Hello Everyone: Well, summer seems to be inching ever closer into fall and what a summer it has been! I hope this email all finds you well and enjoying yourselves out there. I will try and keep this brief, as lots of you know, I can be a woman of many words! :-) I suppose if I did these emails more often, they wouldn't end up being so freakin' long.... In this email, I have included and update on my summer, some exciting news and my fall tour dates. Summer update: This summer I had the amazing fortune to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Hillside Festival in Guelph. What an amazing time I had at these festivals…I can barely tell you! It was so cool for me to share the stage with some outstanding musicians: d’bi young, James Keelaghan, Eekwol, Basia Bulat, Women in Docs, Great Lake Swimmers, Dan Mangan, Bop Ensemble-including Bill Bourne…to name a few! At the Vancouver Island Music Fest, I became inspired to write a new song which I did. I finished it a week later at 1:30 in the morning, the night before my performance at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and a friend of mine convinced me to play it that night on the main stage, never having played it in front of an audience, certainly not thousands of people! But, not wanting to back down from a challenge, I thought, “What the hell? I have nothing to lose…right?” So, in light of this summer’s politics surrounding the first ever beer tent at the VFMF, I played “My Baby’s in the Beer Tent Again” to cheers and a rousing applause. It’s destined to become a festival classic!! ;-) Hillside Festival was no less exciting. I first discovered Hillside while attending University of Guelph, way back before I was even considering writing and singing music. Somewhere inside of me, I was yearing to be on the stages there. My show was a complete blast. The tent was packed and the audience embraced my music like they had known me for years. They gave me a raucous standing ovation…what a rush! All three festivals were the highlights of my year so far. Exciting News: My exciting news is that I got accepted to the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference this October in Ottawa for an official showcase! For those of you who don't know, OCFF brings together talent buyers, folk music industry people, festival artistic directors, campus and co-op radio show hosts, musicians and basically all things folk music for an annual weekend conference of workshops, musical showcases and networking. It's a 4-day folk music meat market/schmoozefest and it's a lot of fun! Official showcase attendees, such as myself, are selected from hundreds of applicants to perform for a half hour hoping to get our names and music out there to get more gigs...more work! So, I am very fortunate to have been selected and am thrilled to be able to see what possibilities are out there for me to spread the dyke folk love! Fall Tour: I have been very busy for the past several months booking my fall tour in support of my latest album, I'm Just Warming Up". Here are the dates below. I am still working on a few more dates but these are the dates so far. If you know somebody in any of the towns on the list who you think might enjoy my show, please don't hestitate to pass on this email...with huge thanks from me! There are more details about the shows on my websites. BC Saturday, Aug. 29th-The Black Box Theatre, Kelowna (Presented by the Kelown Women's Centre) BC ALBERTA Sunday, Aug. 30-Money Pennies, Calgary AB Wednesday, Sept. 2-Henotic Restuarant and Lounge, Lethbridge AB Thursday, Sept. 3-The Soda, Calgary (A Miscellaneous Youth Network Event) Friday, Sept. 4-Prism Bar and Grill, Edmonton AB Saturday, Sept. 5-Velvet Olive, Red Deer AB Monday, Sept. 7-Ironwood Stage and Grill, Calgary AB BC Wednesday, Sept. 9-Victoria Event Centre, Victoria BC Thursday, Sept. 10-The Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan BC Friday, Sept. 11-The Cambie, Nanaimo BC Saturday, Sept. 12-The Roxy Theatre, Gabriola Island BC Sunday, Sept. 13-The Lion's Hall, Saltspring Island BC ONTARIO and QUEBEC: Saturday, Sept. 19-Ohio Lesbian Fest-(www.ohiolba.org) Sunday, Sept. 20-Ohio Lesbian Fest-(www.ohiolba.org) Wednesday, Sept. 23-Big Mama's Boy, Toronto ON Thursday, Sept. 24-Slack's, Toronto ON Friday, Sept. 25-The Spill, Peterborough ON (A Peterborough Pride Event) Sunday, Sept. 27-Owen Sound Farmhouse concert (email me for tix, if interested) Saturday, Oct. 3-The Yellow Door, Montreal QE Friday, Oct. 9-The London Music Club, London ON Sunday, Oct. 11-The Tranzac, Toronto ON (with Evalyn Parry) Wednesday, Oct. 14-Amazing Coffee-Madoc ON Thurs, Oct. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 18-OCFF Conference, Ottawa ON Sunday, Oct. 18-Acoustic Grill, Picton ON Monday, Oct. 19-The Rainbow Bistro, Ottawa ON (with Sarah MacDougall and Ariana Gillis) Thursday, Oct. 22-The Red Canoe Cafe, Wilno ON Friday, Oct. 23-Amherst Island Lodge, Amherst Island ON (tentative) THE PRAIRIES Tuesday, Oct. 27-The Park Theatre, Winnipeg MN Thursday, Oct. 29-The GLCR, Regina SK BC: Wednesday, Nov. 4-Artspace, Prince George BC Friday, Nov. 6-Summerland Cherry Farmhouse concert, Summerland BC (email me for tix, if you are interested) Saturday, Nov. 7-The Hitching Post, Hedley BC (with Pascale Goodrich-Black) Tuesday, Nov. 10-Bluebird North at the Roundhouse, Vancouver BC (with Shari Ulrich and friends) Whew....that was a lot...even to type!! ;-] So, thanks for sticking with me and reading all of that. I appreciate your support in all the forms it arrives to me...thanks for keeping me going! I am taking the day off to go hiking in Garibaldi Park tomorrow...I can't wait to see some alpine splendor. I hope summer has been a fun-filled and relaxing time for you all. See you out there in the big world! Over and out, Katexo
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