Quebec Sceners and Partys

category: general [glöplog]
legalize=pilgrimage on my last post obviously :)
added on the 2003-06-26 22:14:09 by psenough psenough
thom: I am just trying to understand, thus putting out assumptions. If I was sure of what I said, I would have been like: All Americans are couch potatoes. lol. But I didn't, now I'm happy to know you are someone very respectable and that maybe I was wrong : )

All: I'm presently in Calgary, it rocks. Any sceners here??? Or any places where I could meet pple???
/me raise his hand as a quebec's scener :)

i was at the last Coma, it was nice but needed more people to make it more interesting. as for the quebec demoscene, it's quite dead nowdays. there's a few guys involved in the demoscene, but they are part of euro/northamerican groups. i don't think there's any quebec-only demogroup as far as i know.

oh, et bonjour à tous les quebecois de passage sur pouet :)
added on the 2003-06-30 20:36:54 by zelkor zelkor
EkraorGlihP : Go to the pilgrimage, Rich is doing such an impressive job, go, support it :)
Rich if you pay me the trip from Paris, sure I will come :)
If I come to Quebec (Montreal) soon, for job, I will contact you :)
added on the 2003-07-01 00:37:39 by Sanx Sanx
EkraorGlihP: I'm in Deadmonton.
Was talking to PatrickGroove last Thursday, and he is in Calgary. I guess there are a few folx there... maybe a Western Canada party is in order - I'm not far in C attle...
There was a tiny little Vancouver scene at one point - they even had their own demogroup, the name of which escapes me right now (gasp! I must be getting old :). As for Calgary, all I remember were Fysx & Seks, the Crash organizers who somehow managed to attract 50 sceners from a 1000 mile radius :), and some music guys like Sequencer, Markell Moss, etc.

I've had this great idea to make a scene map page where everyone can throw a dot on a map with their name attached to it*. It seems the biggest roadblock in the NA scene is that people can't even find each other. Sigh, so much easier in the BBS days...

* Yeah yeah, go ahead, steal the idea, at least it will have been implemented. :)
added on the 2003-07-01 04:41:24 by phoenix phoenix
Sir GarbagetrucK: The idea has crossed my mind. Silly ol' me is returning to school this year, but I do intend to try and plan something for 2005. (Yeah, that's a ways off, but oh well...)

The idea I've been pushing around in my head is attach a demo 'outreach' and competition onto a larger event. Because Edmonton's winters are so shitty, we have a multitude of summer cultural festivals to compensate. (Several are happening as I type this.) There are a few events where demos wouldn't be 100% out of place. Worth a shot.

At any rate, it's just thoughts at this point, and thoughts ain't worth shit. But I am actually serious in trying something for 2005. (Although I didn't want to say anything publicly until finishing school in Spring 2004. *ahem*)
thom: you might want to join the party organizer's list on scene.org.

Definately attach yourself to something "arty" -- we did that for First Night (thanks to Derek Dyer who setup a projection art installation) and it was our best way to reach new potential demo artists and musicians. (We had exactly one guy who came in, saw our stuff and said "this looks like stuff from the European demo scene!".)

I find it fairly easy to reach coders, since I am a coder. I have a harder time networking into the artist and musician communities, but we keep trying.

Also, get started NOW on creating a non-profit corporation. I'm not sure how the tax laws are up in CA, but in the US you need a non-profit tax status before you can apply for any grants, funding, corporate foundation funds, etc. We're still trying to raise the federal filing fee ($500), but we expect to put everything in order by the end of the year. This year, we got some donations without having our 501(c)3 status quite yet, which was a tremendous help. If you have a non-profit tax status, then corporations and individuals can deduct their contributions to your organization from their income taxes. (Again, CA tax law may be different, but spend the time to find out now so that in 2005 you've got everything good to go.)

Adam (my co-organizer) and I began planning Pilgrimage 2003 just after SIGGRAPH 2002 and it still feels "rushed". However, next year will be easier. We will have some experience in what worked and what didn't work, but more importantly there are some start-up tasks that we won't need to do again (like forming the non-profit corp., etc.).
added on the 2003-07-01 18:40:47 by legalize legalize
Figured as a North American Demo Scener is was overdue for me to add my two cents (for what it’s worth)…. (which probably isn’t much after GST :p )

I do love the idea of a map; and I think it’s possible to do one per country based on the ojuice.net ctry:field / reg:codes.

As for above, Reed Richards is right. The Northern Dragons was started in 2001, and is based in the relatively sleepy city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As far as I know, we are the scene here. There are no other groups that I know of, and no parties, or events. In the 2+ years we have been together, we have participated in Assembly twice. We are now far more encompassing than before – and have remote members in Vancouver, Finland, and the USA, and friends in Germany, and Sweden. We hope to participate in Assembly for a third time this year, and I’ll be in pilgrimage as well.

Trying to start a group in an area with no previous demo scene history is a little bit of a challenge, but there are good things about it as well. You have to overcome the “deer caught in headlights look” when you mention the demo scene for most people. What is nice however, is that many people are really driven to work with you if they already know about the demo scene. (Like finally man… there is a group I can be a part of!). Also, we don’t really have to compete with any other groups for people that we want to add to our fold.

For some reason, Coders seem easier to find than musicians and especially gfx people. (as Legalize pointed out as well). I suspect that’s simply because I don’t really hang in those circles, being a coder myself. I’m happy with what we’ve accomplished.

So, my advice is (after this core dump of a monologue) – if you are missing the scene, try to create it yourself. You might be surprised with the quality of your results.
added on the 2003-07-02 21:43:27 by Polaris Polaris
I came across this thread while searching for history on Crash `97. It really seems to be that while you can find buckets of musicians, coders, and graphicians in Canada it's been a failure to try to bring those apsects together. From what I can see the BBS era played a role in getting some Canadian parties organized but once the BBS's died everyone just sort of got on with their lives (except me... I have a hard time kicking the habit). Really the "art pack" seems to have played a huge role in the generation of interest in demo scene activity across the globe for the last decade.

Trivia for the old school. What is lit?
patrick, what do you need to know about Crash97?.. mail me about it
added on the 2003-08-05 23:00:31 by sylphin sylphin
I would if your email addy was public
Oh nm. yes it is