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Photos from the World Science Fiction Convention Masquerade in Montreal

Last week, I was able to get access to the Fan Photo area of the 67th World Science Fiction Convention’s Masquerade, here in Montreal. Most importantly for this freelance writer, I got access without having to pay the full one-day membership of $95 (nor the $275 full-convention membership) in order to take the photos you see in the audio slideshow below.

I guess Sci-Fi Convention Masquerades are fairly mainstream now, but despite my life-long love of science fiction, this was the first one I had visited.

I found it to be a fascinating combination of small community homeyness (ie: everyone knowing each others’ first names) and large-scale operation (ie: professional photographers, stage managers and security personnel controlling the action).

Also fascinating was the fact I was asked the same question four times:

“Um…Are you supposed to be here?”

There wasn’t any audio from the event that I felt was compelling enough to add to the slideshow. So instead, I wrote a simple musical piece that I hope implies Sci-Fi, and you can hear that looping in the piece below.

Also, the term “Pocket Universe” is a Sci-Fi term I thought was appropriate for my experience at the event:

“A universe or reality completely separate from ours which is much smaller, may have different natural laws, and may be artificially created.”

I really enjoyed shooting these photos and being present behind the scenes of the 67th World Science Fiction Convention. My apologies in advance to the obviously talented costumed participants who are unnamed in my piece: there was no way to keep track of who wore what, with the program I was given.

I hope the following quick and dirty audio slideshow offers you a sense of the experience (remember to turn on your speakers!).

Let me know your thoughts.

Audio Slideshow From 2009 Montreal Guitar Show

Last week I attended the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show, which was put on in conjunction with the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Montreal show is well-regarded, being an invite-only event, and attracting some of the finest luthiers in North America and abroad.

Despite being a guitarist for about 20 years, I had never attended a guitar show. What I discovered (and I mean this in a good sense) is that guitar shows are basically Guitar Porn – hundreds of truly beautiful instruments, polished and buffed, and laid out suggestively for the hungry hands of the paying / playing public.

I had a great time walking around, talking to luthiers and capturing the sites and sounds of the event. Below is a short Audio Slideshow I created to share the experience with you.

Let me know your thoughts.