Hola! I’m in Spain! It’s amazing here. I’ve been to the South, but never to Barcelona, which is where I’ve been for the past 2 weeks. I’m supposed to be writing but it’s not really happening. Don’t tell anyone. I still have 2 weeks left. It could happen. I believe.
When I get back, life is off the chain. National Poetry Month = no sleep. All Star Slam gigs in Ontario, followed by Biennale “Big Ideas” classes in Vancouver, some hosting gigs with Hullabaloo, a writer’s residence at Mulgrave, and then on into summer shows and festivals. Speaking of which, I had a great time at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival last month, and The Fugitives had a great time up at the Canadian Winter Games. What amazing crowds, artists, people! I’ll remember both those events for a long time.
Aloha! I have been staying away from the world, holed up in Toronto writing a novel, but I am venturing back on tour this spring. Hooray!
February will be busy. First some All Star Slam shows with Prologue in Ontario, then off to Vancouver for a showcase at Art Starts, some educational work on the Sunshine Coast courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, then off to the Canadian Winter Games with The Fugitives, and back to Victoria to be the Poet of Honour at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival.
All dates are posted up on the tour page . Let’s hang!
And as always, here’s a video. Oldie but a goodie.
I’ve been holed away finishing up this latest novel, which I’m extremely psyched to be finishing around Christmas. Finally!
In the meantime, The Fugitives are up for a Canadian Folk Music Award next week for “Vocal Group of the Year”. Wish us luck!
We will be back out on the road in February. See you then!
For now, speaking of singing, check out this live vid of us courtesy of Southern Souls:
The Fugitives just wrapped a really fun tour of EU and UK over the last six weeks. During that time, we drank lots of beer, logged alot of miles, played Glastonbury Festival (!), and found out we were nominated for a Western Canadian music award for best roots album (!!). Great times.
We’re touring around this summer doing a few festivals: Discovery Coast,Summerfolk, Harmony Arts; a few shows, including a CBC nooner in Vancouver and a fundraiser in Skagit River for their mindblowing poetry festival. I’ll also be doing some literary stuff, performing on the last night of the Sunshine Coast Writer’s Festival, and hosting workshops for the Biennale Project and Wordsworth camp for young writers.
In the fall, I’ll mostly be holed up finishing the novel, but there’s also some east coast dates with The Fugitives, some hosting to be done at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival, and (NOTE TO TEACHERS!) the Travellin’ SLAM is booking for the 2014-2015 season! Hurrah!
See you all soon! Since it’s summer time I’ll leave you with this jam, recorded last summer along Vancouver’s Sea Wall:
Very psyched that the Fugitives album “Everything Will Happen” has been nominated for best roots album of the year (duo/group) at this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards.
For all the nominees, see this awesome list of Western Canadian talent HERE