London, Ontario is the 11th largest metropolitan area in all of Canada. It sits at exactly the halfway point between Detroit and Toronto, two even larger communities which influence it in a cultual sense (how many Wings/Leafs arguments go on in that city?). Yet, London is significant enough to have produced many individuals of note, but the most interesting to Electric Six would probably be film director producer and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Haggis is known for having played a critical role in Oscar winning films such as Million Dollar Baby and Crash. However, he is also known as one of the most prominent individuals to break publicly with the Church Of Scientology, of which he had been a member for 35 years. He was motivated to leave the cult...sorry, "church" after it took a position in support of Proposition 8 in the state of California, which banned gay marriage. Since his break in 2009, Haggis has repeatedly dennounced Scientology for its cultish practices, including the way in which it encourages members to "disconnect" from families and the tactics it uses to smear ex-members once they've left the organization. His movies aren't all that great but his personal life since 2009 is pretty interesting, choosing to take on an entity known for its dogged attempts to bury anyone who crosses it.
On Tuesday, September 30th, Electric Six will take a stage at Call The Office in London, Ontario. Tony Lima's going to be there and so should you, Crazy. Electric Six is going to play approximately 70 minutes of music inclusive of encore, so you'd best be ready to withstand that kind of onslaught. Electric Six finds the turns in Paul Haggis' life interesting and in some ways inspiring and instructive, both for itself and Crazies. One lesson to be learned is that it's never to late to make a change in ones' life, when the reasons are compelling and a situations warrants such shift. Another is that one can't be afraid of taking a stand, regardless of what the repercussions might be to your life, social standing, career, etc. Paul Haggis has opted to take on an organization which wields tremendous power in his industry, and undoubtedly has and will continue to suffer certain consequences as a result of his choice to publicly oppose the institution he once belonged to. Crazies should take this message to heart. The "world" doesn't want you to enjoy Electric Six. The "world" wishes to deny you the joy of experiencing Electric Six in both live and recorded form, and will put up as many barriers as it can muster to stop you from doing so. The "world" will find ways to punish Crazies who embrace Electric Six and the lifestyle Electric Six lays out for the Crazies. It is up to the Crazies to defy these attempts to crush their spirit and insist on becoming one with Electric Six, no matter the cost. Crazies in Southwest Ontario have an opportunity on Tuesday night to fire a shot across the bow of the "world" by purchasing a ticket for admittance to Call The Office and communing directly with Electric Six, its music and its worldview. Stand up and fight, Crazy...FIGHT!