Very grateful to Ryan Nolan for helping me get some new press photos.
I am starting a monthly residency at The Tranzac Club! The first date is November 12th from 1:30-2:30 and I will be joined by my friend and bandmate Asa. Then things will switch to the 3rd Saturday of the month (December 17, January 21st) with a new guest each month. Pay What You Can! 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M7
I met Asa in Junior Kindergarten and we became best friends. After a couple of years we ended up at different schools and eventually lost touch before re-connecting at a Junior Beekeepers class where we discovered we both have a passion for bees and making music.
We are both appearing in the new Kinnie Starr produced documentary on women in music called “Play Your Gender” being featured on November 11th at 3:30pm as part of the Hamilton Film Festival. We will be following the screening with a free (pay what you can) show at This Ain’t the Hollywood. Doors at 6, music from 6:30-7:30pm.
Find out more about the documentary here: www.playyourgender.com and the film festival here: www.hamiltonfilmfestival.c
Additionally, I will be playing with Kingdom of Birds on December 10th at D Beatstro opening for Come Back Barbara (all ages show) and on December 11th at 4 pm at the Dakota Tavern.
It is hard to believe it has already been 2 years since I launched my first Indiegogo to raise money to record my first EP. I was humbled by the positive response and am proud that Fox Hats came out before I was a teen and that the record still resonates with lots of of people. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me along the way!
My songwriting and musical explorations have evolved a lot over the last 2 years and I am ready to put out a second full length record. Here are some demos of songs that will be a part of what I put on the record. Feedback welcome!
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!
I don’t have a lot of shows on the horizon right now but I will be playing as part of Girls Rock Camp at the Green Line Fundraiser on March 31st. I will also start busking around town and am looking into hosting a “Best of Sugar Mountain” show in April sometime. If you are looking to book me for a show, I would love to open for some other musicians and bookings can happen through: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apparently I started asking my parents for a violin when I was two years old and I actually got one for my 3rd birthday but wasn’t big enough to play it until I was 4. I have been taking lessons ever since with the same wonderful teacher Nancy Lokan. I feel newly motivated to take violin more seriously and with longer practices so I can improve my technique. Here are a few videos that show my evolution as a violin player.
I was so blessed to be able to participate in Jane Harbury’s wonderful Discoveries Series in February. I got to play along AHI, Ian Janes and Avery Florence. They were all incredibly talented and it was a huge honour to share the stage with them! Here is some video from that night. Enjoy!
Trying to learn some seasonal songs. Here is a winter song with my amazing teacher Kritty Uranowski: