I Am Gary Hampton.

Alexisonfire (2001-2011)
August 6, 2011, 5:37 pm
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This morning Alexisonfire officially announced that they won’t be a band anymore. This news isn’t a huge surprise, and while it’s sad news to take, it’s probably for the best. As George’s goodbye message mentioned, Dallas has decided to focus on City and Colour full time and Wade has joined another band, so to replace both of them and try to keep going as AOF just wouldn’t be the same. For that reason alone, I would agree that this is a good time for them to end things.

I was first made aware of the band during Warped Tour in the summer of 2002. I was in a band called Reasonable Doubt at the time, and while we weren’t playing the tour we did go to the Barrie date with a stack of cd’s to hand out to the crowd in an attempt to spread the word about our band. While handing these cd’s out with my band mate Paul we ran into Jesse and Dallas of Alexisonfire who were also handing out sampler cd’s, except they were actually playing a show that day. We talked briefly about our bands and then went to their van to give each other’s music a listen. Obviously, they were much better than us. While we were playing high school pop-punk, they were onto something completely fresh and exciting, and in that moment sitting in their van listening to a demo version of .44 Caliber Love Letter, I knew this band was about to do something big. That being said, I had no idea just how big they would become.

The following summer I started running a street team for Billy Talent. Continue reading


Happy 55th Birthday, Dad!
August 5, 2011, 5:40 pm
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You’ve been a great father to me and I love you very much. Thanks for everything you’ve ever done for me!


July 23, 2011, 12:18 pm
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What a week!

For the past nine days I’ve felt like a new person. Well, I’ve felt like the old me, which has been lost for so long it feels new.

Last weekend I spent some time reconnecting with old friends. I hung out with Rory and Garth in Garth’s back yard as they planned out their new patio, visited my sister’s for some much needed family time, then went to the beach with Rory, Adam and Perla. After heading back to Toronto for a couple of days I was off to New York with my old roommate/current coworker Ethan. Sony had flown us out for their Holiday Preview Event to get a first look at some of the new games and hardware coming out later this year/early next year. I had to stay an extra night due to my British Citizenship and the Canadian Consulate not being open on Wednesday afternoons, but with some help from Alicia I was able to get a spot in an amazing hostel and spent that extra night meeting people from all over the world and making new friends. My flight home was delayed multiple times, but eventually I got home and went back to the office yesterday in time to shoot an interview with Taking Back Sunday.

One of my most read posts on this site was the one I made when I found out the original Taking Back Sunday line-up was reforming, and to a part of that interview was really special for me. John Nolan is one of my heroes when it comes to song writing and to see how incredible humble he is, as if he either doesn’t know or won’t accept how good he is, was great. The interview went really well, and I’m so happy to share it with Brian. Interviewing bands is almost always enjoyable, but when it’s a true and genuine fan talking to an honestly happy band it makes it so much better. Later on that night (last night) was the show, and I met up with a bunch of Stroud kids to spend the night with. Almost the exact same group was at the TBS show about 8 years ago, so it was a cool throw back to old times. Adam and I made our way right up to the front, almost against the barricade. Continue reading

We went camping.
July 18, 2011, 10:16 pm
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Pic of pics.
April 25, 2011, 10:08 pm
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April 19, 2011, 3:20 pm
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I want to go on tour.

I want to live in a cabin in the woods.

I want to sleep when I’m tired and wake up when I’m rested.

I want to play drums whenever I feel the urge.

I want to publish books for kids.

I want to show appreciation to the people I love.

I want to write a song which pushes someone to be a better person.

I’m afraid that once I get these things, they won’t mean as much.

I want to appreciate the things I have, the things I once wanted.


EDIT: Last night I signed in to my old Xanga blog and have been reading through old posts. Here’s one posted January 09, 2006:

 I wish I was on tour. I wish I was playing music every night. I wish I had random people talk to me, start up conversations with me and actually want to hear what I have to say. I wish I was living out of a van. 
    I wish I was appreciated…

Strange how some things never change…5 years later and instead of going on tour, I settled down in Toronto. Hopefully I can find a way to do both in the near future…


Growing Up.
March 23, 2011, 11:15 pm
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