Return – Festival Man: A Novel, by Geoff Berner

Ramblings of the past escapades of a drunk musical director who enjoys partaking in drugs to help his decision-making as he chases the ‘next big thing’ by looking at peripheral extremes of music is the Festival Man. It’s 140+ pages of antics set in Canada makes for a quick and entertaining read.  I appreciate that the story is set within the Calgary Folk Fest. Pick it up to support Canadian artists!

“Calgary is big, and it’s getting bigger all the time. The people who run Calgary would give Jane Jacobs an aneurysm, if they ever met her, but they don’t run in the same circles. Calgary believes in ’50-style suburban-development sprawl. If you see it from the air at night, its lights and grid make it look exactly like a massive Pac-Man game laid out flat on the dark screen of the prairie, and the high price of oil is making it ever-expanding, like a flood, but a flood of garbage.”



Sweet Home Alberta!

While you’d think it would be simple to keep on top of my blog while enjoying the comforts of home I was more interested in filling my time with enjoying the company of my friends and family throughout  Alberta.  Thus this is a summary blog of my Alberta adventures during the last half of the month:

  • Calgary Folk Festival- Enjoyed some great music while sitting in the pouring rain for four hours.  We were prepared with rain suits and a warm waterproof blanket but it was still chilly. Matt Andersen was the highlight musician for me.  Lucky for the festival the weather cleared up for the rest of the weekend.
  • Wedding – I had the pleasure of joining a friend as a guest at a wedding reception held at Spruce Meadows.  Beautiful wedding and a nice night to get prettied up and enjoy the company of a ‘best-ee’
  • Banff – While we intended to cycle the newest paved trail from the Banff National Park gates to the townsite the weather upon our arrival (rain and on-going clouds in the direction of travel) had us change our plans.  Instead we drove to Banff, enjoyed the hot springs in our rented historical suits, had a delicious lunch and wandered Banff Avenue.  All of us came home with a ‘buff’ (like they wear on Survivor) to remember our adventure by.
  • Northern Alberta – A quick trip up to family north of Edmonton, where in true Alberta spirit we drove around in pick-up trucks, pulled a tractor and talked about hunting.  It was a wonderful visit to catch up with many relatives that I don’t get to see very often, and included an amazing turkey dinner!
  • Potluck – Just prior to my departure I was fortunate to have many of my home town friends come together for a potluck.  Of course, like any potluck, there was lots of delicious food, but more importantly was the wonderful company.  With a little ‘things in a box’ the evening had its share of laughs. As a special treat a friend took the day off work to smoke some pork tenderloin and beef brisket – yummy! 

All and all my month back home in Alberta was a wonderful way to start time away.  I’m very appreciative of having the opportunity to rediscover Alberta and the things I love about it. The experiences were even more rewarding as I got share them with my friends and family.  Thanks!