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Thursday, August 23, 2012
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It's true! The first Uncle Seth show in 5 years is happening on September 13, 2012 at one of our all-time favourite venues, C'est What in Toronto.
It all started with singer Amaya Thompson contacting the other band members about doing a show to, as she put it, "commemorate the 5th anniversary of my 25th birthday." Jay Moonah, Chris Patheiger and Blake Papsin answered the call, and recruited bassist extraordinare Mark Sinclair to help fill out the sound.
The cover for this show is just $6. You can purchase tickets in advance on the C'est What website.
We hope to see you at C'est What on September 13!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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Amaya and Jay, as usual being slightly behind the cutting edge, talk about Facebook.
Music: This Little World from C'est What, Toronto - 02/24/2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
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Amaya and Jay debate the "edginess" (not to be confused with "truthiness") of current Canadian political & social satire on television. Ooooo, sounds heavy. Well not really, not the way we do it.
Music: Rain from C'est What, Toronto - 02/24/2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
NXNE Showcase TONIGHT - 3 ways to check it out!
There are 3 ways you can check out the Uncle Seth showcase for North by Northeast happening tonight:
Should be a fun night!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
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The Uncle Seth podcast returns with lead singer Amaya explaining why she is no longer Tara and the fine art of being "Mitched", while bass/harmonica player Jay explains why no one ever calls him James -- except for one old weather man.
Music: Get Out Of My Face from C'est What, Toronto - 02/24/2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Tara took some time from her vacation in Vancouver this week to speak to our good friend Tod Maffin of CBC Radio about Uncle Seth's use of Internet technology for promotion. This is Tod's great piece that played on Radio One stations across this past Thursday. You can also find it on his blog at http://www.todmaffin.com/blog/. Thanks Tod!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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Our very good friend the fabulous Bill Deys recorded this video at our two-piece acoustic showcase at Stain Bar in Brooklyn. The show was part of PodCamp NYC. Thanks very much to Natalie Gelman for letting us horn in on her show, and Chris Penn for making the connection (which he does oh so well!)
Check out the setlist from the Stain Bar show for a list of songs.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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In the spirit of cross-promotion and fun, we'd like to invite you to vote for your favorite 80s songs at mcflies.com. The McFlies are the all-80s, all-acoustic band featuring myself, Chris, and five of our friends from the Toronto music scene "folkin' the eighties"!
Visit mcflies.com and cast your vote now!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
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The members of the band share ideas for cover songs... once they finally get going.
Music: My Eyes - November 25, 2006 from C'est What & the U-Turn Cafe in Second Life
I'm happy to report that Tara's and my version of Emerson Lake & Palmer's "Still... You Turn Me On" placed second in the 1973 edition of Coverville Idol! Only Andrew Rothman's terrific version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" got more votes. Thanks to all who voted, and to the always amazing Brian Ibbott of Coverville. And congrats to Brian on his upcoming show #300, a great milestone!
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thanks to our friends from Ryerson University and C'est What Brew/Vin Pub, it appears the vast majority of PodCamp Toronto happenings will be available in realtime via streaming media links.
Visit the schedule page for the Quicktime video links for each presentation room, and for the Shoutcast audio link for Saturday night's performance from C'est What featuring Uncle Seth, +nurse & Sean McGaughey:
Unfortunately these streams will not be monitored at all times so we can't promise they will always be up, but with any luck you'll be able to partake in a great deal of the PodCamp Toronto from the comfort of your broadband connection.
Please feel free to blog or otherwise pass this information along to anyone not lucky enough to be here in Toronto for what promises to be an amazing weekend!
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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The gang airs their beefs with the popular music of the moment.
Music: Civic - November 25, 2006 from C'est What & the U-Turn Cafe in Second Life
Sunday, February 18, 2007
We are very proud to be a part of Coverville Idol! Coverville, as you may know, is the fantastic all cover song podcast hosted by the very excellent Brian Ibbott. Coverville Idol gives musicians the opportunity to submit cover songs on a certain theme. This time out the theme was all songs from 1973. To that end Tara and I recorded a stripped down version of the Emerson, Lake & Palmer ballad "Still... You Turn Me On" which Brian kindly included in the show. Check it out along with the other entries:
Much like the American & Canadian Idol shows, there are judges but the real decision makers are YOU the fans! So please check out the show and cast your votes. Obviously we'd love for you to vote for us, but there are some other good competitors worthy of your attention so check them out as well.
Voting and individual song downloads are on the Coverville site at:
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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The first ever podcast featuring all five band members: Tara, Chris, Jay, Mike & Blake! The gang talks about songs they wish they'd written.
Music: Little Pieces - November 25, 2006 from C'est What & the U-Turn Cafe in Second Life
Monday, January 15, 2007
A quick note to let you know that if you were at the Uncle Seth show last week in Second Life, you may have had your avatar face splashed across Canada via Global National News! Here's a link to the report:
Thanks to Stuart Greer and the folks from Global TV News for including us in this report.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
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For their last podcast of 2006 Tara, Chris and and Jay celebrate the time-honoured tradition of making resolutions you have no intention of keeping. Happy New Year everyone!!!
Music: Get Out of My Face - November 25, 2006 from C'est What & the U-Turn Cafe in Second Life
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Anniversary Week happenings
Retailers would like you to think of this as "Boxing Week" but to us in Uncle Seth it will always be "Anniversary Week!" Yes, it's been 8 years since the very first Uncle Seth show, and to celebrate we have THREE special events -- two virtual and one in real life!
For those who missed our November 24th "simulcast" in the virtual world of Second Life, we'll be doing a replay at our brand new house in Second Life on SoHo Island as part of our housewarming party. The fun starts at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) Time TOMORROW (December 27th). You can get there via our special URL:
And back in Second Life the very next night (Thursday December 28th), we'll be doing an acoustic show at Podcast Island's Death Before Decaf Coffee House at 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific). You can get there by going to:
(link is at the bottom of the page)
Finally, later on Thursday night you'll be able to catch Uncle Seth in the real world at Gary Seventeen's holiday party at the Renaissance Cafe (1938 Danforth Ave. in Toronto). We'll be on sometime after 10 pm for a 15-minute acoustic set, with lots of other great acts filling out the bill!
Hope you can join us for one of these events, and if not we hope you can catch you us 2007 -- it's shaping up to be an amazing year for Uncle Seth!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
We have created a special online holiday greeting just for you (well, okay, actually not JUST for you, other people are going to see it too, but we really do want you to see it!) To see and hear the greeting, please visit:
Thanks for your ongoing support of our musical endeavors, and enjoy your holidays.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
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With the "holiday" shopping season well underway, Tara, Jay & Chris talk about the War on Christmas and other myths.
Music: To Be An Angel - November 25, 2006 from C'est What & the U-Turn Cafe in Second Life
If you're in or around Toronto, grab a copy of today's Toronto Star. If you turn to page S10 in the Digital Entertainment special section, you'll see a fabulous article about Uncle Seth's recent C'est What/Second Life show, along with pictures of both our real and virtual selves! For those outside the Star's distribution area, check out the text of the story online.
If you're a user of the news rating site digg.com, you can digg the story there.
Thanks to the Star and freelance journalist Danny Bradbury for this terrific coverage.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Some of are scary, some are useful, some are downright weird. Tara, Jay & Chris talk about their dreams.
Music: Video Blues - November 25, 2006 from C'est What & the U-Turn Cafe in Second Life
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Our good friend C.C. Chapman has posted the audio from our C'est What/Second Life show on his amazing music podcast Accident Hash! Check it out at:
We've said it before and we'll say it again: we love you C.C.!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
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Inspired by Tara's obsession with YouTube, the band members discuss their favorite childhood TV shows.
Music: This Little World - November 12, 2006 recording from Blake Papsin's basement
Thursday, November 16, 2006
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AND WE'RE BACK! The Uncle Seth podcast returns with Tara, Chris and Jay talking about Second Life and introducing the band's two new guitarists.
Music: My Eyes - November 12, 2006 recording from Blake Papsin's basement
Monday, November 13, 2006
Our friend Ajay from All Axis Radio in Calgary just dedicated a complete show to Uncle Seth! The show features a bunch of tracks as well as conversation between Ajay and yours truly. Check it out at:
Monday, November 06, 2006
Artist Profile on "Looking out the Window" podcast
The very excellent Ed Roberts posted a fantastic interview with me and Tara, and played a bunch of songs in episode 14 of his podcast "Looking out the Window." Check it out at http://lookingoutthewindow.com/2006/11/lotw-014-uncle-seth-fixed.html
Monday, October 30, 2006
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In conjunction with the press release from last week, I did a phone interview with the folks from Billboard/PR Web. Check out the original page for their podcast at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/10/prweb461268.htm
Thursday, October 26, 2006
We were very excited to issue a press release this morning entitled "Real Music for a Virtual World" via the new Billboard Press Release service. This is the official announcement of our November 25th C'est What show simulcast in Second Life. The live show at C'est What (Front at Church in Toronto) will have a real-time mirror in the virtual world Second Life.
For more details, check out the release at http://billboard.prweb.com/releases/second-life/uncle-seth/prweb461268.htm.
Also, the C'est What show will mark the official introduction of TWO new guitarists into Uncle Seth. Stay tuned for more...
Monday, October 16, 2006
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Okay, so we don't consider this an actual podcast episode, but we wanted to post something to let you know what's been happening with Uncle Seth. New honest-to-goodness episodes coming soon, we promise!
Friday, October 06, 2006
We won at the Toronto Independent Music Awards!
The second annual Toronto Independent Music Awards were held last night at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. After a nomination but no win at the inaugural awards, we were extremely pleased and honored to pick up the "Best Classic Rock" award for our cover of the Joni Mitchell tune Both Sides, Now!
Thanks to the award organizers, sponsors, and congrats to all the other award winners. We're already looking forward to the 2007 TIMAs!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I've just established a permanent presence for Uncle Seth in Second Life. We've now got a small storefront on the popular island Music City that I'm affectionately calling "Uncle Seth's Lucky Kiosk #13".
I've also created a direct web link to the storefront at the URL secondlifeband.com.
FYI, Uncle Seth is planning a big Second Life gig in late November, but in the meantime you can catch me doing solo shows there under my SL alias Weiss Plessis. My next gig is at the RoC, just around the corner from Kiosk #13. Appropriately enough, it's on Friday the 13th at 5 pm Pacific Time (SL time and Pacific Time are the same.) Come check it out!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
We're #1 (and #7) on the Podsafe Music Network!
Woo-hoo! Just got a copy of September's top songs from the Podsafe Music Network, and it turns out "To Be An Angel" made it to the #1 spot, and our podcast PSA/YouTube video song "You Don't Need An iPod" is #7! Thanks so much to our many podcaster friends who made this happen by supporting our music.
Here's the complete chart:
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
A quick plug for my new podcast & blog project, Online Music Marketing. I'm hoping to share some of what I've learned about music promotion through my experience with Uncle Seth and my background as an Internet consultant with artists, managers, label & radio folks and others. I've posted "episode #00", a preview of the podcast for folks to check out.
If you're interested, I'd LOVE for you to check it out!
Monday, September 25, 2006
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The Uncle Seth podcast is on hiatus for a couple of weeks, but in the meantime we offer for your listening pleasure the interview that Tara & I did with Alan Neal from CBC Radio One's Bandwidth. We talk about a subject very near and dear to our hearts - promotion of music through podcasting. Hope you enjoy it!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Yesterday, CBC Radio One's great show Bandwidth featured the world premiere of the latest Uncle Seth single "To Be An Angel". The song was recorded with our long-time producer and friend Brian Moncarz and mastered by Noah Mintz.
For a limited time, we're offering "To Be An Angel" as a FREE download for members of the Uncle Seth Mailing list. If you're not a member, join the list now and you'll have the opportunity to download the song immediately for FREE! You can unsubscribe from the Uncle Seth mailing list at any time.
Friday, September 15, 2006
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It could be old, it could be new... what are you listening to now? Listen to the podcast to find out what the members of Uncle Seth are vibing on at the moment.
Music: A Little Bit More - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
CBC Single Debut & Interview, TIMA Nomination, Applefest!
Three, count 'em three, very excellent pieces of Uncle Seth news:
1) Tomorrow (Saturday September 16) sometime between 5:05 - 6 pm Eastern time, CBC Radio One's show Bandwidth from Ottawa will be debuting the latest Uncle Seth single "To Be An Angel" and broadcasting an interview of Tara and Jay conducted by host Alan Neal earlier this week. The interview focused on the band's recent visit to Boston for PodCamp, and their success with podcasting as a promotional medium.
Unfortunately Bandwidth doesn't archive their shows, so to hear it you'll either have to listen live on the radio in the listening area (in Ontario but NOT in Toronto) or check out the live stream from the website:
2) Uncle Seth are very proud to be nominated once again for the Toronto Independent Music Awards. This year the band is nominated in the category of "Classic Rock"... hmmm, don't really feel old enough to be a classic but what the heck! Check out the many great acts nominated on the website at:
3) Like apples? Well we sure do! In fact, we like 'em so much that we're celebrating by playing a couple of acoustic sets at the 22nd Annual Markham Applefest. For details, check out the Uncle Seth Shows page at:
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Post PodCamp Posts
Got back from PodCamp in Boston early yesterday morning, and still feeling a little overwhelmed. It was an absolutely AMAZING experience. We cannot say enough about the event that organizers Chris Brogan, Christopher S. Penn, Steve Garfield, Adam Weiss, Bryan Person & Larry Lawfer, along with lots of volunteers & sponsors, put together. You are all amazing, and we thank you from the deepest depths of our Canadian hearts.
Some post PodCamp podcast and blog coverage:
Monday, September 04, 2006
Back in July, I did an interview with John C. Haven's from the About.com Guide To Podcasting about Uncle Seth's involvement with, well, podcasting. After we did the interview, John asked if Uncle Seth would be interested in recording a "public service announcement" about podcasting, and in particular emphasizing that listening to podcasts does NOT require an iPod (a common misconception). We thought this sounded like fun, so John sent along some rough lyrics. We worked these up into a little ditty, and I created some kooky-animation to go along with it.
We released this on YouTube yesterday. Hope you enjoy it! Please comment here or on the YouTube site, and feel free to share with your friends and colleagues via the nifty "Share" button in the window.
Oh yeah, there's also an MP3 version on this page for podcasters (and anyone else) to play. It's 100% "podsafe"
John, thanks again for inviting us to do this, and we look forward to seeing you (and many others) at PodCamp in Boston!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
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Come on, admit it -- we'd all love to have a superpower or two. If you could have any superhuman ability, what would it be?
Also hear a special audio comment from Mark Blevis & Bob Goyetche from Canadian Podcast Buffet congratulating the members of Uncle Seth on being named the "official band of Canadian podcasting".
Music: Cloud Song - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
PodCamp interest heating up!
Uncle Seth's upcoming trip to PodCamp in Boston is generating some interest in the pod/blogosphere, including a feature article on PodcastingNews.com.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
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As the members of Uncle Seth take a week off from their podcast, it's our extreme pleasure to offer you audio from our June 24, 2006 show at Merchant Tap House in Kingston Ontario for the wrap of the Podcasters Across Borders conference.
This concert was originally heard on the Canadian Podcast Buffet, and we'd like to thank Mark Blevis and Bob Goyetche of CPB for allowing us to put this show in our feed, and for their continued support!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
BandCast vote and Matt Osborne Tribute Saturday
Two quick things:
1) Uncle Seth are taking part in something called "BandCast" it's a contest and if we get the most votes, we get a trip to NewMusicWest in Vancouver! If you get a chance, please go to this page and vote for us:
You don't have to sign up for anything or any of that jazz, just select beside our name and hit vote. Easy-peasy!
There are links on that page to hear all the bands on Myspace, TagWorld or Friendster. There are actually some other amazing bands, so feel free to check them out (but still vote for us!)
2) A reminder about the Matt Osborne Toronto Tribute show taking place Saturday at C'est What. The amazing line up for the evening includes Angie Nussey, Mike Freedman, Arun Pal, Patrick Ang, Jeff Sherle, Blake Papsin, Brent Hagerman & Jeremy Day. You can find details at:
Friday, August 18, 2006
Renaissance Tonight, Matt Osborne Tribute & a Message from Samuel L. Jackson
A quick reminder that if you're looking for something to do tonight, UNCLE SETH will be doing an acoustic set at Renaissance Cafe in Toronto at 1938 Danforth Ave. just west of Woodbine. This is one of our favorite venues; the staff, beer and music are always great! Cover is 5 bucks, we'll be on around 10 pm, and there are a bunch of other great acts. For details check out:
Also, I wanted to give you an update on the Matt Osborne Toronto Tribute show next Saturday, August 26th at C'est What. We've confirmed more great acts for this show, and the line-up now includes Angie Nussey, Mike Freedman, Arun Pal, Patrick Ang, Jeff Sherle, Blake Papsin, Brent Hagerman & Jeremy Day. For more information, please visit:
Finally, something not really Uncle Seth related but VERY fun! I've been playing around with this website this morning where you can send a personalized voice message from Samuel L. Jackson to anyone's phone or email! Check out it out:
Thursday, August 17, 2006
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If we'd been from an earlier generation it might have been The Beatles on Sullivan, but it wasn't. Find out what it was for us!
Music: Get Out of My Face - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
Thursday, August 10, 2006
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Surprise, surprise... the members of Uncle Seth enjoy "geekin' out". About what? Listen to the podcast and find out!
Oh, and as promised on the show, a link to Superdickery.
Music: Don't Admit - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
Thursday, August 03, 2006
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Your remember... you saved up money from babysitting or mowing the lawn to get it. It was the first LP, cassette tape or CD (or 8-track?!?) that you bought with your own money! We share ours, what are yours?
Music: If I Laugh - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
Thursday, July 27, 2006
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Everybody has at least one. It's the toy your neighbor or cousin or sibling had that you never got, and deep down you STILL want one. Oh yes, we know you do.
Music: Whatever Happened... - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
Concert for Peace Saturday & CBC Radio TODAY!
I wanted to post a quick reminder about the Concert for Peace. It's an absolutely amazing FREE event happening this weekend at Mel Lastman Square on Yonge St. this weekend.
The concert is organized by our friend the most excellent Brian Gladstone, and features our friends Shawn Sage & Laura Fernandez along with local legends Jack DeKeyzer, Danny Marks, Michael White, and many other great performers! Uncle Seth are extremely proud to be part of this special day. We'll be hitting the stage at 2:30 pm for a 45-minute set.
Speaking of excellent friends, our buddy Tod Maffin of podcasting and public radio fame just dropped me a line with some exciting news. Tod is hosting the national show "Freestyle" on CBC Radio 1, and he wanted to let me know he'll be playing Uncle Seth today just after 2 pm in Toronto, 3 pm elsewhere in the country. (99.1 FM is the frequency for Radio 1 in Toronto.) Tod has been a great supporter of the band since we met in Kingston at the Podcasters Across Borders conference. Thanks Tod!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
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So, if a member of Uncle Seth had to take a "time-out", who would replace them? Also, an audio comment from Jas & Mister B from Slippery Tangents – thanks guys, we love you!
Music: One More Year - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
Monday, July 17, 2006
Hey there! I've just put up a bunch of new snapshots in my flickr account, check 'em out:
Thursday, July 13, 2006
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When the "unstoppable juggernaut" that is the surging career of Uncle Seth reaches a climax, naturally the band will be the subject of a major motion picture. So, who will play the members of the band?
We also give props in this episode to all the great friends we met at Podcasters Across Borders in Kingston Ontario on June 24.
A Little Bit More - live from June 24, 2006 at Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
Thanks, Peace & About.com
First of all, a big thank-you to everyone who made it out to see us on Sunday for the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival at Yonge & Eglinton! It was a real blast to play in the middle of the street in front of so many different folks. Thanks to the folks at City of Toronto for allowing to be part of this terrific event. We love our city, and it is definitely worth celebrating!
If you missed out on the fun, you can catch Uncle Seth just a little further up Yonge, at Mel Lastman Square on July 29th as part of the Concert for Peace 2006. This is another great FREE outdoor show. Uncle Seth will be on at 2:30 pm, and also on the bill are such amazing acts as Laura Fernandez, Jack DeKeyzer, Danny Marks, Michael White, Brian Gladstone & many others. For details, check out:
Also, I was really excited to get a call last week from John C. Havens who runs the podcasting section of the enormously popular site About.com. John interviewed me about the success Uncle Seth has had with podcasting, and posted an article about the band on the front of http://podcasting.about.com/ - check it out if you get a chance!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
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We've shared the best, now we share the rest. The members of Uncle Seth relate their worst concert going experiences.
If you've got great or terrible concert memories, please share them with us by posting a comment on the blog.
Mary Jane - live from January 4, 2004 at the C'est What in Toronto
Sunday Streetfest show at Yonge & Eglinton
A VERY exciting Uncle Seth show this weekend:
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
Yonge & Eglinton "Midtown Mix" stage
SUNDAY at 12 noon
The Streetfest is always a great time, and it's all 100% FREE fun for the whole family!
Thursday, June 29, 2006
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From hidden whiskey to oxygen masks, the members of the band share their ultimate concert memories.
A Little Bit More - live from January 4, 2004 at the C'est What in Toronto
Thursday, June 22, 2006
I've got a special show, a postponed show, and a non-Uncle Seth show to let
you in on:
1) Saturday June 24 2006
Merchant Tap House, Kingston Ontario
6 Princess St at Ontario
Part of the Podcasters Across Borders conference
With Dala http://www.dalagirls.com/
A FREE show, open to the public. Doors at 8 pm.
We're very excited to be playing for many of our podcasting friends from
Canada and States! This show is going to be a terrific one, so if you're in
the Kingston area, please come by the Merch and join the fun.
2) Sunday June 25 2006
* POSTPONED * Uncle Seth at Kensington Market, Toronto Ontario
Unfortunately due to a double-booking issue, we will not be playing at the
June edition of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. However, we hope to
be back in time for the July festivities, so stay tuned!
3) Thursday June 29
Hugh's Room, Toronto Ontario
2261 Dundas West
The official debut of The McFlies
at "Roots In The Eighties", a benefit for the Fife House HIV/AIDS hostel
The McFlies are dedicated to "folking up the 80s", covering your faves with
an acoustic twist. The band features yours truly in the role of Zippo McFly,
playing harmonica, melodica, bass and basically anything that's put in front
of me as long as it isn't plugged in.
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You've tried it, you understand it, but you don't like it. The members of Uncle Seth share their dirty little secrets.
Cloud Song - live from January 12, 2003 at the Rivoli in Toronto
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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Ah, the wacky life of a rock'n'roll band. Uncle Seth share their stand-out moments.
Double-Double: A Waltz For Voice - voice only version, originally from the album Lame Suburban Poetry.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
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The songs you love, but would never admit to your cool friends. The members of the band share their guilty sonic pleasures.
My Eyes - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
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As mentioned in the Uncle Seth Podcast #6, we were extremely pleased to be the featured guest in episode #30 of Will Jones' excellent show My Trivia Podcast. Will has very kindly allowed us to include this episode in our feed, we hope you enjoy it!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
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Ever thought about the famous musician you'd like to hang out with for a day? The members of the band share their picks, what are yours?
Civic - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market
An excellent FREE outdoor Uncle Seth show is coming up that we wanted to let you know about:
Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market
Nassau St & Augusta Ave in Toronto
Sunday May 28 - yup, that's just 6 days away!
Joining us on drums will be very special guest Bram Cayne from the great band Tranquil. Bram will be filling in for Chris who will be off in Ottawa running a marathon. Crazy drummers...
We played a couple of Pedestrian Sundays last year and had an AMAZING time! It's a terrific way to spend an afternoon, and we'd love to see you there.
The band will play two sets, at approximately 2 pm again at approximately 5 pm.
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This week: Canadian trivia provided by the wonderful Will from My Trivia Podcast. The band (for the most part) manages to stay on track and answer the questions. Listen and see how you do!
And be sure to check out My Trivia Podcast at http://www.mytriviapodcast.com/.
Also, because we mentioned it during the podcast we'd also like to give a plug for Podcasters Across Borders in Kingston Ontario in just over a month. In conjunction with the conference Uncle Seth will be playing on June 24th at The Merchant Taphouse with amazing opening band Dala. This FREE show is open to the public.
A Little Bit More - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Monday, May 15, 2006
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First of all, our final desert island disc selections were:
One More Year - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
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Yesterday Tara and I did an interview with 680 News entertainment reporter Rudy Blair. Rudy put a fantastic little piece together that played at around 9:52 am today on 680 am, and will play throughout the day today. I grabbed a recording for the podcast so you can check it out!
Rudy also mentioned that there will probably be another piece on 680 this weekend.
Thanks Rudy and 680!
Monday, May 08, 2006
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When we last left the members of Uncle Seth, they had managed (just barely) to agree on five of the ten albums that they would take if they were stranded on a desert island. So far, they picked:
Also, we'd love to know what your desert island discs are. Leave a comment on the blog and let us know!
To Be An Angel - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Show at Podcasters Across Borders!
I am extraordinarily excited to announce that Uncle Seth will be headlining a show at the Merchant Tap House in loverly Kingston, Ontario on Saturday June 24. This show will be the final event of Podcasters Across Borders, a 2-day conference that will involve podcasters from Canada and the States. We are SO happy to be a part of this event, which will feature speakers such as Tod Maffin, C.C. Chapman, a keynote address from Shelagh Rogers, and much more! Thanks to co-organizer Mark Blevis for the invite.
The show at Merchant will be open to the public and free of charge! There will be more details to come, keep an eye on the Uncle Seth Shows page.
Monday, May 01, 2006
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So it's a pretty standard interview question to musicians - what 10 discs would you take if you had to be stranded on a desert island. But usually everyone gets their own discs. What if the members of Uncle Seth were stranded on a desert island and could only take 10 discs TOTAL? Let's find out!
Get Out Of My Face - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
New snap shots!
I've just posted a bunch of new photos in my flickr account, including two Uncle Seth related sets of snaps:
Podcast recording in the basement
Matt Osborne Tribute show at the Boathouse in KW
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
This past Sunday, Uncle Seth were invited to perform at the Mariposa Showcase at the Highwayman Inn in Orillia. This event was judged by a panel who selected 3 of the acts performing that afternoon for spots at the Mariposa Festival this summer. Although Uncle Seth were not selected, we'd like to thank the showcase committee who selected us out of more than 70 applicants to audition. We'd also like to congratulate the winners: Michael Laderoute, Fig for a Kiss and StoneFox.
And speaking of festivals, just a reminder that on Thursday Uncle Seth will be play a feature at Winterfolk founder Brian Gladstone's weekly open stage at Renaissance Cafe on the Danforth. Visit the Uncle Seth Shows page for details.
Monday, April 24, 2006
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Today marks the second anniversary of a phone call from my friend Chris Patheiger delivering the sad news of the death of our good friend Matthew Osborne just a couple of weeks short of his 32nd birthday. Matt was one of the most best musicians, and simply one of the best people any of us has had the privilege to know. In our second podcast episode, the members of the band share stories about this amazing man.
We miss you Matty.
Video Blues (Matt Osborne cover) - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Matt Osborne Tribute and upcoming this week
Hey folks! A quick note to say thanks to all those who came out to the Matt Osborne Tribute Show in Kitchener last night! In the second episode of the podcast, we'll be sharing our memories of Matt. Look for that on Sunday or Monday.
In the meantime, we've got the Mariposa Showcase audition tomorrow (fingers crossed!) and a feature at Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Show hosted by the most excellent Brian Gladstone on Thursday. Check out the Shows page for the what & where.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
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The first episode of the Uncle Seth podcast finds Tara asking the other members of the band what their real favorite movie is.
If I Laugh - live recording from March 7, 2006 at C'est What in Toronto.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
The podcast song recording and interview with Andre Skinner & Joe Chisholm of IndieCan is now up at:
There are exclusive in-studio recordings of "To Be An Angel", "One More Year" & "Video Blues", a long with a fun and insightful interview with the whole gang.
Thanks to Andre and Joe for doing such a great job with the show!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
New single, new photos, new bio, new drummer!
Hey folks! Some excellent Uncle Seth news I really wanted to share:
First of all, our new single "Both Sides, Now" is now officially released!
We'd highly recommend purchasing a copy through the iTunes Music Store. It's just 99 cents - how can you beat that?!?
Oh, and speaking of our website, we've made some major updates to the site.
These include a brand new band bio by the very wonderful Lisa Johnson,
spectacular new photos by the very excellent Jim Lynch, and most important of
all, the inclusion of our brand new percussionist and drummer, the very
talented Mr. Chris Patheiger!
Many of you will know that Chris has been a guest and sub with Uncle Seth for
many years, and we're extraordinarily pleased that he has agreed to join the
group on a full-time basis. Welcome aboard Chris!
There is plenty afoot for Uncle Seth in the weeks and months ahead. Watch
for tour news, including a potential trip out to visit our many friends on
the east coast later in 2006!
Thursday, January 19, 2006
A Bitjob for Uncle Seth
Yesterday our good friend Phil Coyne from Birmingham, England released an amazing 70-minute Uncle Seth feature on his popular and excellent podcast "bitjobs for the masses":
The show features Phil in conversation with yours truly, as well as three never-released live versions of the songs "Frontier", "Mary Jane" & "Little Sister".
Thanks to Phil's for all his hard work on the feature, and for all the great stuff he plays in every show! Check out his site, and subscribe to his show.
Also, a shout-out to podcasters Mister B and Jas from Florida, and their great show "Slippery Tangents":
Check out the hilarious intro for "Destination" in episode 10!
Uncle Seth is incredibly grateful for the many podcasts that have featured our music! Please help keep this amazing independent phenomenon going by subscribing to your favorite podcasts. Don't know how to subscribe? Read this FAQ:
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
329 gig CANCELLED
Unfortunately due to a booking SNAFU, the January 28th gig at Club 329 is CANCELLED. My apologies to everyone who filled out the great Cover Band Vote survey. I have saved the results, and I promise we will do something for you guys at some point in the not-to-distant future.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Miguel's and "Both Sides, Now"
First, thanks to all who came out for the Lennon & Harrison tribute show last night. A messy-but-fun set from Uncle Seth was followed by a bunch of other terrific artists covering the best of the departed Beatles. Thanks to Tom Glenn and Ryan Ayukawa for putting the show together.
On to new business...
To celebrate the release of their new single, a cover version of the Joni Mitchell song "Both Sides, Now", UNCLE SETH will be playing a special ALL-COVER SONG set on January 28th.
The show takes place at the legendary Miguel's Club 329 in Toronto at 329 Queen Street East at Parliament! See this Google Maps link for directions.
And YOU can help pick the songs! Here's how:
1) go to http://musicface.com/uncleseth/
2) hit the big friendly button that says "Uncle Seth Cover Song Vote"
3) follow the instructions to vote for the cover songs you'd most or least like to hear
Voting will remain open until January 21, and the band will play the top ranked songs at Miguel's. How cool is THAT?!?
And as a special bonus, all those who fill out the survey will have a chance to win FABULOUS PRIZES at the 28th show! (Okay I admit it, we don't know exactly WHAT the prizes are yet, but they will be fabulous, we promise!)
So head to http://musicface.com/uncleseth/ right now and cast your vote! More details on the Miguel's show will be coming your way very soon, so stay tuned!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Happy New Year everyone! Thanks to all who came out for our 6th anniversary bash, a great time was had by us and hopefully by you as well!
A quick reminder about the John Lennon/George Harrison tribute night tomorrow (Wednesday) at Free Times Cafe (320 College at Spadina).
We're on at 8 pm SHARP! So come early, and stick around for the other great acts, including Tom Glenne, Laura Ranieri, Marcus Walker, Jeff Kahl, the Unseen Guest, and MORE!
Also, more details on our single release party at Miguel's Club 329 on January 27 coming VERY SOON. Stay tuned!
Monday, December 26, 2005
Renaissance early New Years show
December 31 may be New Years Eve, but UNCLE SETH celebrates their new year a day early at the Renaissance Cafe in Toronto.
December 30, 2005 marks just over 6 years since the band first took to the stage. Since then they have released 1 full length album, 2 EPs, played nearly 200 shows, and most important, made tonnes of great friends!
Join Uncle Seth and their very special musical guests, including:
* Singer-songwriter-all-round-good-guy SHAWN SAGE!
* Guitarist-singer extraordinaire PATRICK ANG!
* Uber-percussion-dude CHRIS PATHEIGER!
* Original Seth-singer JENN KEE!
This is a FREE show. Music starts at 8 pm.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Hey folks! A very quick note about a couple of Seth events in the next few days.
Today (Saturday) we will be part of "Canadian Music Fan Fare", a unique event happening at Reilly's (3340 Yonge Street, right across the street from Sam The Record Man). The action goes from 1 pm until 7 pm. We, along with 30 other independent artists and labels, will be selling CDs and other merch. Note that I'll also have Matt Osborne CDs and t-shirts if anyone still has to pick those up (and if you haven't, you should!)
On Thursday, we'll be a part of a Green Party Fund Raising Concert, hosted by Brian Gladstone at Renaissance Cafe (1938 Danforth Ave., near Woodbine.) Whether or not you are likely to vote the Green Party, they have an important message that needs to be heard - global climate change is one of the most important issues of our times, and the major parties feet must be kept to the fire on this. We in Uncle Seth feel the Greens deserve and need a strong voice, so please come out and give generously.
Speaking of the Renaissance, stay tuned for news of the 6th Uncle Seth anniversary party happening there on December 30th - lots of fun details to come.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
PWYC in November
Okay, so we in Uncle Seth are sensitive to the fact that the approaching holidays can be hard on your pocketbook and that's why we are offering not one, but TWO "pay-what-you-can" shows to round out the month of November:
FRIDAY (November 25)
Renaissance Cafe at 1938 Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine.
* A full-band set featuring special guest percussion-guy extraordinaire Chris Patheiger! Doors open at 9 pm, Seth will be on in between acoustic solo performer Jessica Graham and headliner Flickershow.
MONDAY (November 28)
NOW Lounge at 189 Church Street, just south of Dundas
* A feature acoustic set for Groovy Mondays Open Stage (www.groovymondays.com). Open stage sign-up starting at 8 pm, Seth will be on around 10 pm.
Hope to see you at one or both of these great shows!
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Toronto Independent Music podcast
Jay from Uncle Seth here. I wanted to let you know that I've recently started doing my very own podcast! It's called the Toronto Independent Music podcast, or TIM for short. I've done two shows so far, and I've had some terrific feedback. The podcast is part of blogto.com, a terrific blog about all things Toronto. I've set up my own pages to give some more information at:
BTW if you are curious exactly what podcasting is all about, I've also created an FAQ at:
Please check it out, and drop me a line through the site to let me know what you think.
Also, a quick reminder that Uncle Seth are playing TOMORROW (Friday) at The Black Swan Tavern at 154 Danforth Ave at Broadview in loverly Toronto. Joining us will be our friends Factor Fiction & Tranquil. Doors at 9:30 pm, music starting at 10, Seth will be onstage at 11. $5 at the door. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Back to the bars at Black Swan
So I was reviewing old setlists on the website, and I realized that the last time Uncle Seth played a regular full-band club show in Toronto was the middle of May! While we've certainly been enjoying the great outdoors this summer, it's time to get back to the bars and play some rock'n'roll in its native environment.
Next Friday (the 14th) you can catch Seth along with our friends Factor Fiction and Tranquil at the Black Swan Tavern at Broadview and Danforth. Doors open at 9 pm, Uncle Seth will be second on the bill.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Nominated! Toronto Independent Music Awards
AMAZING NEWS I just had to share - Uncle Seth has been nominated for the first annual "Toronto Independent Music Awards" for BEST ROCK BAND!!! To see the other nominees and awards, check out:
The award show is Wednesday October 5th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. The band will not be performing, but a number of great bands including our friend Angie Nussey and other great Toronto acts like Eden Ants, Peter Verity, Last in Line, Erynn Marshall and lots more! Tickets are $10 in advance, check out the site for purchase details.
Also, a reminder about the UNCLE SETH FAMILY PICNIC this coming Saturday at Trinity-Bellwoods Park. We're very pleased to have our great friends SHAWN SAGE and SNOOVY joining us for this sure-to-be-amazing FREE daytime show. The music will start around 2 pm and go until 5 pm.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Happy September! A couple of great FREE daytime Toronto Uncle Seth shows coming up this month that you should definitely know about:
Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall)
Sunday September 11 2005
We're one a number of acts providing entertainment for the United Way Leaps and Bounds Walk/Run (http://www.walkunitedway.org/). Other great acts include Linda M and Vanderpark. We'll be on approximately 12 noon.
Saturday September 24 2005
This is the rescheduled Uncle Seth Family Picnic! Hopefully we can avoid the rain and get together for a great day with friends and family in the park. The festivities will be happening from 2 pm to 5 pm, we'll have more details on the other acts that will be joining us very soon!
Monday, August 22, 2005
Since the premiere of "Both Sides, Now" on the award-winning podcast Coverville, tonnes of other amazing podcasts have been playing Uncle Seth music, including: Accident Hash, Aardvarks' Nest, fivepoundbag, Satellite of Grace, Deliberate Noise, Scents of Magic, The SG Show and even Pod Weather and the Financial Aid News Podcast!
Thanks to all these shows for your huge support of us and of other great independent music artists around the world!
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Uncle Seth Family Picnic
You're invited to a picnic!
That's right, on Saturday August 20th from 2pm till about 5pm UNCLE SETH will be hosting a good, old fashioned, bring a basket and watch for bears picnic in Toronto.
The UNCLE SETH FAMILY PICNIC will probably not feature any bears but will take place around the valley stage in Trinity-Bellwoods park (1053 Dundas St W. 2 blocks west of Bathurst) on August 20th from 2pm till 5pm.
There will be blankets and baskets and music. Several artists will perform summer afternoon sets, including a full set from UNCLE SETH.
In the next couple of days a full list of performers will be announced. The event is, of course, totally free and a rare chance to see the band in a family friendly non-bar setting!!!
We don't normally get to see any of you guys in the daylight so we're super excited.
See you on the 20th! More info to follow.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Coverville podcast plays "Both Sides, Now"!
The WORLD PREIMERE of Uncle Seth's brand new recording of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now" will take place on Tuesday, August 2nd on the top rated podcast show Coverville (http://www.coverville.com/)!
For those of you who don't know, podcasting is sort of like a mix between magazines and radio for your iPod or other portable MP3 player. You subscribe to a show using iTunes or other specialized software, and new shows get updated after they are recorded, at which time you can load them into your player and listen to them whenever and whereever you want. Coverville is an AWESOME show, and we're really excited about this!
Subscribe to Coverville using Tunes 4.9
To subscribe to Coverville using other podcasting software, use
The single "Both Sides, Now" will be available soon in iTunes and other online music services, but in the meantime be sure to catch us on Coverville!
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Renaissance acoustic night
A reminder about the Uncle Seth acoustic set at Renaissance Cafe (1938 Danforth Ave, one block west of Woodbine) on Wednesday. This is a terrific venue with great beers, great staff and a great atmosphere for all. Also on the bill will be excellent singer-songwriters David Hein, Dave Silverberg, John Blair and Ray Boulay. Admission is $5 at the door. Uncle Seth hit the stage last around 10 pm, so it won't be a horrifically late night.
I also wanted to let you know that tickets for the 2nd Annual Matt Osborne Toronto Memorial Show & Trust Fund Benefit are now on sale online for $10.
This year's show is at Healey's (178 Bathurst at Queen W.) on August 12, and in addition to Seth it'll feature great acts including Angie Nussey, Art From The Ruin, Rick Temporao, Patrick Ang, Christen Latham, Chad Kobylka, Chris Patheiger and more. It should be an amazing night, so grab your tickets today!
Thanks, hope to see you soon!
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Seth related stuff
Hey folks! While Uncle Seth are working hard on new material and preparing for some studio work, I'll be doing a couple of things this week that I thought some of you might be interested in:
FRIDAY (as in tomorrow): I've been invited to participate in a panel discussion at the North By Northeast music conference. It's called "Options and Alternatives in the Digital Age", and it takes place at the Holiday Inn at 370 King W. at 2:00 pm. You'll need a conference delegate badge to attend, see http://nxne.com/ for more details.
SATURDAY: I'll be playing bass with very cool singer-songwriter Shawn Sage at the Black Swan. 5 bucks cover, doors at 9:30 pm. Should be a blast!
Friday, April 15, 2005
Matt Memorial show in KW, F&F on CD Baby
As we get ready for our big show at the Smiling Buddha Bar TONIGHT - see http://musicface.com/uncleseth/shows.html for info - I thought I'd let you in on a few other bits of Uncle Seth news:
MATTHEW OSBORNE MEMORIAL EVENT IN KITCHENER SATURDAY APRIL 23
It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since the death of our dear friend Matt Osborne. A special event to commemorate the first anniversary of his passing will be held at The Boathouse in Kitchener's Victoria Park (57 Courtland Ave W) next Saturday (April 23). Members of Uncle Seth and many other musicians will be there playing music written and inspired by the man. Details can be found at:
UNCLE SETH NAMED "DOSE ARTIST OF THE WEEK"
Dose, a new free daily newspaper launched last week in a number of Canada's big cities, and we're very pleased to announce that Uncle Seth have been selected the first-ever "Dose Artist of the Week!" Check out:
NEW UNCLE SETH CD ON CD BABY!
The latest CD from Uncle Seth, "Forgive and Forget Volume One", is now available for purchase from CD Baby. Links to this and the previous disc "Lame Suburban Poetry" can be found at:
That's it for now! Hope to see all'y'all soon.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Smiling Buddha Bar
Hey there! BIG show coming up this FRIDAY:
UNCLE SETH @ Smiling Buddha Bar (961 College Street, just west of Dovercourt in Toronto) with amazing acts CRASH CONTINENTAL (http://www.crashcontinental.com/) and KIM O'CONNOR.
$5 cover at the door, doors open at 8:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
Monday, April 04, 2005
Last minute Black Swan show
Greetings! A very quick note to let you know about a last minute Uncle Seth appearance with the legendary Uncle Herb Dale at the equally legendary Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave at Broadview in Toronto) this Wednesday (that's April 6.) Admission is pay what you can, Uncle Herb is on at 9:30, Uncle Seth at 10:30 and an all-Uncle jam will close out the night!
Monday, March 21, 2005
Big Schmooze news
Hey some semi-Seth related news - I'm going to be featured at The Big Schmooze next Tuesday (March 29th.) Uncle Seth played this great music industry event in February of last year, but this time I'll be speaking on "search engine optimization" for band websites. For more info, visit the site at http://thebigschmooze.ca/.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Hey there, quick and huge thanks to all who came out to the Healey's show last night! It was a fantastic night all 'round, and we had a great time playing with our buddies in the Youngsters and meeting and hearing the amazing Vanessa and her band for the first time. Particular thanks to super-booker Ryan Ayukawa of Open Concept Productions, and to the amazing Healey's staff.
As is always the case, if you're interested in seeing what we played, you can visit the setlists page, linked from the main Shows page. And speaking of shows, a reminder that we have a couple coming up this week in Toronto and Waterloo - check the Shows page for details.
To contact Uncle Seth, please send email to uncleseth [at] musicface.com.