This week we've been recording the magnificent Zia Mizera on violin for my latest song, Abacus. It's being produced by the very talented Andrea Shipka, who is a singer songwriter, herself as well. Who knows what an abacus even is? Answers on a postcard to the Contact page! I've always been a die hard fan of The Frames and now it looks like their musical influence is emerging in my work in a large way...coupled with PJ Harvey's work in her sextet of Man-Size from her Rid Of Me record.
I also managed to get an indefinite "temporary ban" from Facebook, because I was wanting to send my thank you video that I recorded especially for every single Burning Daisy fan on our page. I shall get to you all, just very slowly it seems! I always prefer to go one person at a time and actually hear from you in person. On that note, a massive lovin' hug goes out to our fan Julie S. all the way down in Georgia.
One of the best things I've done with my 2018 is religiously turn up at The Mill Creek Cafe every Sunday night for Rhea March's Song Circle. All at once the most scary thing and most encouraging thing I could do with my weekends. If you haven't visited this place yet on Edmonton's Whyte Ave just by Earth's General Store, you must go! This Sunday I got treated to a song Game Of Thrones on cello. CELLO! I love cello!
How clean is your recycling? Did you know Toronto and Edmonton suffer from the highest proportion of contamination in their recycling facilities? With 26% and 24% contamination respectively, against a minimum standard of a mere 0.5% contamination cut off rate from China, our largest importer of our recycled paper and other materials, it's no wonder the cost of recycling is going up and making us less and less money. Please carefully wash out all your containers. Pizza boxes with cheese or fat stains on the box are rubbish and used blood bags, syringes, batteries, bullets, propane tanks and dead animals are not allowed....did I really just have to say that?! More info here. Happy recycling everyone! Don't forget that it's way better to just bring refillable containers instead of buying more packaging to shops/restaurants. Big up to Legendz Diner in Golden, B.C for being sound about letting us put our left overs in our own containers.
A massive thank you to the people over at MonoCreators for designing this this sick and very slick travel bag that I waited with baited breath for 3 weeks to come in. I was like a kid the week before going back to school, opening all the zippers and pockets in the back of my car before going anywhere. Utter geek and I love it. I can't wait to take it to Ireland and the U.K this summer. Not to mention being able to cycle to all my open mic nights once this snow finally abates.