I Don't Believe in Coincidences (or I Need to Get Out More)

Yesterday, I was catching up on my TV Can-con by finally watching Flashpoint since you can catch all the episodes online on the CTV website.  It stars the Pink Power Ranger, Keith Mars, and a guy I met at an NAC opening night party. I'm watching the first episode of this ho-hum cop show (unless anyone involved in casting is ready this, in which case, it is a wicked awesome show that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!) and I'm kind of tuning out.  The show's almost over and I'm about to roll my eyes at the cheesy ending montage, but something stops me.  I actually really like the song their using.  I have no idea who is singing or what the song is called, but it was just beautiful.

So I spend the next half hour just trying to figure out who it was.  Not an easy task since CTV doesn't have the credits listed anywhere.  But finally, thanks to my google persistance, I find some forum that leads me to a myspace page that leads me to Dala.  I listened to a couple more songs on their myspace and realize that I like their style.  Then something catches my eye: Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre.  Hey, I know that place!  Dala is playing as part of the Acoustic Wave Series with the Ottawa Folk Festival on September 21st... Really?

Since I found out my practice was cancelled, I thought it was a sign that I should go check them out.  And they didn't disappoint.  The ladies from Dala have great vocals and harmonies, an easy cameraderie on stage (which probably comes from years of playing together), and their big dorks (like me!).  Two songs in, when I thought I couldn't like them any more than I already did, they pulled out the big guns: Joni Mitchell. Now I was hooked.

It was an awesome little concert that made me realize that with all my involvement in the theatre/film scene around here, there are tons of other artists out there working in different mediums that I don't take the time to appreciate.  I need to make more of an effort.  When people are asking me to Vote Culture, I need to remember that it's not just the actors who are affected.  We're all in this together.