I am thrilled to announce that Radio Canada’s new series Le Clan has licensed my song The Past is Never Past. The trailer for this series is a gritty, nail biter. Check it out for yourself: Le Clan Trailer
Le Clan is centred on Yannick Moreau aka J.-F. Gagnon (Sébastien Ricard), a reformed criminal who changed his identity and rebuilt his life in Quebec thanks to the witness protection program. The people in his life aren’t aware of his past. Caught up in a drug deal that ended with his associates being arrested, he was forced to leave his life behind to keep those he betrayed from taking revenge on him. His former associates, actually his father and three brothers, are about to be released and they’re hell bent on finding him. The mother, played by Denise Bouchard, is an Acadian, and the clan ends up in the family home in Acadia.
Radio Canada TV series Le Clan
This spring, Sodebo France approached collaborator Michael McCann (a.k.a. Behavior) and me about licensing our song Clap!Shake!Jump!. This song was previously featured in the spring 2006 Old Navy ad campaign. It’s fun to see new life breathed into it with French twist. Check out the link below:
Sodebo Ad: La liberte a du bon
It has been almost 20 years since I first performed at the Ship & Anchor Saturday afternoon jam. Back in those days I was in an all-girl band comprised of acoustic guitar, East Indian sitar, the djembe and three part harmonies. We got our very first gigs playing at the jam and it has always felt like home to me. Where else can you rub elbows with people of all ages and from all walks of life? I love The Ship.
The fun-lovin’ band The Jamies are hosting the jam starting at 2PM and I will be performing at 3PM in the guest spot. Please come down to enjoy or entertain (it is a jam after all). Don’t forget your guitars, autoharps, kazoos, foot stomps and hand claps. Children are welcome until 5PM!
It has been some time since my last post, but I really do have a good explanation for my tardiness. In June 2011, my son Rowan came into the world bright-eyed and ready to stir the pot. Seven months later I can vouch that so far, parenting has been both awe-inspiring and life-altering. Suffice to say, the economics of time have prevented me from performing, writing and promoting ‘House of Sticks’. However, I have recently found myself dusting off the guitar to perform for a curious, wee audience of one.
I will be playing with The Painted Pines, at Mikey’s Juke Joint in Calgary, on March 30th, 2012. It will officially be one year after my CD release concert and we are all eager to get back on stage.
A quick thanks to CKUA radio for listing ‘House of Sticks’ in their top 100 of 2011!
The CD release concert was an evening I will never forget. The combination of Local 522 with the talents of the band and the enthusiasm of the audience made for an extraordinary evening. Thank you to all who came out that night.
I’d really like to take this opportunity to recognize David Kean and the Audities Foundation for not only making ‘House of Sticks’ the album it is, but for making the CD release a success. Audities is an exceptional studio, not only because of David or its beauty, but because we had access to state of the art production, specialized equipment and authentic instruments. How many studios house an ondes Martenot, a harp guitar and several early Moog sythesizers, to name a few gems? A special thank you to David for lugging several not-so-portable instruments, guitar amps and gear out to the show. This was paramount in contributing to the sound that night.
Lastly, please check out the latest articles and reviews on the ‘press’ page. I am also pretty excited to share that the album charted on CKUA and CJSW.
It almost doesn’t seem real that my CD release concert is finally here! CKUA and CBC have been playing the album regularly and it actually reached CKUA’s top 30 chart last week. Both stations have been really supportive and Allison Brock of 97.7FM’s Night Mix will be playing it as well. Look out for articles in The Calgary Herald and The Gauntlet this Thursday. Ffwd Magazine has also selected ‘House of Sticks’ as their lead CD review this week.
The concert is at 9PM this coming Saturday, March 19th at Local 522. We are going to squeeze a crazy amount of talent onto the Local 522 stage. If you want prime seats, be sure to come when doors open at 8pm. No tickets are necessary, it’s $15 at the door. Chantal Vitalis and Jeff Landeen will be opening at 9PM and then we’ll hit the stage at 10PM. The brass, strings, banjo, vibes, drums, bass and guitars are all warmed up.
See you there!
I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. It’s been 6 lively years since I released my last album Citysong
Montreal was really good to me. I initially went out there at the end of 2002 to record my second album Citysong with production wizard and pal Michael McCann and stayed until the end of 2007. Once there, I met several talented musicians, who became my good friends. I was awed by their commitment to music and writing. I can’t deny that I miss the looseness of life there. Being able to meet up with a friend any time of day for a tall can of Grolsch, casually bought from the depanneur, and the chance to share a new song with discerning ears. None-the-less, I eventually began to pine for the roots I had left back out West. I felt too removed from family and old friends.