TURF reviews: Joel Plaskett Emergency at Fort York – July 4, 2013

Joel Plaskett Emergency got the Calgary flood-cancelled Sled Island Festival set they didn’t get to have at TURF on July 4, 2013. Photo: Tom Beedham

Joel Plaskett Emergency got the Calgary flood-cancelled Sled Island Festival set they didn’t get to have at TURF on July 4, 2013. Photo: Tom Beedham

“I was looking forward to playing this in Calgary until it actually happened,” Joel Plaskett told the crowd at TURF while taking a break to introduce his band’s “Natural Disaster.”

The song took on a new personal meaning for the singer-songwriter when heavy rainfall and flooding in Calgary forced the organizers of the city’s Sled Island Festival to cancel shows for over 270 artists still scheduled to play, a headliner of which was Plaskett’s band.

Plaskett’s TURF performance was introduced as “the show that never happened, and then did happen.” The show the Emergency delivered was one Plaskett personally illustrated with all the emotions one can imagine experiencing over the course of such a narrative – all under a blue sky the band never got at Sled Island.

Originally published by The Ontarion.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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