Covering The Pogues

March 17 2016 | Posted by Chris


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My beat up copy. The front cover of the 7″ “Sugarbuzz”



In 1993, just after The Stand GT signed to Seattle’s Top Drawer records, we released a 7″ EP called Sugarbuzz.

Recorded in Montreal, the record included a ripping version of The Pogue’sIf I Should Fall From Grace With God“.

I remember wanting to see how fast we could play that killer accordion riff on guitar. Once we figured that out, the tempo was set. Having just got into Rocket From The Crypt, we also decided to add a sax part, which has since always struck me as kinda comical.

And in case you ever wondered, that sardonic comment off the top, “Drummers”, was by our coach and mentor, the legendary Montreal-by-way-of-Australia producer, Rod Shearer.



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The back cover


I really love this song.

It is such a great example of Shane’s exquisite, thoughtful and intelligent lyrics, married with an anthemic melody, all while keeping the street punk cred firmly intact. Simply brilliant.

Here is our version, fun and zerofucksgiven as it is. I hope Shane would be proud.



Follow me on Soundcloud here!

You can also listen to, stream and support us by downloading the other songs on Bandcamp here!


And of course, the glorious original below.

Happy St. Patricks Day and long live Shane MacGowan and The Pogues.



Breaking Out The Bass For Doughboys Covers…And Good Causes

March 2 2016 | Posted by Chris


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My original vinyl copy of Whatever. You can see the boxing sale mark down from 8.99 to 6.99. Score.



I have a long history of fandom with legendary Montreal band The Doughboys that started when I was in high school.

I remember going to Phantasmagoria in Montreal one Boxing Day and buying ‘Whatever‘ on a whim because the cover looked cool. I don’t remember knowing much about the band, though I was really getting into the Montreal scene by way of Og Records (Gruesomes, Deja Voodoo, etc) in those days.

‘Whatever’ instantly struck me. From the opening salvo of ‘Tradition‘, through to instant classics-for-my-brain like ‘No Holiday (From Living)‘, I was hooked.

As we did in those days, the record was quickly dubbed to cassette and crammed into heavy rotation in my parents’ Pontiac Acadian for cruising around. As a result, I rarely think about my last year in high school without having those songs play in my head.


The Doughboys live

I remember going to see them live for the first time in the late 80s at the old Foufounes ‘layout’.

(Do you remember when the stage was a few inches off the floor and facing east? I also saw Sham 69 in that configuration… but that’s a whole other story. That was also the layout that existed when The Stand GT opened for the Gruesomes when they launched ‘Gruesomemania’ on Hallowe’en night in 1987! But I digress…)

Thankfully, I got to see Brock Pytel perform before he left the band. I remember standing there watching him in his bare feet, doing yoga stretches on the stage as the anticipation of the band’s set began to build in earnest.

Jonathan Cummins was the first to pick up an instrument and taunted the audience as he broke into a verse of the KISS ballad ‘Beth‘. (Unfortunately, I never got to see Scott McCullough perform as Jonathan had already joined the band at this point.)

A few seconds after that, the band congealed into a sonic wave of pop-punk euphoria for this wide-eyed kid: The first song was an explosive rendition of ‘Tradition’.

Okay, this is starting to feel like a review of a show that happened 25+ years ago, so you get the picture. If not, this will help:


That show was a mind expander for me. The explosive energy of their live set was off the dial, and nothing like I’d seen before. That bouncing energy became a trademark for the band as they went on to influence so many jumping-while-singing young bands right across North America.

For instance, I remember being in Seattle with The Stand GT and being surprised friends there knew of the Doughboys. “Are you kidding?”, one guy said to me. “They clean up when they come here”.

The Doughboys were real trail blazers for indie bands in those days.



Benefit this Saturday at House Of Targ

So the long and short of all this is, I will be joining my pals Jim Bryson, Blake Jacobs and Leigh Newton (Blake and Leigh of the wicked thrash metal act World War 4!) to play a bunch of Doughboys songs as part of the benefit ‘Punk Rock Cover Nights’ at House of Targ.

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone for this one, as I’m taking on the role of Jon Bondhead and playing bass. I still plan to take on a few jumps while I sing back up, but I guarantee I won’t be sporting dreads or wearing shorts.


The details of the show are:

All money raised will be going to the Evelyn Horne Young Women’s Emergency Shelter and The Door Youth Centre.

Saturday, March 5th
90s Punk Rock Cover Night #6
House Of Targ
1077 Bank St., Ottawa

FACE TO FACE performing ‘Face To Face’ (Radiodazed)
MXPX performing ‘Life In General’ (Sidelines)
DOUGHBOYS (Jim Bryson, Chris Page, World War 4, Metal Patrol)
OSKER (Cool Kids Not You)

9pm. 19+. $5.

9:30-10:00 OSKER
10:15-10:45 THE DOUGHBOYS
11:00-11:40 MXPX
11:55-12:35 FACE TO FACE

FB link is here.


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The fellas rehearsin’. Photo courtesy Jim’s Instagram account


3rd Annual “Solos Going Steady” + Support For Ottawa Food Bank

February 8 2016 | Posted by Chris

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The 3rd annual edition of the Solos Going Steady show!

Spend a wintery Friday night at Irene’s in Ottawa with these fine folks who who will play solo sets, singer-songwriter style.

The evening will also be in support of the Ottawa Food Bank, so please bring a non-perishable food item… we’ll be collecting at the door.

Show details:

Friday February 12th
Irene’s – 885 Bank St.
9:15pm – Patrick Shanks
10 – Jon Hynes
10:45 – Elizabeth McDermott
11:30 – Chris Page

Facebook event


Supporting the Ottawa Food Bank

This year we’ll be once again be accepting donations for the Ottawa Food Bank. After Christmas can be a tough time for charitable causes, so we are hoping to give a little support here in mid-winter.

There are a few ways you can contribute at the show:

1 – Bring a non-perishable food item that we’ll collect at the door…and if you do, we’ll reduce the admission!

2 – Signed posters by each artist: Once again this year, meltingplastic has created a beautiful poster that we will all sign. You can have a signed poster with a ‘pay what you can’ donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. We’ll have jar at the bar.

3 – A straight up $$ donation in the jar!

Shows, Panels, Skating, Bonfires: Megaphono is upon us, Ottawa

February 1 2016 | Posted by Chris


Megaphono Patches

My upcoming week, in patches

If you’re in Ottawa this week, there are great shows happening as part of the music industry conference MEGAPHONO, which goes down right here in the nation’s capital.

There is a tonne of cool stuff starting with the keynote on Tuesday at 4pm, right through to a close-out bash over in Gatineau late Friday night.

My show is slated for Friday evening at 7:45pm. I’ll be playing with Jack Pine and Chérie at the Bridgehead Coffeehouse near little Italy, just off Preston: 130 Anderson St. The doors for this show are at 6:30, it’s all ages and admission is ‘pay what you can’.

The set times:

Jack Pine: 7pm
Chris Page: 7:45pm
Chérie: 8:30pm

The Facebook event is here.

Here are links to all the key details for the week:

Get your passes

Artists performing

Shows

Panels

Have a listen to the artists throwing down for this year’s event on Megaphono’s Bandcamp site:


The ‘Volume Vs. Voice’ Yearend Lists

January 15 2016 | Posted by Chris


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The limited edition Volume Vs. Voice package which you can order here!


For posterity, here is a fine bunch of 2015 yearend lists that were kind enough to include Volume Vs. Voice!

It’s been a fun year promoting this record and I really appreciate all the continued support.


#8 On CKCU’s Top 50

It’s amazing to me that it’s been 20 years since I first penned The Stand GT’s ‘Sugarbuzz’, a song that pays homage to landscaping, eating candy and the mighty CKCU! This community radio station has been such a great supporter of my music over the years.



Ottawa Showbox Top Albums for 2015

The hardworking folks at Ottawa Showbox continue to cheerlead, support and generally be an integral part helping grow and cement the scene. As a result, they are quickly becoming an institution in these parts. They were a great support to me this year and also presented the Volume Vs Voice record release show at Raw Sugar, here in Ottawa.



PHOTOGMUSIC’s Top 50 – #24

Those of you who follow my work or are involved with the Ottawa music scene in any way, will certainly know the name Ming Wu. His amazing photos and his tireless show-going energy is stuff of local legend. Ming is always so good to let me use his terrific photos as well. Plus, I owe him a vinyl copy of Volume Vs. Voice (I’m on it, Ming!)



Cups N Cakes Podcast – Best of 2015

I met the good folks behind this podcast when I was out west in Edmonton this summer. Subscribe and have a listen. They’ve been terrific champions of VVV this year.



Ottawa Citizen’s The Big Beat – #6

When veteran and well respected Ottawa music lover and critic Peter Simpson compared me to Paul Westerberg, I was beyond flattered. I was also honoured to be listed along side these great records.


MORE REVIEWS AND LOVE FOR THE VVV!

“This is a clever honest album, true to its title, worth taking the trouble with the journey of understanding.” – Americana UK


“PICK OF THE WEEK: The interplay between acoustic and electric guitars is masterful with the electric never overpowering, only enhancing. Chris’ voice also really stands out as it seems to teeter on the edge without ever stepping off. Lyrical content is rich and personal. All in all, this record is a win.” – Cups N Cakes Podcast


“…one of the best discs of the year.” – Michael Doherty’s Music Log


“…while each song is its own unique entity, Page’s earnest vocals, honest lyrics and steadfast guitar work are the unwavering strings that weave the whole record together.” – Exclaim!

“…if gruff-voiced and heartfelt gritty songs are up your alley, check out Volume Vs. Voice.” – New Canadian Music


“A troubadour that sounds as at home penning introspective acoustic songs, like those heard on his new album, as he is indulging in punk-inspired rock and roll.” – The Music Nerd


“…a slowed-down, finger-picking-laden, emotionally-charged acoustic album…The album is beautiful, a reflection of the scenery in which it was recorded.” – Ottawa Showbox

“The combination of Page’s earnest vocals and acoustic guitar blend well to create catchy folk-punk tunes.” – Apt 613


“…while he’s turned down the volume the songs are still distinctly in his own voice.” – Gray Owl Point


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