Today I woke up to a phone call from my friend Nyla Carpentier. I went back to sleep because if I don’t really have to wake up early I typically struggle to do so. I called her back maybe a half hour later. She let me know that our beautiful and immensely talented friend Zaccheus Jackson had passed. I’m speechless. Now the thought of him being gone is still sinking in. Zaccheus was a force of nature. If you met him you’d know. In no cliche way was he a force of nature. It was a real thing and I was lucky enough to have been around his one of a kind spirit. He was good people.
A video of Zaccheus’s Inspiration, something he taught us artists a lot about:
If you’re around Vancouver this Sunday come listen to Sister Says at Central Bistro at 1072 Denman St, Vancouver from 7pm-11pm. We’ll be playing as a full band, and this time with drummer Max Marceau. I haven’t actually met him in person but our guitar player Lonny knows him and I’ve spoken a little bit to him via facebook message. He sounds lovely, though. His youtube clips are also lovely and I look forward to meeting him at rehearsal this Friday and performing with him.
Come out this Sunday to Lions Park in Port Coquitlam! This Sunday Sister Says will be playing 2pm-4pm, with our full band Lonny Eagleton on guitar and Geoff Hicks on drums, at the Music in the Park Series. During the summer every Sunday at Lions park there will be a free afternoon music performance at 2pm.
We’ll be playing songs from our upcoming album and songs from our 1st album The Only Way. It’s free and the weather is said to be very nice!
For more details about the event/other programming check out: http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/Citizen_Services/Parks_and__Recreation/Leigh_Square_Community_Arts_Village/Programs/Events.htm
We had a good time at Merge performing with singer and songwriter Candace Curr! It was also great to hear Kristi Lane Sinclair and Nick Sherman kill it on stage.
Sister Says by
This week Rob and I have been practising for our upcoming gigs. As well as playing in Sister Says Rob also plays music with indie singer and songwriter Candace Curr. He’ll be performing with her at Merge this Saturday in Vancouver and I’ll be singing back-up harmonies. We’re looking forward to it! Candace is opening for awesome artists folk singer-songwriter Nick Sherman and classical grunge rocker Kristi Lane Sinclair.
More about Kristi, Nick and Candace:
http://www.nicksherman.ca/ http://www.kristilanesinclair.com/ https://www.facebook.com/candace.curr.art
Mastering!! Rob and I had a meeting with CPS mastering about mastering our album. We’re doing a final listen over our mixed tracks now and are making the final decisions about all of the mixes….I’m SO excited.
We had an awesome time at the Salish Sea Summer event. It was a beautiful day. The event supports a great cause and had an awesome line-up. Rob also performed with Candace and I sang a few back-ups/did a duet. Great day!
Much has happened in the last few weeks. Rob and I both enjoyed seeing a bit of the Vancouver Folk Festival. Our very talented friend Leonard Sumner (and Aboriginal Music Program friend) performed at the festival this year. Unfortunately I missed his performance but Rob luckily was able to catch it. I also went on a trip with my good friend Cheryl to Hawaii for a week and stayed at her most amazing Aunt’s house. It was interesting going away somewhere and not performing any gigs. I had a lot of fun and brought a small travel guitar with me, which I sang with in the sun while tiny geckos walked across my feet.
Rob and I are excited to announce that we have some awesome gigs coming up in August! This Sunday we’ll be performing at the Tsleil-Waututh Salish Sea Summer Gathering (set time tb confirmed) in the evening at Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen, North Vancouver. This week we’ll also be wrapping up more mixing. We’ve started conversations about mastering, too, which kind of blows my mind. That’s it for now. Talk soon!
For more info about Sunday click HERE
Chart for our song “Heart Placement”
Our second recording is coming along. We’ve been listening to mixes and making final decisions on batches of tracks and also going over artwork proofs. This week Rob pointed out to me that Sister Says has now reached number 4 on the National Aboriginal (radio) Music Countdown. So cool! Thank you listeners for requesting to hear us:) Rob and I and friends enjoyed seeing The Boom Booms, BESTiE, and The New Royales…among other awesome bands play at East Van Summer Jam a few weekends ago. We can’t wait for the next one. We also caught up with some of our Aboriginal Music Program Camp friends Leonard Sumner and Candace Curr for dinner and saw Murray Porter and Leela Gilday at The Railway Club. On Tuesday, the 15th, Leonard, Candace, Rob and I joined a bunch of other artists and musicians for a music jam at SoundHouse Studio. We hope to keep the jam an ongoing thing. It’s always so great to meet new musicians and hang out with creative friends.
Sister Says on the NAM Countdown
I feel like it’s been a while. In the space of time were I haven’t blogged to you Sister Says has been in the studio recording percussion and also mixing. We’ve also been performing shows and going to shows. We had fun performing Aboriginal Day/Summer Solstice at Trout Lake Park (Rob also performed with our lovely and talented friend Candace Curr earlier on that day) and at Fan Club later on, at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church at Jazz Vespers for Vancouver Jazz Fest and at Car Free Days on Commercial Drive. It was good times getting a chance to listen to some of the other performers at Car Free Days, and to also attend Hilary Grist and Dominique Fricot’s (past guests on our Meet the Collective Podcast) Dual Release show with The Lion The Bear The Fox, and catch Dawn Pemberton and her band and also Star Captains perform at Vancouver Jazz Fest on Canada Day. Rob watched The Matinee on Canada Day and he might go to Kraftwerk tonight….whoo a lot of shows and a lot of inspiration for us. More picking away at the album (almost there!)…I talk about album artwork later on today with our graphic designer. Can’t wait to see what ideas she’s come up with!
Photo description (from left to right and top to bottom): Some of the percussion instruments we used at the studio, Trout Lake park during Aboriginal Day and Summer Solstice, shot of Fan Club after our set, shot of our set up before going on at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church for Jazz Vespers
This Sunday @ St. Andrew’s Wesley Church ( 100 – 1022 Nelson St. Vancouver) 4pm – 5pm More info! An hour that blends spiritual words and our music. This is one of the coolest places to watch and perform music in the city. Come join us!
Sister Says Line Up
Lonny Eagleton: Guitar/Vocal
Geoff Hicks: Drums
Rob’s instagram of St. Andrews-Wesley Church
The last few weeks we’ve been rehearsing as a band, in the studio adding more bgs to tracks, had a photo shoot and have received updated band photos (which we’ll post soon!). We look forward to gigs we have ahead of us. This weekend we’ll be performing at Car Free Day on Commercial Drive. We’ll be performing at stage 2 on Commercial and East 3rd at 2pm. Come out and lets all try to bring the sun out.
Rob at it with coffee in hand
Rob and I found out a little while ago that a show we were on (individually as artists) called Live from the Hundred Years Cafe is nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Fest for its jazz episode featuring Andrea Menard, moi, David Larocque and MJ Dandeneau! We also found out that Live from the Hundred Years Cafe is nominated for a Rockie Award at the Banff World Media Fest in June for Best Music and Variety. Live from the Hundred Years Cafe is a show on APTN that features talented Indigenous musicians from various backgrounds in music. It was a blast to be on the show.
Also… the album is coming along! Currently keyboards are being mixed and I’ll be back in the studio soon to add bgs. After that (we don’t think that we’ll be adding any more instrumentation) all songs will be mixed and mastered.
Liquorice tea pre-practising bgs. Yep that’s a fork.
This week and last week we’ve been focusing on the art direction of the album. We’re happy to say that Rob and I will be having our photos taken by the talented Leigh Righton. We’ve also been in the studio. The awesome Andrew Rasmussen has added the sound of keys to our tracks. Oh, happy day we’re getting close to finishing the recording of our 2nd album!
Andrew Rasmussen at the keyboard
Also…last weekend the band went on a field trip to the Vancouver aquarium!
Lonny, Rob, Dave and I
Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium