Welcome to the end of summer edition of my newsletter. Thanks for tuning in here! Thanks to those of you who have just signed up and of course, thanks to those of you who have been long-time supporters of my work.
It’s Saturday morning as I draft this. I’m sitting on the beach near my house and it’s a beautiful morning here: the sun is out, the sky is blue and the tide is in, and there is a fisher wearing hip waders, putting out his smelt nets and then sitting on his white buckets, waiting for a good catch. Sometimes, I get lucky and notice a seal or two pop their shiny heads up above the water, as they try to steal fish from the nets, of course, the fishers don’t like this so much! I feel amazingly privileged to be able to enjoy the scenery of the ocean and the surrounding mountains in the morning. This afternoon, I will be engaging in my other passion, hiking. A couple of friends and I are doing a half-day hike in the north shore mountains. Fall is one of my favourite times to hike because there are less people out there, there are no bugs (not that we get a lot of bugs here on the coast), there is something a little different about the sunlight and the way it lands on the trees, and the forest seems a little quieter as autumn begins to set in.
Before I get to my musical adventures, I want to tell you a bit about what’s been happening in my personal life. It’s been a challenging summer. As some of you know, I have been co-parenting part-time with my partner Maike for the over the past 6 and a half years. Maike has two children, Ben and Jessie, with her then-wife, Janice. Janice passed away this summer after being ill with breast cancer for several years. It has been a long and difficult journey for Maike and I in navigating everything that comes with dealing with the impending death of the kids’ other mom, and most certainly, it has been a long and challenging journey for Ben and Jessie. Now, we must all transition into fulltime family life at our house. At times, it has felt so challenging that Maike and I weren’t sure how it would all unfold, and we still don’t know the answer to this. But we do know that Ben and Jessie are turning into incredible, fun, smart, caring and engaged children before our eyes and, besides all the challenges that come with parenting, that is a pleasure to behold. One of my challenges, well admittedly, one of my fears, is that I will lose myself in family life and parenting and not be able to carve out time for the things I want and need to do, like songwriting, recording, hiking and simply, being alone. But I just remind myself over and over that I can balance these things out and that carving out time for one’s own soul time is a daily practice, and it is a choice. And in the midst of all of that, Maike and I strive to continue communicating and endeavor to raise open-hearted, feminist, creative, active, caring children. No small feat in these trying times! Maike has been doing an incredible job supporting Ben and Jessie in this transition, and in fact, she rented a farmhouse just outside of Tonning, a small town in northern Germany and they are on a two-week trip there right now, visiting friends and family.
On to musical adventures!
Here are the upcoming shows I have:
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
The Artery-doors at 7:30pm/show at 8:30pm
9535 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB
Price: $12/advance, $15/door, $10/youth (18 yrs. & under)
Tickets can be purchased at: http://yeglive.ca/events/kate-reid/oct-23-2014/artery. Tickets will also be available for purchase through the yeglive.ca automated ticketing kiosk(s) located at: Pawn Shop, 10551 Whyte Ave, Edmonton. This is an ALL-AGES show.
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Silvertip Pavilion-7pm doors/8pm show
2000 Silvertip Trail, Canmore, AB
With Cori Brewster, Amy Bishop and Myriam Webster. This is fundraiser put on by the Canmore Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary and the evening includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, 50/50 draw, plus grand prize draw for 5 nights in Waikiki, Hawaii! Tickets available at Café Books or call Terri Harrison at 403.678.7691
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Living Spirit United Church-1:30pm – early afternoon show!
629 49 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Price: $20 at the door
This is an ALL-AGES show! Opening set by local singer-songwriter, Mason Jenkins.
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Ontario Contact Conference – Keynote
Best Western Hotel, 924 King St., Midland, Ontario
I will be doing the keynote for this annual conference, which brings together people working in the touring performing arts sector. The conference runs from November 6-8th 2014. For registered delegates only. See www.ontariocontact.ca for more information.
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Ginger Press Bookstore-doors at 7:00pm/show at 7:30pm
848 2nd Ave E., Owen Sound, ON
Price: $15 at the door
Come and join me for an intimate, acoustic (no sound system) performance at this lovely bookstore in Owen Sound! This is an ALL-AGES show.
Heal Myself – The Documentary
Back in June, Carla Sinclair and her gangbusters team at Empty Cup Media ran a private screening for funders of Heal Myself, a full-length feature documentary film about the power of art to heal, which features a soundtrack of my music, and stories from both of our lives: www.healmyself.ca . The evening was a grand success and now Carla is working on the final edits for the film, based on feedback she solicited from members of the audience. She aims to have the film all ready to go for the 2015 film festival and touring season so stay tuned for upcoming dates of Heal Myself at a film festival or in a town near you. In the meantime, check out their website to see some of the great work they do! www.emptycupmedia.ca
Camp fYrefly, Calgary 2014 – A new song called “fYreflies”!
It was yet another incredible joy to have been invited back for the third time in a row as the Artist-in-Residence for Camp fYrefly, which a leadership camp for queer youth and allies. What an amazing life experience it is to be at a camp that values creativity, resilience, exuberance, and self-determination of gender and sexual identity! I simply love being a part of the Camp fYrefly community. One of the campers, whom I knew from a previous camp, approached me and asked if I would like to write a song together. I was thrilled and so we sat down and hammered out a song called “fYreflies”: he performs the verses as spoken word and I sing the chorus and play guitar. We subsequently performed “fYreflies” for the open mic and it was a total hit! Then, the camp’s co-founder, Dr. Kris Wells offered to pay for the recording of the song. So, I organized studio time and the camp flew my young co-writing partner to Vancouver from Calgary to spend a weekend with us in the studio. Adam Popowitz (our producer) and I are just putting the finishing touches on the song. We will be giving it to Camp fYrefly so they can put it on their website and distribute a copy to all campers and volunteers. It will also be available on iTunes in a few weeks or so. If you want to see the first performances of “fYreflies”, find me on Facebook and check it out. It was posted around mid-July.
Well, that’s it from here. It’s currently Sunday as I finish drafting this newsletter, yes, it sometimes takes me a while to finish these things! And I will be sending this out this coming Wednesday. Yesterday, I did an awesome day hike up Mount Seymour with some friends of mine. Next weekend, we plan to head up to Joffre Lakes, north of Whistler/Pemberton for an overnight hike, which I am excited about…fall hiking is amazing. In the meantime, please pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested in coming to my Alberta shows. Thanks for taking the time to read my update!
I hope you all have a lovely transition into autumn this coming weekend.
Yours in music,