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Jun 9, 2016

Another international tour complete! This past month we toured throughout the Netherlands in support of our most recent release “Heads Is East, Tail Is West” (which sold out), performing 25 concerts in 8 different provinces. Needless to say, we covered a lot of ground the past seven weeks in Holland. Each time we return to Europe we feel a little more at home, and with all of the wonderful people we’ve met along the way, it becomes increasingly familiar and harder to leave.

Lauren is in her 6th month of pregnancy now, and I am very proud of her resolve and determination to tour as a soon-to-be mother. We’re very excited to see how our baby is growing and it recently began waking up Lauren with little movements. Her least favourite is the inner rib-kick. It also seems to respond to Lauren’s ukulele playing, so perhaps we will have a little musician on our hands… Fingers crossed.

We’re also excited to share that we’ll be performing at a number of festivals throughout western Canada this summer. All our dates are listed and continue to be updated, so feel free to browse them at your leisure and keep checking back for updates.

European Tour & Updates

May 2, 2016

Our spring tour has begun and we’ve been traveling through The Netherlands for the past couple of weeks, performing seven concerts so far with plenty more to go. The folks we’ve already met on this tour have been really encouraging and supportive of our new pseudo-duo direction as well, and we’ve already been invited back to perform again later this year or the next. Oh, the coffee or “koffie” is also delicious and plentiful here. It’s like a magical fantasy land that’s literally below the sea. We love Holland.

We’ve really been enjoying the spring scenery here too, as there are sooo many flowers blooming just about everywhere. So far my hay fever hasn’t been much of an issue either, which I am grateful for, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the coming weeks. Lauren is also feeling much better considering the new traveler she’s packing around everywhere – and yes, incase you didn’t get the memo yet:

We are having a BABY!!!

In other awesome news: we were recently selected for The Campfire Sessions. It’s an incredible initiative launched by two Dutchies heading to Canada this summer to film 10 world-class performing artists in the midst of the majestic rocky mountains. We are super excited to start promoting this endeavour, so please keep your eyes open for future updates via social media and our newsletter.

Finally, we just received our Chapel Sessions video from the amazing folks at Canada’s Music Incubator and we are eager to share it with you all. We were so blown away by the genuine encouragement we received while attending CMI’s Artist Entrepreneur Program, and would highly recommend it to any musicians out there who want to make a full-time career with their art. Go for it!

Embarking On New Adventures

Apr 4, 2016

We’re wrapping up our final week in Toronto after experiencing all that is the amazing Artist Entrepreneur Program. It’s been a whirlwind and a half and I’d like to think we’ve emerged as victorious in the sense that we’ve managed to maintain most of our sanity through it all. There has been sooo much incredible information shared over the past 10 weeks, and we have so many people to thank for it.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Canada’s Music Incubator staff Vel, Sean, Jesse, and Ryan for all of their efforts in making the AE Program such a positive experience for us. We also want to further thank all of the workshop and session presenters, and Coalition Music’s Rob, Eric, and all the other wonderful staff and interns for their insights and encouragment. A big thanks also goes out to our dear friend Kevin, who recently took care of Lauren during an on-stage bout of ‘unpleasantries’. It takes a really good man to do so.

We have a final wrap-up showcase at The Rivoli this Friday, and are really excited to put into practice all that we learned while in the AE Program. Our time in Toronto has been truly life changing and we are excited for the remainder of this year and hope to share our joys with you along the way. Thank you for keeping tabs on us. We hope to share some exciting news with you in the coming weeks and months – including more details on our VIA Rail’s Artists On Board journey and European Tour through the Netherlands this spring. Stoked!

The Excitement Continues

Mar 2, 2016

Yes, the excitement does continue! We’ve been getting some pretty Alberta-like winter weather these last couple weeks and now both Lauren and I are feeling quite rundown and sick with…

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The Start of Something Exciting

Feb 3, 2016

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…

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