RANDY TWIGG, PIRATE/ROCK, DIRTY INPUTS at Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College), tonight (Thursday, December 11). $7. email@example.com.
When you look at the long list of Canadian musicians who've made their name in Germany (Peaches, Jake Fairley, King Khan ), you have to wonder what they're putting in the water over there. Their music scene can't really be so much better than our own, can it?
As Toronto techno-rock expat Randy Twigg explains, it's not so much about the music as it is the money.
"It's hard to be a working musician in Toronto, where you're always working the day job. It's really good to be an artist in Germany, which spends a lot of money on the arts, much more than a lot of other countries, and you really notice how many artists of all types end up here because of that," she says.
Are you listening, Harper? Unlike the mythical trickle-down effect of tax cuts, arts grants actually make a tangible impact. Not that Twigg doesn't miss the Toronto scene's vibrancy and eclecticism. As she points out, Berlin is an extremely techno-focused town, which makes her punked-up electro-sleaze an odd fit at times.
"The city is so un-rock and roll, and I really, really miss that part of Toronto. It's hard to find a good metal band to go see here."
Randy Twigg talks about how she ended up playing as part of Mt Sims, and the evolution of her own live show.
Twigg discusses being misbranded as "electroclash" and being mistaken for a boy due to her name.