Litterbug is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1999 in Vancouver by Marc Simao and Janie Cranfield. Formed in Vancouver in 1999, litterbug has had numerous line up changes, while maintaining its two original members. In 2002 the band released its debut album pablo on its own record label monkey-bar-records gaining positive reviews. A second full-length album kaiser and EP hollis followed in 2004. In 2004 litterbug recorded "oh, you are so beautiful" for a CBC Radio 3 session, which appears on the New Music Canada compilation New Music Canada, Vol. 1. Litterbug has appeared on two other CJSR compilations: Ralph Nader Was Here released in 2003, Get Out of Your Basement released in 2007. Both Marc and Janie moved the band to Vancouver, British Columbia in late 2005, in the Fall of 2006, Spencer Rose and Amelia Mori joined the band to work on new material. Litterbug released zero hour in 2009. Amelia left for medical school in Australia and Spencer left, both in 2009. Stewart Lampe and Mouki Butt joined the band.
Litterbug is working on new material for a followup to zero hour. Some commentators have compared litterbug's style to artists such as Yo La Tengo, Half Japanese, The Feelies, Danielson Family, The Velvet Underground. Marc Simao of litterbug credits punk pioneers like Jonathan Richman and Patti Smith. Comprising both musical neophytes and veterans since litterbug's inception, band members have contributed to songs using a wide range of instruments. Litterbug Official Band website litterbug at MySpace Litterbug article from Vue Weekly litterbug Profile at CBC Radio 3
Eri Klas was an Estonian conductor. He was born in Tallinn. Klas worked in the Nordic scene since, but might be best known for his work leading the defunct Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, he premiered Alfred Schnittke's 1st Cello Concerto and Peer Gynt ballet, worked on the diffusion of the Estonian symphonic repertory. Klas was active as a pedagogue, holding professorships at the Sibelius Academy and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he received an honorary doctorate. Klas was decorated with the Order of the Estonian Order of the White Star, he was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 1986, he was named the People's Artist of the USSR. An Estonian lightweight junior boxing champion, he was a member of the Estonian Olympic Committee. Estonian National Cultural Foundation page on Eri Klas Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra page on Eri Klas Jewish Community in Estonia, February 2006 bulletin