We left our friend Nate’s in Calgary a little later than we should’ve perhaps. The last night was late for us. We slept in quite a bit for our last show of tour. Had a few bites said our sad goodbyes and headed for Edmonton. I did the whole drive. Stopped for a bit in a small town called, Innisdale? for the necessities – Subway and water. Also passed the sign for Drumheller and sighed that we didn’t have time to stop there. The hills in Alberta seemed drier and longer than I remember. Before we knew it though, we had arrived at our accommodations and loaded our personals in. Had a bit of dinner and sighed again that we didn’t have time to visit Edmonton Mall. OH WELL. The venue wasn’t far away and the parking was free as heck. It was nice to see our friends, We Were Friends, and meet the folks in Brunch Club and Trace Italian. The Bohemia was a tiny, cute venue that stretched into a hall. Before the show even started, we were on our way to selling out our merch. The room filled out very quickly as well. We feel so grateful for the turnouts that we seem to get in these cities that we’ve only played once. Not to take all the credit for that, the bands that played had a generous draw and we are thankful for that. The stage sound was surprisingly great for the type of room and small sound system they had. It was a pretty satisfying set. The crowd was very enthusiastic, Patrick even saw someone singing along to Importance. Brunch Club had a huge, driving sound and We Were Friends were even better than the last time we saw them. The sound was full and tight in the room and everyone was really into it. We have a lot of merch to make for the next tour. By the end of the evening, we felt very fulfilled with our tour and even shared a pitcher before loading out and driving back to our accommodation. Didn’t fail to eat a dish of guacamole and chips at 2AM while we shared a hard root beer. Thankful to have our own beds, it wasn’t long before we passed out. Our drive home day was bound to be a long one, especially with an afternoon live video shoot in Calgary.
In our case, there are only 4 times a year where we can celebrate a birthday on tour, when including our wonderful live member Victoria. Calgary just so happened to be my birthday, which lined up incredibly well, since Calgary is one of my favourite cities to play, and we were playing a Friday night with a stellar lineup.
The day started out low-key, as we decided to relax for a while at our friend Nate’s house (check out his band Ultrviolence), where we’re staying at. After some toast and cold pancakes, we went for a walk at the park with Nate’s lil’ cavapoo pupper. We saw a guy in a Cheerios shirt. It was lit.
We went for lunch at this neat restaurant downtown, where I partook in birthday sushi tacos, which made me feel quite at home. I was quite surprised when a small Reese’s birthday cake was brought out at the end, in which in traditional Patrick fashion, I untraditionally coughed out the flames. Can’t ever do things the normal way. I thought it was funny.
Afterwards, we took the scenic route back to Nate’s house to pick up our gear for the show, and he took us to Canadian icon Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s house, which almost made me tear up, since he’s the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. In 90’s wrestling, that is.
The show. Oh, what a show. I Am The Mountain took the stage first, and for all of the people that deny the existence of evolution, I point you to this band. When we played with them two years ago, they were a much more acoustic-based, indie folk group, who played very relaxing music. This time around, they took the stage with electric bluesy jazzy vibes, which went down smoother than an 24 year old aged whiskey. Very good vibes. We played next, and we played the hardest we’ve played all tour (note: most of the venues wouldn’t have been appropriate for playing a super hard set). For the first time on this tour, and in a long time, we were asked to do an encore. In typical Douse fashion, we played Hypertension. Gotta leave the audience miserable. Lastly, Fox That Slept The Day Away took the stage. Such good dudes, such good jams. Such good Gmaj7 chords. It was a good day, it was a good night, Calgary was a good time.
We drove into Lethbridge with no idea what to expect – Attainable Records had shut down a couple weeks before we were arriving, but one of the co-owners, Connor, had assured us that he was going to make the show happen and find a different space for us. The address we were directed to was a Smokehouse, much to our disbelief. As we loaded in and settled down for dinner, I had yet another battle of trying to find something veg-friendly.
Though it was a small attendance, the crowd really enjoyed our set and we sold a lot of merch – it was nice to be met with people that cared about music and were happy to express that to us. We hope that the next time we hit Lethbridge we can set something up that isn’t a strain on the booker so we can get a great night happening for all of us. That being said, we’re super appreciative to Connor for holding his word and sticking it out despite having to close his venue. It takes a genuine love of what you’re doing to keep on trucking when something so discouraging happens to you. It’s been really great to meet the people in these smaller towns and see how much they want to create a music community in their town, and are pulling out all the stops to do it.
We drove 2 and a half hours from Lethbridge back to Calgary to stay with the wonderful Nate of Ultrviolence, and had some great van chats along the way. Until tomorrow,