WhenI think of bands or recording artists that represent Vancouver, there are only a handful that I can think of off the top of my head aside from the up and coming indie acts and big hot shot stars that pass through to record an album from time to time. There’s only one name, to me, that has always been a constant in Vancouver: Matthew Good [wiki].
Over the past couple of weeks, this leader of one of Canada’s most popular bands in the 90s, successful solo artist, political activist and blogger announced that he will be packing up and leaving Vancouver to head on the road and overseas – on a personal journey and just to get the heck out of this city.
72 hours ago he put up a post on his blog [mblog] to say that he’s inviting 20 fans to his house for an acoustic show in the living room. “It will be 20 fans, two dogs, a little security, one guitar, and that’s it.”
Reading the comments on his site it was as though he was Willie Wonka giving the news about the golden tickets, fans were scrambling. They were asked to write an email with a little explanation of why they should be invited. With the contest closing at 8:00pm Thursday night, I was sure to get my entry in that afternoon. By 8:30 I had been contacted by Matt about live-blogging the event [mblog]. And so Friday night I stepped into the living room of a famous Vancouver musician, sat on the floor with a laptop, and wrote a play by play for the rest of the world.