Minto at The Chapel

Last Saturday I got out of the project house, (thats what I’m calling my apartment now) to checked out a friends band.  Heres the deal.

The event was the 1st Annual CiTR Barn Burner fundraiser at Chapel Arts Centre.  This themed night included free food from The Whip, which was both tasty and much appreciated.  The Veggie Chilli was very popular and the pulled pork levelled of the playing field of the carnivores.  To help tie in the theme there was a projection screen upstairs with Spaghetti Westerns playing.  Even without the sound it was fun to check them out between sets.

The Venue was very cool and unique.  Recently opened, this previous Chapel and funeral home now plays host to local art and music under the simple name of Chapel Arts.  This open layout, multi-level space boasts a Billiard room, groovy sitting area and of course the Chapel performance space.  The atmosphere is inviting and full of character only added to by the many works of art hanging from its walls.  It was a great back drop for the night.

I missed the first two sets but arrived in plenty of time to hear the headliner, Minto.

Minto is five dudes from all across Canada who play what they describe as, “country tinged folk music,” and Rock N Roll.  Well it is my professional opinion that they are best described as, “Fucken Awesome!”  These guys rocked the place, possibly waking the dead that were once housed there.  The thing I like, besides the wicked beats they rocked all night, was their incredible stage presence.  They are clearly very different individuals but their differences blend to become once solid rock machine.  The harmonies mixed with a strong command of their instruments create a fun time.  I strongly encourage checking this band out.

Drunken Handyman with Minto

But now we speak of the important details of the evening, the booze.  This is a drinking blog after all.  They keep it simple at the Chapel and I like that.  Two bars to serve you, one upstairs serving just the basics.  Rye, Vodka, Gin and Rum with a small but adequate selection of mix.  It gets the job done.  Downstairs, right in the performing area is the second bar serving white or red wine and Steam Whistle Pilsner right out of the bottle.  This Toronto Brewed beer is easy to drink with no bitter after taste.  After visiting their website it turns out that its also a beer with sustainability in mind.  Their slick green bottles are made from 30% more glass making them reusable if returned and use a painted label instead of wasting paper.  They also power their brewery from renewable energy sources and use bio fuel trucks.  It’s a beer with a heart and I like that.

All and all it was a great night and with all drinks for $5 and free food it was hard to go wrong.


FLB does a mini Episode

FLB put together a little mini episode all on his own, isn’t that cute?!  It’s January, and that means its that special time of year when everyone had to take down their dame tree, I job that can be tedious and very boring.  FLB has come up with a creative way to take those decorations off the tree.

Now I know that for most of you it is likely a little late in the month to still have your tree up, but give us a break!  These things take time to shoot, edit and upload.

For those of you who still have your tree up… TAKE IT DOWN, ITS JANUARY!  Thats not Christmas Spirit, its a God Damn fire Hazard!


The Handyman

Reno for the Show

Here are some thought that FLB and I were tossing around earlier tonight for a new look for the show.  Since talking with him I have expanded these ideas a little further and I will share that as well.  I hope he won’t mind.

First of, here are the challenges and problems we feel Drunken Handyman currently face.

  • Episodes are too long

Every episode is 12 minutes plus.  Nobody want to watch something that long on their computer.  Get the hook, have a laugh and move on.

  • Episodes are too far between

Episodes are released too far about.  We get some big hits after a post and then interest falls away because there isn’t another episode for 4 – 6 weeks.  Sometimes longer.  Basically there is no consistency.

  • Too much work not enough play

This relates to the first point.  In an effort to be informative as well as entertaining, but keep it short, some great stuff is falling to the edit room floor.  We get into some great drunken rants and believe me, most of your jobs are not smooth sailing, but I just can’t fit it all in.

  • Not enough drinking

This is a tough one.  It’s kind of the main idea but running a production and competing a project can be difficult enough without the added adventure of alcohol.  But this is something I am willing to work on!

  • Can not watch from an iPhone

Again, this directly relates to the first problem.  Episodes are longer then 10 minutes so they can not be posted on Youtube and that limits the availability.

So here is the new plan.  Each episode could become two.  On Thursdays we release the first part which will be FLB or whoever mixing up the drink for the next job.  The following Saturday evening, the rest of episode would air doing the job.  This could give the viewers time to pick up the ingredients needed for the drink and join in the fun.

On top of separating those elements we would also drop the standard opening, mailbag, closing and credits freeing up more time for drunken debauchery with some of that work stuff thrown in.  We would still love your emails and comments and we will respond, just not on the air.

Putting together these episodes is costly and time consuming so we would only air an episode once a month.  Say last Thursday and Saturday of the month.  In the mean time we would still have our “Tips,” segments as well as regular blog posts about projects, booze, bars and club revues as well as special event revues (as long as theres a beer garden!)

So what do you the viewers think about these changes?  Gives us your input so we can make a better show for you.

Thank you.

Jeff the Handyman

Drywall Recycling

After posting the last episode, Plastered Possum, I thought it might be a good time to remind our viewers of the importance of drywall or gypsum recycling.

Gypsum crystals are mined all over the world, then manufactured into Sheets of Drywall used in most new residential and commercial construction.  This process can have a great environmental impact.  First the impact and carbon produced by the mining process, then in shipping the product via truck, rail or even ship to be processed.  Then the scrap left over from construction or from reno and demolition waste usually end up taking up valuable space in local landfills.  Some agencies estimate that landfills are made up of 1% gypsum by-product.

There are ways to reduce this process and one of them is for you and I to make sure that our drywall is recycled and not put into the land fill.  When you take drywall into a designated recycling centre, it is first hand sorted to remove wood and medal.  It is then processed through powerful electromagnets to remove and further metal fragments and then further processing separates the paper from the gypsum.  Once cleaned, gypsum is then shipped to the manufacturer where it is used to make new drywall.  New product can be up to 25% recycled material, so recycling will cut the need for new materials by 25%.

This amount is further reduced by the use of Synthetic gypsum which is a bi-product from the desulfurization of coal-fired electric power plants.

In my area, New West Gypsum is your main source for drywall recycling.  They can be found at Unit 1 5771 Production Way, Langley, BC.  They also have plants in Calgary AB, Oakville Ont., Fife Washington, Las Vegas Nevada as well as locations in Europe.

Please share information on Recycling Centres in your area in the comments section of this blog post.

Plastered Possum

This episode is Part 2 of the multipart series we are now calling, “The Front Hall Job!”

In the, “Dark Destroyer,” we removed a poorly placed hall closet that disrupted traffic flow and was a centre to attract clutter.  In this episode Jeff the Handyman and his team of Drunken Fools attempt to patch up the left over walls and get them ready to paint.

Drunken Handyman Tips: Hardware

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Drunken Handyman Tips.  Ideas and handyman tips to make your job a little easier.

Tony the Bartender provides a way to keep track of screws and hardware during any renovation project.

A Very Vancouver Christmas with Danny Echo

Merry Christmas everyone!  We are trying to get into the Christmas Spirit here at the Drunken Handyman and I must say that Egg Nog and Rum are helping.

Our Theme song provider Danny Echo has one upped us again, this time in the Christmas Cheer category.  He has released a Christmas song with Rave On Studios available on “Very Vancouver Christmas Vol. 5,” CD.  All proceeds from the CD sales go to support the ever increasing needs of the BCSPCA.

You can purchase your copy of the CD at the Website or at one of the free shows Rave On is hosting either on Dec 12 at The Inlet Theatre in Port Moody or Dec 19 at St James Hall in Kitsilano, Vancouver.

Check out this video of Danny Echo and Company performing “Christmas Cheer,” at the Festival of Lights in North Vancouver on December 4th.

In other Danny Echo news, they will soon be releasing their second album, “Rock Bottoms Up.”  CD will be available soon, keep an eye on their website from more details.

Have a safe and happy holidays, and remember, please don’t drink and drive!