PopLives #81: Evan Webber
Every week this Q&A finds out what interesting people in music, film, fashion, theatre, literature, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.
Continuing the Tiger Dublin Fringe PopLives Q&A series, here’s Evan Webber of Ajax and Little Iliad.
What are you reading?
Jacob Wren’s Polyamorous Love Song and Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want by Jan Vervoert. And the Bible. All three are really enjoyable metafictional books about how to be okay with being alive.
Last film you saw and your verdict?
A Netflix documentary about Pakistani political life called Without Shepherds – there’s really good sufi music in it. It was made in 2008 and probably is already really dated.
Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
I saw Tori Amos and I can’t believe how I missed out on her music as a kid. Music was too gendered then? I was too young? Whatever. She’s a champion.
Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
Fathers & Sons: Kamino Family, at Summer Works, Toronto. After six hours it feels like you’re almost part of the family too.
Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
A show called ‘First the Pleasure, then the Thesis.’ Arid.
You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
To be honest, I have no idea what the first part of that sentence means as I’m from Canada – but I’d love a print subscription to Bomb Magazine.
What are your most clicked bookmarks?
Public Domain Review and my G-calendar.
Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
I like Big Ideas. And I like how David Byrne makes a new playlist every month and streams it on his website.
Give us a tip for 2014…
Prince Nifty – about the most engaging dance music I know. We’re lucky in Toronto.
When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Old William F. Buckley Jr. tv interviews – chilling.
What song should we listen to right now?
Just listen to this.
Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
I’m actually unattached for the moment. Real freedom.
Which app do you use the most?
Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
I hear A Dark Room is pretty good.
What is your favourite club night of all time?
I’m not sure I get the idiom. Hopefully I’ll pick that one up this trip to Dublin at Tiger Dublin Fringe.
What was the last country you visited and what were you doing there?
England, performing in a dance called what we are saying, drinking warm cider and getting rained on. Loved it.
If you could transport one international cultural outlet to your hometown, what would it be and why?
Ghent’s multi-disciplinary Vooruit would be great in Toronto. We need more venerable buildings with the music to the Internationale written in the stained-glass.
Evan Webber & Frank Cox O’Connell perform Ajax Little Iliad at The Peacock Theatre, Sep 16 -20 at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014.
Previously on PopLives: Caitriona Ni Mhurchu, Kris Nelson, Eleanor Tiernan, Philip Connaughton, Tanya Tagaq, Richie Egan, Alison Spittle, Rex Ryan, Charlene Lydon, Avril Stanley, Mary Nally, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Anna Rodgers, Tara Flynn, John Butler, Don Wycherley, Maser, Rubberbandits, James Wolf, Sinead Gleeson, Olwen Fouéré, Le Galaxie, Cian O’Brien, Cian Ó Ciobhain, Katie Holly, Elaine Mai, Aisling Farinella, Brendan Canty, Melanie Morris, Taylor Mac, Temper-Mental MissElayenous, Fez Fa’anana, Chris Judge, Xnthony, David Mullane, Jo Mangan, Derek O’Connor, Beardyman, Lynnette Moran, Rob Delaney, Julie Chance, Conor O’Brien, Nial Conlan, Wallis Bird, Adrian Crowley, Tegan Quin, Ellie Macnamara, Steve Ryan, Mumblin Deaf Ro, Rick O’Shea, Grace Dyas, Mark O’Halloran, Amy Conroy, Louise McSharry, Maeve Higgins, Ray Yeates, Nialler9, Jeanie Finlay, Kevin Barry, Brigie De Courcy, John Scott, Willie White, Niall Muckian, Phil Boyle, Angela Dorgan, Roise Goan, Joshua Gordon, Mick Minogue, Eilis Boyle, Annie Mac, Ben Frow, Michael McDermott, Sinead O’Connor, Shane Langan, Kathy Scott, Eoghan Kidney, Michael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.