I KEEP GOING TO SCHOOL
I have two Bachelor’s degrees–one in Music and one in English/Theatre–and as of May 2013 I also have a Masters degree in Library and Information Science.
I like learning.
BUT I’VE ALSO WORKED IN THE REAL WORLD (WELL, AND ALSO IN THE ACADEMIC BUBBLE)
My “real job” is in an academic music library in Manitoba, where I do library stuff with a music focus, helping students and professors of the university’s School of Music.
I like libraries and thinking about how they should evolve.
I also like social media, and thinking about how it can be used for connection and for intellectual advancement. You might say I’m a technological utopian, if you like using words like that.
I’ve also done a lot of work in the theatre world over the years:
7 Ages Productions in Brandon, MB (Music Director, 2001-2009. Rehearsal piano and conducting)
Neelin High School (Teaching Assistant, Performing Arts Dept., 1996-2001.)
and as a freelance musician. I’ve also acted a bit, too, and stage-managed, and even started a little company of my own with some friends.
I like theatre and music, separately and together.
I’ve also worked in arts administration, for various organizations like the Manitoba Arts Network, the Brandon Folk Music and Art Society, Inc., the Brandon Arts Coalition, and the Shine Thru Rain Music Festival. Basically this involved things like booking artists and tours, writing grants, developing policy, etc.
I like the arts in general, really. I think they’re important.
OTHER STUFF THAT’S WORTH MENTIONING
a) Western Canadian Music Alliance
Judge, Prairie Music Awards 1999
Judge of submissions in the Roots Recording Category
b) Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Judge, Juno Awards for Excellence in Canadian Music 1998
Judge of submissions in the Roots and Traditional Category – Best Performance by a Group
STUFF THAT’S IN BOOKS (OR “OFFICIALLY” ONLINE)
a) “Adventures in My Own Hometown: Perspectives on the Western Canadian Music Awards”
North by East West blog for independent Canadian music, nxew.ca 2009
b) “The Last Spike: Jungian Individuation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
Slayage Watcher Junior – The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, vol. 2 2006
c) Entries on Rhythm & Blues, Slim Gaillard, Moses Asch, and Nat King Cole
Encyclopedia of the Blues, New York, NY: Taylor & Francis, Inc. 2005
d) Entry on Folk Music
Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press 2000
I like thinking about things and then maybe writing about them
SOME OTHER THINGS I LIKE
running (to the point of marathons, even that famous one in Boston)
strong black coffee
spiced whiskey, vodka/tonics, pinot noir
a really good burger
skirts and boots
gummy candies (to the point of addiction. I need to deal with this).