I Need Holy Water -The Hangman’s Ball Ottawa 1992



There were a lot of doubters when I initially talked about organizing and sponsoring a Death Metal music extravaganza in June of 1992. Most said, “You call this torrent of violence music?” There was definitely a burgeoning Death Metal scene in Ottawa in the early 90’s, and some overheard in-store conversations wondered if it had anything to do with Satan. After I heard the Satanic comment one too many times I told one customer,

“Of course it is Satanic! I’ve already killed 8 people, using nothing but a wooden spoon and a jar of peanut butter, inverted 2 rabbits, maimed a cow, and glued a litter of kittens to the sidewalk.”

After getting the final word that it would be a failure from Ottawa music icon Shawn Scallen, I set out to prove him wrong. The bands and I began having meetings in the basement of the store. For metal…

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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