Claire Burns, actress/director
Chris Farren, singer/songwriter, ex Fake Problems
So I said, 'OK, I'm going to quit drinking until I finish writing this Fake Problems record'—then a few months later I finished writing the record, and thought, 'Hmm, OK, maybe I'll start drinking again once we RECORD the record.' When we were finally done, I decided to wait until the record was released to start drinking again. That was 2013 and the record still hasn't come out. It never will. Since I stopped drinking I have been ten times more productive and have written way more than I ever did while I was drinking. Songwriting is such an incredibly frustrating process, and it's already so easy to get sidetracked, adding alcohol into that mix just crushed my output.I would always have a drink before going on stage to dull that nervous edge. Now my performances are almost entirely controlled and directed by my nervous edge and it rocks. One of the main reasons I quit drinking was seeing how much it could dull a musician's career. I have toured with a lot of people who don't seem to really care about their own band anymore, who have kind of lost the ambition or the fire for it, but use alcohol to keep the wheels turning. That always really bummed me out. I knew if I kept drinking I was in danger of surrendering to that kind of apathy.
"It's like when there's a food you know you don't like, you just don't order it. Like if you hate mustard and you go to a mustard factory you're not like OH GOD I NEED MUSTARD."
Stacey Dee, Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Kristee Ono, standup
Dave Hause, singer songwriter
Graham Isador is a writer living in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter at @presgang.Drew Thomson/Single Mothers shots by Stephen McGill Photography.