Brighid and Pascale met as young members of the Viva Youth Singers, one of the top children’s choirs in Toronto. After several seasons of singing in the Nutcracker for the National Ballet (so yes they have technically already sung at the Four Seasons Centre), they established a friendship that would survive into their teens. Both are grads of Girls Rock Camp and take lessons & coaching from the one of a kind, talented den mother to feminist musicians across the city, Kritty Uranowski. Brighid & Pascale performed their songs together at The Tranzac & Burdock before officially launching their project Moscow Apartment in early 2017.
The two of us are just finishing up a Girls & Guitars songwriting course through Hillside and performing as part of Hillside Inside this coming weekend. Expect much more. We are just getting started.
Asa and me got to play at The Burdock Music Hall and it was an amazing experience. So many of our friends and family came out and we had quite a few people arrive who neither of us knew so that was cool! I also got to sing two songs with Pascale as a bit of a preview to our new project. See the post about Moscow Apartment for more info on that!
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.com
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.
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!
When I was 7, I got to play at Hugh’s Room with some amazing musicians for a Greenpeace fundraiser and the launch of the Amchitka CD. It was thrilling and paved the way for me to fall in love with Joni Mitchell (I even got to see her play at the tribute concert for her 70th birthday). I have had a chance to play there a few times since then but on February 16th I will get to take part in the Discoveries show but on by the wonderful Jane Harbury. I can’t wait to play with some other emerging musicians and hope you will be there!
For the fourth year, I will be selling my buttons, jewelry, seasonal cards and this year my EP at the Dufferin Grove Craft Show. I also have some magnets which are a new item. In addition to selling my crafty wares, I will be busking at 11:30 & 2:30pm. It is going to be an amazing day at the park so come by and bring your skates and your wallet.
This has been a really busy fall. I keep on thinking things are going to slow down, but there have just been more and more opportunities popping up! I’ve had the chance to perform a lot in so many cool places and with so many awesome people. The Indie music and Folk scenes are such supportive communities. For that I am grateful.
I am so lucky to have grown up as a musician within The Girls Rock Camp Toronto community and to have experienced for the last 5 years how women in the music community help and support each other. I am glad I am coming of age as a singer songwriter in a feminist, social justice oriented community and I already know that this has influenced the path I want to take as I make my way in music.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Asa (from the awesome band Kingdom of Birds) and I were lucky to get to hang out with the fabulous Kinnie Starr as she interviewed us for the exciting upcoming documentary Play Your Gender. www.playyourgender.com It was really cool to get to spend so much time with such an accomplished musician and someone who really understands what it is like to navigate the music industry as a woman. I learned a lot by talking with her and it has been exciting to see the impressive list of musicians they are featuring in the film, many of whom have been influencing me for years.
I am so thankful for all the people who have helped me get my music out there the last few months and years. I am so happy to be playing more and ready to find new audiences in the coming months.
A young singer-songwriter in the bustling city of Toronto.