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February 28, 2017

UPDATED DETAILS: Smugglers reunion / Dirty Windshields book launch Vancouver


There are a few tickets for the Smugglers reunion / “Dirty Windshields” book launch still available at Red Cat Records or here!

Weekend overview:

FRIDAY: On the evening of Friday May 12, we’ll be having a “welcome party” at 8pm for the bands and out-of-town guests at What’s Up? Hot Dog!, at 2481 East Hastings Street. I’ll be doing a reading from Dirty Windshields, there will be a special guest DJ Bobby Martinez from Oakland California, punk rock trivia, ticket giveaways, and a very special appearance by Larry Livermore, co-founder of Lookout Records, reading from his book How To Ru(i)n A Record Label! Readings at roughly 8:30pm. Space is extremely limited.

SATURDAY: The East Van Baseball League will host two special games between the Black Sox vs. the Mount Pleasant Murder (1pm) and the Isotopes vs. The Chinatown Cobras for your enjoyment at Strathcona Park. Members of the Muffs and Chixdiggit will be throwing out the first pitch and singing the anthem for the 1pm game!

The event at the Commodore on Saturday May 13 is an early show! Doors will open at 7pm, and the set times will be as follow:

7:30pm – Grant Lawrence reading
8:00pm – Needles//Pins
8:45pm – Chixdiggit
9:30pm – The Muffs
10:30pm – The Smugglers
11:30pm – book signing

Books will be on sale and I’ll be at the signing table at the beginning and end of the night. The Commodore serves a full dinner menu, and there is a pretty healthy happy hour at the adjoining street-level bar the Bottleneck.

SUNDAY: On Sunday May 14, there will be a “send off brunch” at the Regal Beagle in Kitsilano. This will mainly be a CBC Radio 3 listener group, but you are more than welcome to join. (The previously schedule Tomahawk BBQ in North Vancouver hosted by Nardwuar is cancelled due to Mother’s Day brunch insanity).


Taxis, Sky Train, Canada Line and city buses are your best bet, since Vancouver is the biggest major city in North America still without Uber. Sorry! We do have rapid transit from our airport to downtown, however (The Canada Line) which drops you off within two blocks of the Commodore.

Drug warning:

My barber insisted to warn you that if you’re coming in from out of town and like to dabble in recreational drugs, be very careful when doing so in Vancouver, or completely avoid doing so in Vancouver, due to the deadly fentanyl epidemic. Please be safe and have fun!

Any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

See you in the front row,

The Smugglers

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February 17, 2017

Hello World of Friends!

Hello World of Friends!

Hope this finds you well in 2017! There’s plenty aboot on my front and I’m eager to share the details with you.
At long last and much writing / deleting / re-writing and very late nights, my rock ‘n’ roll memoir DIRTY WINDSHIELDS: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries is finally ready for publication for May 2017 on Douglas and McIntyre. It’s a book I’ve been working on for over ten years and I can’t wait to share it with you.

As the title indicates, this new book is a chronological compilation of my (at times cringe-worthy) journals that I scrawled out in a van during the entire run of my band the Smugglers, from 1988 – 2004. I was the lead “singer”. I’ve fleshed the book out with my recounting of the Smugglers broke and drunken story as we trekked across North America and eventually various pockets of the globe. The book recounts our failures (many) and successes (few). But still, we had it pretty good.

We had some wild times alongside bands like the Gruesomes, the Young Fresh Fellows, Mudhoney, the Dwarves, the Mummies, thee Headcoats, the Hives, the Hi-Fives, the Mr T Experience, the Queers, Supersnazz and so many more. All the sordid stories are included.

As always, I’ll be launching pre-orders of personally signed copies of the new book along with other perks, likely coming in the first week of March.

To celebrate the book release, the Smugglers are actually getting back together to perform our first hometown Vancouver show in over 13 years at the legendary Commodore Ballroom on Saturday May 13. It’s the only venue left from the gigging heyday of the Smugglers, unless you count the Hastings Community Centre. (We played in January in Berkeley, California for a Lookout Records reunion and had a great time).

We’re very proud and excited of the show we’ve put together at this iconic venue and we hope you can join us for the rock ‘n’ roll party of the year!

THE MUFFS (from Los Angeles… first show in Vancouver is almost 20 years)
CHIXDIGGIT (from Calgary… celebrating their 25th anniverary)
NEEDLES // PINS (from Vancouver… newly signed to Mint Records)

Tickets go on sale on Friday February 24, 2017. If you’re in Vancouver, they’re being sold at both Red Cat Records locations. If you’re thinking about coming in from out of town, we’ll have a whole weekend of really fun festivities planned to be announced soon!

It’s gonna be a real gone gasser, so hope you can join in the fun.

Advanced praise for DIRTY WINDSHIELDS:

“Told with equal parts pride and shame, this uproarious chronicle is the perfect companion to the band’s mega-fun music.” – Ira Robbins, NYC rock writer (Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Creem, Trouser Press)

Dirty Windshields should come with a disclaimer: ‘WARNING: may induce feelings of wanderlust and the itching desire to throw a guitar case into a van and hit the road.” – Will Ferguson, Giller Prize winning author

“I can’t imagine a more perfect rock ‘n’ roll book.” – Tyler Bancroft, Said the Whale

“An epic tale told by one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest storytellers.” – Lisa Marr, cub

“Fucking hilarious and a joy to read.” – Allison Robertson, the Donnas

“Pure teenage rawk angst!” – Nardwuar

Upcoming events:


Fri – Sun 17 – 19, Galiano Literary Festival, Galiano Island BC

Fri 24, West Vancouver Memorial Library, West Vancouver BC (hosting Cea Person’s book launch for Nearly Normal)


Fri – Sun Mar 10 – 12, Words on the Water, Campbell River BC


Fri 7, North Shore Writers Festival, North Vancouver BC

Sat 8, Hope on a Grand Scale Benefit Concert, Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver BC


Sat May 13, DIRTY WINDSHIELDS BOOK LAUNCH w/ the Smugglers and guests, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC


Tue 20 Canadian Independent Music Association Awards Gala, Toronto ON

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February 5, 2017

ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Smugglers to perform in Vancouver

We are happy to announce that the Smugglers will perform in our hometown of Vancouver BC on Saturday May 13, 2017. Venue, other bands, and advance ticket information to be announced soon. Hope to see you in the Terminal City in May!

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