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Bring Your Own Vinyl night returns to The Red Door

Tom Thwaits, BYOV, Meaford

By Vic Michener

By his own admission, Tom Thwaits used to be “a bad record borrower”. He recently told Wei Chen, during an interview on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning, that he had a habit of borrowing records from other collectors (which nobody else seemed to do), and then he’d never get around to listening to them. “I realized that if I was sitting down with those people, I’d probably listen to those records more. It was the socialization and the camaraderie that I was missing.”

His solution was to launch BYOV Meaford (bring your own vinyl). And on a Saturday night last July, a group of vinyl aficionados gathered in Meaford at The Red Door Grill and Pub to share their favourite disks and stories at the inaugural event.

To get a sense of the grab-bag of tunes you might encounter, here’s the playlist from that first night:

Bruce Springsteen – Reason to Believe
Travelling Wilburys – End of the Line
Bonnie Tyler – It’s A Heartache
Rolling Stones – Time Is On My Side (mono version)
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Gino Soccio – Love Is
Thee Oh Sees – ?
Sons of Ishmael – Small Town Mentality / Break Free
Sadies feat. Kurt Vile – Easy Like Walking
La Luz – Sleep Till They Die
Bell + Arc – Song Long Marianne / She Belongs To Me
Gorillaz – Kids With Guns
Alice Coltrane – Journey to Satchidananda
Blood, Sweat & Tears – I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
Roy Buchanan – Messiah Will Come Again
The Smiths – Am I Still Ill
Throwing Muses – Fish
The Kinks – Skin & Bone
The Men – I Saw Her Face
Pink Floyd – The Nile Song
MF Doom – All Caps
MF Doom – Rap Snitch Knishes
Frazey Ford – Done
Zapp – Be Alright

Since then, roughly once a month, the event has returned to The Red Door (with one exception – a BYOV Dance Party at Kimberley Hall in February.)

It’s all very informal: when you’re ready to play a song, you step up to the mic and introduce it with a few words, and then Tom spins the disk.

BYOV 11 returns to The Red Door at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, and according to Tom, “It’s summer and Chef Ben said he might have sound wired to the patio in time for the next vinyl night!”

Join the Facebook Group or check out playlists at BYOV Meaford.

Some of the Special Guests at The Last Waltz

Meaford’s version of The Last Waltz, slated for Meaford Hall on Sat, Nov. 25th, is fast approaching a sellout, as promoter Chris Scerri is announcing some of the special guests that will fill out the bill.

The Band itself will be well represented by local rock stars but one of the great aspects of the original performance was that it included a wide  variety of influential artists from the time, and these will also be reproduced by local artists.  Two of the artists just announced to represent some of these friends of The Band are Fran Bouwman and Tom Thwaits.

 

Tom Thwaits is well known as keyboard and accordion player for Bored of Education.  He’s recently added a sideline with a Bring Your Own Vinyl night the third Saturday of every month.  This popular gathering at The Red Door encourages people to bring along their favourite vinyl records, introduce them to the audience, and Tom spins them on his turntable.  For him The Last Waltz was not only a document of an era but an inspiration to the generations of musicians who have followed.

“The Last Waltz is, for me, the epitome of a particular time and place in the history of North American music,” he says, “so many disparate threads coalesced for one night in 1978, thankfully captured on film by none other than Martin Scorsese, that for generations to come it will serve as a starting point for hungry ears to understand a bygone era.”

Fran Bouwman has been making waves locally performing as Frannie Wisp, accompanying herself on washboard.  As the Frannie Wisp persona she explores, with her own humorous take on it, the trials of being a single middle-aged woman, part monologue, part songs.  Her frank approach to some taboo subjects adds spice to her act.  Fran is also an accomplished sculptor whose works are as thought-provoking in their own way as is her washboard act.  For The Last Waltz, she’ll be taking on a new persona as one of the stars featured in the movie.

“I first heard about The Last Waltz when I worked in the criminal ward at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, now known as CAMH,” she says, “Robert, who had been in and out of the Don Jail since he was a teen talked incessantly about The Band.  It was The Band that got him through his most difficult times.  He begged for me to take him to Sam the Record Man to buy The Last Waltz album. I agreed to sneak him off the property.  Although he had been wheelchair bound for months, he stood up, threw his cigarette to the curb and stepped onto the Queen Street streetcar.  Although we got caught for our petty crime, he said it was one of the best days of his life.  So that’s how I was introduced to The Last Waltz.  An incredible album with an incredible memory.”

If you review the list of performers included in The Last Waltz movie you’ll see that there are many other roles to fill.  Chris says they are lined up and rehearsals are “amazing”, but he will wait to feed us the details in the coming weeks.

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