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Mobadass & Joe

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This week we pair the funky R&B stylings of Saskatoon's Mobadass with an excerpt from Sandra Birdsell's gritty, award-winning novel "Waiting for Joe."







Sandra Birdsell

Novel and short story writer, Sandra Birdsell was born in Hamiota, Manitoba, in 1942 and currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan. Sandra has completed numerous courses in both Business Administration and the Arts at Red River College, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Winnipeg. Aside from writing, Sandra has worked as a homemaker, office manager, bookkeeper, facilitator, organizer, waitress and salesperson. Born and raised on the Prairies, its people and landscape have much to do with how and what she writes. Waiting for Joe was the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award Winner for Fiction.

About Waiting for Joe:

(from SandraBirdsell.com)

On a chilly early morning in late spring, Joe Beaudry and his wife, Laurie, wake up in circumstances that would challenge saints: they are on the lam in a stolen motor home on the edge of a Walmart parking lot. They've gone bust, spectacularly: lost the house, the business, and Joe has stuck his ancient father in a nursing home so they could flee their creditors.

Pushed to figure out what to do next, Joe simply takes off hitchhiking...leaving Laurie waiting for Joe, and Joe wondering how he will ever find meaning in a world that has disappointed his every expectation. The road for both of them provides surprising answers.

Sandra Birdsell turns her imagination on the new homeless, the economic orphans of the current recessionary storm and explores the answers offered by the rising tide of fundamentalist Christianity.


WaitingforJoe1.jpgPraise for Waiting for Joe

The novel is a spiritual journey, and each episode, compelling in itself, leads us to consider the question of faith versus fate; reasons for what happens against the randomness of life...

Though close to the world of Flannery O'Connor, it is in its own special universe, the Birdsell landscape of the human heart

The Winnipeg Free Press


For readers who read in order to try on another person's consciousness, there are rewards to be had here. Birdsell inclines us to judge Laurie's foolishness and Joe's insensitivity, then plunges us headlong into their sensory worlds, their human vulnerability. ... we can't help but understand them and experience their disillusionment and helplessness as though they were our own.

Globe and Mail


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As a double platinum artist and 3-time Juno nominee, Mobadass' Earl Pereira has established himself as arguably the most entertaining bass player in the country. Being the bassist and co-founder of one of Canada's best live bands Wide Mouth Mason, Pereira has already had a successful career highlighted by numerous top 20 radio and video hits, touring with the Rolling Stones and ACDC, sharing the stage with Alanis Morrisette, Nickleback, Nelly Furtado, Van Morrisson and selling nearly 250,000 albums over an 6 year span with Warner Music Canada. Earl can also be seen performing in the 2003 motion picture "The Recruit" starring Colin Farrell and Al Pacino. From childhood entertainer, to nation wide rock-star, Earl has always been an extraordinary crowd pleaser. Canadian Musician Magazine named him one of the country's top bass players however, most people do not know that he is also a remarkable singer, songwriter, and producer.

By 2004, Pereira felt it was time to put his energy and experience into a new passion. He founded Mobadass as a creative outlet for his distinct style of "island rock" music. This is a sound created by combining music of his two cultures, the Philippines and Canada with soulful reggae-rock, electro and house. Mobadass has shared the stage with Divine Brown, Bedouin Soundclash, Sloan, Los Lobos, Me'shell N'degeocello, Blue Rodeo, K-OS, and more. Being voted "Best Local Band" in 2006 and 2007 by Saskatoon's Planet S Magazine earned them the official title of hometown favorite. They continue to impress a growing fan base across Western Canada with catchy songs and an energy that is guaranteed to rock the dance floor!

This concert was recorded at the 2010 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. You can hear the concert again at CBC Radio 2's Concert on Demand site.



Mobadass - "Home To Me" (Directed by David Thomson) from David Thomson on Vimeo.