Back in 2015 Rob and I applied to a First Peoples Cultural Council grant called Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts, for the first time, in hopes of putting on a songwriting workshop for youth in Haida Gwaii, at Old Massett Youth Centre.

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This month we found out that we received the funding to do this. To say the least we are OVER THE MOON!  One of our goals is to teach songwriting workshops all over.

We’ll be heading to Haida Gwaii in August for this….maybe we’ll see you there.

xo

Gillian

 

Hi world!

Well….long time no blog (we got a little busy 😉 )! We’re happy to say that we’ve been songwriting for our third album and have started to perform new material at recent shows. It’s always great to get a chance to work out new songs live on stage and we’re excited to say that the audience reaction has been great. We’ve been experimenting with a lot soulful sounds. More shows are booked and are in the works (local + travel) . ALSO Rob and I have been collaborating with a diverse performance group called Urban Ink Collective and have been creative writing, songwriting and working on movement for an interdisciplinary piece called  Silenced which will be presented at rEvolver  Festival on May 12th and 15th. It’s the first time that we’ve ever worked on a piece like this to be presented at a festival!  It’s been quite the journey.

You can learn more about the show by clicking HERE

Past shows highlights….

This month Sister Says performed in Victoria for the first time as a duo at  Felicita’s Campus Pub. We had a great time sharing the stage with Isobel Trigger & Anneda! Victoria has an awesome music scene and wonderful people. Photo below taken by our good pal Kaihlee Riley.

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We performed a duo show at the Talking Stick Festival in February and shared the stage with Niska Napoleon. The lovely Nadya Kwandibens took some rad live shots of us….here’s one below:

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Rob and I took part in an amazing music industry retreat called Aboriginal Music Program for the second time in Falcon Trails in Manitoba from January 31st to February 5th. This time around we did our showcase both solo! At the very end Rob and I  had the opportunity to collaborate with some wicked artists/projects including Melody McKiver, Mob Bounce, Bebe Buckskin, Drezus, Arthur Renwick, Jeremy Dutcher and Wolf Saga .

Here’s pic of me singing with Melody McKiver, Arthur Renwick, Drezus, Mob Bounce and Wolf Saga!:

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We had an amazing time at our Sofar Sounds show back in January! It was so great to do a collaborative show with singer-songwriter Claire Love Wilson and play with drummer Trevor Ainsworth. The Sofar staff were so great! We can’t wait to share our Sofar Sounds video with you when it’s ready.

Here’s a snap of us that the Sofar team took:

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Until next time…..

xo

Gillian

 

 

 

 

 

Our next gig is a Sofar Vancouver one and we’re quite excited about it! You can RSVP (for FREE) to the show HERE. It’s at a beautiful secret location in Gastown, Vancouver on Saturday, January, 23rd, 7:30pm. The address will be revealed the day before! Sofar shows fill up fast so be sure to apply soon so you don’t miss out!

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We’ll be performing a collaborative set with singer-songwriter Claire Love Wilson with drummer Trevor Ainsworth and will present a set of Sister Says songs, Claire Love Wilson songs and Claire Love Wilson and Gillian Thomson’s projects songs at the show. Oh, yeahh…it’s gonna be good.

*Above graphic taken from Sofar Vancouver Facebook page.

xo

Gillian

 

It’s 2016. Wow. So much has happened in 2015. We toured Ontario, played a ton of local gigs in Vancouver and did some BC dates in Haida Gwaii, Kelowna and Kamloops.

Right now we’ve been writing new songs for our third Sister Says album and have just re-released our Meet the Collective Podcast which Rob spearheads. Rob and I have also been collaborating with Urban Ink Productions Urban Ink Collective, which is a theatre performance group that we’re in. We’re writing music and performing for a piece that we’ll be presenting with the collective at rEvolver Festival in May 2016 and the process and adventure has been amazing so far.

Rob & I after doing some songs at The Settlement Building
Rob & I after doing some songs at The Settlement Building. We had a good time.

We’re pretty stoked about our Sofar show in January where we’ll be joining forces with super talented artists singer-songwriter Claire Love Wilson and drummer Trevor Ainsworth to present Sister Says music, Claire Love Wilson’s solo project and Claire and I’s new songwriting/project (which still needs a name lol!).

Collaborating with Urban Ink Collective
Collaborating with Urban Ink Collective

At the end of this month Rob and I leave for about a week for Manitoba for Aboriginal Music Performers Camp for the second time where we’ll get the opportunity collaborate with other talented Aboriginal musicians, meet music industry people and learn about the industry while honing our music skills.

More summer touring is on the horizon…….

xo

Gillian

Sister Says will be popping in for a duo set at the Settlement Building in Vancouver. The show starts at 745PM click here for more info -> Facebook Event

745-8:00 – Caitie Alexandra
8:05-8:20 – Anna Scouten
8:25-8:45 – Terence Jack
8:55-9:10 – Lindsay Corbett
9:15-9:30: St.Augustine
9:35-9:55: Terence Jack
10:00-10:15 : Sam Caviglia
10:20-10:35 : JP Maurice
10:45-11:00 : Sister Says

 

Hope to see you there!

 

A new video blog for you!

Stuff we mentioned in the video

11/6/15 VACFSS Coffee House, The Cultch, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver, CLICK HERE for more info (short duo set with musician collaboration)

11/8/15 The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, full band show with Windigo and Owl Skowl, CLICK HERE, 9pm, for more inf0

11/15/15 Guilt and Co., 1 Alexander St, Vancouver,full band show, 9pm-12:15am, CLICK HERE for more info

Information on Silenced. http://urbanink.ca/project/silenced/

What have we been up to, you ask? Well, we’ve had a very busy 2015 full of shows that included a tour in Ontario in May, a lot of local shows and touring in Haida Gwaii + shows in Kelowna and Kamloops. We’re happy to say that we’re back at it this November and have been busy planning our next shows for 2015 and 2016 (including more touring!) and writing songs for our next album.

Come see us in November!

Gillian & Rob at Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii
Gillian & Rob at Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii, Photo by Tina Thomson

Upcoming:

11/6/15 VACFSS Coffee House, The Cultch, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver, CLICK HERE for more info (short duo set with musician collaboration)

11/8/15 The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, full band show with Windigo and Owl Skowl, CLICK HERE, 9pm, for more inf0

11/15/15 Guilt and Co., 1 Alexander St, Vancouver,full band show, 9pm-12:15am, CLICK HERE for more info