January News-2011...a whole new decade and year!

Hello Everyone out there: Here we are in a new year, new decade....wishing a happy and expansive 2011 to you all! I hope your year has got off to a rocking start. Admittedly, I do love those last couple of weeks in December...it was definitely awesome down-time. I even went snowboarding which I have only done once or twice since I moved to Vancouver...and it was so fun! Time off is groovy for the soul but it does make getting back to work somewhat of a transition, I must say. But, here I am, slammed in the middle of two major recording projects and loving it. There is so much to tell about the songs but I really should just save all that chat and just tell you that I am very proud of my new songs and thrilled with the production of both albums so far. I have been working with two awesome producers and a host of stellar musicians, too…such a cool thing that is! Here's an update for you on the progress of the albums: The family album which I am recording in Vancouver (well, Coquitlam, to be exact!) has ten songs recorded and we still have 2-4 left to record. I have to do harmonies and harmonica on a couple of tunes. Mel Watson (of the former all-women band from Australia, FRUIT) will be adding her brass and woodwind genius to a few songs. And, (this part rocks!), I'm putting together a choir of queer youth from Vancouver and the surrounding cities along with some of the children from my community to sing back-up harmonies on a few songs as well! There will be a surprise cover tune on this one as well that I couldn’t resist adding to the mix…that song title will remain a secret, though until the album’s release. For my other album, I am in the studio in Toronto as we speak and have been for almost two weeks, working full days to get this project cranked out, too. I think I told you a few of the family album titles in my last newsletter so here are a few of the titles from this album: Revolution, Captain Cupcake and the Cambie Hotel, Closet Femme, Crying Holy, Ain’t No Drama Queen, I’m Just Doing it for the Chicks, When I Was a Little Boy, My Baby’s in the Beer Tent Again and another surprise….a Zeppelin cover which shall also remain nameless until the release. We arranged it a little differently than ol’ Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did, though….our version is SO WAY better! If you want to be a part of these awesome recordings, here’s how: Opportunity #1 For a purchase of $1,000.00 you will receive: An autographed CD shipped to your door prior to the release date An autographed poster A Kate Reid t-shirt Two tickets to any show in 2011 in Canada/USA One of the new songs dedicated to you in the cd liner notes Opportunity #2 For a purchase of $2,000.00 you will receive: All of the above, plus: A YouTube home video of me performing your song for you. I will send you the link and post it on my YouTube page. Opportunity #3 –THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN PURCHASED…yaay! For a purchase of $3,000.00 you will receive: All of the above, plus: my autographed guitar that I performed with between 2005-2007 Remember, there are a limited number of songs so if you are inspired to be a part of this, all opportunities are on a first come, first served basis! Upcoming tours/shows: I have a few shows booked for the next couple of months. My full cd release tour and other dates will be confirmed as we get closer to spring. As well, you can always check my website or facebook for updates. Sunday, Jan. 30-8pm Café Montemartre-Thundering Word 4362 Main Street (at 28th) Vancouver, BC Tues. Feb. 8th -8pm Hugh’s Room 2261 Dundas Street, West Toronto, ON Saturday, February 12th-8pm The ARTery 9535 Jasper Ave, NW Edmonton AB 780.441.6966 / 780.441.6966 Thursday, February 24th-8pm Music in the Lake 309 South Shore Rd-Lower Centennial Hall Lake Cowichan, BC For info, email David Lowther: without_a_net@shaw.ca Saturday, February 26th-7:30pm Rhizome Café-Our Voices -An evening for Screaming Weenie Productions (screamingweenie.com) and Our Spaces (ourspaces.ca) 317 East Broadway Vancouver, BC Friday, Feb. 25-8pm House Concert Address TBA Sooke (Vancouver Island), BC For tix and info, email: shirley@mysticmeadows.ca Friday, March 4th-9pm Cafe Montemartre-with Tim Readman 4362 Main Street at 28th Vancouver, BC 604.874.8895 This show is ALL AGES. Wednesday, April 27th-8pm House Concert Address TBA Owen Sound, ON For tickets and info, email Joan Beecroft: jklbeec@bmts.com Friday, May 6th-8pm Pearl Company 16 Steven Street Hamilton, ON 905-524-0606 / 905-524-0606 Saturday, May 7th-8pm House Concert Address TBA Kingston, ON For tickets and info, email Pam Havery: phavery@hotmail.com That’s it for now, folks! I hope all is well in your respective worlds. I’m having a grand time! I keep you in my mind when I write: trying to make sure I say what I need to say for myself and also what needs to be said for others. Thank-you all for your tireless support and enthusiasm about my work. Without you, my life as a musician would not exist. Of that, I am fully aware. Over and out from the snowy, slushy city that is Toronto…. Love, Katexo

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