I haven’t been very proactive at updating my website and there have been a lot of exciting developments in my music career and I want to get better at sharing them! I tend to capture most things on social media so please do consider following me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
I entered my song Cool Cruel in the CBC Searchlight Contest. I didn’t win but I learned a lot, discovered a bunch of new artists and even got a few new fans. All and all it was a great experience. Around that time, I found out that I won the scholarship to SongStudio which was really exciting.
I entered Cool Cruel in the competition for the Barrie Youth Songwriter’s Showcase and was chosen to be one of eight young songwriters from across Ontario. It was a little intimidating because I was the youngest but it was tons of fun and I learned a lot!
The day after the Barrie Showcase, I was scheduled to perform at Field Trip, the amazing festival put on every year by Arts & Crafts. It was so exciting to be on the docket with Basia Bulat and Jason Collett and play at a festival that featured Lennon & Maisy, Plants & Animals as well as Robyn. Sadly a big storm came through and the festival was shut down for a couple of hours right before I was scheduled to play. It was such a bummer. The silver lining was I got to meet Lennon & Maisy and hang out on their tour bus!
I started playing with my friend Asa’s band The Kingdom of Birds in the Spring and I am now officially a member! We had some gigs in June at the Dundas West Fest and at the Open Tuning Festival where I also had a solo set. The next weekend I played at the CD launch for the newest Kingdom of Birds album at the Cameron House. It was so cool to play at such a historic venue.
In June, I played one of my all time favourite shows at the Beverley School in Toronto. This school is such a magical place and somewhere that music is really appreciated. I was inspired to go after attending the Dream Serenade last year and can’t wait to play again this year at the school.
I also took two days of school in June to be in the newest Rae Spoon Video for their amazing song “I hear them calling” which was a great antidote to the horrific Orlando massacre and a fun way to celebrate the LGBTQ community and push back against the stupid transphobic bathroom laws. And my final music thing in June was getting to play one of my songs with Patti Cake at the Silver Dollar. The night featured Hex, Pins & Needles, Patti Cake (me for one song) and this incredible duo of young sisters called Skater Polley.
Shortly after that show, I hopped on a plane and went on an epic cycling adventure through the Andes in Peru. I brought my ukulele and played a little but I was usually too exhausted to write much. I literally arrived home in Toronto and went right into the Song Studio where I got to work alongside some master songwriters. It was so amazing getting to work with Amanda Walther (from Dala), Ember Swift, Dan Hill, Mark Jordan, Blair Packam, Jessica Mitchell and many others. I was especially inspired by Jessica Mitchell and became a fan girl immediately. I was pretty exhausted from my Peru trip so I can’t wait to do Song Studio again when I haven’t been cycling for two weeks in the mountains right before. This is a do every year kind of experience with an incredible community and I highly recommend it!
In August, I went to Blue Skies with my Mom and got to play one of my originals with my first guitar teacher Lori Cullen at a workshop about Rain themed songs. I also spent the month working on guitar and mandolin with my fantastic teacher Joel Schwartz.
I have been busy writing new songs and getting demos ready for my new album. My awesome music teacher Kritty has launched her own label/school of sorts called Lady Pineapple Records and if you go to her soundcloud, some of my demos are featured. I am starting to look into funding, figuring out how to write grant applications and approaching people to help produce it. I will be launching an Indiegogo in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
I got to play in August at the launch of the Shameless Magazine Music Issue. I love playing for Shameless and I even discovered that they did my first EP review! Earlier this month I played at the launch for a new book called Girl Positive by Caia Hagel and Tatiana Fraser. I’ve started reading the book and it is so far really great!
I have been busy with Kingdom of Birds (we’ve played a few shows and even performed out of town in Kingston) and missed going to the Toronto Independent Music Awards where I was nominated as Young Songwriter of the Year because I was double booked for a show in Kingston.
I’ve been spending the last few weeks jamming with the Hidden Cameras and joined my friend Joel for the Toronto launch of his new album Home on Native Land. I got to play mandolin at the McMichael Gallery with some stellar musicians and two days later Kingdom of Birds played at Harbourfront as part of the Bookbash/International Festival of Authors.
So that is what has been going on with me. I was thinking that things were slow but writing it all out, I realize I have been working hard and making some amazing progress at this thing called being a musician!
On the horizon: Making a video with Kingdom of Birds, attending the Canadian premiere of Play Your Gender in Hamilton followed by a show with Asa at This Ain’t Hollywood. I am starting a monthly matinee residency at the Tranzac Club and looking for more opportunities to peform live while I put togeher my next record. Stay tuned!