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Video shilled the spoken-word star

Did you miss me?


Well, I’m back anyway. And with a few new videos.

See, I’ve been a little concerned that I don’t have a lot of performance videos of me on the YouTubes and whatnot. But about six weeks ago, I featured in a well-regarded spoken-word series in Salford, England (it’s a suburb of Manchester – the one where Coronation Street is set, more or less) called Evidently, and they film everybody. And they make it look kind of professional, with titles and stuff.

So now there are new videos of me online performing “How to Write and Perform a Slam Poem”, “Border Crossing”, “Pitches” and “Politics”:

I posted only the former two here, because “Pitches” didn’t get much of a reaction at the show, and because I messed up one line in “Politics”.
But if you just can’t make it through the day without seeing a video of me performing “Politics”, well, weep no more! Because this one was taken at my CD launch party in April:

Look – somebody even “liked” this one! They clicked on the thumbs-up and everything.


I didn’t win the KRW Award.
But you know something? Stanley Kubrick never won a competitive Academy Award, did he? So I am still the Kubrick of Canadian trade magazines.


I’ve got several gigs coming up, most of which are months away. But I’m doing a short set at Outrageous tonight in Kensington Market, if you’re keen for that.
I’m also doing a feature set in less than two weeks at Jammin’ on the One, or JOTO, along with my friends at Kirsten Sandwich. And there’s an open short-form improv jam, so wake up your inner Colin Mochrie and get your game on, honeyboy.

I’ve published a few new articles on since we spoke last – on hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking. Very summer-themed. You can also read my coverage of last Monday’s Dora Awards… if you dare.

Now – go, my son.

Say, mac, what’s the scoop, see?

I bet you didn’t know that they give out awards for trade magazines.

Apparently they do. At least in Canada.
The KRW Awards for business-to-business publishing has been around for more than sixty years, in fact.

And I’m nominated for one this year.

No, seriously. I am.


My article “Off the Rails”, which ran in the March 2014 issue of OHS Canada, is nominated for Best Resource/Infrastructure Article. Along with six other folks.

There’s even an awards ceremony of some kind, happening on June 2.
Thankfully, I won’t have to wear a tuxedo, or inform nosy red-carpet interviewers whom I’m wearing. And Joan Rivers won’t be there to insult people, because she’s a little tied up this year with being dead.

Still don’t believe me?
Well, I’m listed on the KRW website nominees list. I defy you to find another Jeff Cottrill who writes for OHS Canada.

“Off the Rails” is accessible from the magazine’s website, and the KRW site has a PDF file of the actual magazine version, which you can see here.

I also wrote a couple of articles for the last issue, including a short piece called “Putting Stress on Stress”, which is online here.
Also check out a couple of new theatre reviews on Digital Journal.

We happy?

It is here! It is now!

Launch party for This Album Is NIT FENNY! is this Thursday!

You go!

There’s been a slight change in the lineup since the last time I posted.
First, Kraken Not Stirred will not be performing, because Mike Bryant’s day job now has silly work hours that are not really of the “day” breed. Second, the “probably some kind of comedy act, TBA” that I mentioned last time is going to be my friend Magdalena, who’ll give a short preview of her upcoming Fringe show.

Are you on the Facebook? If so, you can RSVP on this event page.

If you miss the launch… you can still catch me on the radio on the evening of April 21, when I’ll be appearing on HOWL once again. Formerly hosted by the late Nik Beat, the show has recently been taken over by Valentino Assenza. The show’s on at 10:00 p.m. EST (or 3:00 a.m. in the U.K., in case any insomniac Brit friends want to check in); you can hear it locally at 89.5 FM or online at this link.

Like theatre reviews?
I’ve written two new ones – of Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience and The Daisy Theatre.


Could it be? Yes, it could. Something’s coming, something good…

Hey, gang.

My new CD, This Album is NIT FENNY!, is now available.

Remember last month, when I told you there was going to be a launch party for the album, with lots of cool opening performers? You didn’t think I was lying to you about that, did you? You know I’d never lie to you.

And so the launch is on, baby.
It’s happening on April 2, at the Black Swan Tavern. There’ll be swell opening acts by musicians Kirsten Sandwich, Kari Maaren and Kraken Not Stirred; poet Cynthia Gould; novelist Timothy Carter; and probably some kind of comedy act, TBA. (I’ve heard some fantastic things about TBA. They have fake projectile vomit and everything. Make sure you get seats in the splatter zone.)

Are you on the Facebook? If so, you can RSVP on this event page.

Other than that, I’m still writing lots of articles.

Do you have kidlets? Want to keep them from getting bored over March Break? I have new two pieces on about local playgrounds – both indoor and outdoor.

Also have two new articles on Digital Journal, one a positive review of Cannibal! The Musical (which is still running for another week) and one an informal essay on why The Breakfast Club kind of sucks and Rebel without a Cause holds up better despite being twice its age.

Get with the clicking, buster.

Don’t make me tap the sign.

An announcementoid.

Are you ready? Are you ready for this? Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?

Here’s a thing that’s coming soon:

This will be out sometime before May. Still negotiating and arranging all the things and stuff. There will be a launch party at some point, of course, with lots of cool performers. And yes, the album will include the notorious “How to Become a Deranged Leftist Reactionary”.

While you wait for that, you can see me perform at Habits Gastropub in the west end on February the 19th. Lizzie Violet is hosting, Lauren Stewart and Alyestal Hamilton are the other features and there will be an open mic too. You should go. You will be temporarily happy.

Want to read my recent review of Sharr White’s The Other Place, which is being staged at the St. Lawrence Centre? Click here.

Want to read my recent article about unconventional ways to stay fit in this city? Then click here. You can do it. I believe in you.

That’s all for now. Happy Groundhog Day. I like you.

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