by carl wilson

X to The Power of Love

Me with "Celine" (Laura Landauer) and, right, Final Fantasy playing "The Power of Love" last night at the very-Gladstone in Toronto. Photos by Chris Reed and If You Want to Sing Out.

I can't begin to tell you how asskickingly last night's launch for the book went. Kay arr eh zee why!

There was a zillion jillion people there (sorry to everybody who got turned away!);
Laura Landauer took everybody to Celine-imitation college;
Laura Barrett made Celine's dancehall-reggae bumper "Treat Her Like a Lady" into a wistful folkie plea and also covered Weird Al;
Steve Kado aka The Blankket covered the history of anglo-Canadian colonialism and Quebec class structure and the complexity of Celine as cultural object, told us "talking is the new music - go home and post some talking on your blogs," used host Misha Glouberman as an exquisitely baffled foil, and then turned "This Time" (the domestic-abuse number on the new Celine disc Taking Chances) into a Bauhaus-worthy goth dirge, utterly polarizing the audience between those who did and those who didn't know the meaning of "awesome";
Owen Pallett aka Final Fantasy quoted Celine to the effect that when you perform you are naked and "when you are naked you suffer" then went on to prove that "The Power of Love" is a quantum-leap more beautiful song than even Celine fans ever realized and to generate more Vegas-sized metal-on-estrogen bombast with just voice and violin than has ever been accomplished in the history of sound;
and finally Mark Kingwell expertly conducted a conversation that made me sound a lot smarter than I really am.
Misha was the definitive host and Brian Joseph Davis (who is trying to cop Misha's steez) was dapper on the digital decks.
We sold a whole lot of books. (I know 'cuz I had to sign them all.) I wore the nicest suit I've ever worn and brand new shoes. And I think aside from the overheating the crowding caused, people had fun. Thanks to the Gladstone, Pages and all who attended.
It made my life.

Could I plead that anybody who made recordings, videos and pictures last night send me copies or links? (I already know there's an MP3 out there of Owen's performance, which I'll post tomorrow.)

By the way, there's an interview with me about the book today in British Columbia's The Tyee.

And tomorrow (Friday), I am actually going to talk about something other than Celine Dion for once, in a panel in the IAJE jazz conference - about jazz and blogging, at 3 pm at the in Room 206 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, with a bunch of smart jazz-blog cookies.

PS Clearly the revolution's not yet complete.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, January 10 at 8:03 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (8)



Not to be nit-picky, but Laura actually covered Radio Free Vestibule's "The Grunge Song" and not Weird Al. Even better really, as RFV is reppin' Canada.

Posted by Not Daniel on January 16, 2008 8:42 AM



I was there too, and much as I like what I've heard and what I've read of the book, I'd love to hear anything you might have to say about Pere Ubu's Dub Housing. Would you approach writing about it differently after what you've learned from Celine?

Posted by DTL on January 12, 2008 1:36 PM



Sheepishly...yeah...I see the words of Richard Daley..."FAKER"

Posted by Phil on January 11, 2008 6:51 PM



wow...I thought that was a paid double...that's really her? The expression on her face is incredible...wonderful stuff.

Did I mention how fantastic I think your book is? I hope it tweaks those sleepy heads at Penguin. You need a juicy deal, my friend.



Posted by Phil on January 11, 2008 1:41 PM



That shiz was FAkkink awesome! The book is great, it actually warms my heart, like Dim Sum.


Posted by David O on January 11, 2008 9:18 AM




and nice suit!

Posted by john on January 10, 2008 11:59 PM



oh fuck yeah! glad it went well! and knew it would. waiting to hear updates from my toronto homies as to whether or not they made it inside; hopefully they were not like me, distant and full of longing. :) congratulations again!

Posted by sean on January 10, 2008 11:19 PM



Hey Carl, I was at the launch, and though I don't have any photos/videos/sounds, I do wanna say it was a great time. Thanks.

Posted by Adam on January 10, 2008 10:06 PM




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