This summer has probably been our most busy summer yet! We’re super grateful for all the gigs. We also feel that we’ve worked hard and it’s so nice to get a really positive response.
Kispiox Valley music Festival was such a good time. So many awesome people! Also, we really enjoyed all of the music. For those that don’t know, Kispiox is gorgeous Gitxsan territory. We stayed in a serene house with a big backyard, pigs, a dog and five little puppies during our time there. So idyllic….
It was an honour sharing the stage with inspiring Indigenous musicians Kinnie Starr, Diyet and Joel West at Celebrating Together Festival in Smithers. We were a little concerned about the forest fires on our way up there but everything ended up working out in the end. The organizers and everyone else involved were so lovely. It also rained previous to our performance slot which was great!
Drum is Calling in Vancouver was a treat to perform at as well. It was also the first time we had our own trailer and full on artist area. Talk about spoiled! The Unceded Traditions, Unceded Territories exhibit reception at Queen Elizabeth with the band was a blast too. We also had a chance to catch up with extremely talented Haida artist Jim Hart.
Performing in a project for so many years can be very rewarding. If you’re dedicated and fully into it you grow, get smarter about how you go about things, and make lasting meaningful connections and friendships. This summer was beautiful reminder of that.
We can’t wait for our show happening on November 11th (Remembrance Day) with Victoria based synth pop/rock band Fortune Killers (formerly Isobel Trigger), indie-folk rock act Zulu Panda and captivating loop artist Cassandra Bangel at Hindenburg in Vancouver! We’ll be performing with our full band which includes Max Ley on drums, Keith Sinclair on guitar and Trevor Ainsworth on percussion. Fortune Killers will also be releasing their brand new single “Fool’s Gold!”
We had a great Aboriginal Day/weekend & summer solstice in Vancouver!! How about you? We performed at Canada Place (with Trevor Ainsworth on percussion) & Trout Lake (as a duo). So many talented artists and the weather was great…..below is a pic of Trout Lake on Aboriginal Day. Our next performance is in our home town, Port Coquitlam, on July 10th at the Leigh Square bandshell as part of Music in the Park from 2pm-4pm. We’ll be performing as a five piece with guitarist Keith Sinclair, drummer Max Ley and Trevor Ainsworth on percussion. It’s sounding rilly soulful and funky….you might want to check it out. Keep scrolling down for pics of our last shows.
Contemporary-classical Indigenous artist Jeremy Dutcher, visiting from Toronto, and balladier singer-songwriter Claire Love Wilson from Vancouver joined us in performing at Capilano Tea House in Gastown last month. What a gorgeous night it was, filled with smiling faces with delicious teas and botanical sodas. We can’t wait to do another show there, soon!
Also! Thank you Unifor Canada again for inviting us to play at your event at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver early this month & for all your support! Here’s a little pic of the set up below. We performed with Keith Sinclair on guitar and Trevor Ainsworth on drums. Our Dad, who is also a musician, also played a few tunes!
Thank you everyone again who attended the first run of Silenced (workshop piece). What a ride! Rob and I feel so amazingly lucky to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with such talented and wonderful people. Big thanks to Urban Ink Collective, Urban Ink & rEvolver Festival.
Our next show is at The beautiful Capilano Tea House in Gastown. It’s an extra special night because contemporary-classical Indigenous artist Jeremy Dutcher, all the way from Toronto, will be performing! Balladier pixie Claire Love Wilson also shares the bill. It’s going to be a great night of chill, music and botanical soda/tea goodness. Buy your ticket online or at the door but I suggest online because the space is intimate and tickets will be going fast! RSVP HERE.
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.
Rob and I have been up to all sorts of things lately…
Lately Rob has been traveling to Prince George playing bass with the blues-rock band Bitterly Divine. This week he’ll be traveling more. So far he’s performed at Treasure Cove Casino and Lheidli T’enneh Pavilion. Along with playing bass for different people Rob also writes and performs with indie-singer-songwriter Candace Curr for her music project Candace Curr and Withe. Candace just released a music video for the very catchy Hear me. Check it out below!
I’ll be entering festival land for 2 weeks at the Talking Stick Festival, an all Indigenous performing arts festival, running from Feb 17th to March 1st. I assist the festival with marketing and fundraising. This year some of the events/activities I’m looking forward to include: Raven Spirit Dance’s workshops, Tanya Tagaq and Leela Gilday’s concert, Our Generation concert, From Talking Stick to Microphone and theatre such as Children of God and Salt Baby. I’ll also be helping facilitate a workshop that Full Circle and Music BC is hosting called How to plan for an album release.
You can read more about the Talking Stick Festival by CLICKING HERE
It’s gonna be busy for Rob and I! During this time we’ll continue adding onto our Ontario tour, building our bookings for the rest of the summer as well as working on our duo set.