Just wanted to let you know that my song St. Petersburg off my new album 'this desolate bliss.' has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Contest - Adult Contemporary category!!! I couldn't be happier and more honoured to be chosen!
This song was written after reading a passage from a book about human psychology and animal behaviours. It was a story of a crocodile names Cookie, who lived in the town of St. Petersburg Florida in the mid-seventies. Cookie lived in a zoo-like facility, owned by a man who thought of all the animals he owned as his children. One day, a man and his young child were looking at cookie when the man turned away for a moment to get some grapes to throw down at cookie. The child, who had been left on the retaining wall, fell into the enclosure with Cookie. Cookie, being a wild animal, saw live prey, and well, all I will say is it was a tragic ending for the little boy. The owner of Cookie was wracked with guilt that he went into the enclosure that night, shot Cookie, and closed the zoo down for good. The song I wrote speaks of the guilt you can feel and how it can ruin your life.
I am deeply honoured that the jury at Canadian Songwriting Competition felt this song deserved to be in the semi-finalist category.
I have been taking this time to learn and explore all things musical - writing, playing, and one of the hardest things to do, learning how to listen. It's been a wonderful experience for me and I am excited to share with you what I have learned so far. I find that taking time to learn new skills (or to refine old ones) helps open up my mind to new ideas. It's a wonderful thing.
I will be playing some shows in the next few weeks, and I am excited to share some new music with you! You can catch me at one of these lovely places in Edmonton in the next little while:
March 8 // 4:30 // Edmonton City Hall // International Women's Day Celebration
March 8 // 6-8 // Edmonton Federal Building // Solo Performance
March 9 // 5:30 // Otto Food and Drink // SkirtsAfire 'Key of She' Solo Performance
March 10 // 5:30 // Otto Food and Drink // SkirtsAfire 'Key of She' Solo Performance
I would love to see you out and about - please say hello <3
(I will be announcing some B.C. dates shortly - stay tuned!)
I love the new year. I love that it signifies a new beginning in a way, but also a way to look back on all the wonderful things that have come our way. 2017 was an incredible year for me - I got to tour across Western Canada, I played some incredible shows, and I released 'this desolate bliss.' which had been percolating away inside of me for a few years - it was a very cathartic thing for me to do. Releasing that album was a mix of excitement and fear - excitement to throw it into the world, but also fearful of letting go of something that has been incredibly close to my heart for a long time. All in all, I feel great about releasing the album, and I am very excited for what the next year brings. First up, I will be bringing my band with me for a small (BUT MIGHTY) tour to the prairies! I am VERY excited for this! Dates are as follows:
January 24 // Winnipeg MB // Handsome Daughter // w The Deeds and Kakagi // More Info HERE
January 25 // Regina SK // Cloud 9 // w Ava Wild and Loa // More Info HERE
January 26 // Saskatoon SK // Capitol Music Club // w The Department Heads and The Bad Decisions // More info HERE
January 27 // Calgary AB // Nite Owl // w Lion Pride and The Torchettes // More info HERE
More tour dates will be released soon - keep up to date on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages <3
One more thing - I have been added to a few super cool playlists on Spotify which I am super jazzed about! Check them out here:
Hope you are well. I have been busting my guts (that's the proper saying, yes?) with my album release, and I have had some AMAZING write ups from two wonderful Alberta-based publications.
Vue Weekly is an amazing Edmonton-based arts weekly, which I have loved for years. Sierra Bilton from Vue came over to my apartment for a chat, and ended up writing some beautiful words about this desolate bliss. - between that and the amazing photo taken by Dana Zuk, I felt real loved <3. You can read that article here.
Beatroute has been a wonderful source of music news in Alberta and beyond for many years, and I have always looked forward to reading it when the new edition comes out. I was honoured when Elizabeth Eaton offered to interview me for the paper. We had a great phone chat, and what resulted was a gorgeous piece about my new album that seemed to take the words right out of my heart. I almost cried when I read it! Will you cry too? Find out by reading it here.
I am continuously in awe of the hard work and dedication these publications have for local indie music in this province. It is very much appreciated!