Bry Webb | Canada
“Eighteen years ago, I lived at 106 Huron St. in The Ward, with some bandmates and artist friends. Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School was across the street, and they had a tape recording of church bells that would deteriorate gradually every six months until it sounded like a horror film soundtrack playing through their outdoor PA system every morning. Tom, whose room was down the hall from mine, worked nights at the old Woods Appliance factory. My rent was less than $300 a month.
I had a close friend named Kyle, who had moved out West around the time I moved to Guelph, and throughout 2000 and 2001, we would send each other homemade videos of what things looked like in our new cities. Royal City Summer 2000 was one of those videos. My roommates had been making video work as art students, sneaking into the tunnels under the university dressed in HAZMAT suits, among other things. My bandmate, Dallas, would lend me his Hi8 video camera, and I'd go out skateboarding at night, alone or with friends, and video whatever caught my eye. In our living room, I'd make collages of the footage using two VCRs, and set them to music I thought my friend Kyle would like. Now, when I look at this video tape, weathered by eighteen years of storage in garages, attics and basements, I remember why I thought these places, people and things were so pretty -- especially the blurry parts.”
- Bry Webb, Resident of the Ward, 2018
$5 or free with Festival Pass
Venue: Brother’s Brewing