We’re back from Haida Gwaii, a trip that was a real treat. We did a few shows at Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii, taught a songwriting workshop at the festival and did a stripped down duo performance at Haida Gwaii Heritage Centre. What was really special about this trip were a few things. Some of these things included: just going to Haida Gwaii (it’s gorgeous and there’s something spiritual about wandering in the nature there), being able to bring our full Vancouver band with us (Max and Lonny are very talented + BONUS amazing people), Rob’s wife Tina came with as our tour coordinator and photographer and videographer which was so great PLUS she’s an amazing cook and super organized, Max’s girlfriend Victoria came and was such an rad person to get to know and hang out with, Rob and I have Haida ancestry and feel a connection to the land there,and we were able to meet new people and see old friends. A big thank you to Edge of the World Music Festival and to Pat and Louise who provided accommodations to the whole Sister Says band and crew! Ya’ll were so lovely. Also, a big thanks to Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada for making our Haida Gwaii trip possible. Thanks to our long time friends Amy & Bussey for letting us stay at your home in Skidegate.
ALSO WE HAVE MORE SHOWS
We’ll be performing as a full band at Streaming Cafe in Kelowna on September 5th! If you live near/in or have friends who live in Kelowna let them know we’ll be there! We also have a show at Art We Are in Kamloops on the 12th which we’ll give you more details on very soon. More shows in the works & photos and live videos for you soon.
For more information about our show at Streaming Cafe CLICK HERE
We’re getting ready for our trip to Haida Gwaii with the full band to perform at Edge of the World Music Festival on Friday August 7th & Sunday August 9th! We’ll also be performing at a fundraiser at the Haida Heritage Centre on August 14th. We’re really looking forward to it!
CLICK HERE for more info about Edge of the World Music Festival
CLICK HERE for more info about the Haida Heritage Centre Fundraiser
Also! We just received some pics of us performing at the All Nations Festival. We performed with our full band with also Erron Sweeney on guitar. Thank you Phil Louie for the photos!
We’re excited for our upcoming shows this July! On July 9th we’ll be performing at All Nation Festival’s Pechakucha Night at Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam with our full band + Erron Sweeney on guitar. PechaKucha means “chit chat” in Japanese and is an inspiring speaker series hosted in over 700 international cities. The speakers featured at this Pechakucha night will deliver 20 slides in 7 minutes, and will focus on Coast Salish culture, crosscultural dialogue, reconciliation, and what future lies ahead for Metro Vancouver.
Performing a duo set on Aboriginal Day, Photo Credit: Tina Thomson
On July 18th we open for the legendary R&B Allstars (11 piece soul – groove band) at The Anza Club with a full band and Richard Brown on drums. We’re really stoked for this show. Make sure you get your tickets soon because R&B Allstars shows sell out! They are really amazing players.
We’ve had a great week so far! Last Wednesday we performed at Union Gospel Mission’s Summer Connect which brought around 35 on-site service providers together to offer a variety of essential services to Vancouver’s homeless, under-housed and most vulnerable.
Thought I’d also share another photo of our time at Donald Quan’s Musideum, too. Here Rob and I are (below) with Donald Quan, and our Toronto musicians keyboardist Shin Kim and drummer Rakesh Tewari. More photos are posted on our facebook page!
This weekend we perform at Canada Place on Saturday for National Aboriginal Day at 12pm and 4:35pm. CLICK HERE for more info.
We also play at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Sunday at 9:40am for their National Aboriginal Day celebrations. CLICK HERE for more info.
Last Sunday Sister Says performed as a full band with Lonny Eagleton, Max Ley, Rob and myself at an event called Reconciliation Matters. It was an event where Indigenous people, the city of Vancouver and various churches gathered in a community street fair in a cross-cultural dialogue to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to talk about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the impact Residential Schools had on Indigenous communities. Personally I am a spiritual person and don’t believe in organized religion. Being part of this event was important as a way, I think, for non-Indigenous people and people who believe in organized religion, such as Christianity, to understand the background of Residential School and the Canadian government’s and school’s role in damaging Indigenous people’s way of life. The event was emotionally heavy and I left feeling sad but also positive in knowing that events like this are a way forward for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. A lot of the stories told hit home particularly because of Rob and my families history as having more than several members who attended Residential School. Residential school had a ripple effect. It contributed to our Grandma’s strained relationship with our father who is always wanting to connect more with his Indigenous roots. Residential school and racism had a major impact on our Grandma’s feelings of self worth as she was ashamed to be an Indigenous woman and was shell shocked by bad experiences that had happened in her life.
Here’s a soundcloud link of a song Rob and I collaborated on with conscious Aboriginal hip hop artist InfoRed:
Hey friends, we’re back in Vancouver & have a show this Sunday at Cafe Deux Soleils opening for the talented Sister Speak! CLICK HERE for more info.
You can check out more photos from our tour by visiting us on instagram land at @sister_says. We’ll also post some other gems here.
About the Ontario part of the #heartplacement Tour:
Performing in Ontario was truly amazing for Rob and I. We have to say again that we loved performing and hanging out with Toronto musicians and friends Rakesh Tewari and Shin Kim. We also loved performing our duo set on the road. Our aBabe Music show as a full band at Painted Lady was so much fun. The aBabe team are sweethearts and really know how to put on a good show! Listening to the other diverse Ontario bands (John Orpheus, Subject to Change and Little Hypocrites) perform that night was a treat, as well.
Our time at Musideum with a full band, with Christa Couture opening and Nigel Bsu doing stand-up and intros, was also some kind of special. Christa is a fantastic artist who we’ve shared the stage with before and we were very lucky to hear her new songs that almost had us crying. Rob and I hooked up with our hilarious friend Nigel through facebook while in Toronto, who I used to collaborate with in an Aboriginal artist performance collective in Vancouver, and found out that he had a show at Second City. We went to his show and after it hung out and it was decided that he must be added to our Musideum show. It was a very good decision. Performing at Musideum was meaningful to Rob and I not only because of the uniqueness of the venue and people sharing the bill but also because of our working relationship with Donald Quan, the venue’s owner. Donald helped launch Sister Say’s career earlier on in many ways as we worked closely with Donald creatively during the development and recording of our first album. Donald co-produced our debut album The Only Way and released it on his Toronto Q-Music Label.
Going to Utopia was a breath of fresh air. Utopia is a small hamlet of about 100 people, located west of Barrie in Ontario. It was nice to take a break from the city and be surrounded by farmland and a small community vibe. The folks at the Utopia Hall, where we performed, were just amazing. Sweet as sugar, their hospitality and warmth was above and beyond. Rob and I both agree that the Utopia Hall felt very much like a particular island folk festival gig we’ve played at with it’s grassroots feel. We performed as a duo on a really sunny day.
We headed to Peterborough right after visiting Utopia to share the bill with Rayannah, who creates gorgeous songs, sung in French and English, by looping synths, percussion and beat boxing, at The Garnet. She performed with her talented guitarist Jocelyn Gould that night. We’re so glad that Rayannah’s manager Sarah connected us before our tour! We’re also glad that we were both participants of CBC Searchlight, where we both heard each others music. At the Garnet we connected with the very cool singer-songwriter Sean Conway, as well, and met up with our friend Angela who has booked us many times to perform at SFU University’s First Nations Student Association events, along with other talented people like Christa Couture and Chris Derksen.
What we gleaned from this Ontario trip is that we want to do it again!! We see that it’s sustainable way of getting out there with our music and it’s a wicked time playing live all the time and meeting new people. We’d also like our next eastern tour to be more extensive and to perform more around western Canada. I have to admit, too, that our minds were pretty blown that people stay out late in Toronto to listen to music on week days. There are just so many awesome clubs to play that are open late. Thank you everyone who made our time in Ontario so wonderful. Feeling the love and the light.
We’ll share a little podcast with you soon, giving you more of a recap on our adventures!
ALSO! CLICK HERE to listen to The Scope at Ryerson’s interview with us during Canadian Music Week!
We’ve had such a great time in Toronto so far and really enjoyed CMW (Canadian Music week), which is now over. Funnily enough we’ve gotten to know more great BC artists and bands during our time in Toronto. Some of these artists include: Chersea, Ursidae, GOODWOOD ATOMS, The Tourist Company, Towers and Tress and Coastline Pilot. Our showcase at Magpie Taproom was so much fun and I learned a lot from the CMW panels and mentor cafe. Hanging out and playing music with Toronto musicians keyboardist Shin Kim and drummer Rakesh Tewari was amazing. It’s a bit of a reunion because Rakesh played drums on our first album The Only Way and Shin Kim is someone who we traveled with in 2010 to Boston and New York and collaborated musically with in 2011. To say the least everyone has been so supportive and wonderful, whether it has been advice, offering a place to stay next time we’re here, offering to pick us up and drive us to another destination or inviting us to play music. During our trip we also did an interview with Sara Cristiano, a reporter for CJRU The Scope, Ryerson University’s online campus radio station and were played on CBC Radio’s In the Key of C , a weekly show presenting the best of music & arts in Ontario. Rob and I also had a chance to visit good friends and our cousin during our stay while also taking in a lot of good music.
Our next show is Viva Tuesday!, an aBabe Music Showcase, at The Painted Lady. We’ll be playing with Rakesh and Shin as a full band. Other great acts include: John Orpheus, Subject to Change and Little Hypocrites. If you’re in Toronto we’d love to see you!