A look back at 2012

I’m delighted that, with every year that goes by, my gig schedule is more and more exciting. I’m looking forward to even more spectacular shows in 2013, but first, a look back at some of this year’s highlights…
January 22, 2012: In my first gig of 2012, Enoch Kent and the Flying Cloud Folk Club welcomed me onstage at the annual “Night that Robert Burns Would’ve Liked”. It seemed like a pretty unlikely scene for my songs, but somehow it all fit together, sharing the stage with Enoch, Ian Bell, and Rosemary Phelan and Jason LaPrade.
January 26, 2012: This was an extremely memorable and moving night as a whole, as the folk music community came together to support our dear friend Andy Frank, who was starting a fierce battle with colon cancer. David Newland graciously gave up his CD release date at Hugh’s Room for this all-star, jam-packed event, which was also streamed live at rootsmusic.ca. The roof was raised, indeed (and Andy kicked cancer’s ass!).
February 19, 2012: My first time on the Winterfolk stage in Toronto, sharing the Songwriters Unite! showcase with Ben Veneer, Frank Patrick, Blair Packham, and Russell Leon.
March 2 – 5, 2012: I went to Winter Folk Camp up in Haliburton, Ontario as an embedded reporter for Roots Music Canada. Besides writing this article, I took a songwriting class with Lynn Miles that changed how I think and write, and I learned that the world doesn’t end when I disconnect from my phone and internet for four days.
April 20, 2012: The big Toronto CD release for Skyline at Loft404. Gorgeous venue, packed room, tons of love.
June 16, 2012: Nothing like a free, street festival to ring in the summer! The weather was perfect at Roncy Rocks for this outdoor set. Lots of surprise familiar faces in the audience.
August 19, 2012: Exhilarating tweener spot on the Summerfolk main stage. Thanks, James Keelaghan!
September 2012: I spent September touring around southern Ontario. I developed a crush on beautiful Bayfield and their lovely town hall. Then Ian Foster and I cruised the 401 from Windsor to Ottawa and back, ending the month at a cosy house concert in Port Hope.
October 11 – 14, 2012: The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference meant lots of learning, laughing, listening, and music-making, while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. The members also elected me to the board, for which I am honoured. I led my first-ever music workshop for kids as part of the ArtBeat program.
November 10, 2012: I was selected as an official showcase artist at the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities conference. Levi Stephens, Patrick Dorie, Brett Caswell, and I shared an intimiate and dynamic song circle on the shores of Lake Simcoe.
November 20 – 23, 2012: An unforgettable week in St. John’s, NL where I sometimes played until 3am and where I could get a falafel at 4. Folk Night at The Ship Inn was a definite highlight. I was warmly welcomed by some of the kindest, most candid, and hilarious people I’ve ever met and capped off the trip with a climb up Cape Spear and fish ‘n’ chips in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.
November 27, 2012: My final gig of the year, before I took December off to sing in the “Tweet A Carol” program at Pearson Airport, and my first university show as a Partick Artist. Craig Cardiff and I hammed it up in Hamilton at McMaster’s Dinner and a Show.
2013 is already starting to take shape, with dates already booked in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Hope to see you out on the road and happy new year!

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