Posts made in April, 2011

Fast forward 18 years…

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in regular | 2 comments

It was 1993 (I think), the Gemini Awards, and I had my first (and only) TV appearance. I was one of 20 students that passed an audition to be part of a back up choir for Cerdic Smith’s song Children of the Island. Sarah Polley played the flute. I was 11 years old. I watched Road to Avonlea and I’m sure I’m not alone to say that I had a crush on Felix King, played by Zachary Bennett (who is now also a musician). I met Mag Ruffman; she’s super nice; and is now the Tool Girl. It was all very exciting, being lead through “secret” tunnels to a backstage holding area at Toronto’s Metro Convention Center. It must have felt like a surreal dream because I only remember bits and pieces of it. There was a woman with over the knee boots sported in a certain 1990 film…random fact.

         

Photo credit: Heidi Bednar

Fast forward a *few* years. On Tuesday I’m going to a taping of Toronto’s Talent (Rogers TV). I won’t be in a choir of 20, I won’t be star struck waiting for the elevator as Zachary Bennett walks by (I’m going to laugh if he ever reads this blog), and I most likely won’t be ushered through “secret” passageways. But I know it’ll be magical non-the-less. I’ll be playing my own song and talking about my music. Eighteen years ago, when I stepped onto that stage, did I ever think I’d be the one performing a song on television? Not in my wildest dreams.

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Reading your audience

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in regular | 0 comments

I played a show in London (Ontario…just to be clear) at the cozy London Music Club (not the London Music Hall or the London Press Club which is where cabbies took my opening act…eek). This was my second time back in the city and I was really looking forward to playing. It was mostly a college crowd, friends of my supporting acts. This was also the second time I’ve played to a university aged crowd; most of my dedicated fans hover around the mid 30’s to early 50’s; so it’s a totally different experience. It helps that I look about 23 😉

With this crowd, I quickly learned that sticking to my set list wasn’t going to happen that night. That’s an important part of being an artist – you have to read the room. I tossed out the sentimental homage to a traveling musician because I knew the slow melody would lose the crowd and I definitely excluded the song about a girl getting out of an abusive relationship, also a slower one. I kept the songs about sex, being strong and awesome and of course, added the song that drops the F bomb. I threw in a sing along rocker after a mid tempo song, just to keep them on their feet and inserted a bit of silly banter. It worked. I didn’t lose the room and thankfully they remained sober enough not to heckle the hell out of me. It was a good time and I’m also confident I gained a few fans. Thank you London, I will definitely be back!

                         

                                             I did actually write a set list…

                        

           

Photo credits: Matt Tesluk

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