An Open Letter To My Audiences…

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I’m feeling pretty supported and loved right now. Lately I’ve been challenging my own ideas of what support, kindness, understanding and generosity are. I’ve been asking myself what I value and attempting to help others feel their value as well as feel my own.
 
Last weekend we had a community music event at the farm. We had an incredible musician come out and share their stories. They were one with the crowd and the evening was simply magic. We were asking people to donate a minimum of $5 for the event. All proceeds to go to the musicians who in this case drove all the way from Toronto. We chose $5 as the min amount as it seems very few people with a regular job, who buy coffee, alcoholic drinks, go out to dinner, a movie etc, couldn’t afford. Correct me if I’m wrong. We also were hoping that those who have a little more would give a little more. This would help balance things out and therefore provide the artists with money at the very very least for gas (which is still not enough in my opinion)
 
Carson Ritcey-Thorpe and I started running the Monthly Sound in January. Each month has been very successful. Wonderful people come out to play and enjoy alike. A community is growing. We are loving it and loving how unique each month is. We are aiming to build a community however, that can sustain artists and give back to those who give us so much of themselves. Last week our artist walked away with $10.25. Later on in the night we managed to ask a few more times and collected another $20 in donations. There were around 20 people in attendance….if everyone gave $5 this would have made $100.

Why I Do What I Do…

How does the music you make contribute to dialogue about work and labour, feminism or social justice?

It is questions like this that bring tears to my eyes. I’ve always felt incredibly interested in raising up the voices of women, including my own. From a young age I was often told I was ‘too loud’. My exuberant, booming voice and persona always seemed as if they were too much for the rest of the world. So in my life I sought out destructive ways to tone myself down.

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TRUST

CP24There’s so much involved with putting together an album. As all other artists and musicians know, the list of tasks just keeps growing every time you check one thing off and accomplish it. I would be lying if I told you this was an easy journey for me as it hasn’t been. This last year in general has been one of great discomfort and massive change. I didn’t think I would get to a feeling of accomplishment, but I finally am feeling the warm sensation creep in.

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Happy September…may you be forever changed…

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  1. Try To Remember

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I remember every year my mum would take a picture of us as we headed out for our first day of school. This was always how my Septembers started. And what a nice memory to have. September and it’s looming quality will often illicit various feelings and emotional states. 

I am lucky I have many fond memories in September to look back upon. The fall has always been my season…I love the smells, the cool air…the feeling that although change can be scary, September is the month to take it on. 

This September is the launch of my very first studio recording ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like…’. If you’re reading this and don’t know where and when, it is September 18th at the Piston (937 Bloor St. W).

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Wanting For Action

canadianidolIt’s funny as this phrase has been recognizable to me from a young age. Growing up I knew what rolling, action and, background meant before I could speak. I never was a ‘child star’ or anything like that, in fact I remember having to beg my parents one time to let me play background as a mouse in Nora Ephron’s This Is My Life. My dad worked in the business as a stills photographer however, and I grew up completed fascinated with simply being on set. 

Others often have a glorified idea of what working on a film set is, only to find out later how boring it is. They think it’s beautiful people, doing incredible things, and somehow being part of it all makes you a more sophisticated person. Then they get on set and it’s something completely opposite. The actors are normal, the days are looooooonggggg and it takes 5 hours to set up a shot. 

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