Beau’s Wild Oats Series 2014 Applied Arts Submission (Photo by Sean Sprague)
Very proud of the awards we won at Applied Arts this year!
Ever since I picked up a copy of Hellcat’s Give em the Boot in 1998 the Slackers have been my favorite band. The band i was in for 12(ish) years (The Heatskores) had the privilege of playing with them in Guelph in the mid 2000’s. Davey D and I opened up for Vic Ruggiero in 2007 . Then Steve Beauchesne told me I had the honour of doing the Beau’s Slackers poster for their upcoming gig in Vankleek Hill. I hand drew this poster and jammed packed it with Slackers (and friends) references until my brain melted. Then I had it roll scanned and added the type. I’m very happy with the way it came out and I’m looking forward to the show.
The local Alpaca business people wont sell me Alpaca meat, and didn’t reply to my second question. SOME PEOPLE!
I would post this on facebook…. but i’m on tumblr now.
The end of this NHL season in 2014 will mark 47 years since Red Kelly held up the Stanley Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs, his last cup as an NHL player and the last the Leafs have won. Did you know that the combined age of living players from that historic Leafs team is 2,025? Of course you didn’t, it’s an obscure fact. Still, that’s older than Jesus… and lord knows it’s about time the Leafs win another cup.
Let me take you back to the 1966/67 season. Terry Sawchuk got his 100th career shut out. Stan Mikita had the most points that season, his team; the Chicago Black Hawkes played the Leafs in the first round and lost 4 games to 2. By the way, the first round back then was the semi finals. Only 6 teams back then. That was the first year Bobby Orr strapped on his skates for the NHL and the Boston Bruins. Orr won the Calder that year even though the Bruins didn’t make the playoffs. Think about that for a second. Pretty much the entire illustrious career (minus one season) of one of the most respected and renowned players in NHL history was played during the time Toronto stopped winning cups… and I’m talking about Orr here, not Gretzky. “The Great One” is arguably the best hockey player of all time and also played his entire legendary career in that cupless time zone. We’ve seen giants come and go in those 47 years. It’s like The Leafs stepped aside for players like Messier, Lemieux, Roy, Brodeur and Gretzky to make history while they stopped making it.
Out of the entire winning 1966-67 Maple Leafs team (32 Canadian players) 6 are dead, half of those dead were goalies. One of the goalies being the late legend Terry Sawchuk. Another one is Tim Horton, who lives on with a franchise of lousy donuts and ok coffee. Coach Punch Imlach is among the deceased and the last dead player is Kent Douglas, who just died in 2009. Cause of death: Probably waiting for the Leafs to win another cup.
How many more will die waiting? If you look up lists of NHL droughts the Leafs top most of them: If it’s not bad enough that they haven’t won since ’67 they also haven’t made a Stanley Cup final since ’67. They aren’t too far off on the playoff appearance drought list either, 3rd place with 7 seasons (from 2004-2013). And lets not forget the saddest list of all, 3rd place on the longest time between cups. Ranger’s fans waiting 53 seasons, it took Chicago 47 seasons to win another cup after 1961, but those droughts are over… the Leafs still have a chance to beat those records. Just 9 more seasons and they can top that list too.
So what’s left to do Leafs fans? Embrace it? Keep cheering for the most expensive NHL team in history, worth 1 billion US dollars? Keep paying 15 bucks for one Molson Canadian at the ACC and watch the Leafs try and get to the second round of the playoffs? Yeah… but this time they have Phil Kessel.
While I was in The Heatskores we had the privilege of playing at the Legendary Reverb/Kathedral in Toronto many times and we even got asked to come out of retirement to play the last PUNK show there with the 3Tards and many others. The closure was a bit of a surprise so the last official show was some crappy metal show that had been booked months before… I still went and John Tard took a picture of me screwing with the famous Jake Disman’s sacred soundboard while he was out having a smoke during a set. I think he’s still mad about it 4 years later.