Monday, September 20, 2010

Joe Pernice resurfaces!

Although singer/songwriter and novelist Joe Pernice has reportedly made Toronto his home for the past five years, he's maintaining a decidedly low profile. In fact, Prince would probably like to get some tips on keeping hidden in the city – if he could only find him. There have been a couple of unconfirmed Pernice sightings in the area of Ossington and Dundas – Tim Hanna swears it was Pernice who walked into Frantic City and signed a Young Accuser single sleeve which he has on the wall as evidence – but whether it was actually him or a bearded look-alike faking a Northamptonian drawl, the fact remains that Pernice isn't in danger of oversaturating the market with local club appearances. He's played fewer shows in Toronto over the past 12 months than Austin's Strange Boys. So even though Pernice's appearance tonight (Monday, September 20) at Clinton's as part of This Is Not A Reading Series will be primarily a discussion of his first novel It Feels So Good When I Stop (Penguin) prodded by Stuart Ross, I've heard from a reliable source that Pernice will have a guitar with him. Good news.
The last time Pernice held a book launch in town, it started with him reading passages from his novel but quickly turned into a solo acoustic performance with Pernice playing more than half of the cover songs from the book's accompanying "soundtrack" album and culminated with a set of tunes from his time with the Pernice Brothers, Scud Mountain Boys and Chappaquiddick Skyline.
Charlie Huisken's literary event at Clinton's may not turn into another career retrospective night, it's sure to make for an entertaining evening and you'll also be among the proud few who can lay claim to observing Pernice in his new habitat. The cover is just $5 and doors open at 7 pm.

Joe Pernice reads from It Feels So Good When I Stop

Tell Me When It's Over (Dream Syndicate) by Joe Pernice

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