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December = Hammer Time

Dec 1, 2015

Wow. 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.

And It Begins… [Enter Snow]

Nov 2, 2015

Well folks, it appears that the snow has finally arrived in Calgary. We’re actually pseudo excited because this tends to be the time of year where we get the most work done, since neither of us really enjoys freezing off our music-fingers…

Since getting back from our most recent Western Canadian Tour, we’ve enjoyed a whole lot of awesome opportunities in and around Alberta: We had a great series of performance dates throughout the Province, including a highlight performance at Alberta Showcase in Fort Saskatchewan.

We also learned that SHAW TV’s Edmonton Unplugged recently aired our feature segment on the show, where Douglas Mitchell interviewed us between live performances of From The Start, Amsterdamned, and Years From Now. Additionally, Derek Craddock at Airdrie’s AIR 106.1 FM had us join him in studio for a live interview and performance. It was also a blast!

Finally, this past weekend we enjoyed spending some jam-time with Soap Box Duo. They are a super talented up-and-coming folk duo from Spruce Grove, AB and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about them in the future.

Turn that Frown Upside-down

Oct 5, 2015

Last night was a first for us… Someone at our Vancouver gig grabbed a bunch of money from our donation jar and left with it. :(

This disappointment was intensified by the fact that we had to earn $50 minimum in donations just to pay the venue and sound man before we even saw a profit (or in this case, money for food and gas). Still, we are thankful that nothing worse happened – and most likely, whoever took our money probably needed it more than us.

I suppose all of this gets us (Lauren and I) reflecting on the past several weeks – and how we’ve been blessed with provision throughout this tour and our previous tours. We had some lovely friends come into town yesterday to visit and catch our performance, and we’ve met so many other great folks on the road this year. We’ve also been able to enjoy some amazing sights and sounds in BC this year – and there is still so much to explore in western Canada!

THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of our journeys thus far, wether hosting us, supporting us, or blessing us in some other way (gas cards, coupons, etc). We are truly blessed. All thanks be to Jehovah Jireh!

WCMAs & Western Canadian Tour

Sep 9, 2015

So as some of you may have heard, our newest record ‘Heads Is East, Tails Is West’ has been nominated for our second Western Canadian Music Award! We’re super thrilled…

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Summer Updates

Jul 7, 2015

Well, we’ve been back in Canada for just over two months now and I think we’ve finally settled into life in the foothills. Stampede season is now upon us and…

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