It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that my final shows with Countermeasure will be this weekend–one this Saturday July 22 and one on Sunday July 23, both in the Beaches in Toronto. It has become increasingly necessary for me to carve out more space in my life for my teaching and my solo career; but make no mistake, it was a very difficult decision. Countermeasure has been my musical family for the past three years, and I have loved every minute of it. I will never forget the friendship, the music, and the memories made.
It is hard to distill into one post what it meant to me to be in that group. Countermeasure was many things. It was 11-hour bootcamp rehearsals before touring. It was feeling weird if we had not seen each other for more than a week. It was drinking wine on an Italian beach and playing “swimsuit roulette” in the sea. It was learning insane chromatic lines that leap and wiggle and don’t make any sense on their own, but contributed to a beautiful harmonic language the likes of which I had never known, care of the brilliant Aaron Jensen. It was doing a 50 minute set every night at the Edinburgh Fringe with five-minute set-ups and tear-downs. It was drinking in hotel rooms in B.C. almost every night after a show. It was also little things like getting your hair braided by Nina before a show, or Marla showing you cute animal GIFs, or Icarus protecting you from ghosts, or J-M losing his train of thought mid-sentence and maybe starting some mouth sounds. And most of all, no matter how overwhelmed one might feel trying to live up to the very ambitious music or dance routines or performances, there was always someone to turn to about it. Thirteen other someones who knew exactly what you were going through and maybe even how to help. It was for this reason that I was able to push myself farther than I ever thought I could go as a musician and a performer. To all the ‘Measures, thank you so much for the last three years and for everything you gave me and all that we shared.
In closing… “Hayley, Elana, Chris Poole, Tara, Gianna, Nina, Qwyn, and Marla. Icarus, Aaron, Steve, and Taavi, Jeremy and J-M! Didn’t we have fun!?”