Hello Excellent Folk Fans: Well, it's been a while, people! How are you all? I hope you are well. I must say, I've been hibernating...and loving it. But, I am glad spring is here....time to start moving again. I can't wait to get in the garden but that will have to wait for another month because I am leaving for the Yukon this Thursday...more on that later. Let's jump in.... Whenever I doubt myself or think I should just "shut-up already" when I sing about being a lesbian and such related experiences, I am regularily reminded of the importance of what I do. Just today, I received an email from a youth who connected with me because he is struggling with being gay and is not out to his parents. I met him at a performance a while back and he emailed, asking to talk with me. Then, I was on YouTube a couple of hours ago when I came across all of these incredibly disturbing and idiotic anti-LGBT videos. As well, I am sure many of you have heard about Constance McMillen, the young woman in Mississippi whose highschool has cancelled their prom because she wants to attend with her girlfriend as her date and she wants to wear a tux. Her struggle continues. I get emails from people who find my music out there and thank me for doing what I am doing. I have connected with a very inspiring man I met at a festival last summer who does amazing work as the artist-in-residence at a George Vanier Secondary Highschool in Ontario. His name is Spencer Harrison and he combines art with LGBT awareness-raising and discussion. Check out this video-it is very moving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zdmcNrZ_KI. I know a teenaged girl who got in trouble for wearing a necktie (can you believe it??) on picture day...the photographer wouldn't take her picture. Needless to say, she got the support of her school administration and got her photo done. This cool girl has posters in her locker of of Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Libby Davies (East Van's NDP MP) and me! What a riot! Anyways, it always makes me think that the fight for visibility and acceptance is far from over. It is especially true for our youth who are struggling to find themselves amidst all the social pressures of school and family. There are two really great camps out there that I know of for LGBT youth: Camp FyreFly (http://www.fyrefly.ualberta.ca) and Camp Ten Oaks (http://www.tenoaksproject.org). Pass it on! I want to update you on my latest tour info and a couple of other things so if you're ready, here we go! I spent a week down in New Mexico at an incredible place called the New Mexico Women's Retreat. I stayed in an adobe casita (constructed by women) and spent the week writing and hiking in the 1,000 acres of desert. I came back to Vancouver with 7 new songs under my belt! For any women interested, here is the link: http://www.nmwomensretreat.com. Jae is the woman who manages the land and does the bookings for the retreat. Truly inspiring. My good friend, Tim Readman posted a video on YouTube and I am his back-up woman on guitar, harmonica and vocals. Tim's a mainstay on the Vancouver folk scene and has been involved with various bands and projects. He wrote a song called, "The Only Man with the Lesbians", a true story and a fun song about coming to one of my gigs here in Vancouver. If you want to see the vid, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtzN4h1Oir0. Shows, Tours and Festivals: Saturday, May 8th - Rhizome Cafe with Ottawa's Chris MacLean and Vancouver's Eirene Cloma Chris' album, "Feet Be Still" won two awards at the 2008 Ontario Council of Folk Festival Conference 317 East Broadway, Vancouver Tix at the door: $10-15 sliding scale Showtime: 8pm (Come early for dinner and a good seat!) Yukon Tour- Yes, the Yukon! I have been looking forward to this one for a while! I am doing a 11-date house concert circuit put on by a company out of Winnipeg called Home Routes. The tour will take me to Whitehorse, Dawson City, Watson Lake, Haines Junction, Teslin, Carmacks and Old Crow, a fly-in community north of Dawson City. The tour runs from April 10-23 so if you happen to know anyone up there who might enjoy my music, pass them Tim Osmond's email for ticket and show info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tim can also be reached at 1.866.925.6889 ext. 207. Ontario Tour- I will be doing some shows in Ontario tour in May-June. Here are the dates and venues so far (there are more details on my website, if you want more info): May 22-Carrigan Arms Burlington, ON May 25-ShishKabob Hut Peterborough, ON May 26-The Splice Restuarant and Lounge Peterborough, ON May 28-Lion's Hall (Women's Dance) Peterborough, ON June 25-London Music Club 470 Colbourne Street London, ON Festivals: I am performing at Edmonton Folk Music Festival (Edmonton, Alberta) this summer. The festival runs from August 5-8. Yahoo. I am performing at Islands Folk Festival (Duncan, British Columbia) this summer. The festival runs from July 23-25. Yahoo again. Get your PRIDE on, people! I'm performing at a few PRIDE festivals...big and small..so rad! As more details come in, I will post them on my website. For now, it is confirmed that I will be performing at the following: Campbell River PRIDE Walk Away From Homophobia Day Monday, May 17th, 5-8pm Spirit Square, Campbell River, BC Regina PRIDE Saturday, June 19 With Jeffery Straker Regina, SK Grey Bruce PRIDE Sunday, June 20th-2pm Harrison Park Picnic Shelter Owen Sound, ON Toronto PRIDE-Dyke Day Saturday, July 3-daytime event Prince George PRIDE July 6-8-various events Prince George, BC This is super cool...Penguin Eggs (Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine) voted me as their Favourite New Discovery of 2009. Linkage right here: http://www.penguineggs.ab.ca/peggs.php?page=albumoftheyear If you're into folk music, Penguin Eggs is a great mag. Here's the link to the latest issue: http://www.penguineggs.ab.ca/peggs.php?page=thisissue I also got another great review of my cd in HERizons magazine but damnit, I can't find the link. :-/ Thanks to Penni(editor) and Cindy (music reviewer)! For those of you who love social networking, yes, I'm on Facebook! I have a regular page, not a "fan" page, so if you are inclined, I post gigs and updates there regularly...so come and find me! I also am on Twitter...good grief...who comes up with these names? If you want to follow me there, feel free! Well, I think that's it for now. Thanks so much for sticking with me. I truly appreciate it. Keep on keeping on out there. Keep filling up your souls with fresh air, music and earth energy. Over and out, Katexo
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