Friday, December 16, 2011

I am in the Christmas "Gifts By artists" group show selling my dolls, currently up at Art Metropole, Toronto.
Two of my posters are in the PIN UP art show opening Thursday 15 December at 7pm at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art (1286 Bloor Street West, Toronto). Posters are available in limited editions of 5 at $75 each. Only 3 of each poster are available for purchase online - 2 posters are reserved for sale at the opening: all sales support Mercer Union’s exhibitions and public programs.

Running alongside the new works selected for PIN UP, Mercer Union will feature a special exhibition of Toronto gig posters drawn from guest curator Michael Parke-Taylor’s extensive collection. This show provides a rare opportunity to peak into the former AGO Curator of Modern Art’s personal archive of paste-up print design. The selection offers an eclectic index of posters for famous and not-so-famous musical acts who have performed in Toronto over the last fifteen years.

As well here is a sneak peek of the upcoming book of The Canadian Romantic book:


Thursday, December 1, 2011

KARAOKE KOLUMN

Oky Doky Karaoke

My first of a series of regular karaoke columns for The Onion Toronto AV Club is now out on the streets and online, read it here:
http://www.avclub.com/toronto/articles/oky-doky-karaoke-at-thai-one-on,65348/

Monday, November 28, 2011

Nice audio interview with my ole pal artist Jason Mclean, he says sweet things about me that made me misty eyed:
http://www.inkstuds.org/ ?p=3822

Scare Tactics

Watch me on Scare Tactics tonite, Much Music, 9 pm Eastern Standard time (it's on MTV if you are in America)...this one is in a scary gambling den!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

i only tell you this because i love you

I will be reading from “A Woman’s Guide To Self Love” and punctuating it with my own frequent interjections tonight (Thursday) at “I Only Tell you this because I love you: readings from discarded self-help books”, 8 pm, with Lauren Bride, Allison Cummings, Luke Garwood, Meghan McKnight, Kathleen Phillips, Lindy Zucker, and Matt Lemche, Musics from Blake Howard, 10 bux, all proceeds are part of an ongoing fund-raising campaign to support the artistic activity of Sore for Punching You, artistic-director Allison Cummings. 688 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

http://londonfuse.ca/auction/robert-dayton-sit-back-music

My pal Jason Mclean asked me to take part in a fundraiser in London, ON. So far no bids. oh well. So what else is new? Unsure if I like it, Jason said he liked it. I dunno.

All Night Painting

I was asked to be a saboteur in an all night painting competition conducted by Paul Butler at the Art Gallery of Ontario. (that’s me in red) The audience and other contestants did not know that this was my role. These are some of the things that I did:

I would show up to each challenge late.

I called my mother in front of all the other contestants complaining how I was older than them and had paid my dues, had a large CV, and didn’t need to win the prize of a show at the MOCCA because if I didn’t have a show there by now, it didn’t matter. My Mother was not in on it so she tried to talk me into it.

Very early on while I sat around looking depressed without making so much as one mark, one guy yelled at me to “Get to work!” so I told him to leap over the balcony and die. He cursed at me, I told him that there were children present. I kept staring at him. He was such a ruckus that security escorted him out. Security also kept their eye on me. My painting was a valiant effort that ended with the words, “I give up.”

The second challenge was to paint to a Neil Young tribute band. I kept yelling for songs off Trans, when they said that they didn’t know any I stormed off. I painted the words “music for dad” and “Neil young was smart- he left Canada” and an image of Neil young snoring.
For the third challenge I complained that I didn’t like the artist model so I painted a volunteer from the audience, I told her that I was doing her a favour so stop texting.

For challenge four I got people from the audience to paint for me. They asked if I wanted to see their painting. “No, I don’t care.”

Challenge six was to paint to a Guy Maddin film, a previously unseen one, never shown anywhere before starring a tranny, some oral, I painted for a bit then ran and leaped into my canvas. This was after another contestant had whipped some drunk obnoxious guy really hard with paint, he ripped her top off and she had to run and get changed.

Also I’d stare down the crowd a lot and grotesquely flirt with the girls. I painted the name of the corporate bank sponsor on my tee shirt (someone suggested this idea to me). After eating fish, I’d get people to smell my fingers. I also drank breast milk straight form the source. I couldn’t be that mean to the other contestants, I even gave massages by the end as some of them worked really hard and made some good paintings.

I think it was a success. I am still recuperating.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

BEES (!) - A TWO DAY EXTRAVAGANZA OF ART AND MUSIC



I will be pontificating on bees as The Canadian Romantic at this....dolls will be for sale.

The White House Studio will become an immersive honeycomb of hive activity as our next shindig reflects our questionable lack of judgement.
277.5 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, ON


Friday - Sept 30th - 9PM-2PM
OPENING NIGHT / RECEPTION
DJ PETER MALCOLM
ROBERT DAYTON IS THE CANADIAN ROMANTIC
(AND TBA)
& A Mad Honeycomb Dance Floor

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Opening for The World Provider Friday September 23rd!!!

That's right The Canadian Romantic is opening for The World Provider this Friday September 23rd 2011 at The Tranzac Main Hall (292 Brunswick Ave.)in Toronto.
GET THERE EARLY: I HIT THE STAGE AT 9 PM!
Also on the bill is tomboyfriend.
The World Provider has built a special stage set!

Check out this great video by The World Provider:


And there is a new batch of The Canadian Romantic dolls for sale at the show all glittered up just for youuuuu!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Canadian Romantic- Tonetta Video World Premiere!

Tonetta drops by to premiere his hot and hypnotic new smash video Platinum Balls, light topics are discarded.

Shot and edited by Craig Irving. Directed by Robert Dayton and Craig Irving.



The Canadian Romantic will be opening for The World Provider and tomboyfriend at The tranzac, Friday, September 23rd..!

July Fourth Toilet- recorded musical selections with wild footage

July Fourth Toilet music accompanied by silent footage of a glammed out show at The Brickyard, Vancouver, Canada, early 2000s? It's got bubbles, balloons, kisses and more!
July Fourth Toilet are Canada's wildest and most unpredictable band ever. July Fourth Toilet-Twinkle Bell/Land Of Fruit/ The Emblem Is In Your Control/ Sweet Gnome/ Deep Sea Diver

More here:
http://julyfourthtoilet.bandcamp.com/

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Great July Fourth Toilet review "White Album"

Well, it's slow having people realise that July Fourth Toilet are the wildest and most unpredictable Canadian band of all time!!!! (and I say this with modesty)

Review by Amy Lam from the new issue (#4) of Offerings (great paper available free around Toronto) of our White Album (PWYC from our bandcamp page):

“This is July Fourth Toilet making their way through the Beatles White Album. I did a song by song comparison and I think that about 50% July Fourth Toilet are better and 50% Beatles are better. I like the Beatles’ “Savoy Truffle” better. The Beatles are more straightforward about going to the dentist if you eat too many chocolates, which makes it actually more insane. July Fourth Toilet’s “Honey Pie” is someone asking “can we do a song off Rumours instead.” and they do, so it’s better NOT ONLY by virtue of concept. “Goodnight” by both bands is a tie in terms of whether or not you can actually listen to it while trying to relax in your bed. “Martha my Dear” by July Fourth Toilet is them playing the Beatles song at 3x speed on a record player. When iTunes 26 comes out you will be able to play July Fourth Toilet’s “My Guitar Gently Weeps” and hear the Beatles’ version. July Fourth Toilet are the best band in all of history and if you don’t like the Beatles you’re an idiot.”

http://julyfourthtoilet.bandcamp.com


Thursday, July 28, 2011

July Fourth Toilet- jody’s Back Show (Ms. T’s May 22 1999)

jody had disappeared from July Fourth Toilet for a while. A ritual was held to bring him back.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

HAPPENINGS

Bzzzy days...
This Thursday I am part of a Nirvana trib at The Silver Dollar singing a song.
Then Friday at the Comedy Bar The Canadian Romantic opens for Neil Hamburger! Get tix before it sells out! He's in town for two nites with Nick Flanagan but I will only be on the Friday bill....
....because my rock band WET DIRT plays its' first show with new mine-up opening for The Bon's album release with The Weirdies. On at 10:30. Bovine Sex Club.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

New video by The Canadian Romantic: so much mail

The Mailman shows up and is sad. Are you sad?
ENJOY!
He will also be opening for Neil Hamburger at The Comedy Bar, Friday July 15th, Toronto.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Last FEELINGS for a while.

Tuesday july 5th, The Beaver 1192 Queen West, 9ish PMish

is the last FEELINGS for a while, I have to take a ME-ternity leave

...but I was just in Montreal so I'll be playing some new records, yayyy! Prizes and projections by Eyesore, the neatest video store!
Midnite candlelight recitation by The Canadian Romantic...


FEELINGS is the creme brulee (but made with warm salty tears) of DJ nites.

"I do this for you, there is nothing else like this, the mood of the room is shaped by what I provide, I am so honed like a beam of light that the Midnight Candlelight Recitation will be intensely fashioned and crafted going to` places unexpected. I will make love to you with my voice and soul and musical selections, I don't care who you are, NO COVER but the cover of night.Your life energies need us, this is a nice city but a tad stiff, it needs a massage, my hands can do that, lower, lower, lower, lower....
My Midnight Candlelight recitation is always a hit with the people! What are recitations? Intense spoken reflections of the soul in a romantic manner. We are here to help you get through this mortal life. Have a request? I will fulfill you in a voice that has been trained and honed from the deepest core of my being. Close your eyes? Is this a record? No, it's me talking to you right now, there'll be records after."
FEELINGS is a special night where we spin music that you probably won’t normally hear. A boutique mix of :
ELUSIVE DREAMINGS/PRIVATE PRESSINGS/FREE FORMS/CAN CON CONCRETE/B SIDE EXCURSIONS/ELECTRONIC PRIMITIVA/EMOTIONS/EURO HORRORS/INTENSELY PERSONAL VISIONS/DEEP PSYCH/UN-EASY LISTENINGS AND BALLADS/PRISON SOUNDTRACKS/FANTASTIC JOURNEYS OF WONDER/ORGAN-ISMS/NEO-BAROQUE
With a midnight candlelight night recitation by The Canadian Romantic

This will be ...special.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

THE CANADIAN ROMANTIC DOLL

The Canadian Romantic doll to be sold at The Evening With The Canadian Romantic at Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre (3660, Boul. St-Laurent, 3e Étage) in Montreal this Saturday July 2nd. Drawn by Robert Dayton, screen printed and made by Philip Franklin, sewn and photographed by Madge Isabel Colleran. It’s a VERY limited supply! Each one comes glittered just like The Canadian Romantic himself!
Front:

Back:

Monday, June 27, 2011

MONTREAL: AN EVENING WITH THE CANADIAN ROMANTIC

If you are in Montreal….

Robert Dayton Junior Presents:
AN EVENING WITH THE CANADIAN ROMANTIC

Saturday July 2
Doors 7:45pm
Showtime: 8:30pm


Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre

3660, Boul. St-Laurent, 3e Étage
Montreal, QC

This will be a one of a kind evening that combines large amounts of shared laughter with soft music and unsettling feelings of desire…!

Robert Dayton’s most recent project is his series of videos and performances as the persona of The Canadian Romantic, a melodramatic figure of faded glamour who tries to bridge the gap between Canada and romance with somewhat dubious results…. Some key Canadian Romantic videos will be played and a BRAND NEW VIDEO will be unveiled! The Canadian Romantic himself will be performing live, taking topic suggestions from the crowd for his infamous impromptu candlelight Recitations. Expect glittery Bon Mots aplenty from a man of way too much experience. You will come alive with laughter feeling like you’ve woken up at an undisclosed time with make up smeared across your face.

After that will be a curated tour of the forgotten musical Recitation genre, which also includes the notion of famous Ac-tor as Singer: expect the plummy tones of Telly Savalas, Bruno Gerussi, Richard Harris, and a few glorious unknowns! This musical genre has been a key influence on The Canadian Romantic.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FEELINGS: I LOVE ROBIN GIBB EDITION TONITE (TUESDAY JUNE 21st)

Join us tonite, Tuesday, June 21st, at The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West) as we celebrate Robin Gibb starting at 9:30 Pm with the velveteen double album melodramatic orch-pop opus Odessa by the Bee Gees. THIS IS A DOUBLE ALBUM ABOUT A SINKING SHIP! NOT DISCO! REMOVE THE STIGMA FOR GREAT SIBLING HARMONIZING ORCH-POP! It was the single from this album that made Robin leave the act and his brothers to make two solo albums Robin's Reign and the rare, precious, and unreleased Sing Slowly Sisters: we'll be playing both! Melancholia, speed, and strings, and drum machine. It's like "There's A Riot Goin on" if Sly Stone was a skinny white Commonwealther with bad teeth. We'll also be playing The Bee Gees without Robin, the Bee Gees with Robin back in the band, and some early 80s electro pop work by Robin. And more!
If you think The Bee Gees were only about disco, you couldn't be more wrong....I'll be mostly spinning some great maudlin orch-pop!

Read this:
http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/229/
Prizes and projections by Eyesore Cinema.
Robert Dayton, Junior Presents FEELINGS with D.J. Body Beautiful and a midnight candlelight night recitation by The Canadian Romantic at the Beaver (1192 Queen west)




See The Canadian Romantic's videos here:
www.youtube.com/thecanadianromantic



"I do this for you, there is nothing else like this, the mood of the room is shaped by what I provide, I am so honed like a beam of light that the Midnight Candlelight Recitation will be intensely fashioned and crafted going to` places unexpected. I will make love to you with my voice and soul and musical selections, I don't care who you are, NO COVER but the cover of night.Your life energies need us, this is a nice city but a tad stiff, it needs a massage, my hands can do that, lower, lower, lower, lower....
My Midnight Candlelight recitation is always a hit with the people! What are recitations? Intense spoken reflections of the soul in a romantic manner. We are here to help you get through this mortal life. Have a request? I will fulfill you in a voice that has been trained and honed from the deepest core of my being. Close your eyes? Is this a record? No, it's me talking to you right now, there'll be records after."
FEELINGS is a special night where we spin music that you probably won’t normally hear. A boutique mix of :
ELUSIVE DREAMINGS/PRIVATE PRESSINGS/FREE FORMS/CAN CON CONCRETE/B SIDE EXCURSIONS/ELECTRONIC PRIMITIVA/EMOTIONS/EURO HORRORS/INTENSELY PERSONAL VISIONS/DEEP PSYCH/UN-EASY LISTENINGS AND BALLADS/PRISON SOUNDTRACKS/FANTASTIC JOURNEYS OF WONDER/ORGAN-ISMS/NEO-BAROQUE
With a midnight candlelight night recitation by The Canadian Romantic

This will be ...special.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

RIOTA

This seems currently apropos for vancouver. July Fourth Toilet's cover of Destroyer's Riota into Wings' Jet:



Speaking of July Fourth Toilet and Macca: July Fourth Toilet- The White Album cassette
From 1994, July Fourth Toilet’s version of The White Album. Our 1st release, previously only on cassette, before we played live, different and much more difficult than our other stuff, but still pure Toilet. Some folks in Frisco used to drop acid to this. I dare you to listen to it in one sitting!
http://julyfourthtoilet.bandcamp.com/album/white-trash-album-cassette


As well, the Gonzales' movie Ivory Tower that I am in plays Friday at 2 PM at The Toronto Underground Cinema:
http://www.nowtoronto.com/movies/story.cfm?content=181253

If you are in Berlin, my Y2K Compatible zine is sharing shelf space with Becky Johnson's at Wunderkabinet which is as Becky states, "a now-travelling series of themed contemporary curiosity collections that sets in in instalments around berlin's art and craft sphere. it is all curated and maintained by leah buckareff. The current incarnation is housed at etsy's berlin/international headquarters in a modular construction called 'the turtle'. I hear there is an arm chair there and possible some floor cushions to support comfortable and easy literary perusal."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WET DIRT

Ah hello.
So WET DIRT has a new line-up, got kinda of a late nite street strut to this 4 piece rock band. WE ARE READY TO PLAY! Come forth!
Meanwhile a couple ruff mixes of the original line-up are posted here:
http://wetdirt.bandcamp.com/

ta!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Download Something For Everyone

Here I am 39...riding a cusp...freshly turned...and fully frustrated at the rate of 12 dollars/hr...ah yes, birthdays and thos eold frustrations come up as I ask, "What am I doing with my life?" Where to next, big boy? Gonna see if you can make things happen outside of anti-charismatic Canada? Good luck!Ha ha! Shit, got to do my gratitude list: okay, talent to spare (it'd be nice if backers noticed, like "Hellooo!" okay Robert enuff...), a sweet GF, I don't look hard done by, able to eat everyday, playing in a band that is sounding kick-ass (now if only the world can hear it...Robert, ENOUGH!...)...
I am archiving as much July 4th Toilet as I can. With the second album up, the first album "Something For Everyone" is finally up for 'pay what you like' (including free) download with reviews et al...
We recorded it with intent of making a warm pop album, to make people feel loved.
Listening to it now I'd say, it's a really great charming album with the only real weak spots being some of my vocals, sigh, it was my first album...I'd love to recut the vocals on a few of those tracks, c'est la vie, adds to the off kilter, enjoy:
http://julyfourthtoilet.bandcamp.com/album/something-for-everyone

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

FEELINGS presents: Children's music edition, Tuesday May 24th!

TONITE! 9 pm- 1 am! sooo excited!
My collection of children's music is simply too large so I have selected the WILDEST stuff !!!!
There'll be cookies plus: a midnite candlelight Recitation by The Canadian Romantic!

Robert Dayton Junior presents: FEELINGS: Children's Music Edition
Yes, we will be getting way out and into the dementia of old Children's records with their technical innovations, free expression, and even their curious religious viewpoints!
Note: RAFFI free zone!
DJ Body Beautiful will spin the electronic wizardry of Raymond Scott and Bruce Haack; the production wildness of Spike Jones and David Seville; the charming grace and wit of Jim Copp and Ed Brown; the shoddy, drunken puppetry of Funtown; the fuzz guitar super hero themed explosions of The Super Dupers; the Christian country Chipmunks rip offs of Floyd Robinson's Charlie The Hamster and friends; the bubblegum glam of Rock Fantasy and Clyde The Guitar Playing Elephant; the anti-abortion messages of Little Marky...and more!

Note: this event is 19 and over, children shouldn't hear some of this music anyways...it's disturbing (especially Little Markie)
Projections and Prizes by Eyesore Video!
No cover but blankies!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

DOWNLOAD THE 2ND JULY FOURTH TOILET LP

For those who want MP3s of July Fourth Toilet's highly regarded 2nd album (with links to how to get the vinyl), it can be had for any price including FREE!, note: the first half of the album is verrry different from the second half, more surprises will be posted soon:http://julyfourthtoilet.bandcamp.com

Feel free to feel free and to tell any interested parties.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

July Fourth Toilet Rock n Roll Show Nov 13th, 1998

July Fourth Toilet Rock n Roll Show Nov 13th, 1998 Some folks on here didn’t know me in the olde days and wonder what I was like…heh heh…here’s one of the worst. Enjoy! Rated PG. The nudity has been blurred.

The insufferable frontman gets so drunk that he has a black out on stage. One of the messier July Fourth Toilet shows.
Their next show was an Apology show, a romantic pop set that apologised for this one with a fruit basket and corsage for one lucky audience member (Evan Symons).

For those not in the know, July Fourth Toilet is an act we formed in 1994 in Vancouver with a mandate of no 2 shows the same, this show’s theme was Rock n Roll. Almost all songs had Rock in the title except for Henske/Yester’s Snowblind et al…this was a more pared down line-up, vids currently on YouTube and future YouTube posts will show some different folks in the band. Our last shows were at The Vancouver Art gallery and Pub 340 for our 2nd album Balls Boogie (available through Art Metropole’s site click here )…we will play again one day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I'll wipe your tears, Canada....

(Though this may just be a sign from God to leave the country, can I take it as a personal sign aimed directly at me?)...

Sometimes I feel that I can relate to a vast majority of people then an election reminds me that I really just live in an easily pierced bubble that doesn't even make a neat sound when it does get pierced.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Today is the day where you can either vote for a Harper Government or a Canadian Government.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I am performing as The Canadian Romantic tonite, Sunday, Toronto, at Hour Of Power Easter Special - one night only at Unlovable (1415B Dundas St W) hosted by Nick Flanagan...
I think I may completely improvise it based on audience suggested topics....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I must amend previous post by adding, "...must...never...take...self... so damned seriously!"
Part of this is by doing tardy self- promo.
Here's something for tonight:

FEELINGS

If you are in Toronto this Tuesday April 19th, I will be spinning as DJ Body Beautiful at The Beaver (1192 Queen west) for FEELINGS. No cover but the cover of nite. 9-1 with a Midnite Candlelight Recitation by The Canadian Romantic. I will be premiering the hot new Kanye West track entitled, "DJ Body Beautiful Is A Better Tastemaker Than Me, So It's Best If You Just Let Him Spin Music By Disfigured Gospel Singers, Don't Even Play My Song At All."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

BLOATED SELF IMPORTANCE

Congested and tired which means that I am on edge. Yesterday I went to the post office. I went in looking at the employee thinking, "You better not blah blah blah" or "If you do blah blah blah, I'll be so pissed!" And the guy was actually super sweet and helpful! I could have killed him. What are those kind of counter-active thoughts called? I hate having them.
Doing a blog sweep yesterday I went in being too hard on myself. Not too much was swept (elements of libel). I left some elements of morbid self-pity and bloated self-importance. Blogs really help to facilitate bloated self-importance. Look at me! Look at me! Hey everybody, look at me! I can wiggle my hips! Whoah! A tree just fell in the forest. Maybe the word 'blog' should only be used in the singular. Blog really help to facilitate self-importance. Thaaaat's better.
Ya know, I think I am fucking coo-coo. Reflection and sparked reminders. Mental elements that show that I am kinda, well, crazy. Sigh. Plum loco.
I'm seeing character traits in myself that I despise, that really need work. I am certainly better than I was, but my warped social instinct needs to get straightened. The fact that I can get so defensive. I am certainly less passive-aggressive than I used to be but I have been seeing taunting glimmers of it lately.
When I feel socially awkward I must gab less and listen more, unless I am cornered by someone dull then I should just jet!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SPRING CLEANING

I think that I may remove some of the more embarrassing, self-pitying, and frantic blog posts (even though my head is congested today). Will I be able to get to them all? And won't I want some sort of record which shows that, yes, I am half-crazy?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

FEELINGS/ISSUES

I forgot to plug this and it's happening tonite! Toozday nite!
BRAND NEW! Alternating every Tuesday nite at The Beaver (1192 Queen Street west)!
Issues and Feelings!

This Tuesday (April 5th) Robert Dayton, Junior Presents FEELINGS with D.J. Body Beautiful and a midnight candlelight night recitation by The Canadian Romantic
See The Canadian Romantic's videos here:
www.youtube.com/thecanadianromantic



"I do this for you, there is nothing else like this, the mood of the room is shaped by what I provide, I am so honed like a beam of light that the Midnight Candlelight Recitation will be intensely fashioned and crafted going to` places unexpected. I will make love to you with my voice and soul and musical selections, I don't care who you are, NO COVER but the cover of night.Your life energies need us, this is a nice city but a tad stiff, it needs a massage, my hands can do that, lower, lower, lower, lower....
My Midnight Candlelight recitation is always a hit with the people! What are recitations? Intense spoken reflections of the soul in a romantic manner. We are here to help you get through this mortal life. Have a request? I will fulfill you in a voice that has been trained and honed from the deepest core of my being. Close your eyes? Is this a record? No, it's me talking to you right now, there'll be records after."
FEELINGS is a special night where we spin music that you probably won’t normally hear. A boutique mix of :
ELUSIVE DREAMINGS/PRIVATE PRESSINGS/FREE FORMS/CAN CON CONCRETE/B SIDE EXCURSIONS/ELECTRONIC PRIMITIVA/EMOTIONS/EURO HORRORS/INTENSELY PERSONAL VISIONS/DEEP PSYCH/UN-EASY LISTENINGS AND BALLADS/PRISON SOUNDTRACKS/FANTASTIC JOURNEYS OF WONDER/ORGAN-ISMS/NEO-BAROQUE
With a midnight candlelight night recitation by The Canadian Romantic

This will be ...special.

Then Tuesday April 12th Lorenz Peter Presents: Issues with DJ LP playing Space Disco, Canadian synthpop & new wave vinyl! etc... 10:00 till close.
Lorenz is a talented musician and artist in his own right with unique personal visions whether it's playing synths and FX in Corpusse, making his Vermillion Sands style alien landscape paintings, or his crazy ass comix!To Hurting People

Since we are struggling with pain, even at this moment, we have first hand knowledge of what it is like to experience the silence of God. Sometimes the immense loneliness of pain-whether physical, mental or emotional-is completely overwhelming!
As you listen to us spin, let the music wash over your brokenness as great healing waves of God’s merciful love until you hear the music once again.

From our hearts to yours,
D.J. Body Beautiful and DJ LP

Monday, April 4, 2011

still time to bid

See the previous post about the auction?
The

art auction is almost over, up at the Gladstone until April 5 from 12-5pm each day
(free admission). Act fast.
Bidding on my painting will not only help Japan, it will help my fragile ego. Oh, and there's plenty of other great art as well.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Toronto Loves Japan

This is my piece being auctioned off for The Toronto Loves Japan auction, happening at The Gladstone tonite (April 1st) 7-10 PM. Tell any pals with an excess of money. It's for a great cause (did you hear about Japan?), my man Shayne Ehman (Lord Falcon) asked me to be involved, no hesitation. $20 suggested admission (includes raffle ticket)

*Special one night only auction and raffle with art gifts and surprises*

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Sonja Ahlers, Paul Aloisi, Nicholas Aoki, Stephen Appleby-Barr, Andrew Remington Bailey, Ashley Barron, Marc Bell, Diego Bergia, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Shary Boyle, Mat Brown, Robin Cameron, Tyler Clark-Burke, Trudie Cheng, Mark Connery, Robert Dayton, Taku Dazai, Brett Despotovich, Yuri Didrichsons, Nicholas DiGenova, Brian Donnelly, Dave Dyment, Shayne Ehman, Matthew Feyld, Melissa Fisher, Brendan Flanagan, Theo Gallaro, James Gardner, Shannon Gerard, Dana Gils, Heather Goodchild, Adrian Hayles, Heydon Park Artists, Sachi Hirano, Derrick Hodgson, Jay Isaac, Melinda Josie, Nathan Jurevicius, Adrienne Kammerer, Kozyndan, Nobuo Kubota, Chris Kuzma, Patrick Kyle, Christy Langer, Aaron Leighton, Tessar Lo, Amy Lockhart, Jamiyla Lowe, Derek Mainella, Chris Martin, Megan McKenzie, Jason Mclean, Alex McLeod, Julie Moon, Jennifer Murphy, Alicia Nauta, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Noel Middleton, Luke Painter, Roula Parthenou, Sandy Plotnikoff, Brad Phillips, Katherine Piro, Andrew Pommier, Lauchie Reid, Tony Romano, Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai, Tania Sanhueza, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Seth Scriver, Emiko Sekiguchi, German Shible, Lisa Smolkin, Jordan Sonenberg, Jennie Suddick, Derek Sullivan, Team Macho, Jon Todd, Michael Toke, Celeste TooGood, Karen Tracanelli, Howie Tsui, Brett Tyler, Lara Vincent, Andrew Waite, Meichen Waxer, Jacob Whibley, Billy Bert Young, Hyun-Chung Yu and Balint Zsako.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Canadian Romantic - Episode Twelve: Real Mail

The Mailman brings The Canadian Romantic a letter that sparks an urgent message to all Canadians and then some!
Episode 12 - Real Mail
Directed By Robert Dayton & Craig Irving
Written By Robert Dayton (with Chris Locke)
Shot and Edited By Craig Irving

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Canadian Romantic - Episode Eleven: Mail Ritual

BRAND NEW EPISODE! Yayyy! It's been a while...

This time around the mailman brings The Canadian Romantic a letter from Jason Mclean...
If you enjoy this please feel free to share with your loved ones, we're making it for the pleasure of people...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

perpetual neuroses machine

Creative neuroses. A common theme.
Often perpetual.
"Oooh, Robert are you ever satisfied?", my close pals ask.
PREPARE TO BE WHINED! ...again...perhaps one day I can dine.
I am currently hustling and pitching good albums to labels, a strong book project to publishers. And it can drive me crazy. I certainly get enough validation and approval from trusted sources. Yes, I know that they are good and not just taking up space. Often people are totally surprised that I've never had a label or publisher before. I look bigger than I am, people often think that I am totally set up. I know that with a couple of the projects I've had some people say, "I can't believe that no one's released this" which just messes my mind further. With some labels that I pitch to I get "This is really great" a lot but nothing further. Sometimes they act like they just know someone else will put it out. The worst feedback that I have received (so far) was from one publisher, a publisher I respect, that is known as being notoriously picky, telling me that my work wasn't "polished" enough which made sense to me at the time as much of their books are rather technically refined and precise, but then weeks later I saw that one of their latest books looked like a bunch of crude finger paintings and I asked myself, "What's the audience for this? Who would want to buy this?"
I'm not supposed to let it get to me. It's outside of my control, right? Just move on to the next one (I did). It's eating me up inside.And I can't get bitter...again, I've taken measures to not get bitter (again), even moving to a new city.
The thing I am most sick of hearing when I tell random people that I am searching for labels/publishers of pretty much any size (but the right fit, etcetera) is, "Why don't you just do it yourself?"
From now on, I will respond by banging a table and yelling, "Do you know who I am? Do you know the things that I have done? Oh, you don't? Well! For near on twenty years now I have been self-publishing numerous little mags, even a newspaper, etc., and have even- with various acts- released half a dozen albums, numerous tours to strong response. Not to mention the numerous performances, art shows, and mags I've contributed to. Hmm. And you don't know this...perhaps it's because it's had no backing! I repeat: no backing!" Many of these projects that I do have garnered more attention than some of the stuff out there that actually has backing but, because it was DIY it lacked decent distribution (case in point: a rave review from a noted authority causes people in England to want to get an album of mine but the 'distributor' tells them it's sold out- tho it's rather not). I'm told that I am the most known unknown source. I'm not deliberately trying to be obscure. I'd like to create (communicate/express) unhindered and not lose money. Many of my peers and collaborators are garnering well deserved success so that they can develop and grow and do what they do and do it well with something to say. I sometimes have to hear a few of them complain about their lack of acclaim, yet they have labels, or complain about their Italian dealers, yet they actually have dealers, or having to tour, yet they have booking agents and huge shows...I love them but it can be hard for me to listen to sometimes.
I'll admit that some of this sounds like horn tooting, some of you readers of this blog know my history and output- that's how you found this blog- but some of you don't so I have to back up my complaining. How much do these feelings of mine stem from a sense of entitlement? Hmm. Well, is it really too much to want backing after putting so much into it? There is a sense of ego at play here that mixes in with a sense of selflessness, of considering the audience, to make sure that it is relatable yet not banal. Cynics seem drawn to my work. Another ridiculous notion is one of focus when it's obvious I raise a high bar for each project, maybe I should ask James Franco to put his name to it. Or Banksy (yuck).
By writing these thoughts am I sabotaging greater successes? Shattered illusions. I feel like I created multiple mythos long ago so does that even matter, or is the constant reinvention at stake? Nobody knows that I am actually 200 years old (as someone suggested the other day) so the youth culture chips don't need to be cashed in (bless you Debbie Harry).
I've been learning to let go, to not force things, but those feelings have been creeping up again.
I can't stop creating, it's a force working through me that keeps emanating, anti-block, it's spiritual, still it actually feels more spiritual when I feel like I am working towards something...
I'm tired and I don't know what the fuck I am doing wrong. I'd just love to know so I can improve and grow and make things happen.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

YESTERDAZE

Tonite (Saturday Feb 26 at Dbl Dbl Land, 209 Augusta) I'll be the host of a bar called "YESTERDAZE" for a celebration of the release of young mother's limited edition cassette, "collected works for solo piano"

This newest (it doesn't even exist yet), hottest club in toronto, "YESTERDAZE" is opening for one night only before it closes to make way for a waste disposal plant.

preemptively pegged as "the most authentic vintage experience of 2525", by none other than cultural icon/cartoon wizard walt disney, who has been freshly revived from cryogenic stasis for this very event.

in an effort to enhance your clubbing experience, there will be free nutritional supplements available throughout the evening.

this is not an evening to be missed.

featuring performances by:

nick flanagan
http://www.myspace.com/nickflanagan

half automaat (carl didur)
http://soundcloud.com/zacht-automaat

huckleberry friends
http://www.myspace.com/huckleberryfriends

young mother
http://soundcloud.com/young_mother

environment by:

xenia benivolski
joele walinga
augustina saygnavong
jesse james laderoute

drinks by:

juliann wilding

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2 LIVE Canadian Romantic appearances...

Doing two Canadian Romantic performances in Toronto Wednesday and Thursday:

The Box
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W (backroom)
Wednesday, February 23 · 8:00pm - 11:30pm
The Box invites you to our winter evening of short words, film, performance and music by:
Claudia Dey
Robert Dayton
Dr Ew
Lynne Heller
Kathleen Phililips
Annette Mangaard
Annie Onyi Cheung
John Southworth
+ door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, Grain Magazine, Hunter and Cook, Mercer Union, Pedlar Press, Public, The Malahat Review, Matrix, Shameless, Tightrope Books, Transit Publishing, Worn Journal and others.
The Box is a quarterly salon night of readings, performances, screenings, interventions and networking that aims to bring diverse communities and audiences into an environment of artistic and social intermingling.

The Parkdale Comedy Experiment
The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W.
Thursday, Feb. 24th 9-12.
Come laugh and funny jokes and trade weird stuff at the bodega!
Don't forget about the meat raffle!? YOU DESERVE IT!
Hosted by Conor Holler & Sara Hennessey
This months guests:
Robert Dayton
Sexy Girl Party w. Sleepover Dad
sketch by Ladystache
Improv by Falcon Powder!
And music by Jenna Rogers.
9pm, $3

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

sigh, I hate when I post a vid here, the sidebar covers part of it up...this appears to be a recent problem....

The Canadian Romantic- Valentine's Day Special

This is way too belated, sigh, better late than never, shit happens, the sentiment holds....

Monday, January 31, 2011

CATS! And other animals...

Oh hello...
Bit of a headcold.
Congestion.
Moving forward...
Working a bit more on the book and other projects.
I now have a tumblr where I mostly post random ephemera:

http://robertdayton.tumblr.com/

The Canadian Romantic is now on Twitter, follow him:
https://twitter.com/TheCanRomantic

And here is the latest Canadian Romantic vid: Episode Ten: Cats! And other animals..., if ya like, link it up, tell pals:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

last minute deejaying....tonite....

It is January 25th and I deejay tonite at The Ossington (61 Ossington).
Last minute!
Informal FEELINGS!
9 pm
Midnite Candlelight Recitation.
I'll spin this:

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Canadian Romantic: Wind Of Mail

I am told that this is the most depressing day of the year. I don't feel it. the day's not over yet. Do you feel it? Here's a video. Hope you no longer feel that but feel the video, feel me. Feel free to repost, link, love, et al, if you like like like.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Canadian Romantic: Your Mail

If ya dig it, feel free to link, repost, comment, I want as many people to see as possible this weekly series....

Monday, January 10, 2011

FEINT

I perform as part of Feint of Hart again this Thursday, so good, it's free and it inventively mixes comedy with music and multimedia and costumes and more, yes yes. So nice to be asked to be a part. This is part four but no matter, just go enjoy the continuing story of an all male Naval academy's regular talent show...
In the Arbor Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
DOORS 9PM
SHOW 10PM SHARP
FREE


I'd blog more when I was aching and breaking open spilling guts, things go awry.
And now?
I feel fine.
I feel just fine.
Shouldn't I blog then? Or is this just a platform to complain, not praise. Oh exalted!
Someone added me as a friend. They had some sort of piercing that marked them as a self-described individual in broad brushstrokes. It kept me from blogging. The act of blogging felt so inflated and self-important. Get out of myself.