Life is a Pollock Painting: From Tears to Ecstatic Screams

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2013 has already shown me its colours. And boy, are they ever bright, blinding and bipolar. In only four months fate has painted my path using all corners of the palette.

What is the overtone of this painting?

It’s a mixture of everything: possibly looking something like a Jackson Pollock … and then, every once in a while, life splatters a few black blotches onto the canvas. Some people would think it’s ugly and sometimes it hurts but in the end all those spots, black or bright, create the full picture. It’s a story unfolding, one that at first perhaps even you can’t read.

So here I am, riding the rollercoaster of 2013.

How did it begin?

The passing of both my Grandfather (Jan 17) and my Father (Mar 10) cast a bitter black splat over my winter, already dreary (as Toronto winters are apt to be).

It’s strange. My family has always been very female dominated. With girls being the ones fighting harder to be born, I didn’t have the strongest male experience. And now, within 2 months of each other, they both disappeared.

It’s strange and I still can’t wrap my head around it (that thing we call Death), but I think about them every day. Who knows if that will ever stop?

Fortunately, to balance out this heavy start, I’ve also had an abundance of delightful things fall into my lap to remind me that life goes on, Spring does in fact arrive, and all will heal — with time. 

On Feb 13, I celebrated my album release for “Break the Balance” at the Revival Bar in Toronto. It was a proud moment for me. We packed the house, with thanks to all of you — as well as a little extra special promotion generated by my. Feb 8th interview with Jian Ghomeshi on Q (listen here). A memorable morning, for sure, because it was also the day a meter of snow shut Toronto down but couldn’t stop us from reaching CBC at 7 am. (Yes,that’s A.M.). What a feat and a privilege!  

I know my Poppa (Grandad) would have been proud.

And then came the press: a very complimentary article with live montage by the Globe & Mail, album reviews from all sorts of media, including The Star and Now Magazine, an exclusive interview & performance on CBC TV (see here), and shout outs by one of Canada’s most recognized Much Music VJs, Michael Williams on CTV. 

I feel lucky and all warm and fuzzy all over. Thanks, Canada!

Also released my new video for “Find Her Way”. The filming of this flick was by far one of the best days of my life — or at least one of the most ridiculously hilarious!

Now, don’t you agree, Neil Whitford should really go into acting?

We somehow managed to shoot this video in only 2 days, with about 100 costume changes, inside, outside, & wherever, and at 7 different locations! I don’t know how we even slightly coordinated our outfits in such a hurry. Wonder why Mariel is wearing rainbow gloves? Why Im wearing leopard print with a bow tie and sequins? Well, that’s why. We had begun to lose it, in the best of ways. 

I owe so many thanks for this video. I have such an amazing group of friends and cousins out there (side note: Friends include the lovely canine (Raiden) and feline (Max) who made cameo appearances). To check out those involved, see below. And please do our hard work and public nudity some justice and share the heck out of it.

…and then came Folk Alliance (an international music conference) where I got to spend time with some of my favourite Americans! AKA @DouglasJayboyd and @BenBalmer. If you need a laugh, I highly suggest you watch ‘Ben Balmer’s rendition of”Soon on a Snowflake””. He may have stolen the limelight on that one! 

Bracketed between 2 conferences, I had the honour of singing at a Carole King tribute show put on by Juno Award winning graphic music designers, Michael Wrycraft, who is always magically creating awesome album covers (Ron Sexsmith, Bruce Cockburn, Murray Mclauchlan). His tribute shows have become a staple in the Toronto Music scene where Michael always packs the house, bringing together some heavy artists.

So, which songs did we choose to take apart and put back together with a Chloe finesse? “Natural Woman” (which some people thought was far too dangerous) and “So Far Away”. My father had just passed away that week so I dedicated the songs to him, and I think he would have loved to see me shine for him that night at Hugh’s Room..

Less than one month later our dear friend CMW (Canadian Music Week) put on its party hat. With one show at Tattoo Rock Parlour (No, I have not turned rock) and one killer show at the infamous El Mocambo (where I got to play before Boy), countless afternoon parties, evening parties, fabulous concerts (AKA Cai.ro), and free nasty energy drinks (don’t think they went unappreciated but let’s be honest, they are NASTY), and my surrogate sister’s always-welcome company (Aly Tadros), I came out of that week an empty sack of delirious.

To my surprise, a music writer from EXCLAIM attended my show and wrote a rave review! Not too shabby eh?

“so dramatic that you could feel a cold wind blowing through the song’s clenched bass tones, brooding cello swells and scurrying guitar touches.”…”There was little question as to why such a diverse cross-section of music fans and seasoned players alike have been caught by Charles’ impressive creative light.” (see full)

But soon after this whirlwind I had to fly away yet again. The day I was leaving Toronto to begin my German/ Swiss tour, feeling a little sad to say goodbye again, my cousin called with some amazing news: Billboard Magazine had listed me, yes me, your little Chloe, as one of “5 Canadian Acts to Watch”.

WAAAAAA?????

Yes, I screamed a little. (I am now adding up the happy scream moments and will share with you one day.) What a nice way to hop on a plane.

So, now you understand how 2013 (so far) feels something like a Pollock painting, and how, with both a heavy and a light heart, both tears and a big smile, I begin my tour and a new chapter in my life.

Love you all
XOXO
Your Chloe

 

P.S.  Check out my tour link if you are in Germany or Switzerland because I may just be coming to you in the next weeks!

P.P.S. Who contributed to ‘Find Her Way’?

Danielle Da Silva directed
Shawna Downing did makeup
Justin Johnstone starred as the guy who talks to himself
Neil Whitford starred as always amazed Alice in Wonderland-like man
Eugene Draw as crazy drummer
Kelly Lefaive as hot chick getting hit on
Mariel Gonzales as deep art critic
Adam Jenkins as record collector
Raiden the dog as fuzzy assessor
Max the cat as pissed of fur ball
Brock Dishart, Lindsay Dworkin, Evelyn Cream, Robert Wraith as yarn pullers
Zoe Edwards, Danielle Knight, Robert Wraith, Freddie Mojallal as hyped audience
Of a Kind as super cool record and vintage store
Saving Gigi as my favourite Toronto cafe

And for sure I’m missing someone… 

 

 

 

 

 

Guild Guitars welcomes your little Chloe to the family!!!!

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So the word is out: I am officially part of the Guild Guitars family (check out my artist profile)!!  Now for the story…


3 years ago my music career began.  I graduated from Glendon College, York University with a bilingual Honours degree in Psychology.  In 2006 I decided that I wanted to be a musician, took a year off, went on a soul/ r& B path and in 2007 I realized that that was not my path.  I finished my degree and thought about what to do.  In 2008 I decided that I needed a guitar.  My mom and I went to the music shop in Lindsay Ontario and bought a crappy nylon right away. I came home and immediately sat down to write my first song on guitar. That song was Soon on a Snowflake.

I had never played guitar and quickly realized I’d made the right choice.

The following summer I ran away to Weimar Germany and decided to write 12 songs, ready to perform my own shows and eventually record my own album.

 My last year of university was interspersed with shows around Toronto and Montreal, a residency at the Tranzac and enough time to be sure of what I was going to do once graduating.

 Come graduation, I gave myself a year, stress free to try out a career in music.  I freelance tutored Korean students in English and after 6 months was so busy with music I couldn’t juggle both so I quit.

Fast forward 2 and a half years and there I was at SXSW for the second time.  This time totally exhausted from just finishing a tour from Toronto to Austin TX, covering 10,000 km I decided to only stay for 2 days of the festival to play a couple showcases, one with The Sweetness and the other solo for Fender/ Guild.

A strange chain of events led me to this showcase.  Aly Tadros was playing it and mentioned to the A&R that I was in town.  He immediately invited me to play and asked her if I would be interested in being one of their artists.  I was in disbelief and didn’t think much of it until after the showcase.

Aly and I performed 2 songs each backed by The Sweetness at the Fender/ Guild centre in Austin.  It was filmed and recorded to later be aired.  There I met the A&R and he was quite in love with our sound.

We sat down and he invited us both to be Guild Artists.  What did this mean? We would be gifted a guitar, a D-55 Acoustic.  However, both Aly and I mostly used nylon guitars.  Well that was no problem, we were also to be gifted a GN-5 Classical.  INSANE!

How did this happen?

I bused home the very next night, completely overwhelmed by the chain of events and proud to have come so far in the past few years.  It was validation that I made the right choice.

Trust your instincts ladies and gentlemen.  Sometimes you know more about your future than you could imagine.

So I went home and we were invited to go to the Fender/ Guild/ Ovation warehouse in New Hartford, Connecticut.

A couple weeks later, we made a little road trip down to this small town.  We walked into this brick warehouse and in the front entrance was a welcome sign for Chloe and Aly!  How sweet.

Greeted by Frank Untermyer, VP of KMC Music & General Manager of Ovation, Fender & Guild USA, we sat down in his office and got to know each other.

Adorned with some sexy protective glasses we were taken on a tour of the factory and given insight into every little detail of Guild production.

At each station, the employees were so friendly and willing to take the time to explain their detailed  and very important role.  Each person was a master at their precise job and most definitely a guitar lover through and through.

Did you know that they only turn out about 14 high-end guitars a day. From start to finish, the process takes about 5 Weeks.  Not only is their attention to detail special but they are quite the environmentalists. 100% of Guild guitars are now made completely from sustainable, eco-friendly wood. Everything from the source of the wood to the working conditions at the timber companies they order from.

Of course, they also have quite the sense of humour.  Lucky us, we got to rock out on Rick Nielson’s (Cheap Trick) custom guitar. I think I need one of these of Chloe.  That might be just creepy.

Anyway, after this thorough visit, we were asked to play a small concert for the staff.  What a treat to pick up these gorgeous guitars for the first time and try them out. The staff was amazingly appreciative and welcoming.  What a treat for us.

Now I just got home from a 30 date tour of Germany, Switzerland and Italy accompanied by these two gorgeous guitars.  What a perfect way to get acquainted. We became great friends – I tell them everything you know.  We even swim together.

The tour wouldn’t have been the same without them.

I look forward to many more years as part of the Guild Family.

To me everything today represents a chain of events from one point in time, on decision, picking one road as opposed to another.  It’s so comforting to see where you can get in life by listening to yourself.  It’s nice to be validated as a musician, as a person.  To me, being invited into this family, validates my efforts and my hard work along the way.

Thank you Guild.

Want to hear these guitars yourself?  Well a few shows are coming up, in particular NXNE showcase next Friday!  And a many others this summer.  Let’s celebrate!

Lots of love

Chloe

Thank you for existing!

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I’ve been back for a few days and am now recapping on everything.

I love being on the road, meeting new people, seeing old friends, new experiences. I have grown so much from constantly being challenged but the stage can be lonely.

Being a persona, a brand asks for a lot of caution. It’s a constant struggle to not become just a presence but remain a multifaceted person.

I am lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life to add to who I am.

My Mom – a strong woman who has not had the easiest life but who has never stopped growing and changing.  I look up to her as a person and know she is always there with some existentialist wisdom and love to help me along the way.

My Nana – more like a second parent and friend.  She is 85 and vibrant although growing old is not easy on her, she still inspires me.

Felix – my partner who makes me more me and encourages me in every endeavor.  The most grounded, person I know.  He always inspires me and stimulates my mind and shocks me with his understanding.

My Dad – although not growing up with him, he has come through in the past few years and exposed me to the wild side of life, given me the experience and strength to do what I am doing now.

Cynthia – step mom and friend.  Dealt with a lot in her life but remains strong and wise and never bitter.

Rebecca (London,UK)– a best friend who understands my every thought.  A beautiful person, talented and wise, opened and a lover of humanity and nature.  I miss her everyday.

Andrea (Montreal,QC) – Rekindled friendship, so thoughtful and understanding, designer of Silver Studios, putting beautiful things into the world.  My mental manager on tour.  I will be the surrogate aunt to her blond angelic child.  If I was a lesbian we’d be too good together.

Emilia (Toronto, ON) – a friend since before I have memories. So proud of her. Like a sister.  Sweetest most gentle loving person ever!

Annie (London, UK) – such a giving and kind person (perhaps too much so) with so much belief in what I am doing.  She could do anything she chooses with grace and whatever that is she will make better the lives of those around her.

Evelyn (Toronto) – my manager. Incredibly strong woman with an abundance of knowledge.  Kind and caring and grounding.  Holds the world on her shoulders. Encourages my creativity and reminds me to be kind to myself.

 Step Brother (World) – So generous, at times too generous. Although we don’t see each other, I know he’s got my back always.

Mack (Toronto) – my band mate and a best friend also member of Ninja Funk Orchestra.  He can’t help but make me smile. So talented and sweet, cuddly and hilarious.

Gord (Toronto) – another besty from Ninja Funk Orchestra who is perhaps too smart for his own good. Dedicated, determined.  An inspiration musically.  He constantly stimulates my mind.

Niel (Toronto) – bandmate and best friend. Wants to take care of everyone. Ready to help a friend at the drop of a hat.  So unbiased and non-judgemental.

Shantal (London, UK)– like a sister growing up and still is. Doing what she wants without any apology and making her way in this world. A creative genius, she will put her imprint on the film industry with her prosthetic designs.

Terry (Evansville, Indiana) – war here, widower turned hippy and Reike master.  Every ounce out of him is pure love.

Duane (Lexington, Kentucky) – Owner of Shangrila Productions. My producer on the upcoming album turned good friend.  Somehow understands my musical raucous and hones it into something for the world.  Freak slash genius.

David (Evansville, Indiana) – poppa wells, my Indiana pop! Been threre to give me love and some fatherly support when I’m needing it most.

Michael (Cambridge, MA)– Most amazing mind ever.  Such an analytical and clear thinker.  So much support for what I am doing that I am overwhelmed by his kindness.  He turns my emotional thinking into action and believes that I can be so much. And his wife Bette – Kind joyful spirit.

Uli (Der Fuchs aus Berlin, DE) – 8 year friend, like a brother.  Berlin wouldn’t be the same without him.

Nik (Berlin, DE) – Another brother from another mother. Dreams of giving him a hug every time I make it over there.

Douglas (Austin, TX) – band member in The Sweetness and best friend/ brother.  Gentle, lover of anything living, best hugger and shoulder to cry on. Check out his other projects – Stone By Stone and Bugaboo.

Cures Riches – moms ex boyfriend and father-like figure in my early years.  Musical savant, gentle nature lover. Harmer of nothing.

Aly (Brooklyn, NY) – surrogate sister/ tourmate/ bandmate/ friend. The Egyptian/ Texan version of me.  So incredible strong, talented, driven.  Can make you cry with her lyrics from happiness or sadness. She will go so far. She loves and is not afraid to be wrong but is always ready to turn life into a lesson. If you don’t know her go listen NOW!

Sam (Toronto) –wild and soft. Master songwriter.  Bandmate in The Sweetness. Surrogate sister. She can turn anything beautiful and spunky with her stand alone personality.

Kelly Lafaive – (Toronto) – my violinist and friend. With the purest voice and the kindest heart.

Davide (Milan, IT) – childlike spirit.  Nothing is not worth trying.  Hears and sees the world as music, romantic. Tour mate, violinist.

Tina (Port Perry, ON) – surrogate aunt and my mom’s best friend. Taught me that family has nothing to do with blood but with love, support and acceptance.

Bruce (Halifax, NS) – president of MMS, an encouraging mentoring spirit who has been there to advice and look out for my best interests since day one. Took me under his wing, I know he’s got my back.

Laurie (Toronto) – my publisict. Always behind me ready to spread the world of Chloe. Get the Message PR.

Roland (Toronto) – my partners wife, when I’m gone.  Probably helped save our relationship a few times.

Nathan – Lead singer in Cairo (awesome band by the way) bestie from Uni / ex roommate, fickle, wild child, talent in anything creative. Sensitive cuddle bunny, partner in crime, naked dance parties and cheeky adventures.

Sanja (Milan, IT) – radio dj/ for RadioPopolare networking extraordinare with so much belief in my future.  Always ready to work on my behalf in Milan/ Italy.

Sebastian (Berlin, DE) – cameraman of Sweetness documentary. Partner in crime, perhaps too much crime. Loads of cherished memories.

Andy (Ludwigsberg, DE) – assistant in Sweetness documentary become really close friend.  Makes me feel at home when in Germany with his gentle calming nature.

Pascal (Ludwigsberg, DE) – director of Sweetness documentary.  Sensitive intuitive genius who shares my dark mind.  Inspiring person who is so destined for greatness. If you like some harder music check out his band Fetzer and the Turbochargers.

Bertin (Ludwigsberg, DE) – sound guy for Sweetness documentary and partner in crime. Crazy exterior with a soft creamy mushy inside.

Reiner (Stuttgart, DE) – like family in Stuttgart.  Runs Café Galao and Silent Fridays 2 of my favourite concerts to play. Also my Stuttgartian cuddle buddy.

Jamen (Toronto) – my male straight girlfriend who is always there to be my body guard, my stylist or my amazing sound guy.

Brock – ex roommate during Uni.  Lively, wild, sweet, adorable, squishy friend who is my favourite retweeter and scenester…hehe.  Blogger at Brock Papers.

Zoe (Toronto) – my little cousin from the same insane family I come from.  She’s an awesome smart spunky amazing person.

Ayshe (Cologne, DE) a best best friend living too far away but one of those people who you know no matter what we will find each other somewhere and it will always be the same. Wonderful artist with an eye for things and a take on life that is totally inspiring and unique unto herself.

Nils (Vienna, AU) – known for 8 years.  Every single time I go to Europe he finds a way to meet me somewhere.  Such a loyal sweet friend.

Justin (Toronto, CA) – bestie in uni and after 8 years things are just the same.  Even when time passes without seeing each other, I know he’s still around sending over the positive vibes.

Trixi (Freiburg, DE) – Germany mom.  So caring and ready to do anything for anyone to help.  So giving and warm. Also the best cook ever!!

Niels (Freiburg, DE) – German Dad. Quiet demeanor but under so kind and loving with a very cheeky side.

And every person who has touched my life in some way, you have made me who I am and keep me motivated. If we have met you left an impact on my life and I appreciate that, your existence in this world, my world.  Your support, your smile, your handshake, your conversation, your accommodation, your acceptance, your applause, your laugh, your tears, your words, your glances, your voice, your presence although not always remembered has left an imprint.

You give me so much positive and I hope I have done the same for you.  I know we can’t always do the “right” thing so if I have hurt you ever I am sorry.  And if you have hurt me, know that I learned from it.

Love you all.

Chloe

Bull riding, toothless men, robbery, crocodile attacks and hot tub parties…

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Another plane, another window seat, another tour accomplished.

I look out the window and stare back in time to 2 years ago about to record “Little Green Bud”, just starting to tour within Ontario.

I am baffled by the experiences I have acquired since then. 6 US tours, 2 European tours, so many new people in my life, a new band, growth, and a little understanding of this crazy business.

I fell asleep and awoke to Chicago.  I could see the beach hiding below the skyline and reminisce about our romantic evening under the harvest moon, in the waves, doing yoga and wrestling amongst ourselves like innocent children who happen to have stolen the vodka from their parents liquor cabinet.

Where did I last leave you?  If I recall correctly we were en route to Austin for our Momo’s album release with Charlie Faye.

I will again opt for some stream of consciousness writing.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Momo’s – pull up in SUV after a 10 hour drive from Memphis Tennessee.  Can’t park because film crew isn’t ready to shoot.  Must rewind and re – enter parking lot.  Act normal. Packed club.  Charlie is wonderful. Our set is fantastic.  So happy and relaxed back in Austin.  My second home. Bye bye cd’s.  Hello moolah.

Day 2 – Need water.  Need nature.  Barton Springs – a natural spring.  Hang with the crew for the day.  Pitter patter in the shallow end with a couple of the boys throwing slimy algae at each other for hours. Good for your skin? Pickled and frozen but peaceful.

Evenings = Falling asleep in the park. 6th Street, the darker side of Austin with fall over drunk college students and tourists.  Hilarious. A must see for the boys. Bar hopping, bull riding (not me).

Rudy’s Barbeque – Very Texan barbeque joint at gas station.  Royal treatment and interest because of giant cameras.  Lots of meat.  No plates, just wax paper.



 

 

WITCHITA FALLS, TEXAS  

Chloe plus late night pizza the day before = food poisoning.  Seems to be a tour regular.  But Chloe is buoyant and back in shape after a long sleep and rest.

Douglas’s home town, a small flat hot city or town or community. Too hot to be outside. Flip flops melt on the pavement.  Car interior melts.   Aly goes to the community centre to work out and is met by only toothless men.  That’s an exaggeration.  They had 2 teeth.

Accommodation – Doug’ s home is full of family photos.  Doug with short hair and glasses.  Hehehehe. Sweet sweet family.  So proud. Met the whole Boyd crew from parents to siblings to grandparents. The beginning of meat overdose.  Delicious cheeseburger pie (sadly stomach still in knots).  Roast.

Iron Horse – Doug so nervous about attendance but it all turns out great.  Everyone buys CD’s.  His dad so proud.

Back to the Iron Horse with the boys.  Chloe is entertained and not entertaining.  It doesn’t matter that I don’t like it.  Just want someone to be my monkey sometimes.

BRYAN, TEXAS / COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

Home to Texas A&M – huge college in Texas.  Students galore.

Steveo Schlemmer.  Host at KEOS Radio.  I LOVE him.  Amazing sweet generous man.  Sets up shows every time I come through. Sets up hotel rooms.  3 Nights at Comfort Sweets, 3 rooms for 8 people. Last time we discovered the benefits of being handicapped in a hotel – YOU GET A HOT TUB IN YOUR BEDROOM!!!  2nd hot tub adventure in this hotel.  It is now tradition.  No we are not handicapped, just lucky.

Retirement home – Short concert for some lovely seniors.  Free apple juice!!

KEOS radio performance.  Love this little station.  So very welcoming.

House Concert – The most adorable young couple super fans with sweet daughter.  We played for Adam’s birthday.  So in love. Followed by hot tub party outside at Comfort Suites.

Day 2 – living in the hot tub.  Didn’t move at all except to attack like a crocodile.  Hired Bertin (Ogre) to pick up beverages and pizza. This is the life.

Village Cafe – Show one. 8pm. The Sweetness actually had our first show together following Folk Alliance International and a month of Douglas being alone in Austin.  Big reunion.  Came full circle.  Little girls dancing like ballerinas throughout show.  Adorable.

Revolution Cafe – Show two – 10pm.  Lets go crazy.  This wild little spot inspires us to let loose and revamp the songs on the spot.  Progression becomes dubstep. Bike becomes I don’t know.  Everything gets groovier.  What a laugh. Followed by hot tub party outside at Comfort Suites.  Luckily there is not morning rush.


LAREDO, TEXAS!!

Driving along the highway to our destination with the film crew hanging out their car to get good footage…ahhhh nervous!

Arrived. Pure relaxation.  No shows, just blah and decompression.  Aly’s home.  Very decadent residence with a pool in the courtyard.  Hmmm where is Chloe spending the next 3 days?  Beds for everyone.  I have a bed to myself.  WOO HOO and it’s a princess bed so squishy you can barely see me when in it.  Sam and Chloe do our after car hyperactive-must-expel-energy dance in pool. Thankfully, not caught on camera. Dinner made by Mama. Nobody talks but stares blankly into space like bags of sand (yes sand bags can stare).

Day 2 – Chloe and Sam need to give back their work visas at the border.  Hello day trip to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico – headquarters of drug trade, murder and kidnapping.  Yippy.  We walk across the border being filmed all along. Aly makes Doug stay at home due to his sketchy appearance.  But 4 germans with camera’s is completely normal.  Returning to the US there are military tanks with rifles. Creepy. More lazy pool time.  Floating bean bags.  Paella and wine.  Casablanca veg time.

Day 3 – Only lazy poolage. Family dinner around a giant table with a beautiful centre piece that isolated one side of the table from the other. Delicious.  3 dollar frozen margarita pitchers with free nachos of course. Margaritas look and taste toxic with a neon glow.  War in pool with Doug.


BACK to AUSTIN, TEXAS

Balcony TV performance – 2nd Sweetness performance with them.  1st at SXSW.  Followed by frozen Margaritas next door.

Last night with the film crew. Plan to take them 2 steppin’ but it was closed.  We opt for bar hopping and free drinks.  Final destination dance party. Chloe is a mushy nerd and tears up when saying her goodbyes.  Love these boys.

2 hours of sleep and then we are off to SAN ANTONIO


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Breakfast television with Great Day SA – Freezing cold. Tired. Hungry. Grumpy. Sad. Bored. On cue clapping. Fake excitement. WOO HOO! Followed by a much needed epic nap at Aly’s sister’s till we have to dress for the show.

Carmens de la Calle – 4th time there. Love the owner.  50 year old that makes you excited to age. Tons of CD’s sold to a new fan group who saw us on breakfast tv. Sangria and shrimp.


BACK again to AUSTIN, TEXAS

House concert – Very modern, designy gorgeous house concert for some young professionals.  Band lethargic. Loud party animals in kitchen.

Recording harmonies for Joe Marson, a good friend and great artist.  Barton Springs yet again. Meeting with our manager.  More mexican food. More nachos and salsa.  I can’t take it anymore.

ONE 2 ONE – Most incredible venue owners ever.  Robbed the night before. Goodbye concert cancelled last-minute when they arrive to open for evening. Terrible. Scramble to relocate show as it was going to be packed. Our manager David finds a spot.  30 min set. Some audience followed our instructions on the door. Not the same.  A little disheartening.

Saved by 4 Motown ladies singing to a backing track and dancing up a tornado…

Daniel of Vivogig gets us a 1:30am slot at The Parish, a well-known venue. We get there and quickly realize it is not going to happen because the other bands set up and tear down is too slow.  Long day. Lesson learned. always follow your intuition. I initially wanted to leave on or by the 1st.  If I had, who knows.  Sleep.

Last day – Mexican brunch. Nachos, salsa, refried beans. Doug, Aly, Sam, David (our manager).

CIAO!!!


INVENTORY OF ITEMS LOST 

It seems that on every tour I manage to lose a few things, usually the thing that are important to me for some reason.  I used to be sad about it but now I find a little beauty in it.  I leave a little piece of myself somewhere unknown.  Hopefully someone reads the journal I lost in New York last November full of weird sketches, or the sparkly one bought in the UK and lost in a cafe in Berlin full of poems, or my favourite filigree antique silver pendant left somewhere between Chicago and Memphis this time around or the camera left in Terre Haute in February full of scandalous pictures or the numerous phone charges left all over the place.  If you find that little piece of me, please take care of it.

Shangri La, Cabaret and a Music Video!

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Just back from Kentucky where Sam and I spent one solid week doing pre production at Shangri la Studio’s with producer Duane Lundy and Justin Craig. What a bubble of musical insanity and freakishly good vibes.  Vague eh?

Well you’ll just have to keep posted on the album’s progress!

In my spare time, I created this video for Progression from Little Green Bud while in Lexington.

Douglas and Aly met up with us in Lexington after a week on the road doing their solo and duo shows.  We all had a big snuggle and hit the road, driving 12 hours straight to Toronto where we arrived last night at about 2am.  Everyone crashed on the nearest surface in our downtown abode and rolled out slowly today to be dressed for a night of cabaret by Fashion Crimes Toronto.

What for?

HELLO!!! It’s our Album Release on SATURDAY at THE RIVOLI!!!! 8:30pm

With Sacred Balance and Tropicallia!!!

WOOO

Don’t forget!

XOXO
Love and insanity
Chloe