Welcome to the November edition of my newsletter. I'm sitting in the kitchen where I live on Bowen Island, BC, looking out the window to the pouring rain and the giant Cedar tree in our backyard. It's been raining pretty solid for I think about three weeks....aaahh, autumn (and then winter and spring!) on the west coast.
Anyways, on to the music....ha!
Queer Across Canada update:
I've been home on Bowen since mid-September, working in the studio on my upcoming album, Queer Across Canada (a collection of 17 songs for LGBTQ families (it was supposed to be 18 songs because I have a weird, obsessive thing about having an even number of songs on my albums, but I decided to remove one song because I didn't like the lyrics and I didn't want to mess around with re-writing. So, I got over my little odd/even hang-up and we're going with 17!).Well, I can hardly believe it! I conceptualized this album in the summer of 2009 while I was performing at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Because of a couple of encounters I had had with people and subsequent discussions, I realized that it was time to compose an album dedicated entirely to the challenges and joys that LGBTQ families face. So, I starting interviewing families that summer and then began the process of writing and composing the songs based on the stories I had gathered and Queer Across Canada was born.
Then, this year, it became an even bigger project when another idea came to me: to design an educational kit to accompany the songs. As it stands now, I am currently designing the kit but the recording, mixing and mastering of the album is complete! Wow....17 songs is a lot of work! But I did it, with the help of so many amazing musicians, a dedicated, organized and talented producer by the name of Adam Popowitz (he was producer and recording engineer for my second album, I'm Just Warming Up) and many supportive people who donated money to help make this recording possible...thank-you all for your incredible generosity....phew! My talented sister, Amy Reid is currently working on the artwork for the project and my art director, the stellar Bronwin Parks of Feisty Design is standing by, ready to create the design and layout for the album and the educational kit.
You have helped us get this far with this project and we can still use your help to complete the design/layout and duplication/manufacturing costs of the cds and the kit! I vastly appreciate each and every donation made towards this project so if you feel like you could help in some way, here is the link to the page of my site where you can check out the different donation options for Queer Across Canada: www.katereid.net/shop A huge thank-you in advance for your generosity!
Upcoming performances and workshops:
Sunday, November 11, 5-8pmRailway Club – Rock The Mic
(Vancouver's Only Open Mic for Women)
579 Dunsmuir St.
Wednesday, November 21-Thursday, November 22
Limestone District School Board – Inverary/Kingston + area, Ontario
I will be performing concert-like workshops for students at the secondary level.
Friday, November 23 – 8pm
The Pearl Company
16 Steven St.
Saturday, November 24 – 7:30pm
Full Circle Theatre
26 Craig St.Perth,
OntarioTickets $22.26 (incl. taxes) at Shadowfax:1.800.518.2729
Monday, November 26-Friday, November 30, + Monday, December 3-4
Trillium Lakelands District School Board – Kawarthas/Muskokas, Ontario
I will be facilitating workshops for students and GSA (gay-straight alliance) members, providing training for educators on how to support LGBTQ students and families in the school system and performing concerts throughout the district during this week and a half.
For info on the workshops I facilitate for students and teachers, please check out my website for the brochure: www.katereid.net/schools. To check out my full calendar, go to: www.katereid.net/calendar.
A documentary about my music:
A passionate, dedicated and all around lovely woman named Carla Sinclair is spearheading a film project about my music: she is filming a documentary about my music and the impact and importance it has had in people's lives. I met Carla back in Nelson in 2004 and she conceptualized the idea for this film a few years ago and is now putting the project together. She is looking for people who would be interested in being interviewed for the documentary about how my music has affected their lives. If you have something you would like to share for this film, please email Carla at: email@example.com.
Thank-you for reading my newsletter. Please pass on my performance information to your friends, family. I wish you all a grand autumn and hopefully, I will see you soon!
Yours in music,