It has been a busy last little while for me, plus a very snowy time. Finally winter is here in her full majesty!
Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day – a campaign in support of mental illness and aimed at ending the stigma that surrounds it.
By accident (or not so much), I joined that conversation by writing my last blog post about my father and both his and my struggle with mental health. The Rainnie Brothers at CBC Charlottetown took notice and I was on the radio this morning for an in depth conversation with Matt and I’ll be back in this evening for a chat with his big brother Bruce on Compass, PEI’s TV news program.
On top of that, I found out yesterday that I have been nominated for 2 Juno awards, Canada’s most prestigious music awards. Very exciting and I find myself in good company. Here are the categories I’m in and who I’m up against (because music is a competition!?!?)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
BAHAMAS IS AFIE – Bahamas Barchords*Universal
THE RAVEN’S SUN – Catherine MacLellan Independent
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
PRISM – Katy Perry Capitol*Universal
GLOBALIZATION – Pitbull Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA*Sony
COMPOSTELA – Jenn Grant Outside
DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic! Sony
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
They Promised You Mercy Amelia Curran Six Shooter*Universal
The Raven’s Sun Catherine MacLellan Independent
Prairieography Del Barber True North*eOne
The Old Silo James Hill Borealis*eOne
Weightless Matt Andersen True North*eOne
Needless to say, amazing folks and tough competition.
This sort of thing should always be decided in a wrestling match.
Last but not least, I should share with you my touring plans for February and March.
Heading west, I’ll be on the road with Chris starting in Winniped on the 4th of February, stopping in Saskatchewan and Alberta before heading to the Folk Alliance in Kansas City.
After that, we head East all the way across the pond and back into the loving arms of Germany and Netherlands.
Here are the dates:
Western Canada / Folk Alliance
Feb 4 2015 The Park Theatre Winnipeg MB
Feb 6 2015 The Bassment Saskatoon SK
Feb 8 2015 The Exchange Regina SK
Feb 10 2015 Communitea Canmore AB
Feb 11 2015 The Artery Edmonton AB
Feb 12 2015 The Ironwood Theatre Calgary AB
Feb 13,2015 The Jasper Legion Jasper AB
Feb 19 – 21 Folk Alliance Int’l Kansas City, MO
Germany / Netherlands:
Fri. 13 Mar. NL Borger – ROTR @ Van Slag
Sat. 14 Mar. DE Cadenberge – private event
Sun. 15 Mar. DE Norderstedt – Music Star
Mon. 16 Mar. DE Bremen – Moments Club
Thu. 19 Mar. DE Oberotterbach – Musikantebuckl
Fri. 20 Mar. DE Kaiserslautern – Irish House
Sat. 21 Mar. DE Dillenburg – Erbse
Sun. 22 Mar. DE Wetzlar – Café Vinyl
Mon. 23 Mar. DE Frankfurt – Tamagnini
Tue. 24 Mar. DE Solingen – Pub Tom Bombadil
Wed. 25 Mar. DE Dormagen – Café Seitenweise
Thu. 26 Mar. DE Mönchengladbach – Kult+Genuss
Fri. 27 Mar. DE Dortmund – Neumarktwohnzimmer
Sat. 28 Mar. NL Warfhuizen – Roodehaan
Sun. 29 Mar. NL Haarlem – De Waag
For more info please check out my dates here.