"The Other Side of Ourselves" Book Launch - Meet Jasper Sloan Yip

As regularly readers of this blog will know, I'm launching my first collection of poems, The Other Side of Ourselves, this Saturday night. The evening will feature a reading from myself, as well as a reading by Aislinn Hunter and music from Jasper Sloan Yip. The details:
The Other Side of Ourselves Launch
Saturday, May 14th, 6:30 doors, 7:00 PM start
Rowan's Roof Restaurant and Lounge
2340 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Featuring: Readings by Rob Taylor and Aislinn Hunter, music by Jasper Sloan Yip
Free, including free appetizers
Over the next few days, I will attempt to MAXIMIZE THE HYPE by giving you a chance to get to know the other performers. First up, Jasper (and his lovely band)!

Jasper Sloan Yip, Mark Brichon and Stephanie Chatman. Ain't they lovely?

I can't say I know all that much about Jasper (here's a formal bio, if you want one) other than that he's a local boy, and I saw him perform once and was very impressed. That night, I picked up his album, Every Day and All at Once, and it's been on heavy rotation at our house ever since.

He's quickly on his way to "making it big in that kind of way that's hopelessly unattainable for poets" (his song "Slowly" recently hit #4 on the The R3-30), so it will be a real treat to see him and his band on our little book launch stage while we still have a chance!

A great online source for his music (other than his website and mySpace page, of course), is his CBC Radio 3 page, where you can stream a goofy number of his songs for free. You can also download a song for free here.

Now, embedded video time!

Here's a lively song with a not-so-lively video:

Here's the band on a green couch in a park:

And here's Jasper displaying his darn good taste (and talent!) by covering Wilco's "Jesus, etc.":

Look for a great show from Jasper and the band on Saturday night. I hope to see you there!

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