Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Best Christmas This Year

      “We pause to acknowledge life’s sorrow in order that
              we may be set free to embrace life’s joy.”     
It’s been quite a year. Quite. A. Heavy. Year.

The wonderfully talented Drew Smith (The Bicycles, Gentlemen Of Leisure, Dr. Ew) and myself have recorded a brand new X Mas song for you and yours to listen to and enjoy, feel free to spread it along : Lots of love,

Monday, December 10, 2012

Drippy Gazette 4

Drippy Gazette 4 has been posted on Canadian Comics Archive and it's real real good, cover by Marc Bell and back cover and article on goat glander Dr Brinkley by Julian Lawrence, interview with the late Tom Ardolino on song-poems/The Shaggs, Rock Fantasy pinup bar-rock legend Gordie Walker by Srena McCarroll (he was an amazing interview), TV Movie Reviews by my late Mother, comics by James Lloyd, Owen Plummer, Colin Upton, chunky soup reviews, so much, this was my fave issue so far, proud of it:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Canned Hamm and Friends- Sincerely Christmas

Guess what’s up on Bandcamp in time for X Mas? That’s right our Canned Hamm x Mas album of all original soon to be Christmas standards! For your listening pleasure! With guests Hamster Hamm, Little Baby Jesus, Neil Hamburger, Salty The Snake and more! Meditation, pomp, hip hop, funk, and singalongs and more! Still on iTunes and CD Baby as well. Feel free to share the cheer!:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Santa Attraction Poster

Check it out! Santa Attraction Poster! Just in time for X Mas! CHEAP! X Mas colours & risograph printed by Color Code. 8 and a half by 11. Available here:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Canadian Romantic Doll Video

New video showcasing the doll, in very limited supply, if you want to avoid the perils of postage the doll is for sale at Eyesore Video in Toronto (along with winking wallet sized photos) ....

And here's the Eyesore video:

Friday, November 23, 2012

Horror Hangover

Drawing I made for  Horror Hangover opening Friday November 23, 2012 7-11pm. “A Horror Hangover” looks at what happens after a horrific event. Do things get better or is it all going horribly wrong. Curated by Robin McConnell from Inkstuds, the radio show about comics.

Featured artists include: Josh Bayer, Jordyn Bochon, Max Clotfelter, Al Columbia, Rebecca Dart, Robert Dayton, Michael Deforge, Sean Esty, Aidan Fitzgerald, Sean Ford, Brian Fukushima, Ben Horak, K Thor Jensen, Keith Jones, Aidan Koch, Sloane Leong, Jason T Miles, Roman Muradov, Marc Palm, Joel Rich, Jim Rugg, James Stranton Kaz Strzepek, Tom Van Deusen, Jen Vaughn, Charmaine Verhagen, Malachi Ward, Lale Westvind, White Swallows, Tracey Widdess and much more... 752 East Broadway, Vancouver.

Drippy Gazette 3 – 1999 | Canadian Comics Archive

Check it out! The Drippy Gazette #3 from 1999 has been posted to the Canadian Comics Archive! It has an interview with Don Bolles on song-poems and Christian ventriloquist albums, comics by James Lloyd, Owen Plummer, Jason Mclean, Julian Lawrence, cover by Robin Konstabaris, a talk with Ted Dave, the creator of Buy Nothing Day, a huge wrestling feature by Louis Cyphre, Rock Fantasy Pin Ups Capozzi Park photographed by Serena Marie McCarroll (take note: Marcy Emery Scott Gubbels Lutherie Steven Balogh)…AND OF COURSE, my fave, TV Movie Reviews by my dear departed Mom!
Click here: 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pagelicker 03: Miriam Toews

Check it out, new Pagelicker! Miriam Toews!: I've become a big fan of her darkly funny, well-written books and she was a real trooper for this interview on a super hot day:

  Pagelicker 3.0: Miriam Toews from Hazlitt on Vimeo.

Speakeasy Ball This Thursday!

Check it out! I'll be attending and selling a  few wares at the "shameless self-promotion" table for art, zines and other handmade items (browse, sell, swap!) at the Speak Easy Ball this Thursday, November 22nd at Cinecycle (Coachhouse of 401 Richmond, Toronto) which looks like it'll be a super fun event!
The night has a 20's speak easy theme and features performances by: Catalina Fellay, flamenco dancer, Meredith J. Thompson, dancer, Erin Stone, soprano. Plus loads of jazz and music from the era to get you petting and swinging! $25 gets you a glass of their headiest libations and a spread of treats and illicit delectables. There will be a photographer on site, so please dress to impress. Plus they'll be giving away a potent prize. Buy advance tickets here:
Tickets will also be available at the door.
This event is presented by Dance Collection Danse, who will be launching their brand-new website for young professionals and podcast at this event. Founded in 1986, Dance Collection Danse is Canada's national dance archives and publisher dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Canadian theatrical dance history. To learn more about this exciting nonprofit organization, please visit

Thursday, November 8, 2012

rock with C-R!!

Tonetta found a new use for The Canadian Romantic doll that I gave him!

Available here:

‘Does Even Thinking About Him Give Him More Power?’

Drawing by Robert Dayton entitled ‘Does Even Thinking About Him Give Him More Power?’ for ‘Reality Bites’ art show.

Friday, November 2, 2012


 “I’m sorry about your loss…”
“Yeah, it’s been…hard.”
“I actually had a cousin pass away around the same time.”
“Oh, were you close?”
“Not really, no.”
“I was close to his wife who’s actually my cousin.”
“Ah, must be hard on her. My grief has manifested itself physically which is why I’ve been sick.”
“Sorry, but I have something pressing to take care of and need to get back to it.”


I have an artwork in the REALITY BITES art show happening in Vancouver. It's the final show at Little Mountain (195 East 26th ave) and has a lotta artists (Karin Bubas, Ann Grant, I Braineater, etcetera) commenting on reality shows, I will post an image of my Trump work for the show here soon.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Onion joke

PARIS, TX—After having his cat neutered, Alec McKeon started treating it like his own personal, fur-covered court eunuch.,30110/

Friday, October 26, 2012

Printed Matter....

You can now buy my book 'The Canadian Romantic' at Printed Matter in New York, order from them as well:

In Montreal, my winking wallet sized pics are available at Monastiraki (5478 Blvd. St-Laurent)...

And, of course, both are on Etsy....

Pagelicker #2: Emily Schultz

"Host Robert Dayton speaks with Emily Schultz, author most recently of The Blondes—a novel about a plague in New York city that turns blonde women rabid."
  Pagelicker 2.0: Emily Schultz from Hazlitt on Vimeo.

Or go to:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Old Canadian Voices from The Toronto Onion

(the second one)

(the third one)

(the third one)

(the second one)

(the third one)

(the third one)

Thanks to John O'Hara for the scans I may scan some more if I get the energy....sigh.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Karaoke at The Beaver Sunday

I am hosting karaoke at The Beaver (1192 Queen West, Toronto)  this Sunday,'ll be wiiiilllld and glittery!
oh, and here's something from issue 8 of Dirty Plotte, that's a teeny bopper me singing karaoke in the lower right corner. Comic by my old pal and collaborator Julian Lawrence.

Gentlemen of Leisure video

Not only is this a delightful song by two talented 'lads', it's also the first filmic evidence of my new wet look:
Gentlemen of Leisure - Crying In The Dawn from D'Main Friends on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Hey guys! Back in 1999 I co-created, co-edited with Julian and Lester, wrote stuff, drew stuff, for a paper called The Drippy Gazette full of ent’ainment and comics and music! The Canadian Comics Archive has just posted issue 2 online, c-c-check it out! (issue 1 is up, too!) This ish has stuff on song-poems with a Phil Milstein interview, TV movie reviews by my Mom, comics by Owen Plummer, Shayne Ehman, and Robin Bougie, and loads more!
Link here:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Canadian Romantic doll, winking pics, and book!

The Canadian Romantic doll available on Etsy! Here:

Photo by Serena McCarroll (a.k.a. Hand Model)

As well as The Canadian Romantic art book:


Montreal!: OFF THE CHARTS: THE SONG-POEM STORY w/ Live Song-Poems / Prestations de “Song-Poems” Par / By Robert Dayton!

Montreal, check it out! With Malcolm Fraser and Steve Balogh I will revive the improvised song-poem tradition of Vancouver band July Fourth Toilet, creating songs on the spot from lyrics brought in by the audience! This is following a terrific doc on song-poems!

Jamie Meltzer | É.-U. 2003 | 54 min.
23 SEPT, 18h00, FILM BOX
(Quartiers POP – 3450 St-Urbain, 3rd Flr)
with live song poems from Robert Dayton and Friends!
Like a warped fun-house mirror, the song-poem industry has run parallel to the mainstream music business for close to a century; it’s estimated that over 200,000 song-poems have been recorded since 1900. The genre’s durability can be traced to three of our deepest American desires – to be in show business, to get rich quick, and to share and express our deepest feelings. We meet several of the “songwriters” – from an elderly woman to a young African-American man to a small-town Iowan with big-time dreams – each of whom has been in the “business” for awhile, churning out odd compositions that cover the waterfront of American obsessions, from Jesus to genitalia, from politics to Elvis. We also meet the producers (often known as song-sharks) who hold out the tantalizing promise of fame to their eager customers, and the has-been musicians who sit in studios, day after day and year after year, interpreting some of the weirdest lyrics ever written. Through fellow musicians and his son, Ellery Eskelin, one of the most eloquent fans of song-poem records, we learn about the life and tragic death of the man aficionados consider the greatest song-poem interpreter of all time, Rodney Keith Eskelin. Using a variety of stage names, this would-be classical composer brought an eerie beauty to many of the song-poems he recorded before ending his career and life by jumping onto a Hollywood freeway. Off the Charts is a fascinating look at one of the strangest subcultures in our American landscape.

Job Joke

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Drippy Gazette issue one now online!

Hey guys! Back in 1999 I co-created, co-edited, wrote stuff, drew stuff, for a paper called The Drippy Gazette full of ent’ainment and comics and music! The Canadian Comics Archive has posted issue 1 online, c-c-check it out! This ish has stuff on recordio discs, TV movie reviews by my Mom, and loads more!
CLICK HERE: Drippy Gazette 1 – 1999 | Canadian Comics Archive

The Canadian Romantic opens for Neil Hamburger

Toronto! The Canadian Romantic is opening for Neil Hamburger and JP, Inc at the Comedy Bar (945 Bloor west) on Friday, Sept 14th and Saturday, Sept 15th! 10:30 PM. Tix available in advance.
 There will be dolls, winking wallet sized pics, and books available for sale.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Max Burger

Check it out: one of the craziest and most oddly, crudely rendered comics in my collection is up on The Canadian Comics Archive! It features a burger who's a private dick! the strip club dance sequence must be seen to be believed! Click the link! DO IT!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Reading Nook

I have stuff in this! What a great poster! Opening Friday August 3rd:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vivian Stanshall- Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead

One of my favourite albums (I wrote about it in “Lost In the Grooves: Neglected Records”) has finally been reissued after all this time!!!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Canadian Romantic Talks With Bobby Conn

ENJOY! Also opening for Mac Demarco August 1st at Parts and Labour, Toronto. Dolls are back in stock as is art book. Lenticular photos coming.

Friday, July 20, 2012

No More Canadian Voices

In Toronto, why not pick up the very last issue of The Toronto Onion and also read “Canadian Voices.” That's right, there will be no more Toronto Onion, it lasted ten months. These Canadian Voices have now been silenced…

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lenticular shoot

New photo of The Canadian Romantic by Brendan George Ko as part of a batch made for upcoming lenticular wallet size pics!!!! These pics will wink!

Poppy Family P.S.

I should note that my interview with Terry Jacks of the Poppy Family was way back in Roctober issue 26 and is still available here:
I just need to meet Satwant Singh and then I will have met the entire Poppy Family!!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Poppy Family

I just got the latest issue of Galactic Zoo Dossier and wowwwweee, what a beaut!  With Plastic Crimewave I did an interview with Susan Jacks and Craig McCaw of the Poppy Family. Plastic Crimewave  hand draws and letters and designs the whole massive magazine complete with perforated sheets of trading cards and a CD! The issue also has him doing an Arthur Brown interview, Sixto Rodriguez, examples of tripped out comics, and so much more!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Carousel Issue 29 Launch Party: Thursday, July 5

Hey folks! I am doing a reading for this launch! In Carousel 29, I have an in-depth interview with David Boswell on Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman and more!

The Black Swan, 154 Danforth – 2nd floor
Doors at 7:30 p.m. - Readings from 8:00 p.m.
A PWYC Donation is Requested.
Also reading: Claire Caldwell, Emily Gordon, Katie Jordon, Josh Stewart, Elana Wolff, Talia Zajac

The Canadian Romantic Interviews Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Friday, June 29, 2012

WET DIRT CD review

There's a really nice review of the WET DIRT CD in this month's issue of that really neat FREE Toronto-based paper OFFERINGS and guess what? The CD is available for dirt cheap (Like 5 bux) and comes with a booklet printed on a risograph done by the team at Color Code Printing...ORDER THE CD HERE:

Monday, June 4, 2012

WNDW 4: Robert Dayton — The Canadian Romantic's Window Display

@ ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS (911 Davenport Road)  > Jun 09 - Jul 13, 2012 (accessible 24/7)
RECEPTION> Sun Jun 10, 2pm (see below)

'The Canadian Romantic' is a larger-than-life character by artist and entertainer Robert Dayton that explores the grey area of impossibilities that intersect with Canada and romance. This window display will revolve around these notions and this persona.

RECEPTION> Sun Jun 10, 2pm
Come out to WNDW 4 for a picnic in Hillcrest Park (directly across from Roadside Attractions) — featuring maple cookies, assorted goodies, and a brief in character performance by The Canadian Romantic!


WNDW, curated by Mark Laliberte, is a multi-site project that links a cross-section of Toronto’s independent street-level window galleries for the first time, exploring how vacant windows in downtown cores are being transformed into unquestionably accessible, 24-hour walk-by galleries.

Taking place throughout June, artists Robert Dayton, Larry Eisenstein, Happy Sleepy (the collaborative duo of Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra), Eunice Luk and Magda Trzaski take on these playful and sometimes challenging spaces, presenting five solo artworks united under a common curatorial umbrella.


WNDW is the latest installment of the 'Carousel Exhibition Series' — occasional gallery shows that bring together groups of artists, who have, through their practice and aesthetic, strongly connected to the community developing around Carousel magazine — and each of the artists involved in this project appears in the pages of CAROUSEL 29, out on newsstands in June!

The article “The Gallery is Always Open” by Jason Paradiso also appears in the issue, as an accompaniment to the exhibition.

For more info on CAROUSEL 29:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Canadian Romantic "Where To Meet People"

NEW! video for The Canadian romantic!
"Where To Meet People"

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Canadian Romantic opening for Bobby Conn and R Stevie Moore!

Wed, May 16th! Ten PM! Parts and Labour, Toronto. Strongly recommend getting adv tix at rotate This and Soundscapes
It will be good to see Bobby and Monica Bou Bou and the rest touring their new album "Macaroni"!
The Canadian romantic will be doing a short set with accompaniment by Chris Cummings (Mantler), the only Toronto act whose music makes me cry.
New vid:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Quintron and Miss Pussycat tonight in Toronto!

Quintron and Miss Pussycat are old pals from New Orleans and they put on an incredible puppet show and organ dance party!!! My band WET DIRT is on at ten PM sharp. The band catl is on the bill as well.
It's at the Silver Dollar, Toronto.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

But Seriously

Funny how I got on that last train. Set off in that mode. "Dear Diary, I hate the world!"
Last night, after my last post,  I came across this line:
"Don't take yourself too damn seriously."

Of course, of course! A ha!
Ha ha! I was going to take this city less seriously but forgot about myself!

As to my previous post I thought I could have gone two ways at that point (oooh melodrama). I could have done what many people do here: get guarded. Put up walls. To me, that's giving in. And destroying all the painful but important self-work that I have done to sandblast away that isolation in me, I've realised things and had to make changes, communicate and grow. I've moved in the opposite direction.
So, it's the other option. Not take it all so seriously.
Insert joke here.

This blog has been very face value of late.

But don't worry, no jacket's required!

And maybe some people should eat shit. Oh wait, Phil Collins doesn't have an album called "Eat Shit."

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bad Fridays/two cases of Coca-cola

Friday got off to a roaring start when my whole body ached from allergies. As well as the brain fog of congestion. Tis the season. I did not want to leave my bed. Day job said, "Yes, you gotta."

Go East on the bike amidst clanging construction and closed off sections and other calamities of the morning.
Note to cyclists: please be careful, you are meat.

Red and white are so striking, such bold colours. Especially striking when they force one into another lane lest ye be killed or maimed. This was a very large Coca-cola truck. At the red light I pulled up to it on my beaten white bike and made obscene gestures. The driver mocked being scared. A little man at the wheel of a very imposing and dangerous vehicle. I biked around and pulled up to his side and yelled how he could have killed me if I hadn't driven defensively. He ignored me and pulled away on the green light. In the heat of the moment my body was so filled with rage and fear that I'd forgotten to take his information down. If only, if only.

Arriving at my work place, I Googled 'Coca Cola' and 'Toronto' and called the most appropriate phone number that popped up anyways. Why? Because I obsess on such matters, I can't just let it go. Oh no! Setting this call in motion, I was given the run-around. Each phone number that I dialed gave me a new phone number to call like the heads of Hydra.This happened six times. I was not going to give up, even though this run-around now equaled the frustration of the incident itself, even though I was now nowhere near any physical peril. It truly showed me that this corporation is faceless and nasty. This time it was personal. By the way, my co-workers are wonderful and were concerned for my well being.

When I reached the right person she told me to call the number on the pop can next time. I rarely drink their 'health tonic' to have these cans laying about within reach. It offers no benefit, except for when I need caffeine and there is no coffee around to be had. I have a peculiar admiration for this company, that they have become such a  behemoth with such a useless and harmful product. As an apology she told me that she was going to send me two cases of their 'health tonic.' What to do with it? How many nails, coins, and baby teeth can I watch dissolve with that much Coca Cola?

Listen to this man's soothing accent:

The day continued. Checked out a  few nasty Youtube comments aimed at my person. Politely replied with my tongue politely planted in  cheek. Continued the tasks at hand at my job. Then five o' clock hit. All I wanted was slumber. And once home I got my slumber.Perhaps I could start over when refreshed?

Upon awakening from my nap I thought that it may be best to leave the house and be social. Everywhere, at each new place that I approached,  were grim reminders. I saw a woman who would have dated me if I wasn't too old for her: hey, at least she was honest. A sweet gal. (age disparity is another topic for another time) A few 'fine, don't say hi' kind of women speckled here and there and if they did ask how I was after my "Hi, how are you?", they didn't wait for a response. They don't matter. A woman who had invited me to a gallery opening last week but wouldn't send another message telling me where it was- did she avoid my eye contact on the street? Two maybe three women who I had been on dates with and nothing had happened then dissipation. Why? I don't know. Including a woman who felt terrible about not returning my phone call or calls, it was either one or two before I gave up.

I had to get out of the final destination even though I was amongst wonderful friends. Perhaps if all of these reminders hadn't come at me I could have enjoyed the company of wonderful friends and not gotten all hung up. One wonderful friend told me how he has confidence in some areas and lacks confidence in others. I relate. Must simultaneously balance and up the humility and confidence levels.

I wandered to another place where a gorgeous woman who did not want to trade contact info approached me. We coyly sparred while a female friend looked on and rolled her eyes at some of the things I'd say like it was self-sabotage. Hell, maybe it was. I started taking the eye rolls a tad too personally. Home to bed.

This eve was a grim reminder, it said too much about what my romantic life feels like in Toronto. One fraught with rejection (natch, I utterly and conveniently forget some of the good experiences I've had with interesting women, the self-pity machine starts its' hum). I felt- I feel- like there is something wrong with me. I'd love to know what. Or is it the  city? Perhaps I wouldn't have felt this way if I hadn't had such bad allergies, almost collided with a  truck, experienced such a tidy progression of these women (just one might not have set me off so much). The day before I was all, "Fuggit, my basic needs are met" and then this day, this Friday, set me off and I became trapped within myself. How much of this is ego? Because I've lived a good life, been spoiled, and am an endowed sexual being (oh yes, I have to freely state that), I take umbrage and get in a bit of a huff. Part of it may be loneliness.Yet Thursday I was all "Fuggit, I have a cat." I can't wait to get back to that feeling again. I will soon. Yet I don't want to turn into a monk.

Everyone is so insanely flighty. And I really should not pursue these wretched flighty things. I will no longer pursue (not that I did all that much, I don't get obsessed anymore and have more self-respect than I used to). I will not offer up unless requested. (This didn't stop me from getting all eager and giving my e mail to someone on Sunday though, did it?) I've paid my dues, lived a good life, fallen in love a few times, dated other cities than this one: this one where it feels like a sort of curse. Maybe I should be more thankful of the life that I have lived. (it sounds like my romantic life is over, hell, maybe it is...who knows? Last time I felt like that I stepped into a three year committed relationship a mere three months after the last one....more will be revealed...who knows what will happen and who has the atomic bomb?) I have learned a lot about myself these past few months, had to face painful things and do the personal work. And have plenty more to learn: maybe I'm still not ready and maybe that's obvious. If I was a sociopath that wouldn't matter (see: confidence).

On Saturday I go off to a wedding of a friend, an immigrant who once asked me how one can meet people in Toronto. I told him that you don't. He did. He told me that I can bring a  date. I go alone.

I recently gave a female friend advice. That men are too scared of approaching women in Toronto for fear of being shut down and that is because women shut men down here. (I coach in generalizations) I told her that if she approaches men she'll do just fine. And also note: if men are shocked by this approach, it might not be rejection, they just need time to absorb the shock, many are oblivious (case in point: I am so oblivious). She'll do fine.

What is my place? I know I must help others where needed, to give people a sense of wonder, to smile at strangers.
But maybe after that I am simply supposed to completely, utterly fuck with people for fun and pleasure. I think I will. I can't take any of these people seriously. There are a lot of people trying to be taken seriously in Toronto (and elsewhere...and anywhere) and it's very hard to take that seriously.
This is better than being guarded, there's enough of that out there.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


"God talked to me." How? Did you have a magic seashell that you hold up to your ear? What kind of voice does God even have? Squeaky? A squeaky ass voice?

I used to hear that a lot when I was REALLLLLY into Jesus as a teen. "God talked to me." It was usually from speakers at youth conference. It confused me. The doubt eventually set in. Today I talk in tongues in a different way.

If you have all the answers, you will try to fuck me over.

I believe in something undefined by me because if it was defined I'd be a Grade A asshole.

I believe that the clouds parted and that the universe did give me signs when it was time to move to Toronto three years ago. No, TO is not the be-all end-all, it's...okay,  but I do not regret the decision. I've learned a LOT!

One year later, after the move,  I was in a deep mire. Oh woe, my baby left me! Ha ha! Where's the magickal career I was 'promised'? Ha ha! So I took every little thing as a sign to give up. My ego had entered the picture. I was forcing my will. And ignoring all the voices of all the real, actual living people surrounding me telling me not to give up.

Now when I ask myself, "Should I give up?" I say, "Fuck it." I don't care enough to give up. I care enough to keep going, to convey a sense of wonder in an age where one has to dig for it. And so much else is bullshit anyways. Cat is fed. Rent is paid. I don't matter all that much and that's fine. Fuck it. Thanks universe!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Indie-go-go results

Yeah, I’m crazy. Crrrrazy.

So the indie-go-go campaign for Points Gray ended. Dun. (see previous posts) It was an interesting experiment.

This was an album that all three of us wanted out. I wanted vinyl. I don’t buy CDs. CDs are file carriers. One can just put an MP3 Download code with the record and everybody’s happy! I’ve bought records since I was nineteen years old and before that, had strong connections with vinyl as a boy. I love the warm sound. I like the process of flipping each side, yin/yang. I am an artist. I like that vinyl is the best (biggest) way to showcase the art. I wanted to make an art object with lyrics and drawings and self-important liner notes written by someone else so that they read less self-important.

This Points Gray album did come out in a CDR edition of 100 but, thankful as I was for them to be putting it out, it wasn’t what I envisioned. And one pivotal track was missing.

I had pitched this album to numerous labels over the years but no takers, came close a couple of times. Why no takers? We were never going to tour it. It’s a one-off. Labels want you to tour. It also has a stark vanity loner damage quality. It’s not glossy. At. All. And some labels had said, “It’s good …but it’s…so…weird.”

So how was I going to get this thing out? I was obsessed. It had been years by now! It stuck in my craw.

Hence Indie-go-go. I admittedly felt weird about that platform. I had to really think about it. I didn’t want to beg. I wanted it be more like a pre-order but with a deadline and some really enticing perks. When it comes to begging, let me say that there are some very important charities out there and, even though I get artistically frustrated, I have lived a pretty damned great life. People had to actually want the album. No pity.

Indie-go-go has more flexibility than Kickstarter. You don’t need a U.S. bank account. And you can choose not to give the money all back if you don’t reach the goal (though PayPal will charge you).

Initially there was a tonne of press –lots!- but not that much in terms of donations. I started to get fatalistic. If I didn’t raise the money maybe I’d stop making music. This method of making the album got me to go direct to the audience without any barriers. That’s why I chose it. Labels don’t take many risks and they have told me time and time again that I don’t fit even with tonnes of press and accolades (exterior validation). So let the people speak! And what if they don’t speak? Give up? Hmmmm.

We live in an odd time. My pal Shayne got his animated movie funded this way, but he said that people don’t expect to pay for music anymore when they can get it for free. Point taken.

 Another person told me that because I am very active with my numerous projects people may be less inclined to pre-order thinking it’s just yet another project of mine… Point taken.

 Also this kind of music really might not be up everyone’s alley. Melodramatic downer psych folk damage? Not necessarily everyone's cuppa. I'm all over the map musically.

Also the album isn't new. It's thirteen years old.  Time for the turn of the century nostalgia wave? Not yet? naw. It's funny linking the 'too distinctive' with my efforts of striving to create albums that'd be worthy of the reissue market when they haven't even been properly issued the first time!

And some people like to see the thing realized before they pay for it.

Others had questions about the funding platform wondering if I’d just take the money and run if I didn’t reach my goal (though I have a pretty good track record, 6 or 7 albums released with my acts).

And, a month into this, a neat label (inyrdisk) was going to put out a limited run of CDRs for the early WET DIRT album entitled "Self-Sabotage."

All of these factors caused me to not be so fatalistic. Plus people like Tonetta keep telling me not to give up all the time (though making music is VERY expensive and I am resigned to being poor cuz, well, fuggit, my needs are met anyways so why get caught up in money).

The other factor is that my pal Becky Johnson told me that most of the funds come in the final week.

So I relaxed. I stopped being tense. I gave less of a flying fuck about lots of things because things really aren’t bad. I got a cat. I started feeling less self-important. I don't matter that much. And Becky was right. Everyone was right.

The final week did exhaust me. Endless self-promotion. I was doing most of this hustling and I was getting sick of me. And I fell short. 3100 was raised. 300 (tops) of that was probably stemming from all the press. I wasn’t depressed though. That was a good chunk to get this damned thing made. It was nothing to be ashamed of.

I just took a two week Facebook siesta due to burn-out from this and from Facebook narcissism (yet here I am blogging, hello!). I received a few texts and e mails from people thinking I was depressed from not hitting my goal and wondering if I was spiraling. Naw, everything’s alright! I complain less these days! It was nice that they were concerned. Others thought that we did well with the campaign. It’s all a matter of perspective. Lots of really great people threw some dough in!

Will I do such a fundraiser again? Doubtful. It was exhausting. One can’t pester people repeatedly. These fundraisers have a slight stigma. I wonder what the shelf-life will be on bands using such platforms? I may not want to put out another vinyl LP, maybe streaming is the way to go, but if someone else wanted to put out one of my records I’d leap for it! DIY can sometimes have a tinge of invalidity and desperation. I’m tired of self-promotion. Oh look, I’m blogging!


I look at some of my early posts and realise how utterly nuts and uncertain I dunno. I give less of a fuck.


I talk to Tony on the phone while walking down Queen Street and ask him to hold on as I have to whizz in the alley and a couple days later this video happens!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


40 hours left, if you care about your future and the future of your children, make this happen, order this album (along with other willlld perks including the upcoming WET DIRT Cd and my book of The Canadian Romantic) :

Friday, April 13, 2012

Final week for Points Gray

We are currently undergoing a campaign to get the Points Gray album by Robert Dayton, Dan Bejar, and Julian Lawrence released. There's just one week left to see if it will/will not happen. And we've added new perks! Twenty dollars gets you the album (vinyl with MP3 downlaod code) for pick up (in Toronto and Vancouver)! Consider it as being like a pre-sale. There's even a foot massage!
If interested, please click on the link below for more info and to pledge and if you could share it with and pass it on to any potentially interested parties that would be truly appreciated.:
You can hear a couple of tracks here as well:
This is a moody distinctive album from around the turn of the century that has never gained full, proper release before. It's an album that the three of us are quite proud of and want to find its' audience. With this LP Robert, who is also a visual artist,has designed a brand new cover, it will come with a lyric and art booklet, and it will finally receive quality mastering done by Josh Stevenson who had previously mastered such things as a Destroyer reissue and the second July Fourth Toilet album as well as recording such acts as Sex Church. With liner notes by music writer and archivist Kevin "Sipreano" Howes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

POINTS GRAY: just ten days left.

The Points Gray campaign has just ten days left and we still got a long way to go to see if it even happens, another song has been uploaded and a new perk has been added where you can get both the album and The Canadian Romantic art book for 50 dollars, limited to five people, feel free to share the informative link to any interested peoples:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tonetta: This is what I do

WET DIRT helped inspire Tonetta's sound on this one (flattering) and this one inspires me to keep going!

New Cinema Sewer

Hey folks,
I have stuff in the new ish of Cinema sewer about a Jeff conway movie!
Order HERE

Friday, March 16, 2012

Another Points Gray song is up

Another Points Gray song is up!:

We are about one third there, feel free to share, 30 bux gets you the limited edition LP with art and lyric booklet:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Moustache shave

(the anti-climactic ending from The Canadian Romantic Toronto book launch and one man show, photo by Corbin Smith)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Canadian Romantic in Toronto

Robert Dayton's
An Evening With The Canadian Romantic
Performance and Toronto book launch

Thursday, March 8th, 8 pm

Double Double Land (209 Augusta Toronto), $7

After taking this show to delighted and almost sated crowds in Montreal, Vancouver, and Saskatoon, at last it arrives in Toronto...
This will be a full one man show to make you laugh and swoon and a few surprises.

There will be fondue!


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 and explore the gap between Canada and romance with somewhat dubious results. Some key Canadian Romantic videos will be played. 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.

This also marks the Toronto book launch of The Canadian Romantic, a book by the artist Robert Dayton consisting of tenderly hand-drawn pen-and-ink illustrations and elaborate musings by the artist and his alter ego, published by PITT Projects/Publication Studio, available for sale at the event. Special silk-screened dolls of The Canadian Romantic will also be for sale.

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.

Special guest appearance by Chris Locke as The Mailman.

Afterwards Robert Dayton will shave his moustache for the first time since a brief respite before the millennium, he has had his moustache for almost twenty years, it's older than him, he will ask aloud if such things define him while wondering about the effect of shifting cultural meanings.

Robert Dayton is a multidisciplinary entertainer, writer, and artist from British Columbia who resides for the moment in Toronto. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, the odd book, some zines (he's an old zinester). He is in such curious musical acts as Canned Hamm, July Fourth Toilet (Canada's wildest and most unpredictable band ever), Hallmark, and his current Toronto based rock band WET DIRT, as well as acting in a bunch of stuff.


Monday, February 27, 2012

ROBERT DAYTON in CAROUSEL 28 Do you know the work of Robert Dayton?

Nice profile from Carousel Magazine's blog here:

Mentions Points Gray, my drawings, The Canadian Romantic book (Toronto launch happening Thursday, March 8th, 8 PM, Double Double Land at 209 Augusta)

Scout Magazine article

Nice little write-up, comments section proves amusing ("...Dayton is too old to be a hipster"):

Monday, February 20, 2012

Campaign to get Points Gray album by Robert Dayton, Dan Bejar, and Julian Lawrence released

Soooo I am VERY excited as we are currently undergoing a campaign to get the Points Gray album by Robert Dayton, Dan Bejar, and Julian Lawrence released.
If interested, please click on the link below for more info and to pledge and if you could share it with and pass it on to any potentially interested parties that would be truly appreciated. Thirty dollars gets you the actual album and there are plenty mor eperks:

This is a moody distinctive album from around the turn of the century that has never gained full, proper release before. It's an album that the three of us are quite proud of and want to find its' audience. With this LP Robert, who is also a visual artist,has designed a brand new cover, it will come with a lyric and art booklet, and it will finally receive quality mastering done by Josh Stevenson who had previously mastered such things as a Destroyer reissue and the second July Fourth Toilet album as well as recording such acts as Sex Church. With liner notes by music writer and archivist Kevin "Sipreano" Howes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Carousel Magazine

I have some of my Fantasy Beard drawings printed in the latest issue of Carousel Magazine, a gorgeous multi-media arts mag that I love to smell (dense ink) and hold:

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Poem that I read the other night:

We'll have to turn it on for you
The Parktown Hotel
Room 206
Pool across the hall
The lifeguard lifts the lid
She leaves me be
Jacuzzi time
The gusts go high
A force controlled by her
Warm jets too strong to tickle
In my hot pepper print speedo
No fluids flow from me
Just smooth
mechanical bursts
timed and spraying
over the sides
Through the window
Snowy landscape
45 below
So long ago
Not so long ago
Our passion in a hot tub
Until things went sideways
When what was entangled
Were my allergies and isolation
Things went sideways
We started having sex sideways
Because it was 'easier'
I just made amends
The sex was mostly good, wasn't it?
There was passion
The jacuzzi reminds me
There was sideways
The jacuzzi reminds me
Noted, amended
The force of the gusts and the jets
Never forget

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I have returned from shows in Vancouver and Saskatoon, more will be discussed soon enough...
My second article on karaoke for the AC club TO is up now:,68079/

The latest episode of Scare Tactics may be the craziest one yet, 'career killer'?, skip to clip 3:

And I will be doing a reading from my new book:
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Robert Dayton, Andrew Faulkner, and Andrew McEwan
Wednesday, January 25
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
8 PM

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hey vancouver!

The Canadian Romantic one man show dinner and book launch Friday nite! jan 13th...
Nice article here:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I will be on the Nardwuar show tomorrow (Friday January 6th) at 4PM Pacific time discussing The Canadian Romantic, July Fourth Toilet, playing some music, and much more: