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’sThe Homestretchspoke to Marc in advance of the show.
(Marc Rimmer has done an amazing amount of work to put this together, and we’re all grateful. Please come out to the opening if you’re in Calgary; we’d love to see you. –Nikki)
Christopher J.J. Reimer
Known and loved both at home and abroad for his spellbinding guitar playing in bands such as Women and Azeda Booth, Chris Reimer was a fixture in the Calgary music scene for almost a decade. Before passing away suddenly in February 2012 at age 26, Chris made an unforgettable impression on his community with his huge talent and remarkably generous nature. This exhibit taps into Chris’ tremendous spirit and explores his unparalleled creative vision through a collection of photographs taken by him, his friends and bandmates, accompanied by a soundtrack of his lush and largely unheard ambient recordings. All opening reception drink sales and donations will benefit a memorial fund in Chris’ name.
When: Opening 6:00 p.m., Wednesday June 20 and running for the duration of the Sled Island Festival
Tix:Free. All opening reception drinks and donations will benefit The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund
About the fund:
Christopher John Joseph (Chris) Reimer was an immensely talented young artist who was taken from us at the tragically young age of 26. Known and loved throughout the world for his spellbinding guitar work in Azeda Booth and Women and as touring guitarist for The Dodos, Christopher also composed a significant amount of unreleased and largely unheard music. Christopher’s artistic talents extended beyond music: he was involved with dance performance as a youth, and he created a collection of mostly unseen drawings, photographs and writing as a young man. Chris’ early training in dance and music was integral to his development as a professional artist.
The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society (official charitable registration pending) is a collective of Chris’ closest friends and family who have banded together to keep his tremendous spirit alive. Chris was unfailingly generous, loving, loyal, humble and kind. It is our hope that his art and his generosity may live on through our work.
The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund has two aims:
1) to provide funding for youth to receive training in dance and music
2) to professionally produce and release the music that Chris wrote
We’re really excited about our latest show on May 1st; we’ve got 3 great Calgary bands Lab Coast, Gold and the Diet and Lethbridge’s best import since Pilsner, Fist City. Come out and support some great local talent and help us open our new patio, which weather permitting, will be the start of many great patio nights. Our friends from Gold recently lost a close friend and bandmate so we asked them to write something for you all. Please take a minute to read below and consider donating to the CJJ Reimer Memorial Fund.
The members of Gold wish to extend a special invitation to our performance on May 1st to all friends, family, colleagues and fans of Chris Reimer. Chris was a long time friend who also drummed with us for six months, making him an integral part of the development of our songs and our sound, and we were shattered by his passing on February 21st, 2012. We are pleased to be able to return to the stage and we want to take this opportunity to spread the word about the CJJ Reimer Memorial Fund: A non-profit organization that will raise money to provide youth scholarships in music and dance, and also to produce a release of Chris’ own written and recorded music. We will be accepting donations to the fund at the merch table throughout the evening, and we hope you can make it out to support us as well as our good friends in Lab Coast, Fist City, and The Diet – musicians who were all friends to Chris and who share our loss and our desire to pay tribute to him.
I am sad to hear of Calgary guitarist Chris Reimer’s passing. We just shared a stage on the 8th of February this year where he saved my opening set that night lending me a missing power supply and cable, reassuring me that he was, “happy to help”. He performed solo electric guitar which shined with beauty; I remember feeling like I was in church or in a spiritual ritual hearing bells of cosmic light that filled my soul. Reimer will probably be best remembered as guitarist for the Calgary band Women but I think this set in particular deserves some introspection and meditation – it shines with beauty.