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Call & Response: Jon Davis

Posted by Margot / November 21, 2011

20111121_jon_davis.jpgCall & Response is a series of Q&As with bands, artists and random people we dig that live in Montreal, visit here, or have some dubious connection to the city.

In a very special two-in-one-day feature, MP is both Calling and Responding with Jon Davis prior to his show this week, being put on with musical pal Ainsley McNeaney, mangomango, and a surprise guest (who's it going to be?!)! Read on to learn more about Jon's love-hate relationship with cheese curds and mosquitoes.

1. Who is your favourite Canadian artist?
I've gotta say Joni Mitchell for all time favourite, and/or for respect artistically. But I'm a big fan of Feist. Neil Young has been a big influence. And I also like Sloan.

2. Besides family, friends, other music, and long walks on the beach, what influences your music the most?
Tough question... I thought we had covered all possible influences here but I think I would have to say nature. Maybe more than anything, nature is a huge influence on everything I do. It comes out in imagery in my words and it grounds me. It keeps me level and makes me want to live and create.

3. Where is the best place to listen to your music?
A warm summer night, lying naked on a sofa in a quiet, intimate room with only the sound system on, as you also indulge in an entire container of Häagen-Dazs. Winter version: same but with heavy covers.

4. What do you love most about Montreal?
I love the bilingualism, the French culture and influence; it's what makes us different from the rest of Canada. I also love all the great restaurants and our vibrant music scene. Oh, and I love how's it's pretty left wing and open-minded - or at least in my experience and the circles I am in.

5. What do you love most about poutine?
Homemade fries, I think. Also, poutine tends to go well with after midnight, so I'd have to say atmosphere, and, um... and beer? Yes. What I love most about poutine is beer.

6. What do you hate most about poutine?
Beer. Just kidding. Well, what I hate about bad poutine is store-made fries and evil cheese. I suppose poutine is, by its nature, kind of evil enough as it is, so there's no need for any preservatives and gross factory-made shittiness.

7. What was the first live concert you attended? Was it everything you had ever imagined?
Well, I remember seeing Jonas at John Renney High school, some talent show of sorts with his band Rubberman at the time. He's a bit older than me and I remember even then he seemed to have what it took to make it. He's by no means my favourite artist, and I don't follow him at all really, but I definitely respect his ability. We occasionally did double bills at Clyde's way back in the day in the West Island.

8. If your music was a famous historical figure, who would it be and why?
I love this question! Going with the naked theme, can my music be Michelangelo's statue David? I guess the statue is not an historical figure. No, but I think I'd like my music to be David. Sorry! Or maybe some Klimt painting would be better? Or no! Just some thick brushstroke on a canvas! that some famous historical dude did in the impressionistic period?

10. What's the best place you've ever been to?
So far, Rio de Janeiro. Beautiful, amazing. Also, hiking in Scotland was definitely unforgettably awesome.

11. What's the worst place you've ever been to?
My apartment. No just kidding, the bathroom of that forgotten Subway restaurant halfway to La Vérendrye park - but that was an awesome canoe trip. Tons of mosquitoes, though!

12. How did you spend your 16th birthday?
Well, 16 was getting better (or at least different) than 15. I think I spent it with my family. The previous year I had completely changed all of my friends because I was in a bit of a bad crowd, and as a result I had no buddies to get together with after school, so I spent all my time alone at home writing poetry, doing pastel drawings and writing music. That was when I realized that how much I loved music, and how therapeutic it can be.

Make sure to catch Jon Davis and friends at Cabaret du Mile End, this Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 8pm (SHARP!).

Doors at 7pm
Cabaret du Mile End
5240 ave. du Parc
Tickets : $10 reserved, $12 at the door
Reservations and information: 514-769-0453



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