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human string art at St. Catharines' In the Soil Festival! 

I had SUCH a great time at the Niagara In the Soil Festival in St. Catharines. Thanks to everyone at Niagara Artist Centre and Suitcase in Point for putting on a superb weekend! Met so many great people! Saw so much great art and music!! A highlight was Deanna Jones and her amazing The Keith Richards One Woman Show! If she's ever in your neck o' the woods it is a not-to-be-missed show!!

I played at the festival launch on Friday night and though it was a little chilly on the outdoor stage, the wonderful audience members who took part in my human string art project warmed my heart!! Here are some photos taken by the people who participated:
(photos taken. from left to right, by Gowan, Ron and Mike)

And here's a photo of my performance, taken by Ron. The visuals behind me were done by my dear Etienne, who was VJing and mixing live video of me playing as well as of the audience!!

christmas time is here 

charlie brown christmascurl up in a sunny corner with some knitting
(or a crossword) and a coffee... and enjoy!

(btw, this is not "kid's" music! listen to the piano and
guitar at the end for some pure musical brilliance!)

i've been listening to this every day for the last week!!!

all POPPED out (ok, enough POP references...) 

so POP Montreal was pretty great (*understatement*). the galactique showcase was amazing! and on top of that i got to see the one and only Mary Margaret O'Hara perform live for the first time!!

there's going to be a video coming out with live footage from the galactique showcase, but in the meantime, here are some photos. thanks to the galactique family for welcoming me with open arms... they really are a wonderful and talented and wonderfully talented group of people! here they are in order of appearance:

must hear... 

taperecorder artworkwas at an amazing show this week - taperecorder's album release - and came home with a gorgeous LP. super-duper beats and sounds from marc francis (who is taperecorder) and beautiful vocals from bethany spiers (who did an equally beautiful solo set as the feverfew). the night was rounded out by montreal's toboggan, with more beats to love. all three artists are worth checking out, so here are their digital homes:

the feverfew -
toboggan -

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee float 

was watching the olympics last night and flipped over to another channel during a commercial. 90210 was on, which is not something i'd normally watch, but what was playing was such a treat to hear: PJ Harvey's song "We Float" from her album "Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea." I've been thinking about that song - especially the chorus - non-stop since then, and was so inspired by it that i just had to write a song myself today. here it is so you can enjoy it too! and of course, you'll also be hearing the song i'm writing at some point.