Had sooooo much fun in Calgary!! I’m in a little bit of withdrawal, actually. The festival was run so smoothly, it was a pleasure to be taken care of and listened to, so intensively. I’m seeing Calgary in such a new light now.
A BIG THANK YOU to artistic director, Kerry Clarke for including me and my band in the festival. And to all of the volunteers — Mel, Sarah, Amy, Roberta, Jim, Stephen, Lisa, Melissa, and the many more ladies and gentlemen (whom I can’t remember your names, but am still sooo thankful for all of your hard work, dedication, and efficiency). Here are some great music moments:
- hanging with one of my fave Canadian bands and my friends in Royal Canoe from Winnipeg (they ALWAYS bring me joy!)
- catching the much talked about Australian band, The Cat Empire in a workshop — the collaboration was incredible nonetheless! The lead singer’s vocal and trumpet abilities were wicked! And while I missed their actual show, because I was getting massaged backstage from the wonderful volunteer masseuse’s, I could hear what they were creating on the mainstage.
- did a little impromptu dance onstage with from Romania at the Day 1 hotel after party.
- did a spontaneous photo shoot with Ike & Betse of The Wilders from Kansas City and had lovely extensive conversation with Nate, from the same band.
- shared our first time seeing Thievery Corporation with Anthony Joseph & The Spasm from the UK (plus catching them tear down the stage with what I would call an afrobeat meets spoken word/Trini stylings…WIKKKKED!!)
- fell in love with Herve - the KILLER Parisian guitarist in Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa (this man captivated all of us with his versatility with all music styles AND he was doing it on a distorted acousitc guitar…SO SICK!!)
- sat on the lovely Richard Flohil’s talk panel beside the super awesomely sweet and talented Gordon Grdina from Vancouver,
- a little reunion with Garland Jefferys (whom we met when we were in Ottawa)
- hanging with Roger Travassos (normally he rolls with us) who has been playing with Danny Michel & The Garifuna Collective
- The first of two workshops “Black Snake Moan” with The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (who I’m looking forward to playing with in Australia), Leela Gilday (I sang backgrounds on her very first single and hadn’t seen her since then!) and Blind Boy Paxton (we met briefly at breakfast that morning, ended up creating a torrid love affair onstage)
- The second workshop “All Rebel Rockers” with Samantha Martin & The Haggard (fellow bluesy rocker from Toronto who I met, in Toronto, while doing a cover of Salt N Pepa’s “Whatta Man” — she did the rap and pulled out another Salt N Pepa rap from “Shoop” for the workshop), Nomadic Massive (firestarting Montreal hip hop band who’s energy was infectious to be consumed in) and Camillo from Mexican Institute of Sound (quietly interjecting his electronic beats from his little portable “beat” box and every once in a while offering his Spanish rap over funky beats)
- met the crazy, beautiful and wonderfully eclectic Mary Margaret O’Hara with her sister Maureen
- ran into Common backstage (random…but apparently he films television series “Hell On Wheels” in Calgary)
Needless to say I’m quite content. This was the best festival of my life, so far.