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Well it’s high time I let folks know what in tarnation I am up to these days. Here’s the long and the short of it (the inside joke here is that it’s taken me literally WEEKS to edit this so that it would, in fact, be shorter than what it was).

THE TOUR (and the future album):
After touring solidly for a good 3 years and with breaks at home few and far between, I’ve decided to stay home for the rest of Spring and Summer. I toured in late February, March, and early April in the Maritimes, Ontario, and Quebec, with some very dear and talented friends (working Folk Alliance, East Coast Music Week—where Little Bug was nominated for an ECMA!!!, and Canadian Music Week into the tour schedule) and I got to play some really wonderful shows. My plan was to come home for a few weeks to do some shows in Nova Scotia and then I was set to make my way to the fair lands West of Winnipeg (and then over to NFLD).

There were a number of hiccups in my plans (which is so normal and routine in tour planning that that is usually how I know a tour is, in fact, real, and happening). But this time as I tried to juggle the changes and make new plans I began to wonder if, maybe, for the first time in three years, I should hold back from doing the full Canadian circuit touring in the Spring and take some time to focus on writing, which my heart was really aching to do. Also, I miss my friends and family and the dear ones I love.
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Happy Spring!

Oh hi! Happy Spring, everyone!

I think? It’s March 20th and I’m looking at a whole pile of snow outside. I’m headed back out on the road for a couple weeks to continue my “Spring” tour in Quebec and Ontario and I’m not entirely sure I haven’t fallen into an alternate universe in which it is February, or something. I’m headed to Toronto for CMW today and this time last year it was so warm in Toronto people were in shorts!

Anyhoodle, I’m off again. Dates for this leg of the tour are listed below and we are currently booking my West Coast dates and Newfoundland dates for the end of May and first part of June. Newfoundland! It’s true! Yippee! I can’t waaaaiiiiit.

Stay tuned for those dates.

Meantime, if you’re in any of these wonderful cities that I’ll be visiting I hope to see you at a show! There are some sweet sweet gigs coming up and I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. I’m sharing the stage with some killer acts.

Oh gosh. Look at the time. I’d better run–flight to catch yada yada.

Bugs and fishes, Wonderfuls,

Gabrielle

New year, more shows, more fun, and some pretty wonderful things.

I should never ever EVER promise to post blog blurb updates with reasonable frequency. Mostly because I seem to get caught up in things (remember I’m still my own manager!) and then three months goes by and my website says I’m still on tour in the middle of November (except now it’s January) and that I am having so much fun. At least the part about me having fun is consistently true! Be it in November or January, my job is almost always fun. Unless I am writing grants. That is less fun. And it makes me want to nap pretty much always.

I seem to have gotten off track here. My bad! I’ve just had a serious conversation with myself (out loud of course) in which I firmly scolded me for mistaking my website for a journal (or diary? maybe I should start a diary?). Won’t happen again. Okay, yes it will. It surely surely will.

Et bon! here goes:

The Fall tour in support of Little Bug was wonderful, exhausting, fun, and epic. Packing 5 conference/festivals (which each comprised of 2 – 7 performances) into a 3 month tour where I had to rehearse with bands in three different cities, AND play 3 shows for every day of travel on the train was probably a bit ambitious, definitely a little crazy, and totally worthwhile–though I’ll probably not be touring that way again for quite some time.

The New Year snuck up on me and things are already rather hectic (in the best of ways). I’ve got my first shows of the year coming up this week and next (Liverpool on Saturday the 19th and the IDOW Festival in Halifax on the 25th and 26th). In February I’m headed to Montreal for a wee spell to do some songwriting with some friends there and also take over as resident host for Chick Pickin’ Mondays at Grumpy’s Bar for two weeks. THEN FOLK ALLIANCE! In Toronto. Which, well, YAY!!!

I’m coming back to Halifax after that little jaunt and then I’ll be here for ECMW because **cue drumroll** LITTLE BUG WAS NOMINATED FOR AN ECMA FOR FOLK RECORDING OF THE YEAR!!! I am so honoured and thrilled that I managed to squeeze into a category that has incredibly stiff competition. Seriously. The East Coast breeds folk singers. I mean, you can basically assume that at least 45% of the general population here are folk singers. That is a 100% true fact. So yeah. That happened. And I am PUMPED!

I’ll be doing some touring across the country in the Spring, starting in March with the maritimes and then Canadian Music Week again at which point I’ll be touring Ontario and Quebec and then heading West. We’re booking that portion of the tour now for April so if you’ve got a house that you are hankering to have a show in, holler at me (or maybe just send me a note via the handy contact form below) and we’ll see what we can do!

There is a sweet little plan in the works for the month of May if you’re in Nova Scotia. Can’t yet say what is afoot, but it’s going to be awesome. So stay tuned for more news on that!

I think that probably covers it. I really do promise to try and update the bloggety blog portion of the site more frequently. Really. Truly!

Happy January lovelies!

Bugs and fishes,

Gabrielle

November Already?

Well this tour has just flown by! We’ve had two release shows for Little Bug with the last one tomorrow in Montreal at Petit Campus. It’s going to be really great. We’re starting nice and early at 8:30 and Ria Mae and Corinna Rose will do short opening sets before I hop on stage with my Montreal gang of Mighty Oak members. We’re also going to have some special guests join us for the show–some terrific Montreal musicians you might know and love (if you’ve got any sense!).

Tonight is the last night of Nova Scotia Music Week and I get to present the award for best male artist of the year with the lovely Norma Macdonald. We’ve colour coordinated our outfits. We’re going to be cute as buttons. Yay!

After the album release in Montreal Corinna Rose and I are heading westward for shows in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. We’re taking the train again and we’ll be singing for the folks on the train. We’ve brushed up on our Lightfoot covers and dusted off my rousing renditions of The Cat Came Back and Sandwiches Are Beautiful (Fred Penner is mandatory train music. According to me). It’ll be fun!

Send me a note if you’d like to come to our house show in Calgary and please come see us at one of our other shows in Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, or Vancouver! I think winter has arrived in the prairies. I heard talk of blizzards.

Bundle up and stay warm and hope to see you soon!

Gabrielle

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