Archive for July, 2012

CHER: THE ULTiMATE HOT MAMA / “A COWBOYS WORK iS NEVER DONE” (1972) “Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”

Published by cctadmin on July 20th, 2012

Today I salute one of the worlds BiGGEST SUPERSTARS – the one and only CHER – she who has brought a great deal of glimmer & shine to our universe.  It’s been a long time coming, as this stunning creature first captured my eyes and ears when I was but a little whipper-snapper.  There is nothing I can say that won’t make me sound like the gayest of all gays when it comes to how I feel about CHER but I will never back down, nor will I ever be ashamed; she is a woman who, across the arc of her career went from docile singing Kewpie to self-assured hot mama.  Her physical beauty was odd – and arguably she is one of the most exotic creatures to be photographed.  Of course we all know CHER spent the 60′s married to an ambitious, nerdy songwriter-producer SONNY BONO – who was a seasoned music-biz pro.  When they wed in 1964, she was 18, he was 29 – but together they figured out a formula for big time success, packaged in old-fashioned martial togetherness in proto-hippie garb.  They dressed outlandishly – he in buckskin boots and fur vests, she in navel-flaunting bell bottoms and giant false eyelashes… SONNY & CHER would eventually end in divorce and although I loved this era of CHER it was by far the 1970′s that gave us the best of her.  This was the era of BOB MACKiE gowns, Gypsies, Tramps & Theives and of course, Half Breed & Dark Lady – all of which showcased CHER in very new and alluring ways for the times.    To my stifled imagination growing up she was the perfect living ‘character’ to occupy a special place in my make-believe land of possibilities.

CHER’S determination led her to several other lives in the 70′s and 80′s:  a TV show, DAViD GEFFEN, GENE SiMMONS, serious acting, scandalous ACADEMY AWARDS appearances, a youthful bagel man, infomercials…but whenever she made a fool of herself it was on her own terms – and she has never been afraid to stand out.

On our way home from camping we inevitably ended up with some CHER on the iPod – and I couldn’t help but re-appreciate this particular tune of hers called A COWBOYS WORK iS NEVER DONE, which I encourage you to check out for yourself!  This BONO-penned song was from SONNY & CHER’S album ‘All I Ever Need Is You‘ and peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.  Classic stuff if you ask me.  Play it loud.  Play it PROUD!

Enjoy this track below, along with some classic CHER images that show her in her glory!!!



Published by cctadmin on July 20th, 2012

Not surprisingly, I keep busy creatively speaking – and who can really blame me given the army of incredibly diverse and interesting people out there one has to ‘play’ with.  Over the past couple of years I have been insanely blessed to have a friend in DANNiEL OiCKLE, founding artist/producer of TORRiD PRODUCTiONS, and photographer, visual artist, poet, musician and performance artist extraordinaire!

To be a part of TORRiD has been a huge enjoyment to say the least, and I have DANNiEL to thank for that.  As a result this inclusion has opened up a lot of doors for me to meet and work with many interesting folks on a variety of things.  Now that the time has come for me to pack up and ship out to Manitoba for a spell, it is also time for me to wrap things up with regards to the projects I’ve been working on with DANNiEL, and this is really bitter sweet.  I can never be guaranteed to meet someone as gracious, helpful and ambitious as DANNiEL again in my life; and I can’t help but be proud to associate with this rare bird, for which I appreciate his feathers!   DANNiEL represents to me a like-minded friend – with no shortage of differences, but a whole lot of similarities….  These weekly meetings at TORRiD PRODUCTiONS Headquarters have offered a home away from home  and as a little side note I have to thank his partner YVES for the meals and hospitality (and a few much appreciated lectures on life, love and liberty for good measure!) when I leave there I do so with a full stomach, a broader mind, and a dizzy head from the drinks!

Sentiments aside we had work to do:  DANNiEL is about to release a book of poetry called ‘My Heart Has Teeth’ for which I was able to serve as editor.   This book has been a long time coming, and is not a first for DANNiEL – who has published before and I’m certain will continue.  Although it was a joy to partake in the editing process with DANNiEL, I am saddened by the fact that I can not attend his book release party at La Petite Mort, on August 18th.  I do encourage anyone in the Ottawa area to check out the book launch, and for more information on ‘My Heart Has Teeth‘ and the launch please check or scroll down to bottom of this entry.  Thank you DANNiEL for including me in this process – and I was glad to assist you in any way!  Best of luck with this book launch!

Also – recently we wrapped up a video shoot for CARiNG & HATE, off his album THE CORRUPTiON of FLESH (Torrid Pructions, 2012), which many of you might recall I have been involved with over the past couple of years as well.  Although we have all agreed to hang up our fur shorts and horns in effort to  explore other things – I have to reiterate again what fun it was to explore a more sensual side of myself; parading around in little clothing, consisting of horns and fuck-me boots… as a singer/songwriter I express in a particular way – certainly less physically than what was required of me on THE CORRUPTiON of FLESH – but it allowed me to perform, stretch my comfort zone and above all – enjoy the freedom of expression.  DANNiEL OiCKLE all but created this fantasy world, for better or for worse – and I for one was and remain proud of him and the resulting music, performances and visual art that have been the off-spring of his brain child.

So you can expect CARiNG & HATE to come out sometime in the fall or winter – and this project involved a lot of very talented people; including photographers DAN ZiEMKiEWiCZ, BONNiE FiNDLAY, the people at MERCURY LOUNGE and of course, myself, DANNiEL and fellow fawn OLEXANDRA PRUCHNiCKY.  Looking forward to seeing the final product of such labors!

Finally – we used last night to get me in the studio to lay down some vocals on a tune for DANNiEL’S next album, which has no release date at this time, although not surprisingly he is constantly toiling away and working on developing it.  TO MY LOVE is a OiCKLE original, and a song that he wrote when he was just 17 years old.  We included it in his production of THE CORRUPTiON of FLESH, performing it hundreds of times between all the rehearsals for shows and the performances themselves and so it was important to record while I’m still here.  Take a look at the photos below – as he and I went to work on laying things down.  Again – thank you DANNiEL for bringing me in on this track – I’ll tuck all my TORRiD memories away and pull them out from time to time in appreciation of all the wonderful things that have come from this time.

All in all it has been a great chapter – my involvement with DANNiEL and TORRiD PRODUCTiONS; and although I will remain a part of this fantastic crock-pot of people – it is still difficult to let that go entirely… how often in life can you come across such opportunity to explore??



August 18

Book Release Party & Performance August 18th, 8-11 pm
La Petite Mort Gallery
306 Cumberland Street

This isn’t your grandmother’s poetry! Danniel D.D. Oickle, author of “Dancing in Silence” (#4 Canada, 2011- iTunes Book Charts) is back with his second book, “My Heart Has Teeth.” On Saturday August 18th, from 8-11pm, Danniel would love you to join him for a celebratory book release party and performance reading at La Petite Mort Gallery, [306 Cumberland St., Ottawa, ON, K1N7H9, (613)860-1555]. The evening will include an exhibit and one-time sale of the illustrations from the book and a performance reading by Danniel Oickle and special guests: Olexandra Pruchnicky, Jesse Reynolds, Eric Trottier, Dan Francoeur, and Sarah Oickle. And of course, nothing makes verse sound better than a few drinks, so there will be a cash bar.

While maintaining his perspective in the new book, Oickle has matured in his themes and tonality. Ranging from tightly structured to free verse, he seamlessly flows from poem to poem, choosing the perfect structure to compliment the theme of the piece. Included in this collection are the audience favorites: “I’m Ever So Slightly Crazy,” “Love’s True Nature,” and “The Corruption of Flesh,” which one reviewer described as “emotional bloodletting” (2B Magazine). Oickle concludes the book with “The Fall,” a narrative opus in structured, free verse, and prose that serves as a masterful allegory for the end of days. Reminiscent of the prophetic works of the late Sir William Blake, Oickle weaves a tapestry of imagery, iconography, mythology, religion, sexuality, and symbolism throughout the book and corresponding artwork, often combining the two to create an even deeper layer of meaning.

Born at the dawn of the 80s, into the glitz and glamour of the time, Danniel has travelled extensively as the child of a Canadian military officer, from his birthplace on the prairies of Alberta to the sun-struck beaches of Cyprus. Receiving critical acclaim for his albums, “Poison Apples & Other Delicacies” and “The Corruption of Flesh,” Danniel has combined disciplines and methods of poetic presentation to become known as an “electro-poet” (Étre Magazine) intent on bringing poetry out of the mothballs and into the light of a new generation.


“Oickle has created a piece where sexuality and religion collide to electric effect.”
- Luna Allison, Xtra! (Mar 15, 2012)
“Une nouvelle génération d’artistes.”
- Bruno Julien , RG Magazine (Sep 21, 2011)
“Oickle does not appear as if he is about to slow down.”
- Katherine Ellis, Bohemia Magazine (Aug 5, 2011)
“[A person] whose perfectionism is so accepting, whose exhibitionism manages to be humble, that their words make and heal scars at the same time”…”a half-man half-animal poet.”
- Jordan Arseneault, 2B Magazine (Dec 16, 2011)


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Published by cctadmin on July 9th, 2012

This is a teaser shot from the wonderful collaboration with MUTAGENiC STUDiOS yesterday! As I’ve mentioned previously, I will be starring in their next mini-comic called  ‘Ascension‘. They just started production on it this morning. It’s a science fiction/horror story.

Make sure to check out their website for more goodies and stuff!


Published by cctadmin on July 9th, 2012

MUTAGENiCS STUDiOS is an Ottawa-based creative team that produces dark and twisted art.  They are comprised of  Owner TiMOTHY BACON, and Partner/Photographer PAUL GREEN, who for the last three decades have worked in broadcast media, interactive media, advertising and branded entertainment as writers and creative directors. They have had numerous screenplays & original television series optioned, and in 2006  formed MUTAGENiC STUDiOS to “explore photography and develop their own art styles that would allow us to go beyond the written word, create unique imagery and push the boundaries of our storytelling.” Their photographic artwork has appeared in the Montreal Mirror, Guerilla Magazine, Rue Morgue Magazine, just to name a few.

Recently this amazing duo launched another exciting project called Babylon Smith: An Illustrated Novel.   To get a sense of the story-telling these imaginative two do, picture if you will, a character by the name of Babylon Smith, a freelance Regulator working the mean streets of the mega-city, struggling to make ends meet.   It’s the stuff of comic book fans dream of and without a doubt you can tell TiMOTHY and PAUL are true fans of this art form.  In every photo I happened to see gracing the walls of M-STUDiOS I could see the dedication in every shot, in every character they dreamed up.

With all of this said – I graciously and very excitedly accepted M-STUDiOS invitation to partake in another project currently on the go, a series of short stories/graphic novels.  This kind of thing really excited me because although I could never claim to be a DiE-HARD COMiC NERD in the truest sense of the title I did grow up very into comics, and the escapism involved in that particular sci-fi sphere.  What appealed to me about comics when I was young was the opportunity to use your imagination to be taken away to another time and place, and it just so happens these guys know how to create these worlds and characters with respect for the genre.  Hence why I had no trouble considering this as a worthwhile project.  I’ll take any opportunity I can to escape my own reality – especially in the hands of TiMOTHY and PAUL.  They gave me a story line and a character to embody – and I took this direction and ran with it.

That said – here are a few photos from this morning when we united at their headquarters, although for any further information on who I play or what this particular story is about, I’m afraid you are gonna have to wait.  Come on, you know you love a little mystery now right?  What I can say is that its gonna come out looking pretty dark, gritty and in short, pretty darn slick if you ask me.

I’ll keep you posted on any developments but in the meantime check out their website for more:


Published by cctadmin on July 8th, 2012

Chalk it up to another very productive week – first up we had KETURAH JOHNSON out in Aylmer last Wednesday, providing us her angelic vocals; next up was violinist NEiL SMiTH.

One of the best parts about being involved with this project (aside from the actual jamming/recording process) comes from the conversations over coffee with DARREN HOLMES, as from the beginning its been a work in progress.  Looking back, on day one I don’t suppose either he or I could have predicted how this would evolve, yet as the seasons passed these conversations opened up floodgates for us to relate on what is is about the music we love that has us interested in making something authentic ourselves.  We’ve agreed that the direction this album is going – harkens back to, if anything, those early 1970′s singer/songwriter albums where the songs themselves lend to a live all-night sorta jam/recording session with a cast of creative/freaky/inspiring folk.. the sense of people hanging out and taking part in these songs and getting up to accompany me.  The space we occupy is loose and laid back, giving us the foundation to then relax and make the songs come to life and tell the stories.

To prepare NEiL we shared three tunes that in my mind called for that beautiful violin spirit; an original of mine called ‘Blue‘, and covers of BOB DYLAN’SThrew It All Away‘ and THE PEPTiDESSailor Song‘.  Needless to say NEiL delivered the stuff like a true pro and as a result we have succeeded in broadening the landscape of the stories within each song.

A great big ol’ thank you NEiL for lending your talent to this project and for the generosity of your time.  As always I have to send a shout out to DARREN aka ‘D‘ and his family for allowing me and my friends in tow into their home so graciously.  CC x

Stay tuned!


Published by cctadmin on July 5th, 2012

Not but a couple of weeks ago, BONNiE FiNDLEY and I collaborated on a fun photo shoot using all sorts of make-up and glitter.  These are not those photos, however these are just the test shots – which stand well on their own.  Until the other photos are ready to release, enjoy these images in the meantime.  Can’t express enough how talented this woman is – mad skills.


Published by cctadmin on July 5th, 2012

Yesterday was one of many busy days – particularly as I prepare to head to Manitoba at the end of the month, yet it was absolutely, positively fun and inspirational.

Just after having wrapped up filming DANNiEL OiCKLESCaring and Hate‘ video the night before, I took my regular commute out to Aylmer to record with DARREN HOLMES.  What made this particular trip special was having my friend, Ottawa singer/songwriter KETURAH JOHNSON alongside me.  I finally, or I should say the three of us finally  made our busy schedules work so that we could have her come out and help us with our album as it continues to develop.  KETURAH is one of several talented people we are enlisting to hop on board and add something special to the mix with these tunes (and I’m realizing I need to come up with a working title for this album soon…hmmm what to call it? Thoughts people?)  Other talents who have/are lending themselves to this project are singer/songwriter AiLEEN MARTELLA (who wrote ‘Open Up My Heart’), DAViD FORT founding member of the Manitoba-based band ‘TWiN‘, cellist ROSALiND McCANNY, violinist NEiL SMiTH, singer/songwriter/founding member of band ‘JOSEF POLLOCK‘, iSAAC VALLENTiN, and of course I have to mention that singer/songwriter/band leader of Ottawa’s ‘THE PEPTiDESCLAUDE MARQUiS has also given us the go to experiment with not one, but two original PEPTiDES tunes as covers (the beautiful ‘Sailor Song‘ and ‘Nothing Matters‘.  Finally of course – none of this would be remotely possible without the one, the only – D HOLMES, to which I’m incredibly grateful for.  Here’s hoping we can bring on a few more talents into the collective mix.

Without getting into too much detail I can say that the opportunity to collaborate with DARREN & KETURAH is one I’ve been feeling especially grateful for today, to say the least, because I am such a huge fan of both their work as creative beings. (Before I forget: Be sure to check out KETURAH at Bluesfest as well!)

KETURAH and I don’t get to hang and jam nearly as often as we should yet by the time we were ready to roll I already felt majorly inspired by her breathtaking voice.  I fumble for words to describe how infectious it was to record live; all at once the dynamic compelled me to sing more consciously, if you will, and less self-consciously; a testament to being iN THE MOMENT.  It felt natural and I think we’re all looking forward to hearing the results.  KETURAH hopped in and provided lovely harmonies to the chorus of DARREN HOLMES original tune ‘All I Need‘, as well we worked on a live duet of a BEACH BOYS cover of ‘In My Room‘ for good measure.

If these songs were stories (which they are) unto themselves, having the character of KETURAH enter this world made each story, each song, warmer and richer.  The little world of stories going on in this collection is by far so much more complete with DARREN & KETURAH, and this has made the process of recording so much more rewarding.  I’m incredibly thankful for both of them.

Side Note: If the photos make it seem like I’m somehow fixated on feet – I noticed that too… then I realized its an unconscious thing.  Taking pics of people’s feet feels less ‘invasive’ in moments like these – as I find some people can feel obligated to perform or be ‘on’.  Plus – feet get us places – which is cool!.  Yay feet.