The tour blog is up and running

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It’s been over a month since I last posted, which means it’s been a while since I’ve been on tour.  As you know, I just released the EP and boy oh boy was it ever a goodie.  All of my efforts and energy of the last month have been dedicated to the release of this album.  Thank you all for coming out to the Rivoli.  Thank you wonderful musicians for playing with me.  Thank you Sacred Balance and Dr. Draw and thank you thank you Ed the Sock and Liana for hosting so beautifully.  What a special treat to have you.

But now I am no longer at home in our cuddly apartment with our two (yes two now) kitties and my sweet Feef (Felix).  Where am I?  Well not as far as last time I wrote, perhaps far away for those of you I met in Europe, but not for you Torontonians.

Oh how I love Montreal.  What a laid back, culturally satisfying city.

Just got home, home being Andrea’s place, from a night out with my good friend Hadi (Aka Rough Draft).  So sweet of him to introduce me to Kalamunity, an incredible evening of improve hip hop and spoken word.  So many talented artists vibing off of each other.

So inspiring.

After 3 shows here in Montreal,  and one in Ottawa I am again feeling the touring bug, the over excited and inspired – need to see more, be more, eat more, new new new everything.

Nothing is old and nothing is tired.  So many funny gut wrenching stories (do ask in person).

Off to Ottawa tomorrow for a show at the Rainbow Bistro with Anna Atkinson.  From there we will happily endure a sleepless weekend at OCFF (Ontario Conference of Folk Festivals) filled with music, schmooze, and red bull.

Can’t wait!!

XOXO
Love you all!

 

Newest Review by Fame…Pretty nice!

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Thank you Mark!! What a great review you gave me.  I really appreciate it.
“Now, this was unexpected. Starting with a Mahavishnu-esque chord declension, an arresting voice a la Joni Mitchell by way of Toni Childs began encanting a vaguely arabesqued narrative arresting the ear purely through purity of tone and emotional content. ‘Bewitching’ is hardly a sufficient term. At first, I was minded of Avital Raz (here and here), but, no, that wasn’t quite right. Next, the idea of a Phoebe Snow with dark inclinations arose (Soon on a Snowflake), but that didn’t embrace matters either. The chamber aspects wouldn’t settle easily into category or definition, especially as the quartet behind Chloe Charles displays erudition beyond what even the best sessioneers Snow or Janis Ian could entice would produce. Little Green Bud is just a 5-song EP but what a great teaser! Masterfully engineered, it entablatures highly artistic intent executed with grace and ease, a venture drawing in various disparate elements to discover new borders in not-so-familiar modes…nothing in-your-face but much that slips sinuously into awareness before recognition and enigma manifest. Charles has a very well trained voice rife with honed emotionality without going over the top. Now that I think about it, ‘seductive’ would be a better adjective than ‘bewitching’ but on an intellectual level laced with the deeper eros knowledge brings. Her back-up is cleverer than hell in setting out the singer’s balmy compositions, constantly incidentalizing. The percussion in Water is not very far from Trilok Gur or Jamie Muir’s still stunning work with King Crimson. I’m not sure why the EP mode was adopted, as everything screams for full lavish CD epicness. These aren’t just good ideas, they’re manna for a double-disc extravaganza, and that would be exactly the length required to indite the literacy and extended narrative connoted. I also suspect the songs on Little Green Bud aren’t sequenced properly, pregnant with inverted linearity, but I damn sure will be impatiently waiting to see what the true full release on this is going to be.”
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

NXNE Showcase Expose…”Undertow”

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For those of you who missed the NXNE showcase, here is a little snippet!  This video stars Sam Mclellan on Bass, Kelly Lefaive on Violin, Brian Lahaie on Drums and Eugene Le Russe on Cello.  All of the incredibly beautiful body art by the incredibly beautiful and talented Natasha Kudashkina.

Home Sweet Home!

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Howdy Ya’ll,

I’m finally back in the T Dot…hehe..

After 18 hours of travel, more if you included traveling from Switzerland to the Frankfurt airport, 8 painstaking hours in a plane stuck in front of a little girl with restless leg syndrome, 2 wonderful parties, and an extreme bout of food poisoning, I am beginning to return to my world here in Toronto.

Of course, knowing me and my sensitive body I get sick the second I can actually afford to. Bodies sure are smart aren’t they!

Feeling nauseous as my welcome home party came to an end, with my super brain power I refused to let it get the best of me. I concentrated on all of you wonderful people.

But no more than 1 second after the last people left, I bolted for the bathroom to bring up all of the lovely food my friends had brought. Excuse my graphic nature. You of weak stomaches would likely find me grotesque. I will censor myself for you.

So now I am home, coming to the reality of what must be accomplished with focus on my album release. If you are reading this I do hope ever so much that you will be attending. Shall be dandy!

For this show I am preselling tickets in order to ease some of the last-moment-stress. I am trying to be a good little planner and spread a thin layer ever so evenly (mental picture of cheese whiz in Kraft ad).

So if you want to help me spread that cheese out and you plan on coming out to The Rivoli on Friday October 1st, I will have my site all ready with tickets to sell asap.  Once you order them I will send you a cute package in the mail with my personally designed tickets. Or if you know me, I am willing to personally deliver (I love my bike and need some exercise).

But for now, read here’s the flyer. Mark it on your calendar with a big pigeon!

Ciao!

London Roti Kicks Butt!

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Meet the Roti lady – our savior while in London.

Thinking about her and her Roti truck with her spectacular Roti and perhaps best, her lovely chat.

Practically every day, Aly, Shantal and I would venture out of the house, walk through the Brixton markets for about one minute to what began to feel like our stable place on this tour…

– Her bright blue truck with a boldly painted Guyanese woman on the front, and a well tattooed and pierced Guyanese woman inside with her Roti pans  chick peas, spinach and bony meats (we always opted for the vegetarian roti).

2 pounds 50 for us because we were so sweet, filling her with compliments and questions.

Who doesn’t like a little flattery when it comes to their spectacular one of a kind cooking?

So many shows, perhaps 10 including last-minute gigs.  Open mics galore, one where 2 rap star wannabees shot out some ridiculous (not in a good way) licks with a back track as accompaniment.

Somehow such clever lyrics as “I’m VIP, I like to move it, Rock the party right, I”ma beat you like ho.” doesn’t get the deserved applause when following a bunch of oversensitive, poetic and gentle singer songwriters.

Hmmm strange…

London was special…my darling Shantal and Fernando hosted us for nearly 2 weeks.  Meagan, her sister loaned us her wardrobe unwillingly.  Oh how I wish I had a sister with good taste.

Once you watch this video you will get the London vibe..

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Bye bye to Aly! I miss you Canada!

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First day totally solo.  Aly is on her own as well in Munich.
I woke up alone for the first time this entire trip.  2 months with someone at my side and in my bed, first my Feef (Felix) and then Aly.  I missed a good morning cuddle or pet.

I feel quite calm today.  I know this tour is coming to an end and as sad as I am, I am also so happy to return to so many of the people I love, Felix, my Mom, my Nana my aunt Leigh and all of my wonderful friends in Toronto.

I miss my morning routine with Felix – waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, slowly coming to life with our morning chat and crazy kitten Tuula, cuddling up in our fuzzy blankets until Felix drags me to the shower or even worse, the gym (I am so out of shape here)!

I miss hosting our parties with our fabulous and crazy crew filled with music and laughs always lasting till the following morning.

When I come home, we have a goodbye party to attend for Pouya Hamidi, composer for Sacred Balance (band I sing with).  He is moving to Montreal and will be very missed as will our regular SB rehearsals!  The next day we are hosting an “I miss you all party”  which if you know me, feel free to ask for an invitation.

As much as I am looking forward to coming home, I know what I have ahead of me.  Preparation for my Oct 1st Album release at the Rivoli meaning rehearsals, poster creation and poster plastering, ticket sales (considering offering delivery service?), tour booking for November in the US with Aly, continuation of tour booking for Ontario Quebec,  CD baby junk, tunecore, many phone call meetings awaiting me,  preparation for conferences, endless tickets to book.  Whoa, hello computer screen!

However, somehow after experiencing all of this, I feel much more able to handle whatever comes to me and not so concerned with what may have seemed overwhelming to me before.

Aly has been the perfect tourmate and friend.  I feel so lucky to have met her by chance in Memphis. I never got sick of her but only grew to love her more with every new experience.  I never grew tired of her music, she only became more inspiring.  As I learned her every lyric they meant more to me.

We did miss our Doug though.

But the adventures never end…Tomorrow to Freiburg to catch a ride with Felix’s parents, Trixi and Niels, to Zürich where we will spend the day wandering and the evening at my concert at Cafe Henrici.

Countdown 3 days…Woo Hoo!!!

See ya’ll soon!