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Alan is a Vancouver (BC, Canada) teacher, musician, and computer journalist. He wrote a weekly column for Business in Vancouver from 1995-2012 and appears regularly on LowEndMac, and elsewhere in print and online. Alan lives in Vancouver's historic Strathcona neighbourhood.
Alan plays accordion, piano and other keyboards. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was active in Ad Hoc, a Vancouver 'benefit band', and in the 1980s-90s in The Tools. Currently, he plays piano with the Deep Cove Big Band and accordion with the Gram Partisans (who have a new CD out) and is active with Vancouver's Squeezebox Circle. Alan is on the boards of directors of the Deep Cove Big Band, the BC Western Swing Music Society, Spartacus Books, and the Accordion Noir Festival Society.
Alan has visited New Orleans (several times beginning in 1967), Central Europe in 2002, Cuba in 2004, London and Paris in 2005, the eastern Mediterranean in 2007, the Rhone valley and Barcelona in 2008, Rome in 2009, and northern Italy in 2011. (Photos online). From 1968-77, Alan lived in Montreal: mementos of that era are at Plastic Roseland.
At the end of June 2010, he retired after three decades teaching - most recently helping students in grades 1-7 learn to use computers and the Internet at Vancouver's Chief Maquinna Elementary School. Most recently, he became a grandfather!
He has a YouTube channel with playlists including: Christmas Band, Deep Cove Big Band, Gram Partisans, Information at Your Fingertips, Louis Jordan, Rodgers Brothers, Squeezebox Circle, The Black Band, and more. Check 'em out!
You can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter or Google + and receive updates of new articles published, music gigs, and random thoughts.