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C'est What e-news October 2013 | Edition #143

News, music, rants, and other propaganda ~ published monthly

This edition published 8 October, 2013

25th Annual Festival Of Craft Brewers

Two nights, 61 brews including 15 on cask, 1,800 people, 11,000 samples. Twenty-five years of celebrating good beer never gets old, especially with a whole new generation showing their enthusiasm for exploring new frontiers, or at least new breweries and beer styles.

With everyone enjoying themselves so much we only had about ten percent of the tasting score sheets submitted. Not really enough to make definitive statements, but enough to crunch some numbers and give a couple of brews kudos. Separating themselves from the pack in both alcohol percentage and flavour were Indie Ale House Bourbon Barrel Breakfast Stout (8.0%) and Toronto Beer Week Belgian Quad (10.0%, brewed by Great Lakes) which both garnered median scores of 8 out of 10. The Great Lakes Saison duPump was the most rated beer and finished with a very respectable score of 7.

A full table of results can be found here.


Every Tuesday in October, 9:30 PM. Advance tickets are available online.

"Rockstars and entertainers with a sincere change-the-world-with-heart attitude" (Midnight Matinee), Toronto's Paint have earned their reputation as one of Canada's hardest-working and most genuine indie bands, playing 200 shows from Vancouver to Halifax in support of two critically-acclaimed albums through Universal Music, including multiple returns to North by Northeast (considered one of the top 12 performing acts in 2012 by the Toronto Star), Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, New Music West, and The Hamilton Music Awards (for which Michael Chambers won Best Engineer in 2011).

Paint has worked with the same people who have produced, mixed, and mastered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, The Tragically Hip, City and Colour, Feist, The Trews, Social Distortion, and Bright Eyes, and won the fan favourite on 102.1 The Edge's Indie Online.

"Intelligent people making incredible music" - The Examiner
"Picture perfect" - 102.1 The Edge
"One of the best bands in Toronto" - NxEW.ca
"Prepare to clap along" - The Toronto Star
"5 Stars" - Youthink Magazine
"All killer, no filler... destined for arenas" - Soundproof Magazine.

A Dent In The Universe

With the recent media canonization of the late founder of Apple we are reminded that he dared to think big, big enough to "put a dent in the universe". To be sure there are some lessons to be learned from this, but what gets overlooked in all of this hype is the power of small. We can, each of us, make a difference in our lives, our careers, and those in our community by simply caring enough to do something.

It can be as simple as making a choice to eat more fresh, local food, or finding a job that fills the soul as much as the pocket book, or coaching your kids soccer team.

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. --Lily Tomlin

It can be a little humbling to try to "make a difference" but if you are looking for headline grabbing success you may be trying to make a difference for all the wrong reasons. We didn't choose to feature only local craft beer, wine, and indie music to start a revolution, we just thought it was the right thing to do. We also believe that it is right to support the community where we do business.

You vote in elections every few years, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.

Volunteering your time can be different for many people. But every little bit counts and quite often the best result is the secret little smile that it will put on your face.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. - Mother Theresa

So whether you can manage to make a dent or just a couple of scratches, take it from us, it's worth it.

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