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February 15, 2008 |
We listen to your show weekly via satellite and loved your live performance when you played Shea's in Buffalo in Dec. 2007. But how come you don't ever come up to Canada? Trouble crossing the border with the immigration officials? Did you do something heinous up here in your youth and have been barred from the Country? We'd love to see you visit Toronto for a show sometime.
It would seem odd to me to do a show in Canada, for some reason. The last time I did one (in Vancouver), I felt awfully self-conscious about being an American, which I don't feel in Europe when we've done shows there. I don't know why this is I feel perfectly at home in the U.K. and in Canada I feel like an interloper. And, yes, the immigration crossing was miserable. But the real reason is that it felt odd to play there. And when the CBC declined to broadcast the show, on grounds that it didn't contain enough Canadian content, I felt that I'd be better off going around the States.