Hello awesome folks.....all the way from the USA: What a whirlwind tour with Evalyn Parry! Phew! We had a great time....lots of fun shows and audiences and beautiful towns along the way. The people hosting us were gracious and lovely. Evalyn and I had some great laughs and good times. Both of us were exhausted at the end of the tour. We were on the road for nearly a month...packing in gigs in the evening and some school workshops during the day. I did a few school gigs on my own as well and had the pleasure of doing a concert in a highschool in Lindsay, Ontario, where groups from two highschools came to be a part of the audience. Both highschools have GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances) with many queer and queer-allied youth. They were so inspiring, so fabulous and so radical! I filled me with amazement and hope for the next generation. I felt so much gratitude to be able to perform for them... I also facilitated two workshops in another school in Fenelon Falls, Ontario where we discussed how women are portrayed in pop music through lyrics and video. These students were amazing! The discussions we had were enlightening and interesting. I am stunned by how intelligent, aware and articulate youth are these days....certainly very different from how I was in school..I was smoking cigarettes in the smoking area (yeah, we had a smoke pit at our school!) and was not much of a critical thinker. So, it was truly a joy for me to work with youth in this way. So, I was home for 24 hours (loving the greenery and the scent of the gardens in bloom in Vancouver) before packing up the RV and heading down into the US for a wee tour. I am in a Starbuck's in Washington right now, using their wi-fi and sending you this newsletter. I will tell you that my lovely partner, Maike (who is with me for this tour) and I stopped in at the mall in Bellingham, Washinton, to pick her up a couple of pairs of new jeans. We were walking by a shoe store and I spotted these rad black Converse sneakers with red trim....so cool! Here is a synopsis of the conversation that ensued: Me: Honey, do you think I need another pair of Converse? Maike: I'm not answering that. That's a loaded question. :-):-) Here are the US tour dates...I'm looking forward to seeing y'all down here in America again: Thursday, May 12th, 2011-7pm The Conway Muse 18444 Spruce/Main Street Conway WA 98238 USA Admission: suggested donation $15 Call 360-445-3000 or 360-424-8182 for more information Friday, May 13th, 2011-7-9pm Bipartisan Café 7901 SE Stark Street Portland OR 97215 USA Admission: No Cover Charge Call 503-253-1051 for more information Saturday, May 14th, 2011-7pm HotFlash Dance 1707 SE 1114th Court Vancouver WA 98664 USA Admission: $8.00 Call Pauline Miriam-503-252-9333, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, May 18th, 2011-9pm Cozmic Pizza 199 w. 8th Avenue Eugene OR 97401 USA Admission: $8.00 Call 541-338-9333 for more information Thursday, May 19th, 2011-8pm Café Flo 365 E. 6th Street Chico CA 95928-5630 USA Admission: $10.00 Call 530-402-7121 for more information Friday, May 20th, 2011-7-9pm Backstage Lounge 1209 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95062 USA Admission: $10.00 - $15.00 Call 831-469-9900 Saturday, May 21st, 2011-8pm Viva La Vida OutDoor Amphitheater Amador County-Sierra Foothills Pioneer CA 95666 USA Price: $20.00 510-701-1813 for more information My 'Doin' it for The Chicks' Album is getting mixed this month....so exciting! It will be ready to go for my fall touring schedule. I can't wait for you to hear it! I think it kicks ass....just sayin'. :-) As for the family album (the one where I interviewed the kids, youth and adult children of LGBTQ parents): I have decided to work a little more on that album over the summer and winter months. I realized there were a few more songs that I wanted to write for that project. And, I realized that I was not ready to birth that project this year. I had a dream that told me that I still need to nuture this one a bit more before releasing it. So, I will release it in the spring of 2012. Come find me on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...I have uploaded a few new YouTube vids that you might enjoy. Thank-you for reading my newsletter. Hope all is well in your world. Have a fabulous spring! Be kind to yourselves....and enjoy. Katexo ps-I bought the Converse shoes. :-)
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