I'm in Vancouver studying guitar with Don Ogilvie and taking vocal lessons with Karin Plato. I received an Advanced Artist Award from the Yukon Government to make this happen. I'm here for a month and so far it has been a really great experience. It is wonderful to have some time to focus on getting better at what I do. Karin and Don both have strong backgrounds in jazz, so it's been fun and eye-opening for me to have that perspective.
I recently played some gigs in Ontario with Grant Simpson. We were in Kemptville, Mississauga and Toronto..... then we headed west performing on the train across the country. It's such a great way to travel, and we met alot of neat people. I'll be heading back to Whitehorse in November in time for the Yukon Women in Music CD Release concert that I am playing at with Home Sweet Home (Keitha Clark, Boyd Benjamin).
I had the opportunity to go hiking on the weekend in the mountains across the way in North Van. It was nice to get out of the city and be near all those cedar trees. The area that we were in was logged way back when, and the huge stumps are still there as ghosts of the giant trees that once stood. It was fun to be in the mist of the rain coast and find ourselves in patches of snow.
In other news - I turned 30, and sadly realized in hindsight that I had spent the past decade in my roaring 20's. Hopefully the dirty 30's don't live up to their name. I am currently re-evaluating my entire life. I haven't decided whether to become more or less serious about things. It could go either way. In the meantime, I've decided to at long last order a guitar from luthier Oskar Graf. This was a big decision to make, and it feels like a really good one. I am excited to have a beautiful guitar to play and be inspired by.
Here are birthday kisses from Vega,
Wish me luck on being a grown-up!