Looking Back on 100 Shows (part 2)
It is time for part 2 of my 100 things series. When I embarked on playing 100 shows, I hadn't expected that here I'd be in December, with a glass of homemade beer in my hand typing out my 100 favourite memories/facts. I hope in this instalment I can share a bit more about my challenges on the road, introduce you to some friends I've made and highlight some of the fun times I've had this year by taking you on a bit of a behind the scenes look at what my year of 100 shows was like.
100 Things for 100 Shows - 2017 (part 2)
This is a photo of myself & Midnight Vesta on our first day with the Mort van.
Here is a picture of us on one of our last days on the road.
Many of my best stories involve my over 48 shows touring with Midnight Vesta. We did an Ontario tour in February, an East Coast tour in May and a West Coast tour in August/ September.
This is a photo I took of them at a rest stop in Southern Ontario.
Here are the boys (from left to right); Peter Jarvis, Robert Patterson, Collin Carnegie & Nick Posthumus.
Something I learned from playing 100 shows on a DIY, tight budget tour, was that the more drinks I've consumed- the better I become at concert photography. Enter "Drunk Brooklyn Photography" as seen here in this hunky photo of Midnight Vesta's Peter Jarvis.
One of my favourite memories this year was meeting a baby goat when we spent a few days on a farm outside of Truro, NS. This goat was only one day old, and they named her "Brooklyn."
My secret goal this year was to see a wild whale. On the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria I saw TWO whales!
Of my 100 shows, 16 were at breweries.
Living in a van 101 - creative thinking leads to tiny comforts, like my personal vanity pictured here.
This year, physical copies of my LP were stocked at 5 stores in 4 cities including:
Vinyl Envy (Victoria)
Bluestreak Records (Peterborough)
Touring is rough. I mostly slept in a tent, in Walmart parking lots or in the van, while we were driving. Friends from all over the country pulled together and offered their homes and for that I am so appreciative for a nice warm bed to lay my head. Here is a selfie I took on the morning of the 2017 eclipse, waking up in my dear friend Emily's home in Vancouver, BC.
Sorry for the hipster plug here. But do you know that I have epic merch like these toques, designed by my friend Brad Pyne. This year, I updated my online store, so feel free to browse it. They're also available at my next 100 shows in person.
I always love performing at PLAN B in Moncton, NB.
When I was in the East Coast, I loved coming back to see my name on the wall alongside some of my best buds: Rory Taillon & Wild Rivers.
On our way to Nelson, BC we accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in Idaho. Border Patrol was not happy with us, but the story is hilarious. Ask me in person. It's better if I tell you in person.
I loved touring with Gillian Nicola in March. One weekend, we were lucky to be joined by Theo Posthumus on percussion. This gig was at Musiikki Cafe in Kingston, ON and we encouraged tips of any kind. The best tip came in the form of SEVEN coupons for free coffee.
One of my favourite activities was visiting local diners of wherever we happened to be that morning. All day breakfast soothes the weary traveller's soul. This place was called Pizzaville, but everybody ordered breakfast anyways. Except for Collin. Collin always ate spaghetti for breakfast.
This photo was taken in the same city as the diner pictured above - Sherbrooke, QC. We drank a literal case of beer that evening.
Shout out to Dan Hosh- who performed 14 shows with me this year, wrote songs with me, and produced my record (and upcoming single!)
Another shout out, to Aaron Corbett who slays on guitar and who is wearing the best shirt I have ever seen in my life!
Shout out to Nick Posthumus who played the MOST amount of shows this year, with me, with Midnight Vesta and with former post-rock band LUMA. He performed 37 shows with me.
This is a photo of our performance at Baba's Lounge in PEI.
This was my first year performing as part of the Folk Music Ontario Conference. I participated in 4 showcases, and took part in the Art Beat program that brought music to unconventional spaces in need. Here I am photobombing musicians Gillian Nicola, and Piper Hayes in the lobby.
Fernie was one of my favourite places to visit.
Our friend Courtney took us on a hike to a secret waterfall.
Here I am on said hike, communing with nature and stuff.
We also spent an afternoon playing Frolf (frisbee-golf) before our gig.
Here is a picture of me pretending not to hate playing Frolf.
When we hit the west coast, wild fire warnings were in full effect. On the night of our gig in Fernie, it started to rain for the first time in weeks. We were pumped, and told everyone that we had brought the rain- but then a lightning hit and three fires started in a forest nearby and we stopped telling people that story.
On tour, I also learned a magical life-hack from a stressed out mom in line at a McDonald's we stopped for lunch at. If you order anything over $5, they have to give you teeny tiny vanilla ice cream cones for 1 cent each if you ask them to.
This year I dipped my toes in both oceans.
And visited both the West coast and East Coast of Canada.
I was joined by such hilarious and amazing folks on my journey that made even the hard times feel light.
(ps. this is me on the beach in PEI)
Here is Nick and Peter on the East Coast.
This is Nick and Peter on the West Coast.
Here we are at 3AM after a show in Cape Breton, NS.
We signed the house guitar, which also bore Ron MacLean's signature.
Hence why our tour poster had a cartoon version of Ron driving our tour van. Despite everyone looking very 90's in this photo, I look like I've watched "The Ring" and am about to die in seven days.
Midway through the year, we for some 'unknown' reason came to the conclusion that "Django" from the major motion picture "Django Unchained" was our van theme song. After our gig in Lethbridge, AB we opened up all the doors to our van and danced to it in the middle of the street.
September also marked the one year anniversary of my album "These Paper Wings"
I performed at two festivals this year - The Fire & Water Music Festival in Manitoba and The Living Roots Music Festival in New Brunswick.
Here is a photo of us sound-checking at Fire & Water.
Fun fact: I actually will end this year having played 102 shows.
This year has been so amazing. I feel so happy to have been able to make this creative passion of mine a sustainable career, and to meet everyone that I have this year. All of you continue in your own ways to allow me to grow as an artist, to reach new goals and to become a better person. So much love to you.