Listening in & Autumn Shows

Today we listen to final mixing tweaks so we can move onto the mastering stage. Also, last night we figured out our opener for our 2nd album release party. Yay! We have a few shows coming up this month. We’ll be at BC Supports Music Education! A Concert In Honor of Senator Tommy Banks on Oct 22nd at Vancouver FanClub doing a 20 min set with our full band among other awesome artists such as: Pacifika, Jim Byrnes, The Matinee and Champagne Republic with hosts Vicki Gabereau and Terry David Mulligan. We’re really excited about this show also because it is in support of BC music education programs and honours a Canadian music legend. We also perform at Central Bistro again in Vancouver on Oct 26th 7pm-11pm with our full band. So much to look forward to…


Photo Credit: Melissa Tepperman



Artwork’s a go

Guess what? We’ve signed off on the artwork for our album! The work is getting formatted for the printers. Exciting stuff!  Show information will be release soon regarding our release party. Today I’m working on some ideas for promo to be released before the release party. Ahhh…yeahhh. We’re a little obsessed with hearts these days. You’ll find out why soon.





Date of 2nd Album Release Party Announced

Well, friends we know the date of our release party AND we’ve selected our venue. It will be on Friday, December 5th at Merge in Vancouver!! News about the opening act + promo to come out soon:)

I wrote a poem the other day. Here is a little piece of it: “Give them proof of love, give them air to breathe. Held by intrinsic webs. That poet he knew things.”

What else….?

The band’s on Instagram yay! Follow us @sister_says.

Sister Says photo by Keith Walters

SS photo by Keith Walters





You gotta have heart

We have our confirmed song list, people, for our album! Yeah! Our album art is done we just need our graphic designer to add the final text. We head to the studio this upcoming Monday to wrap up mixing and we think we’ve found our venue for our release party first week of Dec in Vancouver. Stay tuned for a promo video out before our release party….

One of the themes for this album is heart.

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Wrapping up + Earthsongs Today & Tomorrow

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Doodle I did a while back

We’re currently in the midst of finishing the edited artist credits and thank you’s for our album artwork. A few other things like graphics for social media to match an updated website are being worked on, too. Mixing notes have been sent and we’re at the stage where we’ll be doing a hard listen very soon to all of our tracks before sending them all off to be mastered. It’s exciting to be calling venues about bookings for a release party to be in early winter, this year.


I talk on Earthsongs on behalf of Sister Says this week!

Each week, Earthsongs gives Public Radio and Net listeners the chance to explore the Indigenous influences that help shape and define contemporary American music. Hosts provide a weekly music selection that makes Earthsongs the type of unexpected, exciting programming that quickly becomes a weekly habit. Earthsongs is distributed by Native Voice One and can be heard on radio stations across the country.

Where to listen:
9/9 Tuesday (today)
2pm Pacific/5pm Eastern and 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern on

9/10 Wednesday
12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern and 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern on nv1.org9/11 Thursday
10am Alaska/11am Pacific on
5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern on

More about Earthsongs: CLICK HERE





Remembering & Music

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.







Sister Says at Music in the Park

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:


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  Nadya Kwandibens

Sister Says by
Nadya Kwandibens


Mastering Talks & Saturday @ Merge

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:                                                                                                                                                                          


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!


See you this Sunday


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"

Chart for our song “Heart Placement”



Mixing & Music Countdown

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.

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Sister Says on the NAM Countdown

xo Gillian