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CIVL Shuffle: B.A. Johnston Edition

CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy was ecstatic that B.A. Johnston graced the cover of this fine publication in October of 2010 when Larry Portelance brought him to Abbotsford for the first time.

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By Aaron Levy (CIVL Station Manager) – Email

Print Edition: October 2, 2013

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CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy was ecstatic that B.A. Johnston graced the cover of this fine publication in October of 2010 when Larry Portelance brought him to Abbotsford for the first time. Four stops later, and the Hamiltonian bro-he-im returns to the corner of Essendene and West Railway in downtown Abbotsford along with the other three acts below this coming Monday at Gators Pub.

B.A. Johnston – “Douche Storm”

“Why are there so many faux-hawks? It’s my least favorite hawk.” As compared with Mo-hawk or real hawk, of course. A bit of an out-dated reference for 2013 (no Skrillex jokes yet?) but such is the plight for top-of-mind topical humour providers on tour. His songs are visionary.

Monkeys in Drag – “Foster Fun Haus”

The only band in town that dresses for the part of singing you to sleep like a siren and stealing your livelihood in your sleep like a succubus. Featuring the Bell brothers Zach and Seth, this makes three pairs of siblings, brothers at that, squaring off on this particular bill!

Tri-5 – “Lah Dee Dah”

Tri-5 had a good thing going. Now defunct, Goyer brothers Justin and Derek are half of Cheap High, who will debut at this show, alongside the Mendonca brothers Carlos from Cat and Mouse, and Nicolas from TLC and Random Dander. Super group is a word I throw around often. Catch.

Yes Men Jr. – “Buddhastep”

These fellas never cease to frustrate and amaze me at the same time. Their last initiative, a live theatrical performance entitled Feck, which performed at AfterMath during a Weeks of Welcome event, was more Hitler than Springtime, if you know what I mean. Brilliant, limit-testing youth. Side project Dino-Skrilla opens Monday.

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  1. Larry Portelance

    October 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for mentioning I first brought him to Abbotsford! I have seen the fellow perform in Frederiction, Halifax, Vancouver, Abbotsford and Sackville, NB.

    Sackville is where the video of BA Johnston performing Eye of the Douchestorm was taken. The music festival is called Sappy Fest and the venue was Uncle Larry’s.

    In this video at 1:58 you see some arms up in the air. Those were mine as I allowed BA lift my shirt up and rub his disgustingly sweaty belly against me.

    I promptly share my bounty of BA sweat with my friends next to me. I couldn’t understand why the weren’t interested in having a little.

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