RIP, Bob the Budgie

The N2DS2W mascot, Bob the Budgie, was in loving hands when he passed away the morning of Oct. 15.

We're not sure how old he was when he was plucked from the budgie bin at a local pet store a little more than five years ago, but his vet noted he was not a young bird.

Bob's favourite Canadian indie songs were Caribou's "Odessa" and Molly Rankin's "Way Home." Both never failed to make him chirp, often right in time with the music. Although he never learned to talk, he had plenty to say. He could mimic the microwave beeps, and loved the sound of running water, the birds outside and the hair dryer. His favourite treat was dandelion.

He is survived by his fellow pets Mulder the cat and Lucid the hedgehog.

A brief service was held in the backyard.

The house definitely won't be the same without you, Bob. You will be greatly missed.

It's Phate that it's eight

On Sat., Sep. 17 Phog Phest moves back indoors for round 8 at the Phog Lounge and owner Tom Lucier's newest venture and venue, The Rondo. We're excited to finally see it after an epic tunnel backup foiled our attempt to attend the opening.

Lucier's doing a slow reveal of bands. So far in addition to local talent, out-of-towners include The Pack A.D. We know of another but won't spoil the surprise. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

(This year's Phog Phest poster is by Alain Rocha)

Meet us in the Basement

Looking for a place online to get the latest Canadian indie music news and talk Canadian indie music with Canadian indie music fans?

Head downstairs to Thanks to some passionate and talented folks from the former CBC Radio 3 blog, you can read great articles that aren't insert-a-number-here clickbait lists. You can also drop in on the blog and chat about your favourite Canadian indie bands, the show you saw last night and other topics. You'll find the blog on the most recent post.

Why Our Basement? Before CBC Music launched the latest blogless site (that left N2DS2W with hundreds of broken links), and before the one it replaced, there was the site bloggers fondly call the basement (thanks Wayback Machine!). The basement years were some of the best for CBC Radio 3 bloggers, and R3 itself.

So stop by and take a look around. Keep an eye out for the wild raccoon and leave a cookie for him.