Thursday, August 18, 2005

News from the East

Hey there Sled Dog readers. I'm on Manitoulin Island waiting for a ferry to Tobermory so I thought I'd drop you folks an update. Summer and construction. It ain't just true in Winnipeg. I've been stopped so many times for road work on the highway that I think it might have been faster to walk! Not really, but on the last 200Kms I was stopped for almost an hour if you add up all the road stops. Five minutes here, five minutes there.

Fifteen minutes for this cool bridge that opens every hour and takes the quarter hour to open and then close again. As 20 cars lined up waiting to cross, one sail boat floated through.

This weekend is the famed Summerfolk. Now in it's 30th year it should be an amazing weekend. I'll try to update you next week. Of course I have photos of all the festivals and will post some when I return.


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

View from the Highway

Hello Sled Dog friends and family! I'm out here in Ontario moving onto the second of my summer festivals. The weather has been wonderful out here with highs in the mid 20s and nice cool nights. I have a mild sunburn but otherwise am doing great.

At the first festival I played I noticed alot of different guitars among the musicians. There was an Alan Beardsell. If you remember we had one of his hanging in the shop not too long ago. They're amazing guitars. One artist was carrying around the Blueridge BR140. Of course you know that we think he has excellent taste. Plenty of Larrivees were seen and a few Gibson and Martins. It is interesting to hear what people say about their guitars. One artist I talked with was drooling over the Beardsell guitar while yet another wanted to upgrade his Larrivee to a upper level model. Still another was hoping to buy a handmade guitar from a local luthier named Richard Harvey. It just goes to show you that no one guitar will suit everybody. That is why we are on the lookout for great guitars all the time. Because we want to have what you need when you're looking for it.

I'm off to another festival today and will check in again later on. For now that is the view from the highway.


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Here is another of our local heros! Chris Funk is an extremely fine guitar player who also happens to like climbing through a tennis racket. Actually Chris is also a Magician. He came by the shop last week and showed us how he does this routine. One more reason we like what we do!