Okay, wow. I am practically speechless – and for those of you who know me well, I bet you’re laughing because that doesn’t happen often. If ever. Now, it’s only been two days in the Artist Entrepreneur Program and they’ve got me hook, line, and sinker. This is such an amazing opportunity to be a part of, and Lauren and I are really excited to see how much we learn from this experience and grow through the process. The folks at Canada’s Music Incubator are an incredible team of knowledgable, encouraging, and supportive people, and there is a constant buzz of creativity emanating from every corner of the Coalition Music building. It’s like a taste of heaven.
We are currently set up at the Coalition Music apartment across the way on Lawrence Ave E, and the proximity of things here is astounding. To get to the AE Program? 2 minutes. Need groceries? 3 minutes. A $6 haircut? 1 minute. Shawarma? They’ve got us covered at just under 2.5 minutes. Craving some fried chicken? (Drumroll please) … 30 SECONDS – and that’s THREE different options! I slightly worry that upon our program completion, I may have put on a ‘winter layer’…
In other news: we will be touring the Netherlands again this spring! Lauren and I are really looking forward to seeing some familiar Dutchies and making new friends. Check out our tour schedule and let us know if you’ll be in or around any of our current dates. Lauren is adding dates daily, so keep checking back – and be sure to let us know if you want us to hit YOUR home. Doei! (Bye!)
Alright! The New Year is here and we’ve got some very exciting news to share: we’ve been selected to participate in the 2016 Artist Entrepreneur Program presented by Canada’s Music Incubator in partnership with Coalition Music. This opportunity will see us venture off to Toronto, ON for 10-weeks of business development through various workshops, mentoring, and networking.
Starting February 2nd we will be out east developing our craft and career, and we are super excited to get started. If this wasn’t cool enough news, we also learned that we were awarded a Bell Media Prize to help cover the costs of this amazing opportunity: program fee, accommodations, and one-way flights. Talk about a wonderful surprise Christmas present!
Over the coming months we hope to accomplish a lot of new songwriting, co-writing, and exploring while we’re in the capital. The added bonus is that we can finally catch up with our friends and family in the region! Lauren and I are very excited to see what this year has to hold for us and we’re so thankful for all of the amazing support that you folks have provided us with. Thank YOU for all the ways you encourage and support us. We are truly grateful.
This past month really flew by! We kicked things off in high-gear with a performance at the Foothills Folk Club in High River, AB. Now, they say that prairie folks know how to have a good time – well, it’s true. The place was sold-out and people were being turned away at the door all night long. We also enjoyed seeing Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra perform for the first time. They were a lively bunch with an energetic blend of upbeat gypsy folk.
Earlier that same week we were able to meet up with Barclay Hunter of The Prophets of Music Society. This was an informative and exciting meeting, and we were thrilled to hear that there are new music initiatives taking place in Calgary that encourage the pursuit of the Arts. We are hoping to partner up with them in the new year for various opportunities to work with mentoring other younger musicians in the city. Keep your eyes peeled for more details to come.
We spent much of these past weeks working on various applications and music opportunities, and we dipped our feet into the world of Christmas craft markets as well. It seems like this Arts lifestyle is actually working out for us… one step at a time. At the moment our beloved Manager, Laurie Brown of LJB Management, is out in Toronto taking part in Coalition Music’s Artist Manager Program. It’s exiting to see that all of our teamwork is paying off and that new doors are opening up.
Lastly, on our most recent tour through the Gulf Islands we connected with a kindhearted woman named Gail. She invited us to submit an ‘inspirational reflection’ piece for publication on Inspire Me Today, and today marks it’s official debut. Please feel free to drop by the website and checkout our musings on thankfulness by clicking HERE.
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