Monthly Archives: December 2013

Just The Boys

It’s time to reflect on the year that’s just ending. Let’s start with some of the multi-talented guys we’ve enjoyed featuring this year. In alphabetical order …

Finn Andrews

The captivating frontman of The Veils dazzled us with his musicianship when the band played at Sammy’s in July. The Veils are currently back in New Zealand and will be performing locally at Rhythm and Alps at Cardrona near Wanaka (New Year’s Eve).

Finn Andrews at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Finn Andrews at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Nathan Berg

This American musical prodigy changed direction to become an economics/mathematical hotshot and now works at the University of Otago. But he still finds time to wow audiences with his bass playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe Friday night jazz sessions as part of the trio Philtre.

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Wesley Fourie

South African-born Wesley, model and blogger, has raised the bar of Dunedin man-style, favouring local labels such as NOM*d and Company of Strangers. Check out some of his looks here.

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Alan Haig

This locally born music legend has brought Dunedin’s beautiful scenery to our attention through his photography. Greetings cards featuring Alan’s photos can be purchased from Digiart and Design (Port Chalmers) and Portobello Gallery which also sells his prints. This week, the Sunday Star Times rated the re-released 1988 Snapper EP (Flying Nun label), in which Alan plays drums, as a musical “standout” of 2013.

Alan Haig

Alan Haig

Frits Homburg

Where would the Dunedin cultural scene be without Frits and his exuberant partner in crime, Debbie? Their stylish cafe, Purple Rain, is the perfect venue for musical extravanganzas and retro parties. Frits’ extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and collectibles comes in handy at Dunedin’s Vintage Roundups.

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton

Local musician Richard shows that Dunedin musical talent is alive and kicking. He is the lead singer of Males who have recently released the album ‘Run Run Run/Males Males Males’. They opened for The Veils in July and will be supporting Die! Die! Die! at Chicks Hotel on New Year’s Eve.

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Sam Ralph

Flamboyant Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Sam, is alas no longer in Dunedin, having chosen to pursue his dream of becoming a designer across the Tasman. His acclaimed capsule collection of menswear was much admired at iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2013.

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Jon Thom

Central Otago-raised artist Jon (of Dunedin’s Moodie Tuesday) designs some of the best t-shirts in New Zealand. You can find them on celebrities including Colin Mathura-Jeffree and X Factor’s Tom Batchelor. His original artworks are highly sought after. Jon was one of the artists featured in the ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ exhibition held in Wanaka in November.

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

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We Wish You A Dunners Christmas

… And a Happy New Year! We love the effort Dunedinites have put in to making our city sparkle. It’s a kind of magic – enjoy!

The Octagon

The Octagon

Golden Centre

Golden Centre

Dunedin Railway Station Gingerbread House made by Scenic Hotel's baker Steve Mee

Dunedin Railway Station Gingerbread House made by Scenic Hotel’s baker Steve Mee

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Daniel Madill’s Submariner’s Dilemma Album Release Party

Dan Madill is no stranger to the Dunedin music scene. His original brand of drowned aircraft folk has captured attention at open mic nights and gigs all over town. A week ago, Dan launched his much-anticipated first album, ‘Submariner’s Dilemma’, at Queens. The packed launch was a resounding success despite being on Friday 13th. The night opened with the hypnotic experimental sound of Dunedin’s darkwave duo, Strange Harvest, before Dan took the stage. He was joined by backing musicians Chris Wratislav (bass), Chris Butchard (drums) and Bernard Madill, Dan’s father (lead guitar), who also features on the album. Afterwards, Tahu and the Takehes played with their usual energy and cohesion to wrap up the party with a bang.

We’re thoroughly enjoying ‘Submariner’s Dilemma’, which can be found at Portil (Harvest Court, George Street), Relics (St Andrew Street) and Too Tone Records (North Road). To listen to some of the tracks, visit Dan’s Bandcamp page here.

Dan Madill (vocals, acoustic guitar) with band: Chris Wratislav (bass), Bernard Madill (lead guitar) and Chris Butchard (drums)

Dan Madill (vocals, acoustic guitar) with band: Chris Wratislav (bass), Bernard Madill (lead guitar) and Chris Butchard (drums)

Strange Harvest: Amber Skye (vocals, keys) and Justin Walshaw (lead guitar)

Strange Harvest: Amber Skye (vocals, keys) and Justin Walshaw (lead guitar)

Jono and Tahu (MC)

Jono and Tahu (MC)

Ali and Irina

Ali and Irina

Jazmine

Jazmine

Chris and Lucinda

Chris and Lucinda

Father and Son: Bernard and Dan Madill

Father and Son: Bernard and Dan Madill

'Submariner's Dilemma' featured with copper sculpture by Vic Jennings

‘Submariner’s Dilemma’ featured with copper sculpture by Vic Jennings

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What Are You Wearing December?

Girls rule in this set of street style – beautiful ladies of all ages rocking it their way!

Meegan from Etrusco wears critters necklace by Karen Walker and jacket bought in the US.

Meegan from Etrusco wears critters necklace by Karen Walker and jacket bought in the US.

Sina (from Germany) and Marieke (from The Netherlands) wear a mixture of local and overseas brands.

Sina (from Germany) and Marieke (from The Netherlands) wear a mixture of local and overseas brands.

Emily and Sophie. Emily wears jacket by Moochi and jeans from Slick Willy's. Sophie wears top from SaveMart and socks by American Apparel.

Emily and Sophie. Emily wears jacket by Moochi and jeans from Slick Willy’s. Sophie wears top from SaveMart and socks by American Apparel.

Andre and Asia. Asia wears dress by Max and a custom-made coat from the US.

Andre and Asia. Asia wears dress by Max and a custom-made coat from the US.

Kajsa wears op-shop.

Kajsa wears op-shop.

Juanita wears custom-made jacket.

Juanita wears custom-made jacket.

Hannah and Amy. Amy wears top by Liam from Ruby.

Hannah and Amy. Amy wears top by Liam from Ruby.

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Playing It For The Cats!

We always get the warm fuzzies when kind people raise money for homeless cats. Last Thursday, event organiser and musician, Darryl Baser, joined forces with Dunedin Cat Rescue to host a ‘Cool Cat Gig’ at Queens Bar where cat-mad musicians and comedians took to the stage to show their love for our furry friends. The purrfect performances included Simon Maclaren and Gavin Shaw’s rendition of The Cure’s ‘Love Cats’ and Prof Goff’s recital of ‘A Poem About A Cat Called June’. Money raised from the evening will help provide new kitty homes, food and neutering costs. We can categorically say that the evening was a success!

For more information about Dunedin Cat Rescue and the great work they do, visit their website here.

Dunedin Cat Rescue trustees: Sarah, Rachel and Rachel

Dunedin Cat Rescue trustees: Sarah, Rachel and Rachel

Bell Campanita from Whisky and the Wench with her adorable rescue kitten Aries whose cute habit is intently watching water go down the plughole. Cat photo provided by Bell.

Bell Campanita from Whisky and the Wench with her adorable rescue kitten Aries whose cute habit is intently watching water go down the plughole. Cat photo provided by Bell.

Jared Smith

Jared Smith

Nathan and Ana

Nathan and Ana

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson

Musician and cat whisperer, Mary, with her beautiful tortie Miss Noisy. Photo provided by Mary.

Musician and cat whisperer, Mary, with her beautiful tortie Miss Noisy. Photo provided by Mary.

James Dignan

James Dignan

James Dignan and his sleepy cat Nut. Photo provided by James.

James Dignan and his sleepy cat Nut. Photo provided by James.

Prof Goff

Prof Goff

Simon Maclaren and Gavin Shaw

Simon Maclaren and Gavin Shaw

Our own rescue cat, Tudor, supports the cause!

Our own rescue cat, Tudor, supports the cause!

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Gigatown Dunedin: Famous 3D Street Artist Hits The Octagon

Over the last three days, Leon Keer, world-renowned Dutch 3D street artist, has been painting an internet-themed scene on the Octagon pavement which he completed at about 3pm today. You might be asking, why is he here? Dunedin is currently competing against other NZ towns for the prize of the fastest internet connection in the Southern Hemisphere. As part of the overall competition, Dunedin won the ‘Supporters World’ competition with more recent signups nominating our city than any other NZ town. The prize was 25,000 Gigapoints and Leon Keer’s street art. When he’d finished, the Octagon became a hive of activity with many photographers and journalists admiring his amazing work. If you’re in the Octagon, it’s well worth a look!

A work in progress - Tuesday

A work in progress – Tuesday

Justin Cashell of Tourism Dunedin walks the internet cable

Justin Cashell of Tourism Dunedin walks the internet cable

Leon Keer, artist – a balancing act!

Leon Keer, artist – a balancing act!

What's the point of it all? Fast internet access!

What’s the point of it all? Fast internet access!

You can check out more photos on the Gigatown Dunedin Facebook page here. If you would like to nominate Dunedin, you can do this at the Gigatown website.

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Christmas Cheer With The Strangers

Good ‘Company’, Kiki Beware nibbles, Amisfield wine – what more could you ask for? Last night, Company of Strangers hosted a fabulous function to celebrate the festive season and showcase their summer collection. We loved the innovative way they did this by creating a human installation. This featured models Rebecca and Wesley making collages of Company of Strangers and Underground Sundae images – all the more appropriate since Underground Sundae’s Anne-Mieke Ytsma was a guest at the event. We also came away with lovely goodie bags. Thanks so much everyone. What a wonderful start to the Christmas season!

Sara Aspinall of Company of Strangers and her adorable daughter Frankie

Sara Aspinall of Company of Strangers and her adorable daughter Frankie

Anne-Mieke of Underground Sundae wears her own jewellery creations

Anne-Mieke of Underground Sundae wears her own jewellery creations

Wesley and Rebecca form a living installation

Wesley and Rebecca form a living installation

Siobhan, Diane and Millie

Siobhan, Diane and Millie

Katie and Elizabeth

Katie and Elizabeth

Ross and Vita

Ross and Vita

Holly and Rachel

Holly and Rachel

Rebecca wears Underground Sundae jewellery

Rebecca wears Underground Sundae jewellery

Victoria and Carly

Victoria and Carly

Wesley wears Company of Strangers and necklace by Underground Sundae

Wesley wears Company of Strangers and necklace by Underground Sundae

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