Feb. 06, 2013 - Issue #903: Moment by moment
Losing anything is a stress-inducing experience, particularly when it involves a large sum of money and access to your only means of transportation. One-man folk-rock show Shane Philip shares his War Story from the road with Vue—let's hope his experience in Edmonton is a less panicked one.
I had a gig in Golden, BC four years ago at The Lyric Bar. During my set break I went outside, came back in and inadvertently took my winter coat off at the table I was sitting at. When I went to play I forgot to grab my winter coat, but somehow during my set someone else did.
The pockets of my coat contained my wallet with around $1000 in it, and the keys to my van. After the show, I packed my gear up and went to load out, but my coat was nowhere to be seen. I started working my way into a panic state after scouring the bar for my coat. I didn't sleep a wink that night.
You can imagine having no way to get into my van, no money and no coat to wear outside with a temperature of -20 C. This was not good. I made up a poster for a lost coat, borrowed the bar owner's coat and canvassed the streets. I had my partner Lisa send keys on a bus just in case I didn't get my coat back. I gave up my search and decided to go upstairs to my room and have a nap. I was woken up by the bar owner and he had my coat in his hand. I was so happy. Apparently someone at the table I was sitting at picked it up thinking it was his friend's and put it in his truck. He went skiing all day and noticed the coat in his truck at the end of his ski day. Thankfully he was honest and returned it with all my money in the wallet and my keys in the pocket.
Soon after that I wrote a song about the event called "Stranded." It's on my Live at Baker Studios album. V
Thu, Feb 14 (8 pm)
Avenue Theatre, $14
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