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January and February Warm-ups

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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Written by Lauren Dobbie

In the Globe recently, I read Leah McLaren's idea of the aesthetics of January: “"I think it's ugly," I said, feeling bad (one of my New Year's resolutions was to be more positive)”. I share her opinion on this one and trying to cheer up the January atmosphere by wearing pretty shoes instead of my salt-stained boots hasn't worked out too well, so I've come up with some alternatives.

The Hillside “Inside” Festival is scheduled for February 2, 2008 at the Sleeman Centre (50 Woolwich Street) here in downtown Guelph. The ever-popular summer fest, repeatedly named one of “Ontario's Top 50 Festivals” is trying its hand at blasting away the winter blahs. The all-day event runs from 1:00pm to 11:00 pm and doors open at noon. There will be more than ten live bands including: City and Colour, Xavier Rudd, Tokyo Police Club, Shout Out Out Out Out, The Weakerthans, and Wintersleep. There will also be many food and craft vendors there, displaying jewellery, clothing, and accessories, including Bellchamber Rings, The Tima Collection, and Sacred Circle Herbs. Tickets are only $49.95 and they went on sale November 10, 2007. So far the floor is sold out but there are still tickets left. I can definitely see myself scraping the dregs of my Christmas money together for this. To get tickets over the phone, call 1.866.598.4455. To order tickets on-line and find out more information, visit the website http://www.hillsidefestival.ca/. And if you can't make the Hillside “Inside” Festival, watch for the three-day summer Hillside Festival which is scheduled for July 25-27 2008; Tickets will go on sale and go very fast in the late spring.

Carefully choosing music to uplift my January mood was a fun way to discover some new (to me) bands and uncover some old favourites as well. Here's my top-ten list of songs to lighten up any January day:

The Old Apartment - The Barenaked Ladies

I Hear Noises - Tegan and Sara

Sweet Lemonade - Monster Movie

I Feel It All - Feist

Valhalla - K-Os

Bubbly - Colbie Caillat

Sweet Little Sister - The Mark Inside

Carey - Joni Mitchell

Hallelujah - Paramore

In the Mood - Bette Midler

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