Tomorrow evening will mark my first LIVE performance of S2S songs, and I could not be happier about the event! So for tomorrow’s video, instead of a 1 pm release, I will be livestreaming my set on Facebook Live at about 6 pm.
Nestled deep in the Ward, Laza Catering is Guelph’s tastiest Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant. It is run by the most incredible and sweet lady, Melku Gebrekristos (of Farmer’s Market breakfast bar fame), who will be serving up some delicious delicacies. The Kickstarter is aimed at helping her expand her business, which includes her new super-yummy Hibiscus Teas. There will be FREE SNACKS and drink samples! Ethiopian food is also gluten-free, and has vegetarian/vegan-friendly options.
For details, check out Laza’s Facebook event. If you can make it down, you will get to eat yummy food, hear cool live music, and see comedy from The Making Box for FREE! If you can’t make it, watch the action on my Facebook timeline!
Hey folks! I’m gearing up for my next shoot day this Saturday and boy oh boy am I freaking out! Let’s just say I’m a little behind on things, as I am wont to be. The truth is that I’m a bit of a procrastinator. So to remedy this problem, I’ve decided to start blogging and/or posting on social media every day to talk about what I’m doing, what I’m working on, so that, you know, I will actually work on stuff every day. Like a five-year-old who glues a stick to a piece of aluminum foil and goes “TA-DA!”
On the day of the shoot, I usually get up early to beautify myself and warm up vocally. Josh puts out the food for the crew and keeps Molly occupied. The sound engineer and videographer arrive at my house at about 11 am and start setting up. Our goal for the day is to record four songs live-off-the-floor on camera. Which means that I have to get a perfect take of a song before we can move on. A song that I JUST wrote. It’s not easy! In between songs the crew gets food and I go change my look. We usually finish around 5:30 pm.
My to-do list for this week is simple enough: finish editing the video for this Friday, finish up writing a song, write another song entirely, and practice them all to perfection! Should be a piece of cake! Hahahahahah… Well, time to face the music.
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!?”
Photo credit: McPherson Photography
I will be on hand helping out our young performers this weekend as JAMSchool takes over the main stage at Hillside! The festival will be full of amazing performances and workshops on beautiful Guelph Lake Island, and it’s not too late to get passes! The JAMSchool Youth Showcase starts at 6 pm on Friday night. Be there!
Check out my new tradition, the end-of-the-month cover! I especially like to invite friends to do this one with me. Stay tuned for a new video on Friday at 1 pm!
Tonight Countermeasure will perform at Toronto’s Opera House as part of the SING festival’s Art Battle show. Watch as visual artists furiously compete to paint a canvas as an a cappella group sings their inspiration. Find all info including ticket sales here on the Facebook event.
I’m a bit late to post, but here is last week’s Stories 2 Songs video for “Too Late,” the real-life story of a cheating heart, inspired by a post from the Confessions in Guelph Facebook group. Thanks to Josh for lending a guitar!
Last Friday I released my latest song “Downtown” on my YouTube channel Stories 2 Songs. This one was inspired by a craigslist missed connection from Guelph! Videos are released on YouTube every Friday at 1 pm. Check it out!
Stories 2 Songs is my new songwriting project that bridges the gap between songwriter and listener. I find and solicit real life stories online and write songs about them. The first video, Justify, is written from my own story about a tough time in my relationship. If you have a story, send it to me and I just might turn it into a song.
We are pleased to present Countermeasure’s latest music video, Life is Fine! We fly to B.C. this week for our March break tour, and you can get tickets here.