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Pit Stories: Dollarama Weapons And Slam Poetry

Happy Tuesday metal fans! Ready for another bout of Pit Stories?

Most of our tales involve out of control pits, drunk fans, and unexpected violence, but sometimes the pit is less a bloody place and more a gathering for silly fun.

That's the sort of tale we've got this week from Marc Bourgon of Cancelled / Greber / Fuck the Facts, who shares these stories of several memorable gigs:

Years ago, while I was playing in a now defunct band called tugnut, we would regularly play the sleepy industrial border town of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. There must have been something in the water of the St. Clair river that seeped its way into the veins of the average Sarnian underground metal concert-goer because every show was perpetually more crazy than the last. Not in a “wall of death” or “crowd punishing” manner but something far sillier.

Early on in my years with tugnut we befriended a band by the name of Sarnia. We knew this band was a true titan of soul when they let loose the infectiously anthemic song entitled: “Sarnia.” The song's lone lyric was the word "Sarnia" and the pre-chorus included it being spelled one letter at a time in a gang vocal. They were the ones who put Sarnia (the city) on the map for us and soon invited us to come play there.

The first show we did was at the Eagles hall if I remember correctly. It all started like any other show but once in full swing the show was like a miniaturized version of Obscene Extreme. Costumes. Toy weapons. Acrobatics. Not to mention that when any riff slower than 85bpm was played by any band, someone would yell out: “BIIIIIG STEP!!” and everyone would just start taking giant steps to the music. It was off the fucking chart.

Anyhoo, the show that comes to mind for me was Sarnia (the band)’s CD release. Prior to them playing was all the insanity that we had come to love and expect from a show there but it wasn’t until they took the stage (floor) that it got completely out of hand. A contractor grade garbage bag full of Dollarama weaponry was dumped into the middle of the pit, everyone eyed up their choice of arms and poised themselves for battle. Sarnia started and chaos erupted. Everyone was fighting everyone else and whoever was left was moshing. At one point a shopping cart that had been turned into a tank plowed into the pit and started attacking anyone who dare step into it’s path. Their set ended with a 13 musician rendition of Sarnia (the song).

Now I realize this all seems juvenile and silly but it was one of the rare times in life that everyone was on the same page with each other and having a great time at a show. Can’t figure out why this is what came to mind when I read “Pit Stories” but it did. Thanks for reading.

Epilogue: There was a dude who called himself Shmagnet who became a good friend over the years. I recall some generic metalcore band bombing and him forcefully grabbing the mic from the singer and doing some slam-poetry. That uninvited yet crucial move ended up getting the whole crowd chuffed into a frenzy and saving the rest of the band from their already half-over set. By the looks of it the band was into it as well. The singer, not so much. That dude was a fucking hero.

Cancelled is the experimental recording project of Marc Bourgon that just released three song EP "Tenebrific." You can stream all the songs below or grab your own copy at Bandcamp here. More...

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Cancelled Premieres New EP

Hailing from southern Canada, Cancelled is the experimental recording project of Marc Bourgon (Fuck The Facts / Greber). Spawned as a way to pass time during long tour drives, this project has cultivated itself into a meaningful creative outlet.

“For the past 10 years of my life I have been constantly writing music,” explains Bourgon. “Whether it be jotting down ideas on a notepad, droning out in our practice space or fleshing out ideas on a laptop it’s something that I have a hard time not doing on a daily basis.”

Those ideas are about to come to life with three song EP "Tenebrific," and today we're exclusively premiering all three tracks ahead of the March 3rd, 2017 release date. Check out this eclectic release below, and be sure to let us know what you think of this new musical endeavor!

This time around Bourgon asked Kurt Ballou of Godity studios to handle the mix and Ryan Butler of Arcane Digital to master it. The combination gave the songs the aggressive stain Bourgon wanted them to have. “Working with those two was great. I’ve always wanted to work with Kurt (Ballou) and Butler (Ryan) can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.”

While strictly a studio project for the time being, Cancelled has plans to eventually move itself into the live setting. “It’s something that I have been tooling around with for awhile. Not having a drummer makes things tough to do live. I would want things to sound huge so it might be a minute until I can pull something live off.”

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Cancelled Streaming New Song

Cancelled, the solo project of Marc Bourgon (Fuck the Facts) today reveals "Social Impressment," a new track from his upcoming EP "Tenebrific." The mini-album will be released this Friday, March 3rd and you can pre-order the EP over here.

Hailing from southern Canada, Cancelled is Bourgon's experimental recording project. Spawned as a way to pass time during long tour drives, it has cultivated itself into a meaningful creative outlet.

“For the past 10 years of my life I have been constantly writing music,” explains Bourgon. “Whether it be jotting down ideas on a notepad, droning out in our practice space or fleshing out ideas on a laptop it’s something that I have a hard time not doing on a daily basis.”

Originally part of a larger group of music, “Tenebrific” was thinned down to three songs to deliver the greatest impact possible. “I had intended to have this release be a lot longer but these three songs just seemed to gel better that the rest of the material.” More...

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