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art by Kirsten Zirngibl

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Last night was dope. #RedBlackBlue #NewAlbum #SoonCome

Last night was dope. #RedBlackBlue #NewAlbum #SoonCome

BLOG: FOLKED UP

It’s been over a month since my band and I played the Regina Folk Festival, a beautiful and musically diverse festival that so wonderfully encapsulates the landscape of world music — not in the sense of the genre, but of the music of the world.    

Much like my time at Calgary Folk Festival last year, the programming for Regina Folk Festival consisted of featured performances from over 30 performers and then somewhat random pairings of 3-4 group collaborations for the workshops, thus creating a spontaneous magic onstage live in front of the audience.

It’s really promising to know that there are still people taking chances on new music, spearheading and putting their love of music on the line.  With that said, I must mention and say a HUGE THANK YOU to Sandra Butel (Artistic Director) for booking me, taking a chance, putting me and my band (the virtual unknowns as Exclaim! reviewed here) on the mainstage between The Indigo Girls and Serena Ryder. To Jeremy, Adam, Dean and the rest of the stage crew; Dave, Roz and the other drivers, all of the volunteers stage managing, keeping the grounds clean and the attendees safe from the crazy lightning storm, the caterers and team (that took great care of my vegan needs) and the man dubbed ‘The Water Whisperer’, THANK YOU!!  

And to the wonderful people in the audiences rocking out with us at the workshops and mainstage performances, the folks that bought the CD, gave me walk-by love and the ones that stopped to talk and give love…THANK YOU!

Here are some favourite moments:  

  • Honestly, wherever Royal Canoe are in the world and I’m there, will always be a great musical moment.  The ante was upped by finally getting a chance to share the stage with them at our workshop with Joel Plaskett.
  • Watching Joel Plaskett Emergency side stage. 
  • sharing a workshop stage with my buddies Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.
  • Meeting Ms. Naomi Shelton, bonding over being fellow Libras, and being moved to near tears in the workshop because she reminded me of singing with my mother
  • Rocking the stage before Serena Ryder and her band, then watching them rock out from side stage.  Then getting to hang with my dear friend Hill, who plays with Serena.
  • the lightning storm on the first night of the festival — the thunder and rain didn’t come until almost over an hour later
  • THE CATERING!!  (I’m still dreaming about eating the asian influenced sugar snap pea salad…stellar!)
  • playing the after party for all of the volunteers…so much love in the room.

All I can say is, if this is any indication of what ALL folk festivals are like around the world…then consider myself in love.

It was days ago that I shared the stage with this incredible man (Corey Glover), Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbush and Will Calhoun…otherwise known as LIVING COLOUR.  I’m still basking in it. #NeverGonnaWashTheSmileOffMyFace

It was days ago that I shared the stage with this incredible man (Corey Glover), Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbush and Will Calhoun…otherwise known as LIVING COLOUR. I’m still basking in it. #NeverGonnaWashTheSmileOffMyFace

briannamccarthy:

aindigo jab - my bird eyed sweet. Digital #sketchbook things.

briannamccarthy:

aindigo jab - my bird eyed sweet.
Digital #sketchbook things.

Oh MY GOODNESS, this is heaven!

happyvibes-healthylives:

Dragonfruit Sorbet

#TBT Summer in NYC with my Libra-Sister-In-Song @the1res #Res #IdleWarship #TalibKweli

#TBT Summer in NYC with my Libra-Sister-In-Song @the1res #Res #IdleWarship #TalibKweli

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Anonymous asked: Who are you getting your Ferguson information from? I'm having problems verifying what's actually happening!

wearesynchronizednowandforever:

wearesynchronizednowandforever:

That’s actually what’s taking me so long to update some of my posts; not only is the information surfacing slowly about his case specifically, but I make sure to cross reference at least three sources because some people are just blatantly lying to stir shit up.

Also live feeds keep going down and new ones pop back up but I know some of you are sensitive to video, so

Here’s a list of some twitter handles:

Journalists (All of these are either on the ground in Ferguson as I type this or actively covering events in Ferguson, both Brown’s case and the rallies):

Residents/Legislature/Other:

Instagram Accounts: (TW: Some of these accounts feature graphic video or images of Ferguson events)

Tumblr Accounts:

I’m sure I forgot a bunch but here’s a start. I’ll update it periodically and reblog. Some of it is compilations from a bunch of sources, some is original content. Disclaimer: I’m not vouching for any other content on any of these blogs/twitters/instagrams or any that may be posted after this list but as of right now, the information regarding Ferguson and discussions taking place about the rallies/police and Mike Brown’s death seems accurate.

if you want to be included on any of these lists, shoot me a message with your web-address and I’ll check it out

You will find everything I’ve posted under tagged/ferguson, tagged/police-brutality or tagged/michael-brown

updated and combined.