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Hats helping Regina folks in need

In a closet in an apartment in downtown Regina, under a banana box filled with 80’s neon hats advertising hockey summer camps, next to a collection of ten or more SaskWater corduroy classics, on top of the pompom short beaked Union snapback, is a post-it note with the phone number of a man named Larry from Radville. Larry donated his collection of mint condition caps, amassed over twenty or thirty years, to Carmichael Outreach, one of the first hat collections that inspired The Hat Farm.

Since then, in the last year and a half, The Hat Farm has sold well over 300 hats to places all over Canada. For over six months of this time, The Hat Farm has been lucky enough to sell vintage hats and clothing at T+A Vinyl and Fashion. The money raised allows Housing Workers at Carmichael Outreach in Regina to be more effective and not be bound by budgetary restraints or grant reports, and more effectively help people deal with emergency. Since April, T+A has sold 75 Hat Farm items which has raised almost $1200 for the year; we’re looking forward to another successful partnership in 2017.

This Manitoba Pool hat was sold for $30 and paid for a brand new hot-plate for someone’s bachelor apartment that was not furnished with a stove.
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The proceeds from this blue striped hat went towards helping an individual access emergency shelter for one night.
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This Horizon Hurricanes checkered snapback covered the cost for DVD player cables so a new tenant could be comfortable to stay home and watch movies in their first home in a decade.
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This set of two matching Sask Wheat Pool mugs (one set still available for sale!) helped pay for the cost of television for a week of an extended hospital stay.
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In the Spring, Hat Farm got to take four friends to the the First Nations University of Canada PowWow, several people who hadn’t been to a Powwow in years. In May, $300 was prepaid to Come Clean Laundromat to allow the Carmichael Housing Team access to cheap, accessible, and convenient laundry services while supporting another local non-profit, The Diaper Bank.

Check out events and programs happening at Carmichael Outreach and participate in the events in your community! For further reading, check out the Carmichael Free Press.

Thanks to Tim, Amy, and the staff at T+A for their help and support, and the staff at Carmichael Outreach for holding on to donations of old hats for weeks at a time.


Nic Olson, Carmichael Outreach Volunteer and director of The Hat Farm

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DEAD OF SUMMER pt.3

Getting weird in your old school parking lot in neon night suits. Summers are for causing trouble and looking fresh. Find all of these pieces and so much more this weekend at the Regina Folk Fest!

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Models: Sydney Walter + Ageless ; photos/styling: Amy + Tim Weisgarber

DEAD OF SUMMER pt.2

Colourful poolside early vintage pieces for summer days.  The 1940s cotton bathing suit with under the sea motif is a one of a kind piece made of dreams and this 1960s psychedelic Algo babydoll dress pops all of the colour.

Both pieces are from a mother and grandmother’s collection. These classy ladies kept and cared for their wardrobe; which are soon to find a new breathe of life. There is more to come from this special collection. Take home one of these sentimental treasures this weekend at the Regina Folk Fest!

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Model: Sydney Walter; photos + styling: Amy Weisgarber

DEAD OF SUMMER pt.1

Vintage bustier + denim + ankle boots = babe’n for those hot summer nights. Find all of these pieces this weekend at the Regina Folk Fest!

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Model: Sydney Walter; photos/styling: Amy + Tim Weisgarber

HOW WE DIG – Steve Maupin

How We Dig is a fledgling article series profiling Canadian record hunters. We aim to pick collector’s brains about their holy grails, favourite finds, discovery methods, and sources. For our first installment, we’re paying a visit to Steve Maupin and his insatiable appetite for COMPILATIONS OF OVERLOOKED GARAGE ROCK GENIUS.

Start Here – Nuggets Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era

The stereo and record player are among the first things unpacked in Steve Maupin’s new home in southeast Regina. The assortment in his LP bins skews toward 60s and 70s rock n roll, garage-inspired music from revivalists like Billy Childish, and a smattering of debut final albums of bands passed over by popular acclaim in their time – like Chrysalis, a hippy folk group who jammed literally across the street from Frank Zappa. While he likes to play records at home, Steve digs all types of musical formats: “tapes, old cds, or whatever.” When absorbed in his work as an electrical engineer, long compilations keep the day flowing with a consistent groove and few interruptions. He’ll devour one or two compilations per workday, and he’ll have gleaned his favourite 30 songs by the weekend.

Steve’s comp-hunting started with the Technicolour Web of Sound. From there he moved on to the Nuggets garage comps which led to volumes of Nuggets-influenced multi-volume compilations, such as Pebbles, Boulders and Rubble – each set containing around 80 minutes of bands and songs missed by earlier treasure hunts. Steve recommends the Back from the Grave series, a ten volume set of garage punkers, which started in 1983 (volume 9 and 10 were released in 2015). There’s a lot of choice material on the Chocolate Soup For Diabetics and the Garage Punk Unknowns series, too. Debris comps out of L.A. are pretty hard to come by, but they’re fully worth the effort of tracking down if you are an ambitious hunter. For Steve, the rabbit hole goes on and on – new releases of un-compiled 60’s rockers are released every month, with so many of them still unheard. Next on Steve’s queue is the Gravel series, a U.S. compilation that follows in the Nuggets tradition.

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Steve’s hunt for good garage tracks often involves mining a lot of material tagged online as “psych.” Much of what is now labeled as psych rock from the 60s is much more accurately understood to be garage rock. It often has very little to do with drugged sounds in particular, and is often only psychedelic in terms of its historic context, the 60s as the paisley blur of later generations’ selective sense of history. Closer to the source of the music itself, the wave of garage bands that Steve is most obsessed to discover were all spawned in the wake of the British Invasion; when starting a wild rock band with three of your school friends became a commonplace middle-classed aspiration. Gangs of four guys writing and building a sound together, taking on the world, inspired by The Kinks/The Beatles/The Rolling Stones. To Steve, DIY songs that came from the British Invasion’s aftershock is garage distilled to its most elemental form.

The Count Five – Psychotic Reaction

Steve is excited about the late 60s material from some regions approaching public domain soon and he is currently working on the second installment of his own compilation series. He would love to rediscover more Canadian garage rock along the lines of Buried Treasures: Winnipeg Rock Gems (1958-1974) which, in his eyes, is nearly as good as some of his favourite comps, including Drink Beer! Yell! Dance! and Copenhagen Beat.

Highly recommended: Copenhagen Beat

On the discovery front, there are also many blogs of generous diggers that post hoards of amazing “uncomped” gems, however many of these blogs get shut down. An example of this is the earlier incarnation of Surfadelic put together by Mr Eliminator. There are other sources omitted from this article. With that said, many still remain, or are being discovered. Steve praises Paradise of Garage Comps, an Italian blog run by Caveman. We highly recommend checking out any of Caveman’s 40-some volume series titled I’m Losing Tonight but I’m Winning Tomorrow!

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When vinyl hunting Steve sometimes discovers gold on Ebay like a first pressing of Kaleidoscope’s Tangerine Dream or Firebeats Inc’s self-titled debut. He’d love to find a 45 of The Rats – Rat’s Revenge, a gonzo two-part spazz jam that sounds vocally like it belongs more to the burned out late 70s or the drunkest greaser blowout. Steve says, “I’d love to travel to NYC or Akron, OH, to dig through the dust of forgotten 45s, but I just don’t have the time. I’m grateful to those who are doing the real work of rediscovering this stuff.”
Steve uses Rate Your Music rather than Allmusic or Discogs, and has no time for most review sites other than Amazon. The growing supply of garage comps on YouTube puts a lot of undiscovered genius on his radar. He loves to read the responses of artists and their relatives whose web presence is often a surprise to them: “Hey my grandpa played on that!” or “I had no idea anybody liked our stuff.”

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Throwing together his picks from favourites of other garage freaks, Steve is beginning to put out his own compilations of underappreciated old school garage rock gems. His first one is titled Garage Punk & Moody Losers. Only a few friends have CDR hardcopies of this labour of love. There’s a fair amount of acetate dub surface noise with some of the rarer songs, but it’s a high quality cross-section of Steve’s taste for garage rock. A few of his musically-gifted friends including Saskatoon’s The Garrys and Regina’s Herb and The Humans have responded favorably to the compilation. To hear most of the extended mix for yourself, it was recently posted to Soundcloud, here:

Garage Punk & Moody Losers is Steve Maupin’s debut compilation

There’s seemingly no end of recommendations of stellar comps and labels from Mr. Steve Maupin:
Fuzz-Tone Shakedown 
Mr Hotshot’s R & B Review
Surf Legends (And Rumors)
Wavy Gravy
Texas Flashbacks
Sixties Archives
Highs in the Mid Sixties
Crypt Records (The Back from the Grave series for sure)
The Sundazed label

We hope you find something above that draws you deeper into garage rock. Keep your eyes peeled for Copenhagen Beat copies or Debris comps in used bins wherever you hunt. Let us know if you find one.

If you have treasures or hunting methods to show or share with your fellow collectors in a future installment of How We Dig, contact Steve Reed here: howwedig@gmail.com. Whether your collection is deep or streamlined in volume, or broad or narrow in scope, we’d like to cover a diversity of collector backgrounds and interests, so don’t hesitate to reach out.


Steven Reed collects heavy weirdness from the abyss and ethereal planes. You might recognize his hooded scowl as a former synth wizard with Saskatoon’s Shooting Guns a few years back. By day he’s a housing support worker with Carmichael Outreach, Inc. He also works Thursday nights at T+A and loves it when friends and strangers tip him off about great albums of any kind. Put your favourites on his radar in person, by email, or on Instagram @stevedwightreed

T+A Artist Series Tees – JACK BRIDE

Our first edition of the T+A artist series tee is now available. For this project, we asked Toronto based artist Jack Bride to re-interpret our logo for a t-shirt design. We love the design and the process behind it. Jack has tapped into some very deep layers of T+A; how we work as business/life partners and what we aspire to accomplish. We love Jack’s design and think it looks totally killer on the shirts – limited quantities available at the shop. Read Jack’s artist statement below.

Bride T&A Logo

When T+A asked me to re-interpret the logo for their store, I immediately saw it as a veritable equation; Cross + Triangle, and was lead to a very old image from documents of Alchemy: the symbol representing Sulfur. To reach this far into collective memory, and bring a contemporary logo into an ancient representation (with conviction), I had to be certain of the Alchemical qualities of Sulfur:

•  Associated with the Sun.Capture4
•  Corresponding to the Male/ Female dichotomy.
•  Relating to elements Fire + Air.
•  Volatilizes easily into the intangible.
•  Ignites easily; puts out a very hot + bright flame.
•  Permeates the Air.
•  Expansive, penetrating.

At this point, I was left with an Alchemical goal of my own: for this symbol to represent a business, it must be honed effectively — meaning, if a flame that burns twice as bright burns only half as long, what would it need to burn with prosperity?  My solution is the symbol at the top of the image: A glyph of the Full Moon, with its influence washing down upon the contained logo.  Here, the Moon’s feminine/ water aspects serve to harmonize with Sulfur’s masculine/ fire aspects, harmonizing the volatile flame with a radiating wave.

Jack Bride

For more on Jack, visit: www.invisiblerooms.tumblr.com