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Welcome to our site! We're a Toronto-based filk trio consisting of Allison Durno, Jodi Krangle and Debbie Ridpath Ohi and have performed concerts in Germany, England, Canada and the U.S. Our songs have aired on national radio. 2013 will mark our twentieth year together as a group and as cool is that?

We have won four Pegasus Awards including two for Best Performer, two for songs ("The Lady" and "My Jalapeno Man"), and were honoured to have been inducted into the Filk Hall Of Fame in 2011.

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Launching at FilKONtario this weekend: Urban Tapestry Mockumentary DVD

(Update April 9, 2011: now for sale in our new Urban Tapestry online shop!)

Photo by Allison Durno

We're delighted to announce the launch of our very first filk DVD to be available commercially:


Urban Tapestry Mockumentary DVD layout

We have printed 100 copies. 25 are already spoken for, going to our contributors and our own copies, but we'll have 75 for sale at FilKONtario this weekend. Our joint launch party with Talis Kimberly, who is debuting her Duckon concert CD, will be in the con suite at 11:15 pm on Friday.

Urban Tapestry Mockumentary DVD layout

From Debbie...

John, Allison, Jodi and I worked very hard on this project, which has been in progress for about a year. Mega thanks to the brilliant Mark Bernstein, who did the narration.

Huge thanks also to John Durno, who was our producer, director and editor. Do check out John's other video projects and "Like" his page at B.O.T. (Brains On Toast Productions) and visit the Brains On Toast YouTube Channel.

We're also incredibly grateful to our mock video interview contributors, whom we will gradually be interviewing (about themselves, not about us!) for the Urban Tapestry website over the course of the year:

Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff as themselves
Gary Ehrlich as UT's Publicity Manager
Errol Elumir as a UT Fanboy
Beckett Gladney as UT's Costume Designer
Dave Hayman as UT's Business Advisor
Judith Hayman as Allison's Next Door Neighbour
Tom Jeffers as TJ the DJ (Squirrel 104.1FM)
Sue Jeffers as Constance Bowers
Walter Korynkiewicz as Larry Korak
Brooke Lunderville as Jodi's Counsellor at Empty Promises
Sibylle Machat as Hilda Hütchen. Unfortunately Sib's name got mangled in the final credits of the Mockumentary-- humble apologies!
Mark Osier as himself
Mich Sampson as Persephone Finch
Taunya Gren as herself
Amanda Snyder as UT's Personal Assistant
Marilisa Valtazanou as herself

Urban Tapestry Mockumentary DVD layout

I saw the whole thing for the first time last week, when Allison, Jodi, John and I got together, and was SO SOOOOOOO tickled at how wonderfully it turned out.

Not only did Mark and the contributors do a fantastic job, but John did some brilliant work editing and putting the whole thing together. There are video clips of pseudo-interviews, photo stills and video clips from our very early days as Urban Tapestry (as far back as 1994) and through the years up to the present.

Urban Tapestry Mockumentary DVD layout

Also included, courtesy Tom Jeffers, John Durno and FilKONtario:


Stills from bonus performance videos on UT Mockumentary DVD

1. Our performance of The Seventies Song in 2008 at FKO, with Walter Korynkiewicz as The Seventies Guy. Video courtesy Walter.

Stills from bonus performance videos on UT Mockumentary DVD

2. Our performance of The Neurotic Love Song in 2009 at FKO, with Walter as Jean-Luc. Each time we perform this, I always swear it's going to be THE LAST TIME. If you haven't ever seen us perform this song live, then watch this video to see why. Video courtesy Walter.

Stills from bonus performance videos on UT Mockumentary DVD

3. Our performance of The Question (a Lord of The Rings song) in 2003 when we performed it at a Tolkien convention at the Medieval Times. This song has NEVER BEFORE BEEN RECORDED. I especially like this video because the three of us are dressed up in our medieval costumes, and the backdrop is pretty cool. Filmed & edited by John Durno.

Filming the Seventies Guy for our Mockumentary

(Above: John filming Walter for a scene in the Mockumentary; John added a backdrop later)

When I was watching the mockumentary for the first time, I was struck by how well John has integrated both our pseudo history and our real history as well as capturing the fun and friendship throughout. And whoa -- he pulled out some reeeeally old concert footage that I hadn't seen in a very long time.

Anyway, please do consider buying this DVD. Price: Cdn $20.

If any are left over after FilKONtario, we'll make some available once we figure out how much to charge for shipping & handling.

Reader Comments (4)

Hey Debbie,
Can I speak for one of the DVD's? Please? Steven will be so disappointed if we don't get one.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrance Zeve

I would *so* love to have one. Unfortunately, we just didn't find the time to contribute anything with our worklife being as crazy as it was/is ... *sigh*
Juliane is coming to FKO ... maybe you could throw one at her and tell her to buy it for me - I will pay her back :)
I'd ask her directly, but she is already travelling today.


March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Augh Katy, so sorry -- I didn't see your post until too late. :-(

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