Hello Good Folks and Folk Music Lovers: I hope all of you had a fun and relaxing holiday. I have some news I want to share with you that is darn exciting. It’s a bit lengthy-I hope in the rush of life, you can squeeze in a bit of reading time here. First, as you can see, I finally have a new website! Please feel free to send my any feedback in the guestbook or via email. And check out the "Links" page...there is some cool stuff there. Second, over the past several months, Sarah Estacaille, a high-energy videographer, has been working on a video for me that will include interview footage and live gig footage from the Gumboot Café on the Sunshine Coast. The five minute video is in the final stages of production and will be available for viewing soon on myspace, my website as well as on YouTube. So, stay tuned for that! Third, I am working with Sarah MacDougall (www.sarahmac.net) and Joanna Chapman-Smith (www.joannacs.com) at putting together a spring tour of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The tour will be called “Women in the Round”, just like the women’s performance night that I produce and host at Rhizome Café in Vancouver, BC. We are excited to be working together and will be going on the road in April 2008. We have booked a few dates so far.Check them out on myspace and my website. Fourth, as mentioned in my first blog, I am thrilled to announce that Canada Council has given me my first grant! I have received money to put towards my promotional tools. This rocks! Thanks so much, Canada Council! Fifth, I will be traveling to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2008 North American Folk Alliance February 20-24th to perform showcases with Desert Highway Records, a record company based in L.A and GoGirls, a company out of the USA dedicated to promoting women in music. I am really thrilled to be able to attend the Folk Alliance and spend some time in Memphis, too. So, I want to take this time to thank-you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have come out to my shows, fed me, given me a place to stay, given me your feedback and opinions and fan mail, let me use your cool photos on my sites, told me your stories and listened to mine, laughed at my jokes and supported me in whatever amazing ways you have. It has been so awesome to work with you, get to know you, see you at shows…all of it! I so appreciate your interest, support and energy. Your response to what I do helps to feed my passion and gives me a boost when things feel challenging. So, with gratitude in my heart: thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! I wish all of you the best for this New Year: health, love and happiness. ---Kate Reid
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