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Christopher John Joseph Reimer memorial blog: 2013 in review

WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepare a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Chris always found marketing and publicity to be a disgusting and dirty business. In many ways, it is. One might suggest that to focus, therefore, on the numbers that this memorial blog reached in 2013 to be craven, and disgusting, but I don’t quite see it that way.

A metaphor I’ve been rolling around in my brain over the past several days is this: When someone dies–I think particularly if they die young–who they were and how they lived is akin to a wave or a splash in the ocean. The impact that Chris and his music, his life and his death had on people was at first enormous. 25,000 people visited this blog in the first days after his death. 90 people wrote to tell us how much his beautiful spirit and his music meant to them. 700 people attended the funeral. In the sad and dark months that followed the inner circle of friends and family were continually heartened by the community of people that rushed to support us and to remember and memorialize Chris in words, in art and in music.

It’s impossible to know how you might, in your life, impact other people. My brother was genuinely self-effacing and humble, and I know he would have been floored to know the heartfelt, positive things that people said about him after he died. I wish he could have known and believed such sentiments in life. The waves of the magic Chris brought to the world in his 26 short years have continued to reverberate. Over 2012 and 2013, people continued to remember him, and write to us. We were pleased to see The Chad Tape sell out; the only thing Chris wanted to achieve was to make music, and to have that music reach and effect people. It did and it has. I’m sad that he didn’t live to release his solo work and watch it reach people, and I don’t understand metaphysics as much as I would like, but maybe where/whatever he is now knows and feels this?

Gold released the digital Losing Your Hair EP in 2012; Mammoth Cave records put out the vinyl 7″ EP this year. It’s bittersweet because the tracks were recorded by Chris and feature his drumming; the last thing he physically contributed to before moving on. Sadly, Gold broke up after the album came out, but some of the members are working on new projects together, and I look forward to hearing what they come up with in 2014.

We were moved beyond words when The Dodos Carrier came out in the summer, and we are grateful for the kind things that Meric and Logan have said about Chris in interviews this year.

Quickdraw Animation Society approached us late in the spring to ask about the possibility of a collaborative, animated tribute. A call for submissions has gone out and the deadline for notice of intent is January 15. The film is slated for completion in fall 2014. We’re very excited to see what people submit.

So the waves of response to my brother continue, smaller and slower but steady. I know that they will continue. But I also know that, as time continues inexorably forward, the mighty splash will gradually become a slower and shorter oscillation.

Some waves undergo a phenomenon called “breaking”. A breaking wave is one whose base can no longer support its top, causing it to collapse. A wave breaks when it runs into shallow water, or when two wave systems oppose and combine forces. When the slope, or steepness ratio, of a wave is too great, breaking is inevitable.  Source: Wikipedia.

Life goes on, as it should and it must. Eventually the need to remember Chris Reimer will fade into the faintest ripple on a distant shore. Other musicians will break into and sustain public consciousness; other musicians will die and will be mourned. This is as it should be: we all live and die. After the initial phase of shock and mourning, life goes on as it did before, for most people at least.

This has been one of the hardest things for me to reconcile: That to the wider world and perhaps even to our wider community of friends, family, and artists, Chris will fade in importance. That people will forget him.

So I thank you for visiting and reading over 2013, and I thank you for remembering Chris.

Love to you and yours, and best wishes for 2014, wherever you are.

–Nikki

Chris with girlfriend Rena in 2011

Chris with girlfriend Rena in early 2012



Here’s an excerpt of the blog report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Christopher JJ Reimer Memorial Show Recaps!

Mad love and thanks to all the peeps who came out to see our boy’s show at Sled Island last week. (Two weeks ago, I guess. They say you lose time in grief. It’s true. It goes somewhere).

Also, I don’t know that I properly thanked the Sled Island Festival, and Paisley Sim in particular, for so generously making possible this event. From FFWD:

For Sim, however, one exhibition stands out from the rest: the Reimer show at MOCA. “Marc Rimmer curated it and Marc and Chris were best friends for many, many years,” she says. “It’s a collection of photographs of him by many people in his life and then we’re playing many of his unreleased, ambient scores — they’re all so textured.”

The show features a silent auction to raise funds for a foundation in Reimer’s name.

“More than anything, I feel humbled to be able to present it. I loved Chris and I hope that the show is well-received by his family more than anything else.”

 Paisley, it was. THANK YOU.

CBC Calgary’s The Homestretch spoke to Marc in advance of the show.

And BeatRoute interviewed Rena about Gold.

Thanks to DivinerOne/Kathleen Moors for this lovely ambient video:

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Palamino Tribute Show: Thin Lizzy

On March 1, 2012, the day of Chris’ cremation, and the day after his funeral celebration, a private concert was held at the Palamino Nightclub in Calgary in his honour. The following videos are from that night, courtesy of Melanie McKay.

THIN LIZZY – WILD ONE

Drums: Eric Hamelin

Bass: Matt Flegel

Guitars: Scott Monroe, Logan Kroeber, Meric Long

Lyrics:

Wild one won’t you please come home
You’ve been away too long, will you
We need you home, we need you near
Come back wild one will you

How can we live without your love
You know that could kill you
How can we carry on
When you are gone my wild one

So you go your way wild one
I’ll try and follow
And if you change your mind
I will be waiting here for you tomorrow

For I would beg for you
I would steal and I would borrow
I’d do anything, anything at all
To end this sorrow

Wild one
The gypsies warned of the danger
You can laugh and joke with friends
But don’t you ever talk to strangers

Although their offers may be sweet
And I’d bet and I would wager
Away you’ll stray and never come back
To those who love and made you


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Palamino Tribute Show: New Paths to Helicon Pt. 1

On March 1, 2012, the day of Chris’ cremation, and the day after his funeral celebration, a private concert was held at the Palamino Nightclub in Calgary in his honour. The following videos are from that night, courtesy of Melanie McKay.

MOGWAI

This is one of Chris’ favourite Mogwai tracks, New paths to Helicon pt. 1.

The musicians are: Marc Rimmer, Scott Monroe, (guitars) Matt Flegel on bass, our dad Tim Reimer on drums, and Myke Atkinson.

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Christopher John Joseph Reimer Fund Update

Hello and thanks to all who’ve read, written and sent support, condolences and love. It has been much appreciated by those of us on the inside of this great loss.

My mother’s not yet been able to read this blog, but I know that when the time comes she will be as honoured and comforted as I have been by all of your kind thoughts towards us and our boy.

I wanted to give a quick update on the situation with the preliminarily-named C.J.J. Reimer Scholarship Fund:

The team has had a few meetings, and we’re quite excited about our ideas, however, we still need to deal with some legalities, firm up our intended partnerships and obtain official not-for-profit status.

As soon as the Fund is ready to officially launch, we will announce it both on this blog and in media releases.

In the meantime, if any of you would like to contribute to the fund, you may send cheques directly to my father C/o the following:

Tim Reimer
11 Woodhaven Crescent, S.W.
Calgary, AB T2W 5S3

Funds may be earmarked for either the production of Chris’ unpublished music or for the scholarship. (Please just send a note indicating your preference). A separate bank account has been set up to hold the funds raised so far until we’re ready to transfer them into the official fund account.

Please backchannel me if you have any further questions: nikki(dot)reimer(at)gmail(dot)com

Sincerely and humbly,

Nikki Reimer on behalf of Team Reimer!

(Nikki Reimer, Tim Reimer, Jo Reimer, Rena Kozak and Marc Rimmer)

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CBC Radio 3 Podcast

Remembering Women’s Chris Reimer posted on February 23, 2012

Listen to mp3.

Thanks, guys.

-N.

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Benjamin Middleton

Hi Nikki,

I knew Chris in a very general sort of way, mostly acquainted through mutual friends and from going to shows etc. We spoke only a handful of times; I always had a “bro crush” on Chris and wanted to pick his brain about pedals or talk about deerhoof records…

I was lucky enough to see him perform very intimately, quite literally in my kitchen for what must have been a very early “Women” gig and one of the last shows “Azeda Booth” shows as a sextet…. quintet if memory serves Marc wasn’t present.

Even though I wasn’t close with him, Chris had this “sunshine prince” quality that made you feel like you had been pals your whole life when you were around him….everyone already has said so many wonderful truths about him, much better than I ever could. Continue reading

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