Since I’ve spent so much time in a vehicle this fall, I thought I would post a list of music that has been making the road more pleasant. There are no surprises on the list and I’m not trying to impress anyone by posting the newest music no one has heard of yet… these are just solid tunes that make time spent on prairie highways more enjoyable.
I’ll start with a short list of album’s I’ve been listening to from beginning to end:
The Bearer of Bad News, Andy Shauf
Down the Way, Angus & Julia Stone
The Barr Brothers, (self-titled album)
Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell
Birds, The Blue Warblers – I met these two lovely ladies at the Canadian Folk Music Awards a few weeks ago in Calgary. They are gems and their music is so refreshing and authentic to me.
Any album by Daniel Bélanger…but mostly, the album Rêver Mieux (I will never get enough of this one) and his most recent Chic de Ville (I will always have a soft spot in my heart for rockabilly music)
Now for a few singles I’ve added to my highway playlist: Continue reading
I just spent a fabulous week in Alberta performing house concerts – one of my favorite venue locations. It was wonderful. Special thanks to the hosts who generously welcomed me into their homes and to those who came out to the shows. What a pleasure it was to meet and exchange with you! A few unexpected highlights: Continue reading
I’m excited to be spending so much time in Alberta this month! I just got back from Calgary where I spent the weekend taking in the events/showcases of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. It was a real pleasure to get to know the endearing folk music community in Canada and also discover the folk music community in Calgary – I was blown away! Did you know that there are 8 folk clubs in Calgary? Did you know that many of them are membership driven? I met Bruce – one of the members of the Saturday Night Special folk club who informed me that there is a 4-year waiting list to become a season ticket holder at his club! That is so cool!! Most of the clubs were founded in the 70’s and offer yearly programming that includes monthly shows (on average) between September and April.
Let me describe the ambiance for you: Continue reading
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Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of spending the evening at the Lieutenant Governor General Awards Gala in Regina. It was a classy evening where artist, politicians, partons of the arts ?artistic director of festivals and organisations were in attendance. I was nominated in the Emerging Artist category. How cool it was for me to be a part of an evening that celebrates the artistic talent, quality and diversity in Saskatchewan. It was awesome! …especially the host of the night, Jeffrey Straker!
I didn’t take home a LGAA award, but the very next day, I recevied a nomination for Francophone singer-songwriter of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Congratulations to my fellow nominees: Chantal Archambault, Louis-Jean Cormier, Catherine Durand and Dany Placard. The CFMA will be awarded on November 10th 2013 in Calgary.
I had a real swell time on tour through the mountains over the past couple weeks. What a treat! While in Kelowna, Gent and I visited some wineries… and of course, did some wine tasting…when in Rome!
I made an appearance at the Contact Ouest (like a francophone Breakout West… sort of) in Victoria where I had the privilege of participating in the SOCAN singer-songwriter circle with Daniel Roa and Alpha Yaya Diallo. Jamming with these two was one of the highlights of my weekend. Continue reading