Check This Shit Out

CHECK THIS SHIT OUT

This is why I love Kid Koala and I hope he returns to Kingston again. This is the shit, and I would like events like this to be held a Dead On.

For a long time I have deeply appreciated Kid Koala and the way he showcases and shares his skills with the world. This past summer my Kid Koala fanboying came to a peak.

In July 2017 something very rare happened. A somewhat underground musician played a show in Kingston. I have been a fan of Kid Koala since the first time I heard my brother listening to him, probably some time in middle school. My interest for Kid Koala deepend when I discovered he contributed to one of my favorite rap groups, Deltron 3030, alongside producer Dan the Automator and rapper Del the Funky Homosapien.

In high school I had the opportunity to see Kid Koala perform while on vacation with my family in Montreal. Unfortunately this opportunity was shattered by my parents when they found out that the venue was in some sort of “red light district” of  Montreal (to this day I cannot recall where the show was held). Ever since I have regretted missing this show. Until now! Despite this show not at all being the underground turntablism showcase that I had always assumed a Kid Koala show would be, I enjoyed every minute of the performance. The show, as part of Kick & Push Festival 2017, was marketed as a show for all ages with an emphasis on families. The show was insane, live scratching, audience participation, cardboard robots, giant puppets, kazoo battles. It was nuts. The fact that this show made it to Kingston gave me hope for the state of art in Kingston. After the show Kid Koala joined the audience in the mezzanine.  He was the warmest, most humble person I had ever seen. People swarmed him for autographs and photos, everyone wanted to brush shoulders with this incredibly talented human. I waited in the crowd. I waited for 20 minutes for all the autographs and photos to be taken. Finally it was my turn. It was intimidating to walk up to someone who I had idolized so much for so long, I was starstruck. I didn’t want his autograph or a photo with him, I just wanted to thank him as genuinely as I could. I wanted to thank him for making music I love, I wanted to thank him for making music that was different, I wanted to thank him for collaborating with other artists and making some of my favorite music, I wanted to thank him for being Canadian. Only, there wasn’t time, I only had a couple seconds with him. All I could think of to say to him was “Thank you for coming to Kingston”. Politely, he stated that it wasn’t a problem and that he likes it here. I don’t think he understood how important it was to me that he was here, so before I left I told him “We don’t get this kind of thing here”. I hope what I said resonates and he returns to Kingston.

 

Thank You
Kid Koala
Kick & Push Festival
The Grand Theatre

 

Artistic Revival

The state of Kingston’s art scene hangs in the balance. The perception of art in Kingston is sorely out of date; watercolour and oil landscapes of Wolf Island (don’t forget the windmills), kitschy animal portraits, skilless representational art prints. This is a sad representation of the state of art in Canada. As a country we are at the forefront of contemporary art but somehow Kingston seems happy with mediocrity. Weseem to push all art as one entity making no separation between good art, bad art, new art, experimental art, hobbyist art, etc… it’s all the same in Kingston. You’re an artist? “Oh, good for you”.

Perhaps one of the problems is that most of the talent that Kingston births, leaves. I can’t blame them, it’s hard to be taken seriously in a place like this. Caught between Toront0, Montreal and Ottawa, it’s too easy to leave.