All things, good and bad, must come to an end. And today, after three and a half years and exactly 350 posts, it's this blog's turn to take a bow and ride off into the electronic sunset. I will continue to collect Canadian records and contribute to It Came From Canada, and I'm hoping to at some point host a DJ night at a bar featuring the music I posted here, but this is almost certainly the last of Five Bucks On By-Tor.
I'd like to thank everyone who took an interest in FBOBT over the years; I set up an account at StatCounter in December of 2006, and since then this blog had over 80,000 visitors, which wasn't half-bad for a site I got the idea for while drinking in my living room one night. The best thing about running Five Bucks was listening to all of the fantastic music I was lucky enough to dig up, but the second-best thing was hearing from music enthusiasts, Canadiana freaks and family members of artists I featured (and occasionally the actual musicians themselves), all of whom provided me with a wealth of information, feedback and motivation. It was deeply gratifying to learn that this music, which was usually out of print and/or otherwise forgotten by the culture at large, could still strike a chord with people in this day and age.
And so...thanks again, and farewell. If you're ever in a Toronto thrift store or record shop and see a guy with a red backpack and a stack of Canadian records set aside, say hello.