2002: David is the editor and graphic designer at BC Bookworld, a quarterly
newspaper that deals with books published in British Columbia, Canada.
2001: Jean was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to finish her third novel, "Living On Eggshells".
2000: Jean was awarded a BC Arts Council
grant to write experimental fiction.
In 1993 David established Get To
The Point Publishing to put out Jeans first novel. In 1999
our record label, Smarten Up! joined the publishing imprint to form Smarten
Up! & Get To The Point Publishing. Jean became editor and designer.
1999-present: Smarten Up! &
Get To The Point published chap-books of graphics and/or poetry by Bud Osborn,
Catherine Owen, Chad Norman, David Lester, Wendy Atkinson, Jean Smith, David Pritchett, Norman
Nawrocki. Bud Osborns "Keys to Kingdoms" won The City of Vancouver Award
1986-89: The Black Wedge Tours.
Jean and David organized, booked and promoted poets and musicians from Canada, the US and
England for five anti-authoritarian, feminist tours in those same countries. In 1987,
on the first Black Wedge, Mecca Normal performed in Olympia and traded
our first album for the first beat happening album with Calvin
Johnson of K.
Mecca Normal started recording in our rehearsal space (Bob and Joyces
garage) in 1984, we released our first album on our own label Smarten
Up! Records (Vancouver) in 1986. Jean and David are committed to
creating, recording, and promoting musical, visual, and written work dealing with poverty,
housing, capitalism, womens rights, and relationships between men and women from an
anarchist and feminist perspective.
Mecca Normal is self-managed; we have
handled marketing and publicity -- organizing hundreds of interviews for print, radio, and
TV, and 15 years of readings and band performances in North America, Europe, New Zealand
Jean does the Mecca Normal album covers, and posters
Mecca Normal was cited as an influence to
the founders of Riot Grrrl, a social movement of the mid 90s
1979-1986: Graphic design and newspaper
production In Vancouver. David was at The Georgia Straight, The West Ender, and Vancouver
Magazine. Jean was at the North Shore News, The Courier, and The West Ender (where Jean
and David met in 1981). They have both produced art and design for publishers, theatre
companies, record labels, and bands.
and David are available to work on a variety of projects:
- Mecca Normal is available for interviews,
shows, and collaborative projects.
- Jean and David are available to do graphic design work.
- Jean is available for writing assignments -- interviews,
- Davids cartoons and graphics are available for
- Jeans paintings are for sale.