Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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I found myself over on YouTube today viewing Joaquin Phoenix's not-funny-enough-if-a-parody-but-too-sad-if-real appearance on Letterman from last week, when I thought I'd plug in the words "Canadian Book" to see what the machine would regurgitate. I was pleasantly surprised to find that at the top of the second page was the above promotional interview from Waterstone's (a British bookseller) with the Canadian 1980s metal band Anvil. (Canadian Book + YouTube = Anvil, of course)

It was a bit of a coincidence because earlier in the day I had read an article on TIMESONLINE about a recent documentary film about Anvil, directed by Sacha Gervasi. Now Anvil have followed that film with a book.

From the looks and sounds of things, Anvil are quickly becoming the William Shatner of Canadian metal, milking the irony of their own existence, except that (not unlike Joaquin Phoenix) it’s unclear exactly how much of their shtick is an act and how much is for real. One thing is for certain: at times they bear an uncanny resemblance to Spinal Tap. (One of the band’s members is even named Robb Reiner. “No relation to the director of This is Spinal Tap,” the Times informs, “just a beautiful coincidence.”)

Both article and video are worth checking out.

Here’s my favourite tidbit from the article:

Sacha Gervasi confides, on only the second day of shooting the cinematographer, Christopher Soos, pulled him to one side. “I thought he was going to tell me his mother had just died. Really serious. He takes me upstairs, locks the hotel room. And he says: ‘Sacha, I need to know - you don't need to tell the whole crew - but are they actors?'”


Apparently Anvil are for real. If you go to their website you'll see a trailer for the film about them. It is receiving rave reviews in England right now.

I've never heard of Anvil... but I did see Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman and I didn't see how it was funny. If it's an act it's very bizarre and if it's real it's just sad.

I can't help but think that Anvil is mostly shtick.