How are you all doing? I hope you are well! A big, lovin' welcome to all of you who signed up at my recent shows to be a part of my newsletter club....WELCOME and thank-you! :-) I am at home on Bowen Island, just off the coast of West Vancouver. The fire is going in the woodstove and it's raining outside (as usual!) and I'm happy to be home for a couple of days before shoving off again for shows in Alberta and BC.
As most of you know, I've been touring my latest release, "Doing it for the Chicks". I had some great shows in Ontario and the East Coast with some superfun audiences: Kitchener, Hamilton, Oshawa, Belleville, Kingston, Peterborough, London, Toronto, Woodstock, Saint John and Halifax...thank-you to all of you who came out! It was great to see your smiling faces. One show in Toronto turned out to be a bust...well, there were only 8 people at the show, 4 of which were on the guest list....aak! So, I got creative: we cancelled the show and invited everyone back to my friends' place (Thanks so much, Bronwin and Jaigris!!) and we did a house concert there. It turned out to be a fun night after all. Sometimes in this business, I just have to be uber-flexible! And, a big shout-out to Emmett Brown and Betty Riches for buying me the coolest, reddest bow-tie ever from Honest Ed’s in Toronto….thanks for being my personal stylists! :-)
Here is some KR news for you.
Alberta and BC shows:
I have a special place in my heart for Alberta! Here is a link to the calendar page of my website where you can find the deets for my upcoming shows: http://www.katereid.net/calendar.
CKUA-Folk Routes with Tom Coxworth:
And, I love Tom Coxworth....well, not love-love but you know what I mean. ;-) He invited me to co-host his awesome folk show, Folk Routes, on Alberta's coolest radio station ever, CKUA. A personal, little CKUA story from yours truly: back in 2003, before I was a working musician, I rented an old log cabin for year way up a logging road just outside of a weird, tiny town called Ymir, 40 minutes outside of Nelson, BC in the Kootenays. I was taking a year off of teaching and was contemplating the terrifying possibility of starting a career in music. I was completely overwhelmed (and at times, immobilized) with the prospect of beginning in the music business...what do I do...where the hell do I start? I was also broke and didn't have a real stereo-all I had was a little radio with an antenna that I could get a very limited number of stations on...and a lot of crackling radio fuzz. And for some reason, it picked up this great station called CKUA, all the way from Alberta. I felt like I had discovered gold! I could listen to really great music on the Folk Routes show in my wee cabin out in the woods! So, to be able to sit in with Tom and co-host the show with him that he has been doing since 1998, is just too cool for me! If only I had known back then in 2003 that I was going to be getting airplay on his show and also co-hosting with him.....
Here is the link to Tom's page on the CKUA website, in case you want to stream it live and join us for Folk Routes this Sunday, November 20th at 10am-12pm (Mountain Time):
YouTube + Tour V-Blogs:
A friend of mine...thanks again, Bronwin (who designed the "Chicks" album cover: www.bronwinparks.com) suggested that I "vlog" my tour so that people could see some of my life on the road. So, I started posting some vids on YouTube that I made on my phone. I ran into a glitch after about 4 v-blogs and now I can't upload the last two that I have done. I'm still trying to figure it out (I'm so not a techhead). But, in the meantime, here is the link to my YouTube page with the first 4 vids. Hopefully, I will be able to post some new vlogs from my Alberta and BC shows...enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/user/KateReidMusic
Doing it for the Chicks-press reviews:
Ok. Some people get it and some people...well, they don't. Here are three press reviews that "Doing it for the Chicks" has received lately. I especially like Jeffery Morgan's Media Black-Out...this guy is just a riot...kind of pervy but so funny! And then, there's the guy from The Gauntlet (The University Calgary Student Newspaper)....oh dear....he seems to have missed the lecture on "tongue-in-cheek", "parody", and "sexism and objectification of women and lesbians in pop culture"..... ;-)
Merch (it's what cool people in the music biz call "merchandise"...now you know the lingo and you, too, can be cool!):
You can purchase my merch (all three albums and tshirts) off my website: www.katereid.net/shop.
You can also buy all three of my albums from CDBaby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/katereid4.
and on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/doing-it-for-the-chicks/id474064710.
Album for Queer Youth and LGBTQ Families:
For those of you who have been asking....yes! Now that "Doing it for the Chicks" has been released, I am back to working on my album for queer youth and LGBTQ families. I have 14 songs written and partially recorded. If you want to particiate in helping this album get recorded and released, I will be looking for sponsors in the next few months so stay tuned! I feel like this is an important project, especially with the continued homophobic bullying that is happening in our schools to kids and youth who are queer and who have LGBTQ parents. To accompany the album, I am putting together a booklet of activities that teachers can use in the classroom to facilitate awareness and acceptance of diversity.
And finally, attention all YOUTH out there on my email list! In case you haven't heard of it, Camp fYreFly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth. It's happening July 26-29, 2012 in Alberta. Their applications for Camper + Youth Leader are not up yet on their website but I just wanted you to have to link in case you feel inspired to apply and be a part of this really radical retreat....keep checking back for application deadlines...this retreat is an amazing way to connect with other LGBTQ youth and adults across Canada.(They will also be posting applications for Adult Volunteers and Workshop Presenters too, so stay tuned!)Here is the link the Camp fYreFly website: http://www.fyrefly.ualberta.ca.
That's all for now! I hope to see some of you (many of you!) at my Alberta and BC shows in the next few weeks. Thank-you so much for reading my newsletter. Here's hoping you all have joy and kick-ass passion in your hearts!