Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Toronto, Ontario; Mississauga, Ontario; London, Ontario

The Rex

The Rex: Not yet CD for @mikedownesmusic @TedQuinlan @Larnell_Lewis @robibotos, still working towards release with original compositions. Audience rather full for a Thursday night, as jazz lovers anticipate some of the top players in town. (The Rex, Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20170202

Avonwick

Avonwick: Superbowl big screen, switched to U.S. tv station to watch commercials from original broadcast instead of Canadian simulcast. Annual event has most of us spending more time on visiting with friends, we’re not really football spectators. (Avonwick, Mississauga, Ontario) 20170205

Luen Hop

Luen Hop: Passport photo studio at back of dry goods store in Chinatown East, getting recent shot for visa for Shanghai visit in April. Studio no longer does photo processing, and only takes portraits three times per week. Weather was clear today for a quick bike ride over. (Luen Hop, Broadview Avenue, Riverdale district, Toronto, Ontario) 20170206

China Visa

China Visa: Drop-off visa application only 20 minutes with appointment. Fewer customers than last year, almost all Asian faces. Turnaround in 3 days as non-express, maybe a post-Chinese New Year trough. Freezing rain outside, slid on sidewalk to bang left knee. (China Visa Application Service, University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20170207

February 28th, 2017

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The name of the band — Worst Pop Band Ever — is intriguing, and the venue was The Rex, which has become a hub for jazz in Toronto. It’s easy enough to surf over to their web page on Myspace, and give the band a listen. Apostolos also listened to their music, and we agreed to meet for the 6:30 p.m. show.

The reason for the funny name is that, although the band plays pop-style tunes, they’re clearly jazz musicians. When they play Bjork’s “Army of Me”, you can recognize it, but they’re headed a different direction. I like the mix.

Worst Pop Band Ever, at The Rex

January 3rd, 2007

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Toronto has a good music scence … if I’m in town to see it!

I called Andy, and asked if he wanted to go to The Rex to see Tara Davidson (an upcoming sax player) at her CD release performance. She was playing with Mike Murley (veteran sax player) and David Braid (keyboards).

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October 13th, 2006

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