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Hello all you kind pholks! I have a question to ask of you. What do you like about being a Scanc? What has this site brought to your life?

For me it is a tool that helps me express myself (although I do find myself biting my tongue at times). As a band member, it allows me to advertise our shows for free to the right demographic. It connects me to bands, venues and music. It keeps me socially active and has introduced me to wonderful people across the entire country.

Jambands.ca means an awful lot to me. The sence of community is one that I have not experienced before. In fact before I started posting, I had no idea there were so many people who shared my points of views, who had similar attitudes and passions. That was a big realization for me...that I am not odd or strange (or maybe I am but at least I'm in good compnay). I also had given up a lot of hope on people and the intellegent conversations and the way that people express themselves here is very refreshing from all other media that I encounter on a daily basis.

What about you? Is this thing special or is it just me?

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For me, I like being a part of a cohesive group. I don't "amalgate" well (there's a tinge of untrusting outsider in my psyche), but this group has made me feel that I'm an insider. You know how, in the lot during Phish & Dead shows, friends will spot each other from a distance, and run up and hug each other out of sheer joy of meeting each other again after who-knows-how-long? I wasn't part of anything like that until I joined the Sanctuary. (I think it was at a Nero show just after CTMF in July [which I skipped], when either Stapes or Giggles said to me, "You were missed." I went, "Huh?" to myself. I considered that one of the highest compliments I've ever been paid.)

Along with that, it's been enormous fun to see it grow, and to have gotten in at the bottom (the Sanctuary's user count has more than quintupled since I joined just over a year ago).

The Sanctuary shows off one of the big pluses of the Internet: the ability to form communities. We meet, exchange info (so that someone one person finds out can be broadcast and have its effect amplified), ask/answer questions, and bring our diverse and complementary skill sets to the table.

Not to mention that y'all are some of the best people to hang around and party with.

Supplementary QotD: Who introduced you to the Sanctuary? For me, it was Davey Boy (and CatPhish), after the DMB show in Aug., 2001, when he took me (and Arcane) to see Nero for my first time. Thanks, Davey and CatPhish.

Aloha,

Brad

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I rarely miss a day of scanc-ing. I tend to be in read only mode most of the time, but when I do post, it is because I have something very insightful to say:

... um... ya, okay. [big Grin]

But seriously, I like the friendship on this board. It is nice to know that people out there like music as much as I like it. Whatever the core "type" of music you like, you are all pasionate about it. I love that. Before I found this board, I didn't know that there were people that listened to music to listen to it. It is not just background for the people on the board.

part ii:

I joined the sanc because I found the link on the dr. huxtable website. I guested for a while, and then signed up. Thanks fellow huxies.

Phred

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Great question.

As a place to further the things that I love and to discover and use new technologies and tools and to apply them in the world of music that I've always loved, the Skank is all that and so much more to me.

With that, it's also incredible to feel connected with everyone ALL THE TIME, and not just at shows, or on trips out west. I've been out west once, and after meeting someone like weezy there, having the ability to enjoy his wit across the country is a fine example of this place.

The music is key

Things evolve and people come together

All of this is bound by music and love

We love the music and that makes us dance

The music loves to be heard

The music loves to be danced to

If there is no love, then the dance is over

When there is no dancing, the music stops

You take a seat and wait for the music to begin again

The one who loves doesn't sit down

The one who loves still has the music

The music will always be playing in those that love

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I joined the Scanc because I was thrilled that I found a group of people that knew how to distance themselves from the drudgery of everyday life filled with politics and stress, and were able to simply enjoy the moment. Everybody sported a big smile, and you could always count on all the regulars to show every time out.

I think that the apex of the Ottawa scene occured at the Nero's Eve show at Cafe Dekcuf, where we all banded together to give a big hearty "fuck you" to the management by cramming that place just to make a point. That was a MOMENT that I believe our local scene will never duplicate or come close to ever again unless some measures are taken.

Even though everybody is acting in good intentions, how can we expect to have the scene grow and thrive, if we can't even contain it locally without it breaking apart on us? I think it should be the responsibility of each and every one of us to introduce new people into the scene and help it develop as opposed to indirectly dividing it. We should be giving the local bands our fullest support and promote them outside the scene.

There is plenty of room for sites like jambands.com and jamhub.ca, and fuck it, we should make sure to post on every jamband message board there is. If we can establish new contacts and maybe coax some people from the States to come up to our shows, then more power to us. That's how the scene will grow and not by competing with each other.

Oh whoops, I went on a tangent... The Scanc is great. Keep up the good work!

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I throughly enjoy the Sanc, I like how easy it is for me to find out about shows that I'd never have heard of anywhere else. I've lived in ottawa (most of) my entire life, and it wasn't until this summer that I began to hear about 'the scene' or start going to shows. Which brings me to the added part of the question, Canned Beats told me about the sanc in May after The New Deal show during the Tulip Festival, then later that week I headed out to my first CTMF. After that week I signed up. Oh ya, and I love meeting the people involved here, great people to hang out with.

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Originally posted by bradm:

For me, I like being a part of a cohesive group. I don't "amalgate" well (there's a tinge of untrusting outsider in my psyche), but this group has made me feel that I'm an
insider
. You know how, in the lot during Phish & Dead shows, friends will spot each other from a distance, and run up and hug each other out of sheer joy of meeting each other again after who-knows-how-long? I wasn't part of anything like that until I joined the Sanctuary. (I think it was at a Nero show just after CTMF in July [which I skipped], when either Stapes or Giggles said to me, "You were missed." I went, "
Huh?
" to myself. I considered that one of the highest compliments I've ever been paid.)


The science fiction community is similar in that respect. It's one of the attractions to attending SF conventions.

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Supplementary QotD: Who introduced you to the Sanctuary? For me, it was Davey Boy (and CatPhish), after the DMB show in Aug., 2001, when he took me (and Arcane) to see Nero for my first time. Thanks, Davey and CatPhish.


What he said.

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Originally posted by bradm:

We meet, exchange info (so that someone one person finds out can be broadcast and have its effect amplified), ask/answer questions, and bring our diverse and complementary skill sets to the table.


Just to expand on that "amplification" point a bit: I was talking to a colleague yesterday about my moe.down experiences, and Flaps before that, and he asked, "How do you find out about this stuff?" I replied that hooking up with people in the know is the way to go. This community has put me in touch with so much good stuff:

  • Nero
  • Grand Theft Bus
  • Jimmy Swift Band
  • Dr. Huxtable
  • Downtime
  • Come Together Music Fest
  • moe. & moe.down
  • Flaps Off The Side Of The Moon
  • Phil & Friends
  • and on and on

none of which I'd known about before, and which I'd surely have missed if I hadn't hooked up with you all.

I love the way that one person can bring one thing to the table that nobody else has heard about, and almost instantly have the word spread. Knowledge & information are not like concrete property: sharing does not diminish it in any way. As I've quoted before:

quote:

Spider Robinson:

Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased.


Aloha,

Brad

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Originally posted by arcane:

The science fiction community is similar in that respect. It's one of the attractions to attending SF conventions.


I think is a common trait of most communities. For example, my parents were square dancers for many years, and used to go to conventions once or twice a year, and my experiences at CTMF, Flaps, and moe.down mirror their convention experiences very closely. Further, according to them, square dancers were some of the nicest, friendliest, and most helpful people around, which again mirrors my experience of Sanctuarians.

Aloha,

Brad

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Hmm, what do I get out of this place? (That was 'what', not 'how'... [smile] )

The sense of community described by Ms. Hux and Bradm were not new to me (several facets of my life are in such communities, be it SF clubs and cons, or the Irish cultural groups), but are always treasured. I can't be jaded about it since it fills such a primal need. I've always wanted to be part of a group, be accepted; it was near impossible until I got to adulthood. Then it happened one after the other, and it's... addictive, in a sense.

Of course, I can't seem to ever be "just one of the guys". I have this melodramatic/show-off streak which many here have experienced first-hand (and which is only half of the whole dancing enthusiasm and skills I can put out - the ferriswheeler crew got to see me cut loose after their show), and which shows no sign of going away. I'm trying to hone it, not just let it burst out; the way the better musicians have this driving need and energy to play, but control it.

Bradm had been ranting to me about jam bands for a while, and about Nero in particular, for a year before I finally caught a Dr. Hux show near my place. Quite interesting, if a bit new to me. Seeing the parallels with Drums and Tuba, a common discovery, I pursued the matter a bit, lurked on here.

Then I went to my first Nero show and that was the proverbial It.

What's weird is that I have almost nothing in common with a large number of people here, but I learn a lot (sometimes through their mistakes [smile] ) and find new avenues to explore. Musically.

I like live shows, and it's only the lack of available money or (usually) time that keeps me from attending the plethora of good stuff going on - in any of the 5 or 6 interests I have. This city is bursting at the seam and I'd be out nearly 7 nights a week if I let myself...

And arcane, I'm really trying to not get close to people when dancing anymore. Though I guess I'd have to open my eyes at some point for it to help...

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Oh the Skank! While this was not my first discussion board (does anyone still use the Phish Tape Trader Board), it, as this thread has pointed out, in some ways transcended the duty of a board. This place is as real as any we can visit. In some cases, some of you only exist in my universe right here. Even better though is when Skank reality and reality reality collide (often times when I am a little outside of reality myself) It's a completely 21st century to be excited about putting a face to Cyberpeople especially in situations like these:

arranging to meet Northern Wish and AD at a Rheos show

a friendly guy walks up to your campsite and sits down, turns out it's a guy named Mark Tonin from the Canadian Phish Trading Board

a friend from London's childhood best friends turn out to be in this new jamband called Nero

the bass player from the band comes over one afternoon, bringing Giggles and Canned Beats and turns on the Santuary on my computer

after that watching old friends like Tungsten and marcO (another weird connection) join up

Meeting Backbacon through his/my friend kristy

making the pilgramige to Ottawa to finally put the faces to the names and then build Skankcity on May 24 based SOLELY on this cyber community

OK I'm ramblin like Barlow right now but you get my point.

YOU ALL HAVE BECOME A DAILY PART OF MY WORLD AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS!

oh yeah and you're taste in music ain't half bad either [Wink]

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Originally posted by Ms.Huxtable:

What do you like about being a Scanc? What has this site brought to your life?

What about you? Is this thing special or is it just me?

What do I like about being a Scanc?

I like laughing to myself as I walk down the street after reading something on the board.

I like the fact that there are people out there that I really really like and have never met, and may never meet.

I can keep in touch with good personal friends such as Trevor (cyberhippie), Scottie (scottieking, duh!) and Steve (secondtube) more often on here than I am able to do in "real life"!

I like that some people regularly annoy me.

It is the answer to the perennial question "how do you KNOW about all this stuff??" (shows, bands etc.)

I enjoy the wide spectrum of conversation.

I enjoy that people seem to be forgiving and understanding when another member crosses some line of some sort, or wigs out publicly.

I've learned a *LOT* about internet etiquette and not to viciously go after people's opinions like I once did.

I have met some fine, fine pholk through this group and very much look forward to meeting some more. I have an aunt who lives in Ottawa but she's moving soon, so I gotta make that trip out there. But basically, I want to do that so I can see Nero on their home turf and get to meet some of you fuckers.

I have received some great shows through this group, a real gift for a burnerless oaf such as myself.

It's a little world that I enjoy privately, away from the parents and my significant other, and even most of my closest friends. I enjoy that window to the world and the countless times I came home from work (which is where I get most of my online access) and tell her "you'll never believe what Puddles said today!" [Wink]

I am looking forward to having Phish back on tour so we can start pulling THAT topic apart together.

I feel like I'm witnessing a grassroots mini-revolution that is making waves across the music scenes across the country, and beginning to filter down to the US too. That's exciting!

I feel connected and part of a group of people who are (for the most part) having fun while pursuing quality and grace. That makes me proud.

So, Rock On you Crazy Mofo's!! [Cool]

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I just come here because I dont want to get caught surfing porn at work. I also get to make fun of Treyter when he isnt spitting beer in my face from Moexcitement. [Razz]

Some of you Fug Sugs make me laugh as well. Its all about the Weezy.

Solar Garlic (or anyone that knows this cat)

I need your addy, email it to me at work

andre.m.bouchard@pwgsc.gc.ca

same with Northern Wish (or whomever won that pool)

I deleted my inbox, no longer have addresses and I am staring at cd's that belong to youse guys.

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