The ground swells, the trees loosen, the stones push their stubborn foreheads up through the yellow grass. The birds eat salt-stained debris from the streets. The snow crawls back to where it came from. Spring.
One of my favourite projects happens each Spring: Music Shapes New Glasgow Concert Series. It’s when I get to go behind the curtain and help organize a great concert series of musicians I love. And this year, I get to play too!
Opening for (the amazing) Amelia Curran
April 5th – 8pm at the Celtic Circle Performing Arts Centre
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Tickets: $20 + fees. Get tickets here
East Coast Music Week 2013 hits Halifax March 6th-10th. All the madness of hundreds of musicians and delegates will descend on the city. I’m ready as I’ll ever be. Are you?
I’ve got a full schedule of showcasing and business to keep me out of trouble all week. But I highly recommend you get in as much trouble as possible: see as many shows as you can, meet as many new friends as you can, dance a few jigs, and have a Scotch or two for me while you’re at it.
What: Roland Canada Pop Up Stage w/ Kim Wempe
When: Wednesday March 6th @ 12pm-1pm
Where: Loft Furniture, Historic Properties
Hot tip: Come and snap a photo of this set and Roland Canada gives you a chance to win to VIP passes to the ECMA’s!
What: ECMA Roots Room Showcase ft. Colin Grant & Darren McMullen
When: Thursday March 7th @ 10:10pm-10:30pm
Where: Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room
Get your tickets here: http://www.ecma.com/ecmw/tickets
What: ECMA Two for the Show Buyers Showcase
When: Friday March 8th @ 10:36am-10:44am
Where: Delta Halifax (Private Buyers Showcase)
What: Songwriters Circle w/ Keith Mullins & Jason MacDonald
When: Saturday March 9th @ 5:15pm-6:45pm
Where: Rockbottom Brewery on Spring Garden Rd
See you at the party, people!
We’ve made it into Round 2 of the CBC Searchlight Contest! You can keep voting daily until Sunday March 3rd! Just click here and VOTE for “The Only One” by Kim Wempe. Thanks for all the support so far!
CBC is searching for the best new artist in Canada. That’s fun. My friend and touring partner Kim Wempe has entered our co-written song “The Only One” into the contest. She recorded it on her new album ‘Coalition’ which is coming out this spring.
Want to hear the song? Click here and scroll about halfway down to find it. If you like it, please click VOTE. We’d sure appreciate the support.
Thanks so much!
p.s. Want to hear more of Kim’s new record and preorder it? Head over to kimwempe.com
It’s no secret there is life under the snow. Sleeping life. My songs are like that. They quiet, they lay down, they let go the wild bustle of touring season and rest a while. And I welcome it.
I’m off the road for most of the winter working on new demos, preparing for an Official Showcase at the 2013 East Coast Music Awards in March, and of course, my winter writing project. Be sure to join my e-list to be part of the winter writing project (it’s still a secret!) by adding your email in little box on the top right corner of this page. I look forward to sharing it with you.
Snuggle up, tuck in, put on your mittens, and enjoy your winter. I’ll be seeing you soon…
You can’t read a town by its façade. In some ways they all look the same, especially these days. From the highway, every town is just a Walmart, a MacDonald’s, and a PetroCan.
But St. Catherines surprised me. I liked it at first: a little shabby, a little faded, but quaint with an obvious arts presence and one good coffeeshop on the main street (which is really all I require from any place: a room to write and think and drink in).
We arrived at the Mahtey Café in St. Catherines early that day and settled in behind our laptops, our teas, and our organic treats. I set up my typewriter on a sunny bar-style countertop against the window the spied on the fist few contributors.
“What kind of creature are you?” I thought. “The kind who types or the kind who passes by?” I can never tell.
The world is full of creatures. Animals. Beasts. St. Catherines had been the home of serial killer rapists Bernardo and Homolka. Somehow I’d missed hearing about that. I was young. My mom probably turned the radio off when they reported it back in the eighties and nineties. St. Catherines lost its charm after I learned that. And I couldn’t look at the river the same.
Sometimes, it’s best to not know what kind of creatures there are.
"Waywords" is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Culture & Heritage