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TEDxUWO - Craig Cardiff - Fear is the Cheapest Room in the House

Noted as one of Canada's most impressive musical innovators, Craig Cardiff has released eleven albums in the past ten years, democratizing the very process of music-making each step of the way. Hailed as both the Che and Kerouac of indie music, Craig is a pioneer in alternate venue touring, often appearing in churches, basements, festivals, kitchens and even the street. His outstanding 11th CD release "Goodnight (GoHome)" reminds us that often the very best in art and culture can be found well outside the glass walls of the highly corporatized entertainment industry. His songs are landscapes that expose the human condition, putting magnifying glasses to the clumsier and less proud moments. Armed with sardonic sincerity and polished awkwardness, Cardiff's performances are a mix of story and song, and occasional brawls. "I think that the best shows are the ones where the lights are low, the music weaves in and out and the people forget where the audience begins and the performer ends," says Cardiff. Cardiff's commitment to his music is mirrored in his approach to touring and recording during the past ten years. Live recordings and self-produced albums ranging from sound experimentation to collaborations are the heart of his musical modus operandi. Craig has played with and opened for some of the most talented contemporary performers, including Sarah Harmer, Blue Rodeo and Gordon Downie of the Tragically Hip. TEDxUWO is the official TEDx conference for The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. The theme of this inaugural conference was Own Your Passion. A total of 200 spots were reserved for audience members, while thousands more across the country joined via satellite locations and live video stream. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
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