My final gig in Montreal was playing in this lovely gazebo in Little Italy as part of the city wide extravaganza for the Grand Prix! A huge shout out to goes to my friend Cath.A.Strophic for hooking me up with a slot. Here are some photos!
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Last week I played in a secret loft in montreal, as it was a secret I can’t really give you many details, but I do have some photos to share with you! :)
Finally, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to my friend María for these beautiful photos and also for inviting me into her home and letting me share my music with her and her amazing friends!
I feel that if this post were only a few weeks late then I could apologise for not having written in a while. But as it’s over a year since my last post it’s probably going to be easier to catch everyone up than to apologise about it!
Over the last year I’ve been up to a myriad of exciting musical endeavours and I’m hoping that come 2015 I’ll have an album for you all.
Around June/July I was really lucky to meet Barry Walsh and Tasso Argyrakos while I was working next door to their tattoo studio, Ink City North. At the time they were organising lots of in-store events and after hearing me practice they asked if I wanted to play a few tunes at their next soirée. I jumped at the opportunity as I was growing weary of open mic night shenanigans, and so my first proper gig in Montreal was a show at Ink City North supporting reggae legend Vernon Maytone.
A huge and heartfelt thanks has to also go out to Facteur Malice for the stunning photos she took of me at the show, it’s been nice to have some photographic evidence of me playing solo! ;)
Around the time I met the boys at Ink City North, I also began saving my tips from work and taking some guitar lessons with Mr Tim Dobby. This really helped improve my confidence and it was lovely to have someone other than a YouTube tutorial to direct all my musical questions at! I’m really hoping that you’ll all be able to hear my playing in my upcoming recordings and we’ll agree that my time with Tim was money well spent! ;) You can also listen to Tim’s delightfully pretentious band, Lakes of Canada, by hitting their name.
Between October and Christmas, most of my time was eaten up with my guitar lessons and with work. I dabbled in comedy for a brief time but I managed to get caught in some drama that made the whole thing infinitely less appealing and I refocused on making music my full time gig. However, during my brief flirt with comedy we were lucky enough to make a few good friends, one of them being the talented Kate Connor. After going to support Kate when she performed at The Wiggle Room for their weekly variety show Voix de Ville, I asked producer/co-host/all round comedic individual Paul Ash for a slot on the next show.
Voix de Ville is a variety show with a “monarch of the mountain” element thrown in for fun! At each show, all the acts are competing for crowd votes in order to win the grand prize of $100 and the honour to return the following week to defend their title. Guys, I won 4 weeks in a row! I really can’t express what a confidence boost that whole Wiggle Room experience was but I had a blast and I met some super awesome people, including everybody’s favourite republican Kitty Vanderbuilt & artist Salgood Sam who drew this awesome sketch of me performing!
Still on a high from my run at The Wiggle Room I decided to pursue paid gigs more seriously in and around the city and to peace out open mics for a little while! The first of these was a slot at Bar de Courcelle, allbeit it was the middle of the Canadian winter and it wasn’t the busiest show I’ve ever played, it was a nice foot in the door and a nice reminder that I’ve still got it! ;) Since then I’ve had a couple of slots at Mad Hatters and I have more coming up later this month. (I’ll include a full list of upcoming shows in the side bar).
ALSO! I’m ashamed of myself for forgetting, Kayla and I got engaged on Christmas Eve, I suprised her with a beautiful ring made by Meshu which is essentially a map of where we met and all the places we went on our first date. I think she was suitably surprised and as it turned out she was also working on a surprise for me! I’m the proud owner of a Taylor 214-ce and he sounds beautiful and he looks nice and he’s full size. Perfect! If you’d like to see a video of Kayla surprising me you can click here.
Anyway, back to the chronological order of things! I’ve had a really exciting year, and I feel like I’ve managed to build a wee Canadian fanbase for myself. I was delighted with my recent placing in the Cult MTL - Best of Montreal readers poll this month which I feel also proves that I’ve been adopted as an honorary Montrealer by everyone here! ;) I couldn’t ask for a better result than coming 3rd place to Leonard Cohen!
I think that brings us up to date! A year is a long time though, and surely I’ve forgotten to mention some stuff/people along the way! If you feel that you’ve been overlooked lemme know and I’ll apologise profusely!
So I’ve been back in Canada for about 10 days now! I can’t believe that’s all, but it is!
I don’t have a band yet (so this post won’t be particularly musical) but I do have a job! Huzzah!
I’m working in Léché Desserts in St Henri. We’re a gourmet doughnut shop, and if you hit that link it’ll take you to the website. Alternatively, you can click here (for facebook) or here (for twitter) and show some support! For any of you who knew me through my teens you’ll know that I worked in a bakers, so this feels like familiar territory- only there aren’t any dinosaur cats and my uniform is hot pink instead of saltire blue! I genuinely am really enjoying my new job though, so if you could like or follow us (even if you’re from Scotland) that would be lovely!
I haven’t spent much time on my music this past week and a half… this is mostly because all my spare time has been devoted to sleeping and trying to learn French! I’ve enrolled in French classes, and I spend about 1o hours a week in a class with these Portuguese kids trying to scramble together enough french to communicate as I don’t have english to fall back on. I’m confident I’ll get there in the end, but it’s exceptionally draining and nerve wracking.
Although, admittedly, I haven’t had as much time to devote to my music as I would like, I have written a new song and broken past my writers block! I’m sure once I’m in a routine that I’ll find the time to record it and let you all hear.
All in all I’m happy to be back in Canada, and Montreal is feeling like a much friendlier city now that the snow has melted and my work permit is in my sticky paw! I’m also happy to be back home with Kayla, I missed her an indescribable amount when I was in Scotland – as many of you know and experienced first hand – and she has a fantastic new job as Film Editor for Cult Mtl (it’s a bit like The Skinny but in Montreal). You can read her debut articles here and keep an eye out for new stuff too!