2nd Annual ‘Solos Going Steady’ show in Ottawa March 7th

February 21 2015 | Posted by Chris

Page - Photo by Ming Wu
Photo by Ming Wu

Last year was such a blast, we’re doing it again!

I’ll be joining my pals Jon Hynes, Catriona Sturton and Patrick Shanks for another evening of singer-songwriter sounds, this time in the confines of Ottawa’s Celtic Cross.

It was during the planning of last year’s show that we came up with the name ‘Solos Going Steady’ in a loose ode to The Buzzcocks and it was Patrick who thought we should make it a yearly shindig.

And once again, meltingplastic has provided us with a knock out poster!

Admission is ‘pay what you can’ and the show gets underway at 9pm sharp.

Solos Going Steady

Sold out show + last call for The Stand GT T-shirts

January 27 2015 | Posted by Chris

Photo by Andrew Carver

Thanks to everyone who came out to Irene’s and made that fun rock and roll blow-out a sell out!

Patrick Shanks was on fire and Fuad and the Feztones got the place absolutely hopping.

I won’t tell you when it was The Stand GT last shared a stage with Bobby Beaton and John Davis…I’ll save that for another post!

Bobby and John of Fuad, and formerly of the legendary Gruesomes! Photo by Andrew Carver

Patrick Shanks leads the crowd in a rousing, sing-along rendition of ‘Wake And Bake And Ride My Bike’.
Photo by Andrew Carver.

Considering it’s been awhile since we hit the stage, I thought The Stand GT ripped it up pretty good! We played a rock solid set of songs that span all our releases, with a heavy tilt in favour of the newly remastered (and classic IMHO!) Blur Your Cool.

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get on it here! It’s a blistering classic and our pal Rob Seaton has done a great job reviving this cassette-only release from back in the day.

A bit of an abbreviated version of ‘Sad Bunch Of People’…but you get the idea!
Thanks for grabbing this, Chris Cook


The screen is now retired…

The Stand GT merch

Rare show by The Stand GT in Ottawa January 10th

December 30 2014 | Posted by Chris

The Stand GT
Photo by Shawn Scallen

As many of you know, The Stand GT rarely plays live these days.

That’s why we’re psyched to announce we’ll be playing a one-off show in Ottawa on Saturday January 10th at Irene’s in Ottawa! This will be just the second show the band has done in the last 10 years.

After a blistering comeback set at this past summer’s Ottawa Explosion Weekend, the band has decided to play once again for those who may have missed that show last June.

The Stand GT live at OXW, 2014 - Photo by Ming Wu
The Stand GT at OXW, June 2014 – Photo by Ming Wu

The Stand GT also re-released a remastered version of its classic release ‘Blur Your Cool‘.

You can purchase and support the band by downloading a copy of ‘Blur Your Cool’ here.

Also: Read more about the release in an earlier post here.

Stream it!

Kaffe 1870 with Coastal Pigs! New shows for festive times

December 8 2014 | Posted by Chris

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Rocking at the House of Targ, November 28th, 2014 – Photo by Andrew Neville (@superchop on Twitter)

Hi all,
A few updates to share!

My annual Christmas songs are back up and streaming over here at BandCamp. We’ve recorded a new one for 2014 which should be finished up this week. Check back soon…and don’t let me off the holiday hook! ;)

I’m still buzzing over the vid we did for ‘Cafeteria Tray’. Check it here if you missed it last year. Low budget, low expectations, high impact!

On the topic of upcoming shows, I’m playing Wakefield at the wonderfully and festively cozy Kaffe 1870 on Friday December 19th with my pals Coastal Pigs. You all know these guys as members of the legendary Werbo. New original music from Jeff Kainz!? Yes, folks, it promises to be legendary and incendiary.

Also, there’s another The Stand GT show just on the horizon. Mark your calendars, Ottawa peeps: January 10th, 2015. The Facebook event thing is here. But more on that one later…

‘Tis the season! Keep it festively real out there…

#TBT: Saves The Day, the 15th anniversary of ‘Through Being Cool’ and Suzi

November 6 2014 | Posted by Chris

Standing stage left at a Saves The Day show, Club Soda, Montreal (2002) – Image from Junkedcamera.com

Saves The Day’s “Through Being Cool” will always remind me of Suzi.

These guys were one of the few Suzi Bands that I honestly liked (Suzi Bands was a term I affectionately coined for those MOR emo bands she loved so much). I fondly remember our last-minute-road-trip-friend-date to Montreal to see Saves The Day, blasting that record along the way.

At the time I remember being worried I would feel ‘too old’ at the show and she was sure to tease me about that, being a few years my junior. We shotgunned two cans of beer on a side street outside the club, flying in the face of those silly feelings.

Beyond that, I barely remember the show, let alone what must’ve been the long drive back to Ottawa from Montreal. But I have fond memories of my travelling companion on that little road trip, some late autumn night, to see a band that in the grand scheme of things is barely a blip on my radar.

Though something about this LP struck a right chord with me and I’m grateful for the memories it stirs up.

Check out the Wired story here.

Stream the full LP here:


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