I've been home from tour for 2 weeks now, and am still up to my eyes with video editing shenanigans. I hope to have some tasty videos up for you detailing the days of tour within the coming weeks. Besides getting to play with phenomenal acts all through the U.K and Ireland, I also got to connect with Girls Rock School Edinburgh. Thanks to the adorable Lou McLean who I played with at The Mash House, I was invited to give a talk at Girls Rock School Edinburgh all about my involvement with Girls Rock Camp Calgary and how we operate compared to them.
For instance GRSE run year long weekly lessons and have a concert at the end of term, versus our week long camp with a show at the end. So many different approaches that all work! Even the reasons for them starting up are different from city to city, but really not that far apart. Caro, who runs GRSE, was just sick of getting mistreated in every sense of the word at gigs she would play in bars around the country. We've all had that to one level or other. Let me take this moment to point out, however, that regardless of being man, woman or non binary, there is NEVER any excuse for putting your hands on someone else's body if it wasn't invited. I've heard plenty of stories from guys about drunk and disorderly women helping themselves to their bodies...even if it's only a dude's beard. Ask first. I love that there are so many ways to offer support and encouragement to young women in our music community. I THEN learnt that last year GRSE had a guest artist in who turned out to be no other than my ultimate, all time FAVOURITE artist, EVER....Edinburgh born and raised Shirley Mason of Garbage. I would have lost it if I was there. That certainly got some wheels turning in my head for GRCC, let me tell you!
When I got back from tour I jumped straight into running Crescendo Music Studio's summer band camp with my boss, Leanne Cummings.As well, we had the Resonate Music School and Studios fundraiser yearly concert in that same week which was utterly EPIC. It was so cool to see my own students perform on the very first stage I ever performed on in Edmonton when I first toured here in 2012. What a feeling. I then had a week off to try to get some routines back and move house. Now I'm packing to go to Calgary for a week with Girls Rock Camp Calgary beginning tomorrow. If you've never heard of it, come down to The Ship And Anchor this Saturday 11th Aug and look to see what these spectacular girls manage to achieve for themselves in less than 7 days. Even keep your ears peeled for an interview with the different bands on CJSW, University of Calgary's campus radio! Under the guidance of some of Calgary's finest musicians, these girls blow me away time after time.