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!

 

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.

Italian Farm house surprise! Ciao!!

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Don’t have much time to write as I am too busy relaxing in the sun and about to head to the lake after an incredibly magical evening at the Sacchi house.
We arrived here after 24 hours without sleep, yet again, completely delirious yet dumbfounded by the beauty of Northern Italy.
Blue sky, mountains with white tips, lush greenery, flowers, small cobbled streets, wonderful people, wonderful family.  To add to this overstimulating magnificence was the actual Sacchi house.

Instant decompression.

Two houses, refurbished farmhouses are joined by a garden court – one house where we are staying which is Paulo’s photography studio and the other for the family.
Aly and I feel like children sleeping in 2 twin beds in an enourmous studio space with beamed ceilings 3 times our height.  Above our heads we are lulled to sleep by the sound of little, or big, critters on the roof.

We arrived like zombies had a nap, awoke to lunch with Paulo, the warm father of the house.  Don’t forget the wine!
Back to sleep for another 5 hours to awake to the grand piano being tuned and diner, again of course with fresh wine, this time red.

Then for the party, a yearly event with up to 100 guests, all bringing delicious dishes and desserts.  Oh my, so much food, so much wine.

A first for us was the Milano speciality, Negroni, a cocktail made of equal parts of gin, dry martini and campari.  Three bottles were poured over ice and generously doled out to the non-drivers of the crowd.

Whoa, what a kick in the face.  My taste buds will never cringe again at the taste of any spirit.

Tommi took such good care of us, the booker I was lucky enough to meet through Felix’s friend Martino (Tommi’s brother) in Berlin.  He introduced me to Davide Santi, an incredible violinist who wanted to collaborate with me.  What an honour.

For a few hours before the party concert we rehearsed a few songs.  Just listening makes me giddy.  If you have ever played with me you know my giggly response to strings.  It takes a few minutes to desensitize me to the sensual sound.

The concert was a hit, so romantic this place.   Music ended with a jam with an amazing trumpeter, guitarist and us.

Never thought I would sing ” Oh when the Saints come marching in” at a concert…

…and that it could actually sound good!!!

Then again, everything sounds good with drink.

Must say ciao.  We are off to the lake, followed by a rehearsal with Davide, a change of houses (to Tommi’s studio in Milan) and then to Milan for a concert.

Tomorrow, a famous radiostation, Radiopopulare, the one left station here not run by Berlusconi!

XOXO