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!

First night in Milan and radio Interview

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Spent the night in Tommaso’s studio in Milan.
Again Aly and I are left with a flat to our own.  This is now the 4th time someone has trusted us with their home.  Pretty generous eh?

Tommi had told me that Italy in August is dead because everyone disappears for vacation.  I didn’t fully comprehend what he was saying until we arrived in Milan.  Barely any people and so many stores and restaurants closed.

Today Aly and I had our radio interview and live performance on Radiopopolare (www.radiopopolare.it) with Davide Santi.  Last night in the car we decided on which song from the album to play on air, Progression.  However that was the one we had rehearsed with Davide.  So, from 10 to 11am I taught Davide Soldier and we made it something brilliant.  Sometimes the end result of working under pressure is better than ever.

Sanja Lucic, the radio host was so so so very sweet.

Played a concert in a blacksmith’s studio.  Were given bracelets and flowers from Luna and her friends (sweet young girls), and given home made Grappa from Pier, a lovely neighbour.

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We have left Italy now.  We are now in Stuttgart with Reiner, the amazing promoter of Silent Friday and Cafe Galao.  Another spectacular evening with him.  Everything he touches is gold.

Sad to have left Italy and the new friends we have made.  Davide, the violinist and Tommi the promoter and his entire family and their group of friends made me feel so at home.  So 10 days spent in cars singing 4 part harmonies is over.  Can’t wait to come back in April.

Francesco, Tommi’s little brother, so sweet learned the lyrics to “Soldier” and sang along in the audience at every show.  Tommi joined our trio with his lovely voice and was always ready with a very sultry introduction.

Love those boys!!!

Funny thing, I have never craved physical contact so much in my life.  Those of you who know me, know I am the biggest cuddle bum in the world.  I can’t get enough affection.  Each time someone would place a hand on my shoulder or greet me with a kiss, my skin would tingle.  Of course, I coerced Francesco, to be my masseuse…hehe

Can’t wait to get back to Felix for my insatiable dose of cuddles.

Our last night we played Luca’s birthday party, got back to the house on the lake at about 4 and were up to catch our ride to Stuttgart at 9am.  The ride should have taken bout 5 hours but instead lasted a total of 10 hours.  Fun stuff!!

In the back seat in between 2 other people, stuffed under 2 guitars, I was glad my phobia was not small spaces but instead small things in groups (yes I know funny – I’ll tell you about it one day –  Just never put me near an ant hill).  Anyway, I have never felt so suffocated and hot.  Sitting on the highway between the mountains, trapped in the car, I fought for air, we all did.

But we made it at 9pm for the show at 9:30pm.  A wonderful end to 10 hours of travel.

Home in 4 days!!! Yippy!

A little late but here is some documentation of our travels in Paris!  Love to Ecki, Amanda, Uli and Ayshe!

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Alway keep your toothpaste and toothbrush at hand! Ireland

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Bring toothpaste. Do not rely on other people to have it – they are often relying on you.
-in Tullamore, 8 musicians and no toothpaste.

Do not throw your toothbrush in the bottom of your bag. You will likely not be able to find within those few minutes in the bus station bathroom before catching the bus.
-this is the state I am in now. Never have I so desired to brush my teeth.

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Ireland…the land of pubs with WIFI

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Finally found my safe place, the place I feel most comfortable in a city – a cozy cafe where I can feel free to sit on my computer and sip on a coffee or chai tea for 4 hours, where everyone is laid back and just wants to take their time, where the music isn’t pop, or rock, but something soothing, where I can relax and recoup after a stressful few days of travel and a cold.

Finally after 2 days of trying to find a way out of Ireland that doesn’t cost over 100 Euros, we bought our ticket out of here. We navigated through piles of websites, travel options, message boards, asked and asked and asked. Suddenly we had the idea to read the fine print.

Who would ever think?

Well, I guess with the pressured Irish air, our brains were a little smothered and unable to fire properly. Oh well, now we have our tickets, only 42 Euros each from Dublin to Leeds.

Thank goodness!

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Freiburg Family, Stuttgard Near Death, Koln Techno

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Playing for 200 people in a crazy artists paradise with magical figures moving, lit up with colour, seemingly alive, giant chairs, paintings, life in an abandoned train wagon, candles, flowers, hairdressers at hand to fix your stray hairs or recreate you in an instant, music lovers sharing something special, all put together by an incredibly caring concert promoter, Reiner Bocka.

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