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James Gordon CD Release
Friday February 26 at 8.00 p.m.
Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street, Guelph
Tickets: $18- available at the door or at the Bookshelf

My Stars Your Eyes: “12 new locally grown, organic, fair trade songs”

James Gordon is never at a loss for a lyric. Famous for having written a thousand songs and as a “go-to guy” when a local organization or your national broadcaster needs topic-specific music, James is the one they count on to deliver the appropriate message.

In this special fundraising CD release concert, James will be joined onstage by Jeff Bird, Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon and Jude Vadala

James is donating all proceeds from the concert to the Guelph Civic League in support of their upcoming ‘Vote Guelph!’ campaign for this year’s municipal election. If you’d like to join the Vote Guelph team, email info@guelphcivicleague.ca or phone 519-780-5030.

“My Stars Your Eyes” is available on Borealis Records

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On December 22, 2005, some 70 friends of Guelph’s Henry Koch braved the cold wind and the below freezing temperatures to gather outside his window at St Joseph’s Health Care Centre to sing carols and to pay their respects to this environmental activist.
 
Koch, suffering from a brain tumor, died a few days later on Christmas morning.

Each December since then the organizers of the original carol-sing, James Gordon and Brian Holstein, have encouraged people to meet in St. George’s Square to carol and to remember Kock and his many accomplishments. The tradition will continue when this year they will be meeting at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16 in the square beside the Royal Bank. Carol sheets and candles will be provided for those in attendance.
 
Donations will again be accepted from participants for Sister Christine’s Drop-In Centre.

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James Gordon’s song of the month for December, this time with a bit of a seasonal feel but remembering those that are not so fortunate at this time of year.

According to James: “It’s not a new song. It’s on my Mining For Gold album, so you guys all have it right? What? Well, that’s easy to rectify. It’s available at www.borealisrecords.com .Oh, back to the video. I know I know, I’m getting a bit arty with these, but I’m having fun. It’s my usual anti-consumerist socialist rant but disguised as a Christmas Song. “

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James Gordon’s great, thought provoking song about climate change “How?” (a favourite of Royal City Rag), is now up on Youtube.

Borealis logoCheck it out if you get a chance. It now has a cool video attached that should be compulsory viewing, and not just for James’ natty new beard!

The song will appear on James’ forthcoming album on Borealis Records “My Stars Your Eyes”.

Thanks again, James.

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This letter from musician and community activist James Gordon in the Guelph Tribune deserves reprinting. Hopefully the city is serious about having consultants take a look at the environmental protection measures suggested by a prominent group of community activists and citizens organisations.

We’re All In This Together
James Gordon
Letter, Guelph Tribune

I was surprised and disappointed to see the headline “Mayor rejects overture by business park foes” (Tribune, Oct. 2).

The ‘overtures’ refer to the letter circulated about the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) by a group of concerned citizens. The letter was written with the intent of demonstrating support for the park’s goals, and to encourage improvements that would make it more effective. Several well-researched proposals were made which, if adopted by the city, would make us better stewards of the land in question.

Royal City Rag promo Sat 2As one of the writers, I find it very discouraging to be discounted as a ‘foe’ after all the carefully considered suggestions. We want this park to work just as much as the city does!

Until the city and the media realize that we’re all on the same side with this issue, that we all just want our city to be the best possible place to live with the lowest-impact developments available to us, then we will remain a divided community. The letter was written as an attempt to bridge that division, to demonstrate our faith that public input is still valued in this community and not considered an ‘attack.’

Your paper’s reporting of this letter and the city’s response could have highlighted the efforts of many of our citizens to find a positive resolution to the HCBP debate. Instead, your headline has only encouraged the ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality that has had such a negative impact on the well-being of our community.

James Gordon, Guelph

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It was another busy Royal City Rag on October 3.

In the first hour we talked to Virginia Gilham from Friends of the Guelph Public Library about their upcoming giant book sale taking place the weekend of October 24-25. You should also check out the wonderful live version of James Gordon’s Library Song, written especially for the Guelph Public Library’s 125th anniversary, a year or so ago. One of his best humorous political songs.

Later in the hour, Sally Wismer from Guelph Arts Council joined us on the phone to talk about upcoming arts events and the arts council’s new award for young artists.

In the second hour we hooked up with Ryder Ball, one of the singers taking part in Ken Whiteley’s Incredible One-Day Gospel Choir at Three Willows Church on October 4 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. You can buy them online at www.all-together-now.ca.

In the final half hour, we chatted with activists Matt Soltys and Sam Ansleis from the group that occupied the proposed business park site at Hanlon Creek about their decision to occupy the site, and their take on the talk of intimidation  that has dogged this issue since the occupation ended.

Don’t rush to disregard what these young activists have to say. Its too easy to write them off as immature idealists who don’t really understand the issues. Also, check out their recent editorial in the Guelph Mercury if you get a chance.

Royal City Rag will continue to follow this developing issue. There is a lot of information about the Hanlon Creek Business Park development process that has never made it out into the mainstream. We’ll endevour to bring that to you.

Music:
Cuff The Duke, Like The Morning from Way Down Here
James Gordon, The Library Song (Live/Demo)
The Acorn, Crooked Legs from Glory, Hope, Mountain
Ken Whiteley, Sing With Me from Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright
Billy Bragg, You Woke Up My Neighborhood from The Essential Billy Bragg
Proclaimers, I’m on My Way (Live) from Notes and Rhymes Deluxe Edition (Import)

Listen to the show:
Part 1
Part 2

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James Gordon has elected to branch out with this month’s new song… Its an ode to a fridge, a refridgerator if you will… entitled “Kelvinator”.

According to James, “Each of these monthly songs is designed to address a different ‘issue-oriented’ theme.. this one is about local food production and consumer food buying habits.”

Its destined for his next CD. Check it out.

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