A NEW BOOK, A SPECTACLE OF COLOUR, FEATURES POSTERS FROM PAST LOCAL SHOWS
Sean Alten of Flygraphics has been designing posters and cover art for local bands for years. And now he’s taken those images of past gigs and made them into a book, celebrating live music in Barrie. We had a chat with Sean about his book, A Spectacle of Colour.
How long have you been doing graphic design?
“I’ve been doing it for about 20 years now. In offices and on my own. Making show posters started back when I was in a band in the 90s and they were almost a necessity to advertise.”
When did the idea click to do a book based on your work?
“A few years ago a friend of mine had mentioned to me I should do a coffee table book, and from there it was always in the back of my mind. When COVID hit and I watched as venues all over Ontario started to shut down, the Foxx Lounge being one of them, the idea of live shows was on hold. For who knows how long now. That coupled with being off work for during the lockdown, I had the time and inspiration to look into all that it would take to put something together.”
What’s the most memorable of the shows from the Foxx?
“Too many really over the years! There were some shows with Remain that were intense, Indian Handcrafts always pulled out great sets live. There’s a band called the Therapists from up north that were the most entertaining band I’ve seen there. Cancer Bats were fantastic and were really energetic to watch. Too many local bands to name really. I like supporting my very talented friends and they all out on such great sets. One of the shows I included in the collection there was a wedding! Some of the shows I’ve played there were really fun too. Costumes and all!”
What’s your own musical history?
I’ve been in a few bands over the years in Barrie. I was in a band in the early 90s called The Route. Later on there was Hub, Bob Heath, and the Cincinnati Gentlemen. I also played in some one-off tribute events with some close friends. We did a Tarrantino night and an 80s night that were hysterical.