I found Jack on Wednesday night (My 16 2012) at The Spill. The Scarlet Kings were the opening act for There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand. Jack seemed enthusiastic about the youngsters’ performance, and especially excited about lead guitar player Josh Linen. “Look at him go! That kid has star quality. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to him.” Jack took off suddenly before the Banana Stand started at 10pm. Where will he appear next?

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Bring your recording devices and notebooks to The Blue Tomato on Friday night.

Jack Din may attend the closing party for Ray McGirl’s show.

The reception starts at 7pm. Enter on the North side of Hunter Street, between George and Water.

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You may well wonder why I am compiling reports on the activities of Jack Din, and why I am presenting the intelligence I’ve gathered in this forum.

The Doctoral Committee laughed at me.

They said it would never work, that it didn’t make any sense.

Follow just one subject, ONE art lover, and from there create a picture of the cultural output and activity of an entire region?

Madness! they said.

It’s so crazy, it might just work, say I.

I need your help.

I will publish a list of events I predict Jack Din will attend. Since the Bastards have cut my funding, I will rely on kind community members to help me with my research. Please attend the locations, and be ready with to record images of the performers and other key players. Make note of any other attendees who may be contacts of Jack. Jot down what he says about the event. Send the material to me and I will add it to my data.

More instructions will follow. They say I’ve cracked up, but I say, Jack Din is the KEY…

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Friend Friend at The Spill, May 8, 2012

Friend Freind at The Spill, May 8, 2012

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Jack Din spotted at The Spill, Tuesday evening, May 8, 2012.

He appeared fascinated by what he called “the video audio messing with mixers thing” presented by DJ Infected. I eavesdropped on a conversion he had with the artist. Jack told DJ Infected “how cool and fun it is to have outdoor sound and video events on the lawn of the AGP (Art Gallery of Peterborough).” Jack speculated that he “knows lots of other artists who would love to take part in a series of outdoor events over the summer”.

Jack Din very much enjoyed PandaCorn. “Two musicians, literally in a panda and a unicorn costume! They sit side by side and play quirky, arty tunes with the Panda on a lap guitar while the Unicorn jams on a microcord.” Jack is referring to the Moose-Jaw based duo, with singer/songwriter Megan Nash as the Unicorn, and Brodie Mohninger, drummer for Friend Friend as the Panda. “I love the playful vocal harmonies, and the costumes are really weird but oddly comforting.” He was heard to laugh several times during the performance.

This was starting to turn into quite a late night for me, but as Jack didn’t seem to be going anywhere, neither was I. Next up was Friend Friend. Jack noted the lanky bass man seemed to be very relaxed: in the opening song he was leaning against the wall as he played, and by the forth song, he was taking it easy, cross-legged on his own amp. “Listen to the bright, sparkling guitar, it’s tickling my ears!” Jack talked with guitar player Matt Froese and learned that he normally plays folk acoustic. “You ought to play electric more often, you are really good at it”, Jack was heard to exclaim. He had laugh when he thought the drummer was using brushes to play and on closer inspection, he was using maracas as sticks. “It’s like the Beach Boys crossed with a garage band.”

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