Looking Back on 100 Shows (part 1)

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It has been a crazy year!
From Toronto, to Charlottetown, to Vancouver and back again, I have traversed across turtle island, playing more than 100 shows- making new friends, seeing so much of this land I call home and sharing my music with all of you! 

Honestly, this is the scariest project I've ever undertaken. I left my day-job, and dove headfirst into music. I made a simple goal, play 100 shows across Canada and I documented my process.
I booked and performed 100 shows as an independent artist, charted on college radio throughout Canada and even got a significant chunk of airplay on CBC Radio 1. What I didn't expect, was all of the warmth and amazingness offered to me by my hosts, supporters and friends. What I didn't expect was to fall in love with touring, completely.  

This is 100% because of you and your support, and I don't say that lightly. Each person who has shared my music to a friend, come to a show, covered one of my songs or sent me a letter has contributed to this successful year. 

I played 100 shows in 9 provinces and 48 cities. 

In celebration of achieving my goal I want to share with you 100 things; about my year, my ups and downs, and all of my crazy adventures. Let me share my year with you. 


100 Things for 100 Shows - 2017 (part 1)

 

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In 2017 I filmed a music video for "I Found A Home" with director Cassandra Rudolph. The video is going to premiere in January 2018.

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My 100th show was a secret show. It was the premiere of "Easy V" a web series that featured my music.

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I also make a cameo in the yet-to-be-released series, making my appearance my very first IMDB acting credit. Yay! 

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My 50th show was a SOLD OUT show at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, Ontario. 

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This was also my only full band show of 2017.

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Out of my 100 shows in 2017, I played 23 of them in Toronto, ON.

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4 of my shows were in my hometown of Kenora, ON.

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The 10 cities I performed in the most (in order of most to least) are: 
- Toronto, ON
- Ottawa, ON
- Montreal, QB
- Kenora, ON
- Fredericton, NB
- St Jacobs, ON
- Uxbridge, ON
- Halifax, NS
- Moncton, NB
- Thunder Bay, ON

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Here are my 100 shows ranked by province:

Ontario: 69 shows

Quebec: 8 shows

Alberta: 7 shows

British Columbia: 5 shows

New Brunswick: 5 shows

Nova Scotia: 3 shows

Manitoba: 1 show

PEI: 1 show

Saskatchewan: 1 show

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I played 100 shows in 9 provinces and 48 cities. 

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This amazing photograph was taken by Cassandra Rudolph as part of her 10 Minute Session Series that I took part in this autumn.

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I performed 44 shows with Midnight Vesta. 
This photo was taken on my birthday at our show in Quebec City at Le Cercle. They even put us up in a fancy hotel called Hotel Pur. When we pulled our dirty tour van up to the valet, his face was priceless. 

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Speaking of,
this is our tour van. 
We named it Mort.

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I spent 1/3 of my year living in this van, with these boys.
This photo was taken on our first day in B.C. We hadn't seen a shower for over a week at this point. 

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I also played 10 shows with Rory Taillon across Ontario. 
This photo is of the concert we played together at Batstone's Northern Ramble- a converted church in Renfrew, ON. 

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Rory and I toured for a month together in 2016 when my album These Paper Wings was first released. His newest album Only Whispers was released Oct 15th 2017.

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I also spent over a month with Gillian Nicola on the road. Together we played 19 shows together across Southern Ontario. 

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In 2017 my album has been played on these radio stations:

- CBC Radio 1 (Toronto, ON)
- CBC Fresh Air (Toronto, ON)
- CBC Big City Small World (Toronto, ON)
-The Cornice Crow - CJLO (Montreal, QC)
- Trent Radio (Peterborough, ON)
- CKCU (Ottawa, ON)
- Just Us Folk (Brantford, ON)
- CHSM (Steinbach, MB)
- University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)
- CFMU (Hamilton, ON)
- Lakehead University Radio (Thunder Bay, ON)
- CFAM (Altona, MB)
- CJRB (Boissevain, MB)
- CHUO (Ottawa, ON)
- HNA Music (Hopewell, NS)
 
 

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One of my favourite shows was opening for Will Varley in Toronto. I got to wear this boss outfit from 1 800 HELL NO.
(Thanks for the photo Conor McSweeny!)

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This photo was taken in PEI. We arrived there with no place to stay and met our gracious hosts and new friends, Jake and Becky. One of my favourite things from this year, was all of the amazing people who let us stay in their homes, fed us and befriended us. I love knowing that I have people in every city to lean on, and to call up to hang out! 

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