Ok, I'm kind of tardy in posting this but better late than never, as they say.....=:-)
Welcome to my September newsletter…thanks for joining us if you are new to the club and thanks for reading, if you are already committed member! J I’m full-on in school and suddenly my focus has shifted from being my own, independent-touring artist-songwriter-business-woman to all of that plus being a student! Waah….so many readings…so many big words! Never have I used a dictionary so much and still, it doesn’t always help.
That being said, it is very interesting and challenging and also inspiring to be around so many people who are doing fascinating and important research…I love it and I really enjoy being in school again. I also have purchased the necessary school supplies: a new laptop (because mine was so slow and just all around crappy), and a pair of totally water-proof panniers for my bike so that my new computer, books and clothes don’t get water-logged on my way to school during the west coast rainy season! J
Anyways, I hope you all an incredible summer and are back into the swing of things and pondering the nature of the impending autumn. The dying of the leaves on the trees, the harvesting of what is left of our garden and watching the birds and animals starting to prepare for the winter always reminds of that it is that time
of year for me when I begin to do some reflecting about the past year and consider what it is that I have to let go of in my life in order to continue moving forward and what I want to feed in my life that will provide me with sustenance. All good things to think about, I think.
In the meantime, I am still singing! Here are a few upcoming shows in between my classes at UBC:
Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013-7:30pm
The Songwriters Association of Canada presents:
BLUEBIRD NORTH - Where Writers Sing and Tell – hosted by Shari Ulrich
Featuring: Danny Davies, Reid Jamieson & Kate Reid
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Corner of Davie & Pacific St, Vancouver, BC
Tickets $15 at the door - discount at door for SAC members w/ card
Information (604) 224-6201
Friday, Sept. 20-7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
Fundraiser for Project Somos –hosted by Conni Smudge
Live entertainment, art for sale, silent auction!
(see website for info on this important cause: www.projectsomos.org)
St. James Community Hall-3214 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $20 at the door or email email@example.com for tickets.
Saturday, October 19-4:30pm
The Prairie Fairies Fowl Supper and Fundraiser-this is Vancouver’s biggest, hottest and gayest fundraiser put on by the Filmore Family Foundation: www.fillmorefamily.ca/fowl
Hellenic Community Centre-4500 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $60 in advance only (please see the above link for tickets)
Beneficiaries of the Filmore Family Foundation are: Camp Out (www.campout.ubc.ca), Out in Schools (www.outinschools.com), A Loving Spoonful (www.alovingspoonful.org) and McLaren Housing Society of BC, www.mclarenhousing.com.
Friday, November 22- Sunday, November 24 –all weekend
Provincial GSA Conference
Street address and more information TBA
In association with The Institute of Sexual Minorities and Services at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB (www. http://www.ismss.ualberta.ca)
I will be giving a keynote performance and facilitating workshops at this conference.
Queer Across Canada Musical-Education Kit:
I am nearly finished my first draft of the kit for classrooms and have an editor lined up who is actually one of my previous professors of a year-long women’s history course I took back in the 90’s at University of Victoria. Cameron Duder is a wonderful person and an incredible editor. Here is his website, in case you are looking to have some editing work done: www.cameronduderresearch.com.
The kit is coming together, with so the help of so many educators who I am indebted to for their input and feedback.
I had the wonderful chance to present the songs and the concept at the BC Teacher’s Federation Summer Conference this past August to a rousing and enthusiastic group of social justice teachers…what a joy! Many of them bought copies of the cd for their classrooms and asked if I would come and visit their schools…..it’s so cool to meet teachers who care about important social justice issues!
BC and Alberta Schools Bookings:
I have recently signed on with Kevin Bruce of Kevin Bruce Arts Management (KBAM). Kevin is a really cool guy who books artists into schools in BC and Alberta and he has a great roster: www.kbamonline.com. If you are interested in having me visit your school to give a performance and/or a workshop, please contact Kevin. Maike Engelbrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any schools beyond BC and Alberta.
Two words on Camp fYrefly this past summer in Saskatoon……inspiring and exuberant! If you or someone you know is a queer youth, encourage them to apply for this camp next summer. They take out-of-province youth (pardon the pun) and it is truly a life-altering experience for both the campers and the staff. (www.fyrefly.ualberta.ca).
Well, that’s it. The sun is now out and it wasn’t this morning so I am suddenly distracted and want to get away from my desk and outside to the blue sky!
Right now, I’m going downstairs to visit with some friends who are coming over for kaffee und kuchen, as my partner says in German…..coffee and cake, for those of you who don’t speak Duetsch.
Blue sky….I will see you in a little bit.
My best to you all out there. Keep on being brave and being your amazing selves!
Yours in music,