How are you all doing? Has it been a difficult few months for everyone? Is it in the stars, or is it just me? Well, I have had a lot of ups and downs this year and yet, in the midst of it, I am still finding moments of joy in the process. I am almost done my coursework for my Master’s, in fact, I just finished a term paper a few minutes ago and have one more to complete (it’s almost there, I think!) and then I will be done the semester. I have one more course this summer and then my coursework will be done and I will get onto my research and thesis writing. It’s been a steep learning curve with many new learning challenges but I am finding a way to be both an artist and an academic, which is very exciting. Last summer before I started grad school, I was truly fearful that entering the academy and doing all of this brainwork would squelch my creative energy and desire, and even my emotional connection to creativity. But it’s been the opposite. I have been writing a lot of poetry and have been pondering the ways that heartwork and soulwork and brainwork can dance together…it’s exciting to be able to go in this new direction. Many times throughout my first year of grad school I wondered why the hell I was there and felt I didn’t belong, for myriad reasons. But those feelings and thoughts always shift and morph into other ones, ones that allow for more possibility. The trick, I have found, is waiting and breathing and being open to what comes next…this is so damn difficult sometimes to do!
Anyway, I hope this newsletter finds you all well and doing what you need to be doing for yourselves in your life. Following the desire of one’s own hearts is always the challenge, yes?
Here is a list of my performances booked thus far. If you are wondering about screenings and other questions regarding Heal Myself, the documentary film, please contact Carla Sinclair at email@example.com. She and her team are doing all the bookings and everything else a documentary release entails, I am simply along for the ride! (www.emtpycupmedia.ca). They do have an initial private screening set for this June 20…it’s in the list of dates below! Very thrilling…and slightly weird/scary to be in a documentary but what can I say, it’s not up to me, it’s up to the Spirits….and to Carla.
If you are looking for a kick-ass performer (um…hint...that would be me!) for your school, event, gathering, or celebration, please contact me and we can figure something out. I’m currently in Ontario for a jam-packed couple of weeks doing mostly school tours and an acoustic show in Owen Sound. I’m looking forward to seeing many students I met last year while I was touring schools here, as well as new faces.
Upcoming Tour Dates: (including school performances, live music venues and the first Heal Myself Documentary screening)
Friday, April 11th, 2014
Bluewater District School Board GSA Conference - all day
Owen Sound, Grey Bruce County, ON Can
I am giving a keynote performance for the Bluewater District School Board's first ever GSA Conference! The conference lasts all day with workshops and panels, too.
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Ginger Press Bookstore and Cafe -7:30pm
848 2 Ave E Owen Sound ON Canada (519) 376-4233
This is an all ages, acoustic show; up close and personal. Please email Joan Beecroft for info and tickets at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Innisdale Secondary School - 8am-11am
95 Little St. Barrie ON Canada 705.726.2552
I will be giving two concerts for the students and staff at Innisdale Secondary School in the Simcoe County District School Board.
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Centennial Secondary School - 9:30-11am
160 Palmer Rd Belleville Ontario Canada
I will be performing for the students and staff at Centennial Secondary School in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Granite Ridge Education Centre
14432 Road 32 Sharbot Lake Ontario Canada
I will be giving a concert for the students and staff at Granite Ridge Education Centre in the Limestone District School Board.
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Sydenham Secondary School
2860 Rutledge Rd Kingston Ontario Canada
I will be giving a concert for the students and staff of Sydenham Secondary School in the Limestone District School Board.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Just Singing 'Round-Vancouver Rowing Club
Dinner at 6:30/show at 7:30pm
Vancouver, BC Canada
Price: $25 adults/$15 seniors + students/kids under 12 free
Just Singing 'Round supports local charities. This show will be in support of the Tir-Na-Nog Theatre School, Bowen Island, BC. Get your tickets for dinner and the show at http://www.synergycollective.ca.
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
BC Government & Service Employees' Union Human Rights Conference
Vancouver, BC Canada
I will be performing at the BCGEU's Human Rights Conference this June in Vancouver.
Friday, June 20th, 2014
Heal Myself - The Documentary screening - 7pm
St. Francis Centre, 1001 Ravenscroft Rd.
Ajax, On Canada
The first screening (yahoo!) of Heal Myself - a documentary film by Carla Sinclair and Empty Cup Media about the power of music to transform. Music by…me! How cool is that? This first screening is a private screening for benefactors of the film. For more info about this and other screenings, email email@example.com. Stay tuned for a screening in a town near you…or if you have an idea of a great place to screen this film, contact Carla!
Monday, June 30th, 2014
Private wedding-Marika and Leonie
Whitehorse, YK Canada
Congratulations Marika and Leonie!
Thursday, July 10th - Sunday July 13, 2014
Camp fYrefly Calgary - Artist-in-Residence
Calgary, AB Canada
See Camp fYrefly Calgary website for details!
I have been invited back for the third year in a row to be a Camp fYrefly Artist-in-Residence, this year, in Calgary, AB! Camp fYrefly is an amazing, life-changing 4-day leadership camp for queer and allied youth in from July 10-13th in Calgary, AB. Also, check out Camp fYrefly Edmonton and Regina: www.fyrefly.ualberta.ca and www.usask.ca/education/fyrefly
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Opening for Suzanne Westenhoefer
Vancouver, BC Canada
Price and venue: TBA
For info and tickets, email Pat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Red Deer Pride Festival
Red Deer, AB Canada
Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Private wedding-Beverly and Shannon
Vancouver Island, BC Canada
Congratulations Beverly and Shannon!
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall
Lake Cowichan, BC Canada
Man, I love performing in this small town off the beaten path on Vancouver Island….so rad! Stay tuned, more info to come!
Thanks for reading my newsletter. I hope to see you out there in the wide world someday soon. Take care of yourselves and if you are able, get outside and listen to those songbirds who are waking us up to Spring. They have a lot to sing about.
Your friend in music,