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Bored in Kensington Market and Valery Gore

My parents came to meet me for lunch at Saving Grace, just down the street. It's a lovely little place for brunch on the weekend, but make sure you get there BEFORE you get hungry, because you'll be waiting quite a long time for it. You'll probably have to wait outside too, not that that was a bad thing on one of the first warm-ish weather days we've had in a long time.

I didn't know how many people were going to show up, I was thinking MAYBE five, but I signed up for four anyway, since the line was so long.

After we got our table, Steve showed up just in time to order. I had read a review praising the raisin bread sandwich with white cheddar and avocado, so you know I had to order it. It definitely wasn't as orgasmic as the reviewer claimed, but it was pretty good, I'll say that.

I'm glad Alan didn't show up until later, because there really was zero room for him. After brunch, my mom and dad just went home, leaving Steve and I totally bored for the rest of the day. We called up Alan, then walked around Kensington Market, stopping at his friend's book store where I bought a funny little comic for Rosemary and Dan.

Then, the rest of the day was spent meandering. Alan spontaneously decided to cover his apartment walls with old kitschy records, so we went rifling through some discount racks and found him some goodies.

At one point, I saw some police officers arresting a fellow cyclist. I had to stop and see what the hub bub was about.

Me: "What's going on?"

Police officer 1: "Please leave us alone and let us do our jobs, ma'am."

Cyclist: "I was squeegeeing."

Me: "Oh, that sucks."

Police officer 2: "This man is under arrest, you'd be wise to keep walking and let us continue."

Me (to cyclist): "Oh, you can't talk right now? Sorry."

Solidarity. Solidarity forever, man.

After that, we went to the Cameron House, where, to our dismay, a TERRIBLE folk singing duo was playing. She's now my friend on Facebook, let's see if she read this, Hi Sue! You guys have some talent, but you could use it in a way more productive way. You should tone down the schmaltz and turn up the sincerity! Got it? OK? Good. *smile* Really I mean it.

OK, so, next I had a craving for sushi, so Alan offered to drive us up to Bloor St., where he was going to watch his daughter perform at some sort of African drum circle thing. Gotta say, the sushi at JTime = awesome. Definitely check it out, and the service is GREAT. Everyone is so comfortable and happy and seemingly honestly glad you came to their restaurant.

Alan took off for his show, and then so did we. Our only mission of the day was to see Valery Gore play at the Super Market so that is where we went. Steve went to high school with her and she's from my hometown (I don't really HAVE a hometown, just call it boonies.... but Ridgeway is the closest thing to that...)

We got there super early, so we technically didn't have to pay. Totally snuck in. On the bill was Heidi Happy, a Swiss singer that looped her voice and needed no extra instruments besides her guitar and glockenspiel.

Then it was Abdominal, touted as the "best rapper in the country" by my good friend Aaron Brophy of Chart Magazine (you will DIE for shutting down Canada's only indie music publication!) *ahem*

He was good, but I wouldn't say that he was better than Buck 65...maybe if you compared them on pure talent, Abdominal is definitely more talented, but his music isn't as catchy...

OK next was Valery's turn. She brings with her a whole seven piece band and totally fills the room with sound. Lots of people dancing and lots of people chilling out. It's an interesting kind of music. Good for dancing, good for relaxing, it's just plain good. She's also number two on the CBC Radio Three Top 30, yay for that. It's my favourite podcast at the moment.

After that Steve had to catch the Go-Train back home, and the DJ really sucked, so I left too. I said goodbye, went back to Rosie and Dan's house where Lorina had JUST woken up. We shared some spinach salad and tea, talked for a while about random subjects and then went to bed too late.

Dad and Mom at Saving Grace

Dad and Mom at Saving Grace


Steve at Saving Grace

Steve at Saving Grace


Me vs. orgasmic raisin bread sandwich

Me vs. orgasmic raisin bread sandwich


Steve at Cameron House

Steve at Cameron House


Me at Cameron House

Me at Cameron House


Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight


Me vs. policemen

Me vs. policemen


Squeegee guy

Squeegee guy


J Time!

J Time!


Steve vs. sushi

Steve vs. sushi


Alan vs. tempura

Alan vs. tempura


Me vs. California roll

Me vs. California roll


Abdominal and "the Obliques" at Super Market

Abdominal and "the Obliques" at Super Market


Abdominal and "the Obliques" at Super Market

Abdominal and "the Obliques" at Super Market


Abdominal and "the Obliques" at Super Market

Abdominal and "the Obliques" at Super Market


Valery Gore and band

Valery Gore and band

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