I write this today with something of a heavy heart, but also filled with excitement. It has been a weird few weeks for me, which you might have noticed from my online behaviour. Here is the explanation behind that.
My run with Two Way Monologues at Rancho Relaxo is coming to an end at the end of June. Yes, I said it. I know it’s hard to believe that after almost eight years, Rancho and TWM will no longer be together–but it’s happening.
Some of you who know me well know that in the past this has almost happened before, and I fought tooth and nail to prevent it. I’m not fighting this time. I have a beautiful, amazing, and adorable son who needs a father who doesn’t constantly have his career dangling from a string in front of him. So what does this mean?
First off: if you have a show booked with me beyond June, do not worry; that show is happening. I will be in touch with each and every one of you who has a booking with me to plan out that show and where it is going to occur. Hell, they might even still be at Rancho Relaxo. Just rest assured that they are happening.
When we decided to have a kid, we gave serious consideration to relocating to Newfoundland; in the end we decided to give this a go in Toronto. Doing this for a job and raising a kid simultaneously has been the most exhausting thing I have ever attempted in my life. Looking at it now, that was probably a bad decision.
So, for those of you who are asking me if I am pursuing another venue, the question is yes–but not as the only option. I have looked into and am looking into that as an option, but we are also assessing everything right now: moving, changing careers, what’s best for Ezra, etc. I am not going to stop putting on shows–but yeah, there may be less of them and obviously if we do opt to move, they won’t be in Toronto.
As for what is going to happen to Rancho, well…this post isn’t about that. In reality, you guys will decide what happens. Whatever happens, I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thanks to the bands, the fans, the friends, and the staff who made it all possible there. Doing this in one spot for this long was a wild ride, and the ride hasn’t stopped. We’ve got a good month plus left, including one glorious last TWM/NXNE at Rancho!
I have met some of my best friends in the world at that venue. People have met there and eventually gotten married or bought houses together. And I have heard more great–and, well, not so great–music there than most will hear in a lifetime. I’m excited for the next chapter, even if I don’t quite know what it is yet.
I look forward to spending more time with my family and with all of you. Less hangovers. Sipping (and not shooting) fine whiskey and drinking actual quality beers and not in stupendous quantities.
Special thanks must go out to:
- Greg LeGros (without whom I believe Rancho would not exist) and the rest of the staff, present and past.
- The Cheap Speakers, Schomberg Fair, Dream Jefferson, Goodnight Sunrise, Papermaps, Black Hat Brigade, Champion Lover, Old World Vulture.
- $5 Rap Show, GreenShades–and particularly Antony East.
- All the people who did door over the years: Angele, Alix, Ben, Abigail, Swinks, Emily, Gopher Mike, Mavra.
- All of our great sound people present and past–but particularly Chris Sampson, who has patched that bar up more times than I could ever count.
- The fans who have quite literally spent months of their life at the place and spent so much money supporting Rancho, but really supporting TWM and what I do.
- Adam Wagner, Alicia Freeborn, Jeff Geady, Dan Gorman, Lisa Gasson, Bruce Clement, Pascal Leblonde, David Marskell, Ryan Price, Jen Thompson, Ryan Beattie, Owen Norquay, Derek Edwards, Daniel Greer–and of course Mike freaking Turner, a massively underrated cooking genius on the rise but also one of the biggest supporters of TWM in history.
- And last but not least, Terri Coles. None of this happens without Terri, and I pretty much now will spend the rest of my life paying her back for the generosity of letting me chase this crazy dream of mine.
So there you have it. Let’s make this last little while count!