and let people know that there are alternatives to basic black. 

Guess I'll have to get a card made. 

Hello everyone,

If you are receiving this email it is because you have expressed an interest in exhibiting at the 2014 Ottawa Guitar Show. I am pleased to announce that we are ready to go ahead.

The show will take place on Sunday, June 29th, in the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, in Ottawa. We will be open to the public from 10am until 5pm. Exhibitors will have access from 8am until 7pm, to allow plenty of time to set up and tear down.

Each exhibitor will have one table (approximately 6’ by 2’, linens provided) and 2 chairs in the main room (Scotton Hall) of the Centre. Exhibitors are responsible for manning their own table. Each table is intended to represent one exhibitor and one assistant only. If you wish to bring an amplifier for your table, headphones must used at all times. There will be 3 soundproof booths in the main hall to allow prospective clients the opportunity to try instruments. Exhibitors will also be able to use the Meeting Room on the entrance level for storage and as a break room.

Exhibitors will have the opportunity to demonstrate their work in our mini-concert series. These will consist of half-hour time slots (20 minutes performance, ten minutes setup/teardown). The main concert room seats approximately 30 people, and will be equipped with a small amplification system and associated microphones etc. We will have a sound technician on hand who will assist, and can provide exhibitors with a raw audio recording free of charge. For an extra fee we should also be able to provide a professionally recorded and edited audio and video package. There are only 12 time slots available here, so anyone who would like to do a demo concert must apply to me with the details of their performance as soon as possible. Priority will be given to those who wish to purchase an audio/video package. I also encourage exhibitors to collaborate on performances, so more of us can do a demo concert. 

We will also have the opportunity for more informal performances in the onsite restaurant adjacent to the main hall, called “the Pantry”. This is an intimate space suitable only for acoustic instruments; no amplification will be allowed (or necessary), and any recording would have to be done by the exhibitor. Time slots are limited here as well.

The fee for participation in the Ottawa Guitar Show will be $120. If you need a second table, a small number will available for an extra $80 each. The price for a video package is not finalized yet, but will be under $200. Admission for visitors will be completely free, to ensure that we all get as much public exposure as possible. Parking at the Glebe Community centre is very limited, and should be reserved for short-term use (for example, loading in and out). There is plenty of street parking in the neighbourhood, as well a pay lot 1 block away.

Our website,, will be updated for this years’ event very soon. A Facebook event page will also be prepared shortly, and will be kept up-to-date with the latest news and developments. We will also have posters and brochures available for distribution 3 weeks before the show.

To register for the Ottawa Guitar Show, please reply to this email or call me at (613) 276-9093. To guarantee your spot, payment is due by May 30th, and can be made via paypal or Interac e-transfer to “”. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know.

Mike Sankey

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter

In keeping with the festive season, I made Easter Eggs today.
The blue one is my favourite because it resembles the
 planet Earth. The others are just pretty and eccentric
 or pretty eccentric, up to you.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Light up my Life

Visited the Re-Store today and picked up a pink light to add to the mix. Once again, the camera does not focus well on the guitar cases but you get the idea of of the pink like  looks like on the left and then just a clear flood on the right. Below, the way the lights look.

The guitar cases are going to look superb at the next indoor show.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Ceiling Art

Here's what the ceiling chez moi might look like once I get the art up.
I wonder what they used to mount it. This is a still from a BBC movie.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Left to Do

Apartment-reno-wise. In reading the various sites about how to live comfortably in a small space, none of the spaces had radiators and the all had square walls, that is, not the mansard-style walls/ceiling I have.

One of my ideas was to put in skylights, many years ago, but the landlord would hear nothing of it, citing leaks. Maybe, but then again, maybe not and having light from above certainly would have made the last 30 years living in two squalid rooms brighter.

I want to create a gallery wall with the pile of art
and guess, at some point, I'll make a start at looking at what I have and then figure out what I might

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"Courage" for Germany

Another Mail Art Project, this one for Germany. They wanted something that shows courage.
I don't have much but then I thought of the axe through the keyboard. Took courage to cleave the board; took courage to do without the magic of the Internet. We'll see what they say.

This will probably be my last Mail Art Project. Although the message in a bottle is ready to send to Spain, the way our postal rates have jumped, I don't think it's in the budget. Sending post cards around the world at $2.50 a pop certainly isn't.

So Germany, you are the lucky winner!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Guitar Cases Ready

All the guitar cases have been repatriated from the van and await the next show which will be in
May although one never knows what will come up. They stand at the ready.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Marvie Little Pot Lights

Weighted and bright. Normal plug, no three-prong. Clear cord so unobtrusive. Good for floor and attractive enough to sit on a table or shelf.

I tried it with this electric base case and the colour certainly is better with the light but focus remains troublesome. This is just a fall-back of my camera and perhaps all camera's when tasked with trying to focus on a million things at once.

In person, the effect is wonderful.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Fifty Dollars Richer

No doubt but this was a slog; a great deal of work went into getting everything together and then standing around for five hours to make $50.

The up-side, much stuff went and much stuff got donated to the community centre. And I bought three foot lights for illuminating my guitar cases for the next show. These are heavy pot lights and will be fabulous for this app.

Met some lovely people there today, too.

Not a loss, really.

Took in a memorial on the way home. Former associate died a pauper and was to be buried in a pauper's grave but people he knew have come forward and are arranging for a regular, some may say, real funeral. Seeing as how he died in early February and is still on ice at the funeral parlour and will be there for a few more months, this is what one might call a recovery.

Grand to see musicians come out on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and share their talent.

Kevin Dooley, MC and progenitor
of the event.