Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mendelson Joe @ Kitchener Blues Fest Aug 9 '08


Sheena squealed with joy a few weeks back when the artist lineup for the Kitchener Blues Festival was unveiled. There he was - right in the middle of Saturday afternoon - the legendary Mendelson Joe.

I'd never seen him in person before. Since he first entered Sheena's consciousness via scurrilous satirical rags in the '90s, and now-slain internet whisper groups 2001-ish, he's been this mythical figure in my head. Buzzing like the king of the gadflys in Canadian arts circles.





And there he was, up on stage, looking like a cross between Santa Claus and Elvis Costello. Decades of antics, of shit-disturbing, of poking sticks in the eyes of those who refuse to see what's going on.

Most of the crowd seemed appreciative - despite the rather colourful misanthropic language of a couple of his better known tunes. Humans Bug Me is one that needs to be added to the collection... $20 here...

I think my 2008 resolution is to acquire an original painting. Wonder what the price range for any of the classic Butt Rushmore series is...



There's a couple of SheenaVision regular readers who know some of the old stories, I hope they cough them up here in the comments section...

8 Comments:

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Antonia Z said...

Sorry I missed it. Joe has long been a reader, who encourages me with his colourful missives to take on the powers. He is a vociferous media consumer and critic. Lord knows, we need a watchdg for the so-called watchdogs.

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger petite gourmand said...

quite the painting....

sounds like a fun festival.
I made it down to the folk festival at the Distillery a few weeks ago and saw The Good Lovelies perform.
they were really great, and are touring around Ontario all summer.
Hopefully they end up in Kitchener and you can check them out.
Not that they are really anything like Mendelson Joe- but they are fun.
you might like them.

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elvid wrote...

Joe seems in better shape than the last time that I saw him over 25 years ago. Winded after the first two songs, Colin Linden asked for a chair so Joe could continue.

 
At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elvid added...
And the place to go for MJ's art or as it is called "product". He seems in a Tom Thomson mood since he moved north.
Take a road trip to Emsdale...

http://www.karenrobinsongallery.com/

 
At 4:35 PM, Anonymous spy said...

wtf is that tampon head? Why are there 3 strings?

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger raymi lauren said...

i cant get over how much that last painting grosses me out

 
At 12:32 AM, Anonymous jason bo green said...

Yikes, that painting IS gross! I've oft heard of this fellow, but never actually heard him.

 
At 3:06 AM, Anonymous Midnight said...

One string may bedazzle
One string may unravel
One string may ensnare.

 

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