Reasons to play the Hart House Great Hall:
– Excellent acoustics
– 9-foot concert grand piano
– Verses by either William Blake or Milton (I can’t really tell the difference) in medieval-looking script written around the walls
– Pictures of august-looking Canadians at strategic points, giving you something specific to look at whenever you need to visualize a person when performing
– High ceilings and cathedral-like windows
– Central location
– Organized organizers and a good audience
Ok, now the flip side.
Reasons NOT to play the Hart House Great Hall:
– A long, narrow room, oriented horizontally, meaning that the audience is squeezed into six very long rows in front of you
– The Gallery Grill, a popular U of T restaurant, is situated in the gallery above it, with big open windows in between; not a problem for the 3 PM show, but somewhat annoying during the 12:30 rehearsal
– The troupe of bagpipers that passed by during the first unaccompanied piece (I kid you not)
– It’s made out of stone and kind of cold in this damp November weather.
Well, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t look on the down side, right? It was a good show. It’s actually quite a nice room. My friend Jeff Vidov, who is a kick-ass recording engineer, recorded it, and I will be posting excerpts on the official site when he’s done mixing and mastering. He found it a bit ringy for recording, but he got the mikes in close and it was just fine.
The bagpipe procession passed by during Alex Eddington’s unaccompanied piece (also called Scintillator), and, though unexpected, it was kind of awesome. I will most definitely be posting that recording.
The last leg starts on Thursday with a jaunt to London (Ontario, not England, sadly enough). I have no pictures from the show itself – though an old dude from the audience walked straight up to me after the show, took my picture, then walked away – but here’s a picture from in front of the building:
Yes, it IS a squirrel coming out of a garbage can
See? Just like I said. Rats with tails.
After the show we went to the Tranzac to hear Fred Spek and the Toronto Gospel Choir, where my friend Keith confirmed my suspicions that the Ipod Touch is superior to the EEE. He continued to taunt me via Facebook:
That’s all for now. I will post more of the vampire novel later today.
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