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Monday, November 11, 2013

Backstage @folkawards - Celebrating Canada's Best Folk Artists

Well, if you're not a fan of folk artists, or Canadian folk artists, or Canada for that matter - this past weekend must have been tough on you following along on the Such Is Life posts.

I'd say that's NOT the case though, as my Calgary Folk Club review link has been the highest it has ever been since I began them, as I shared my thoughts of the opening night of nominee showcases. As of this morning, it is five times higher than the closest post for the rest of the views (although I must admit my Leon Russell review is burning up the view charts as well right now...).

So, despite missing Saturday night's showcases due to other commitments (Leon Russell), I had the chance to help out last night with working the social media feed for the Canadian Folk Music Twitter, along with a colleague beside me on another computer, and a third accomplice live-Tweeting from the audience.

Clearly, this has to be very close to how Santa is able to pull off Christmas in just one night. A team of well-organized behind-the-scenes maniacs working in tandem to flawlessly bring updates instantly to the audience that was actually watching the awards live, but as well to all those spread across the country that weren't so fortunate to be there themselves.

There were some surreal moments, like watching the artists gather together just before they went onstage to perform between award announcements. Canadian musical comic Lorne Elliott was pacing like a jungle cat before he went out and delighted the audience with his little guitar - and no, that's not a euphemism. He does have a very little guitar...

Trying to Tweet on my own feed in between, I had to scroll past all the tweets that were coming in from the team as we were tweeting them.

Sitting for over 3 1/2 hours though, I should maybe have been twerking while I was tweeting, because I was getting pretty tsore. Twattaya gonna do? It was worth it being part of an amazing night of celebrations here in Calgary - truth be told, no nominated artist should have gone home without a trophy. We are fortunate folks here in Canada, when it comes to our folk music..



Mrs That Dan Guy said...

A great night of recognition and celebration. Great job Calgary! Well done.

ThatDanGuy said...

That was just plain fun!!