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For the Family and Friends of Chris Reimer

I had the incredible opportunity of seeing Chris perform with Women a handful of years back in Denver, CO. I only met him in passing that night but I knew he was a beautiful human. From the first moment I heard Women’s self-titled album, he became one of my guitar idols and will forever be an inspiration to me and musicians all over the world. Even though I didn’t know him, he will remain in my heart forever.
I miss you, Chris.
Tim Perry

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Ffwd Article: Remembering Chris

Remembering Chris Reimer

Fast Forward Weekly writers pay tribute to deceased Women guitarist
Published March 1, 2012  by Fast Forward Weekly writers in Music Features

In a city with an experimental music scene still small enough to feel like one big family, it’s been impossible, this past week, not to sense the loss of one of its most tender souls and talented players, Women guitarist Chris Reimer. He passed away in his sleep last Tuesday, February 21, most likely from complications related to a heart condition. He was just 26. Many of us knew him by his impeccable wit, killer hugs and mischievous blue eyes, and many more knew him by his otherworldly command of the six-string, able to issue ethereal torrents of noise and shimmering, hypnotic riffs with equal skill and grace. He will be missed, remembered, and then missed some more, forever. His sister Nikki has set up a memorial blog (, where you can read about the myriad ways Chris left deep imprints on everyone who knew him, and see pictures that show the myriad ways he was a total goofball. Love you, bud. Continue reading

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Remembering Chris

Dear Nikki.

My name is (william) James (J.J.) Mathison — people tend to decide what name I go by…  Chris called me Jimmy.  I like that.

I have been punishing my soft little brain for days to find the right words to express my sorrow to you and your family, to all friends of Chris, to myself.  Mostly I have been drinking;  trying to make some sense of it all.  We did a lot of that together, Chris and I.

We didn’t rely on finding the right words too much when we were together.  No doubt Chris had them there, somewhere in that sad-brilliant mind of his.

We drove around.  We were fucking hilarious.  Everybody knows Chris was fucking hilarious.

We hugged a lot.

Smart people tend to be intuitively unhapppy.  Chris was un-happy a great deal when I knew him best.  This made sense to me.

Stupid-happy people are boring.  Sad-smart people are interesting.  Chris was really goddamn interesting.  I think we bonded.

(in case you’re wondering:  sad-stupid people need to just cheer the fuck up already.) Continue reading


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Julie McLaughlin

not enough words, so so so much love. xxoo

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Michael Whelan


I’m very sorry for your loss. I never got to meet Chris in person, but I did get a chance to see Women when they played in Dublin, Ireland in Novemeber ’08. I listen to them almost everyday and was very saddened when I was told of Chris’s death. I made this in pattern collage of his image in Photoshop and wanted to share it with you.
He was an inspirational musician and I wish I had the chance to meet him in person. Thanks for making this site.
Take care

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Hedwig Plomp

Dear Nikki,

Such sad sad news… I’m so sorry for your loss… I have met Chris a few times briefly while he was on tour in the Netherlands with Women, he and the other lovely guys of Women and their music have made a great impact on me (and my friends). He was such a nice and friendly person. It is great you have set up this blog… Much strenght to you, Rena, family and friends.

one photo was taken at the Women/Chad VanGaalen show – VERA Groningen in 2008 by Esther
one photo was taken by me at the incubate festival 2010 in Tilburg.

Hedwig, Groningen the Netherlands Continue reading

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Emily Moore

Found these – from Primavera 2009, which is where I first met him and the whole crew.

He was on stage with Chad here, in the baking Barcelona late-afternoon sun.

Sounded magnificent, of course.

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Jade Curry

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Your Incredible Brother

Hi Nikki,

I am so sorry for the loss that you, Rena, your parents and family, and Chris’ friends (myself included) have suffered. Chris was a truly wonderful person–human to the core, a trait that I can imagine brought him as much pain as it did success.

Chris (and those close to him) was and continues to be a major inspiration to me. As a child, I was very musical, but lost my affinity for playing as other priorities took hold in my teenage years. I was finally tempted back into music upon seeing Chris, Mike, the Flegels and their cohort performing during my high school years. I owe much of my current happiness to them.

I rose early the morning after hearing of Chris’ passing, and began writing a poem to help myself wrap my head around it. I finished it today. I have included it for you because it represents my best effort to begin to repay Chris for his incredibly positive influence on my life.

Finally, thank you for setting up the memorial website. I am sure that its visitors are deriving comfort in knowing both their pain and fond memories are shared by so many others, as I am.

Euan Thomson


When last words ablate and death is exhumed
When harmony collapses on a lifetime in tune
In the closing climax, mind and body quiver
Into one final shudder plunges rhythm’s red river
      Tremulous yet unshakably benign
And the celestial dance resumes.

From rhythm’s black hole, a wave breaks away
Sound become matter in physical dismay
But the wave propagates, oblivious to Law
A duality of functions: an aide memoire
      Or an agent of change
And often synchronically grey.

In grief’s trough our eyes lose the peak of the wave
Confusing the now with the days gone away
In a subconscious effort to sever the tie
Neurons decay while at synapses vie
      For the road to the substantia nigra
By amnesia the road is unpaved.

But at times we are dowsed by a torrent unseen
Just moments before, now revived as a dream
By memory’s lapses retracing synapses
Awake now as rhythm, the memory elapses
      A wave weighing nothing and all:
Our matter bequest is our rhythm sublime
      Which, as harmony betrays us at the brink of our time
      And collapses on the medley of body and mind,
      Persists as a wave in a squall.

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Love From Kingston, Ontario

Dear Nikki, Rena, Chris’ parents and friends,
I’m a member of Kingston, Ont.’s campus and community radio station at Queen’s University, CFRC 101.9 FM.  Ever since we received Women’s first record, and then Public Strain, I have loved their music so very much.  In reading the outpouring of love and grief, I too feel great sorrow over losing Chris, one of our best Canadian musicians of all time.  I am buoyed by seeing so much love on the memorial website, and such beautifully kind words from people touched by Chris and his music.
I send you love and strength and my promise that Chris will never be forgotten in Kingston and the Thousand Islands.
Melissa Salsbury
host of “Under the Radar”
Queen’s Radio-CFRC 101.9 FM

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