Story, photo and video by Chealse Howell
Photos in video courtesy of The Agency Group Ltd
Put on your cowboy hats ladies and gents because one of Canada’s country stars is coming to E.P Taylor’s.
Chad Brownlee (MDM Recordings Inc./ Universal Music Canada) has had a great few months in the country music world. He was nominated in 2012 for a Canadian Country Music Award in the Male Artist of the Year category and performed live on the nationally-broadcast awards show on the CBC last September.
Brownlee is currently touring through Canada and is making a stop in the Durham Region on March 13th. Tickets are now on sale at the Tuck Shop for $7.00 for students and $10.00 for guests. If any tickets are left over from the advance sale, they will be available at the door for students at $10.00 and $15.00 for guests. The event is all ages but get your tickets fast because there is limited space available and only one guest per student.
Creating your own clothing, such as t-shirts, shorts, and long sleeve shirts, just became easier for students and staff at Durham College and UOIT. Artist Den Print Studio, located in the Student Centre, above E. P. Taylor’s, is not only printing on paper, but are now printing logos and images on pretty much any article of clothing.
They started creating prints for clothing in the summer, but the business has picked up as students and staff found out about this service when classes started.
Many students like to spend their down time out on the town enjoying a couple of drinks. But being students, money is not always a luxury that can be spent on bars and clubs every night.
“Any establishment can refuse entry if you’ve been drinking before you come,” said Ashley Johns, a bartender at E.P. Taylor’s.
So knowing that, pre-drinking is out of the question. If you want to run the risk of saving money by pre-drinking beforehand then it could end up ruining the original plan of enjoying a night away from the house. But there are some drinks that people can purchase to get the most out of their money.
The cheapest way to save money is to go to bars or clubs that have special deals on specific nights, such as at E.P. Taylor’s. They have Big Mug Mondays, Tuesday $3.75 rail drinks and Friday pints
Have you ever been to E.P. Taylor’s on your birthday and wondered why you are paying full price for a meal? Well, wonder no more because the pub is giving back to students celebrating that special day.
E.P.’s is now offering 10 percent off of your food order as well as giving you a special gift while quantities last. The gift depends on the day and could be anything from a birthday cake to concert tickets. The promotion started two weeks ago and has been such a hit with students, that management is thinking they may have to top themselves next year.
Reading Week is a time for studying and catching up on assignments, but it’s also a time when students party.
For some students Reading Week means staying on campus but with the E.P. Taylor’s closed during the break where can students go for a pint to relieve some stress?
Also, some students live in Durham Region and come to the college to visit friends who are living here or staying over the break. If they want to go out for a beer they have to take their business some place else. This could mean taking a bus down to the Crooked Uncle or even farther.
MBM students set up and run the event Open Mic Day. Above, Trista Sotela performs in front of an E.P. Taylor's crowd.
The music was pumping out of the speakers, students were belting out and it’s all called homework for the Music Business Management (MBM) students at Durham College.
MBM students put together an open mic day at E.P. Taylor’s on February 6 as part of their course load called an initiative. There are 16 initiatives in total that combined replicate a mock music industry here on campus.
The initiatives are designed to give students hands-on experience before entering into their field.
Bodan Grodesky is not only a student in the Music Business Management program here at Durham College but he is an avid member of the local music scene and is in a band himself.
“Basically the band formed because we all broke up with our girlfriends at the same time and had nothing to do,” says Grodesky.
“Our band is The N.S.P, it is an abbreviation – but it doesn’t really stand for one specific thing. We let the fans take it for what it is,” the drummer continued. Although he did add that even though he is the drummer in The N.S.P. he does not actually consider himself a drummer.
Grodesky says that being part of the Music Business Management has taught him so much about the music industry.
“I love the program,” he says. “Well some days I don’t, but that’s like everything. If I didn’t take this program, I would be walking into the music industry blind.”
As part of the program a concert is being held at E.P. Taylor’s next Friday. (February 3rd ). The N.S.P will be performing, along with a slew of other bands.
“The band could be described as punk metal, grimecore and crust punk,” he says.
One thing that is great about The N.S.P. he said is that all the members have their own influences and that together is a great mix. And what is the moshing culture like there?
“The whole deal with moshing is just the adrenaline from the music – it just f***ks with you,” he said. “It’s a big part of the culture, ya it is obviously rough but its good, friendly, violent fun.”
The Music Business Management all-ages concert at E.P. Taylor’s is $10.