Indian Residential School Survivor, No. 1, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches, by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.

The above, new work, was not selected for the “highly competitive” juried show entitled:  Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit, at the Humber Galleries…  (I got the F/O letter this morning!)


Barrymore’s, Bank Street, Ottawa, December 1, 2017.  We enjoyed ourselves at many fun parties in this joint, over the years.  I was there on Friday afternoon thinking about the time I saw Blackie Lawless standing out front talking to what looked like a road manager/technician type person.  Blackie and his band were scheduled to play there and the bad news was just in:  the stage wasn’t big enough to accommodate the big LA show band.  I was across the street, a fellow “long haired”, watching.  Blackie looked over and acknowledged me with a nod.  I nodded back and continued down Bank Street, pushing the stroller with a 3 or 4 year old Jasmine Moon tucked inside.  And so I never got to hear “L.O.V.E. Machine” or…  “Animal…  “, performed live…  boo hoo.  Denied back in…  what was it?  2005?


Not Denied!!!  National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Friday night, 10 p.m., after the Diana Krall show.  And WOW!  What a show.  3rd time I’ve seen her and these were by far the best seats in the house: right up next to her, ready to shake hands.


There’s the house:  the National Arts Centre, 1015 p.m. Friday night.  She had this place packed to the rafters.  (Now lets use our imagination and picture my rock and roll band up there on that stage…  NR could go up there, enjoy that view, fill it to the rafters, bring the house down, and do it less than a hundred and twenty minutes!)


Sketch for “Indian Residential School Survivor, No. 1”, 2016, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, artist collection.

Well Moose!  We must carry on, without the Humber Galleries!