October Newsletter 2015

Hi Everyone! 

How about that Super Moon, eh? That was pretty spectacular – I hope many of you got outside to witness that incredible event. I’ve been wrapping up my thesis  - all the “heavy-lifting” is done – now it’s just a few minor revisions and then I ship it off to my editor who will format it according to UBC standards and make it look like I actually have a good command of the English language. Then hopefully, I will get to defend that sucker by the end of this semester!

In the meantime, I am writing to share with you three cool things: the latest news about my new collaborative song-writing venture called Our Lives in Song; a workshop that my friend, Chelsey and I put on at a conference here in Vancouver recently; and the details of my upcoming (jam-packed) tour this month that will take me to Ontario and then down to New Mexico where I will be performing in classrooms for a week at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Our Lives in Song – www.ourlivesinsong.com :
Over the past two months, I worked with my very first client – a woman who lives in the southern USA – on a song that we have titled “Phoenix.” We did 4 songwriting sessions together over Skype, sent songwriting notes, lyrics and sound bytes back and forth and…we wrote ourselves a kickass ballad! It’s a song about how she is coming to terms with an identity that she has always had but never allowed herself to live, and how she is doing the work of rebirthing herself into this new life. We finished writing it a couple of weeks ago and I recorded it in the studio last week with my band. Now, we are putting the finishing touches on the mix. While I was recording it, I sent my client photos and video clips of our process in the studio (since she couldn’t be there in person). It’s going to sound amazing and I can’t wait to hear the final version. I will be adding the lyrics and mp3 of “Phoenix” to the Our Lives in Song website soon, so stay tuned! If you want to check out this new website and the two different collaborative song-writing options I offer, please go to www.ourlivesinsong.com. Please feel free to share this with people who you think might be interested in working on a song with me. It’s kind of an awesome thing, if I do say so myself (insert smiley face).

Breast Cancer Pink workshop:
Back at the beginning of September, my friend Dr. Chelsey Hauge and I presented a workshop at the BOLD Conference in Vancouver. Chelsey is my friend with whom I wrote the song “Breast Cancer Pink”  - http://www.katereid.net/new_singles1/ - (she is still working on editing the “Breast Cancer Pink” music video and is getting close to being finished). For BOLD participants, she and I put together a 2 hour workshop about how we met, why we wanted to write the song, how we wrote it and why we think it’s important to challenge the commercialized nature of breast cancer and the normative “pink” breast cancer narratives that abound in our society. Our workshop was a resounding success with lots of participants in attendance who were very interested in our artistic process around writing the song, and who also shared some of their own heartfelt stories and thoughts about their own experiences with breast cancer. If you can think of anyone or any institution – ie. hospital, academic institution, health care provider – that might benefit from our workshop, please email me (kate@katereid.net) and let me know. Also, since it is October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – it might be a good time to check out the documentary: Pink Ribbons Inc., if you haven’t seen it yet. I guarantee it will make you think differently about pink ribbons!


October 2015 Tour:
Finally…my upcoming tour! In case you would like to come to a performance in your area, the details are below. I have “bolded” the venues that are open to the public. It’s been two years since I’ve done a tour like this (since I began grad school) so I am really looking forward to it. I hope to see your friendly faces out there!

Thank you so much for reading my newsletter. I hope you are all well in your lives and following your hearts. I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday about the challenges of speaking our truths, even if it might be difficult for others to hear. I was reminded once again of the words of poet and scholar, Audre Lorde, from her essay, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (1984): “What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? … We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.” It is a difficult thing to speak one’s truths: some of our truths might be small truths and others might be so large that the line we walk between speaking them or not makes us feel precarious. I make daily deals with myself to speak my truths. How about you?
Yours in music,

Tuesday, Oct. 13th
Ginger Press
848 2nd Ave. E.
Owen Sound, ON
Doors: 6:30pm/show: 7-9pm
$10/students $15-20/adults
Acoustic, intimate show - limited seating!
For tickets and info, contact Joan - jklbeec@bmts.com.

Wednesday, October 14th
Durham Alternative Secondary School
Durham District School Board
Performance and Q&A for the students of DASS

Wednesday, October 14th
The Pearl Company
16 Steven St.
Hamilton, ON
Doors: 7pm/show 7:30-9:30pm
$15/students, $20/adults – tickets at the door
For tickets and info, call 905-524-0606 or email Barbara - barbaramilne@cogeco.ca
The Pearl Company has incredible ambience and one of the best sounding rooms in southern Ontario! 

Thursday, October 15th
Georgetown District High School
Halton Hills District School Board, ON
Workshop/performance for students and staff at GDHS.

Thursday, October 15th
House Concert – Lori Herteis
Guelph, ON
Doors: 6pm/show: 7-9pm
For tickets, address and info, email Lori - lori.herteis@rogers.com

Friday, October 16th
St. Francis Centre – in conjunction with Ajax Youth Centre
78 Church St., S.
Ajax, ON
1-2:30pm – training workshop for Durham Regional Police Force
4:30-6pm – writing workshop for youth (open to the public)
6:45-8:30pm – public concert
For tickets and info about the concert and youth workshop, please contact Amy at amyn@theyouthcentre.ca

Saturday, October 17th
House Concert – Kim and Nancie
Prince Edward County
Doors: 6:30pm/7pm
$20/person (includes wine and desserts)
For tickets and info, email: Kim – kimcharlebois@hotmail.com

Monday, October 19th
Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Limestone District School Board
Kingston, ON
Performance for students and staff of KCVI

Monday, October 19th
Limestone School of Community Education
Limestone District School Board
Kingston, ON
Performance for students and staff of KCVI

Tuesday, October 20th
Craig Kielburger Secondary School – Milton, ON
Halton Hills District School Board, ON
Two performances for the students and staff of CKSS

Wednesday, October 21st
House Concert
South Etobicoke, ON
This is event is invite-only.

Thursday, October 22nd
Rainbow Youth Forum
Upper Canada District School Board
Kemptville, ON
Keynote and workshop for Rainbow Forum Youth.

Thursday, October 22nd
The Love For All Ball
The Venue
286 George St., N.
Peterborough, ON
Doors: 7:30pm/show: 8pm
$15/students+unwaged, $30/adults
Opening address and performance.

Friday, October 23rd
House Concert – Deb and Donna
Russell, ON
Doors: 7pm/ show: 7:30pm
For tickets and info, email Deb  - doodlegirl100@gmail.com

Monday, October 25-29th
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kate will be giving workshops all week at SFUAD. 
For more info, contact Corine.Frankland@santafeuniversity.edu




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