Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

This weekend, I went to Heaven

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I don't think Colorado actually has a city called Heaven, although it does have a city named Purgatory. But this weekend my band, Rock Plaza Central, was invited to be part of the Monolith Festival near Denver and Boulder, in the famous "natural" amphitheatre of Red Rocks. As we looked out over the crowd, the mountain just gave away and you could see other mountains in the distance, and the city of Denver, or possibly Golden. Later at night, the lights from the cities was both breathtaking and disturbing.

Boulder, Colorado is pretty incredible, and we're trying to convince more than a few people to do a place swap with us for as long as possible. I woke up yesterday, went outside to read in the hammock (Faulkner biography; i'm becoming obsessed lately), and there were six young deer about four metres from me eating the flowers. I've never seen so many peole riding bikes. And the local hotdog/burger place (amazingly called Mustard's Last Stand) served locally and naturally raised beef, as well as an interesting tofu reuben.

They also have some of the best beer in the country, with Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter, and several other breweries such as Boulder and another one they served at Red Rocks that I forget.

We also talked about a little cultural exchange with some folks here. These festivals really make an attempt to get people registered to vote, which likely by and large benefits the democrats, as I think youth, especially at music festivals, tend to swing left. I think I've got it worked out that we're going to vote here in the US in exchange for some of them coming up north to vote in ours. Not sure of the legalities of that yet, but I'm sure this is the kind of cultural export/import that Stephen Harper would be in support of, right?

No time to get my own photos up, but check out these pics on flickr:

And I wish we had time to have more of this, but we bought some more to try on the road: I really ought to start a beers of North America touring blog.

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Chris Eaton

Chris Eaton is the author of two novels: the inactivist (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Grammar Architect (Insomniac Press, 2005). He also writes and performs music in the band Rock Plaza Central.

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