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Summer Love

Summer is definitely my favourite season – part of the reason we’ve been hemisphere hopping lately! Parts of Ontario & Quebec can be a bit sticky though, I get that, but there’s sooo much awesome stuff going on here, that it’s worth dealing with, I think..

And now for the big NEWS…  The Canadian album release for The Passage is finally happening!!!!! Toronto release and short Ontario/Quebec tour in late October!!  It feels like it’s been forever since the record was in the can, and now we get to share it with you. yiii!  Keep your ears peeled for all the info..

Wanna see some live music in Toronto? Check these:

  • ‘Feast of St Lawrence’ at the Market Street Festival this Saturday, August 13th at 11am-noon (yes! the a.m. – we actually will be awake and functional before noon!).  The interesting thing about this gig is that it is totally 100% acoustic, so it will a be unique performance indeed.  And the street festival will be rad.

    Photo by Tomori Nagamoto

    Photo by Tomori Nagamoto

  • Was asked to do another last minute acoustic set tonight, Wednesday, August 10th at Cherry Cola’s. Should be fun! (And I’ll probably make a face like this at some point..)

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One of the highlights of the summer for me was attending Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal as a spectator (yes, a rare chance to be at a festival without playing!) – I went for Radiohead and for Hiatus Kaiyote but the whole thing was just incredible.  It felt like a pop-up city to me – 45,000 people were there each of the 3 days.  We danced, jumped around, played hackey sack, sweated, napped in festival provided hammocks, learned about great bands we never heard of (Aurora, Busty & the Bass), saw bands we’d heard of but never seen (Lucius, Jack Garratt) and got to be a part of almost totally silent incredible listening audience of many 10s of thousands for a magical Radiohead set to finish it all off. Just beautiful.

A couple of my pics below:IMG_1127
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Hope you all are having a fab summer too (or winter in the southern hemisphere!), and to see you soon.
xo
jessica

Back From Our Western Canadian Adventure!

Although being on tour is never a holiday, there was definitely something vacation-y about our time in BC. If you can imagine, we fit all sorts of things in between our shows including climbing Mt Erskine on Salt Spring Island, sailboating on Pender Island, swimming several at lakes throughout the province and in the ocean, and it was a berry extravaganza with blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and thimble berry bushes following us everywhere, offering us their fruit as a snack.

But there was much music to be played, and especially Campbell Bay Music Festival was fabulous, full of other musicians we know and love, great food and great vibes.  There are fewer photos than usual from this tour, but here’s a couple:

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Getting serious on the koto at Campbell Bay Music Festival on Mayne Island, BC. Photo by Elvira Maité.

Dr Sun Yat-sen 2016

Playing for the second year in a row at the ‘Enchanted Evenings’ Concert Series at Dr Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Gardens in Vancouver, BC.

So, when we got back from the west, we got to do a fun outdoor gig in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. The folks at Snap’d Toronto took a few pics.  It was a super windy day, so i’m surprised that they even captured a single shot without my face eclipsed by hair!

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So, for Toronto folks who want to know when to catch us live in action next, we will be doing our next of the quarter-annual residency gigs at Castro’s Lounge in the Beaches next Wednesday, July 27th.  Show starts 8:30pm and runs ’til 11, and the cover charge is simply a donation into the ‘generosity jug’. (Ha!  You like that name? Works for me. :) )  After that, there will be a rare solo set at a house concert in Toronto alongside local muso (Australian term for musician!) Mike Evin. Click here for more info.

Thanks for reading, loves.  Stay hydrated, and hope to see you very soon!
xo
Jessica

BC Tour & Wicked Pics from the Toronto Japanese Film Festival!

Very excited to finally announce our annual Western Canadian Tour, starting on June 23!
This is just a little jaunt out west to coincide with Campbell Bay Music Festival, and we added some dates on the islands and mainland to go along with it.  Aside from the festival, there are shows booked in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Revelstoke, Salt Spring Island, Pender Island, and New Westminster.  (You might notice that Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna are missing from the list – we are eager to make even a last minute stop in those places, should one of you offer to host an intimate concert, whether it be a living room, parlour or backyard, acoustic or amplified, so if you are interested in having us, please email info@jessicastuartmusic.com right away!)  Full dates listed in the sidebar!–>

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For all the showtimes, ticket links and other info, here’s the tour facebook event. Unfortunately for me, facebook is being a bit of a jerk, and won’t allow me to invite fans of The Jessica Stuart Few page to the event, nor will allow me to “boost” the post to reach more people because there is too much text on my event image (meaning, the tour dates on the poster. *facepalm*).  SO, my point is, if you are on the west coast of Canada, or have friends out there, we would incredibly appreciate you sharing the event, clicking ‘attend’ or inviting folks you know in the areas we’re going to be.  Thank you so much!

We also had an awesome show this past weekend in Toronto at the TJFF (Toronto Japanese Film Festival) where “Bitter Honey” had it’s international premiere at the JCCC (Japanese Cultural Community Centre), a co-presentation by Creator’s Lounge.

We loved playing in Kobayashi hall and here’s what it looked like:

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Images are courtesy of photographer Leon Balaban.

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AND, while we’re on the topic of Creator’s Lounge, the CL team stopped by our Canadian Music Week showcase (presented by Music Ontario), and filmed some of our performance, and did a little interview with us in Japanese and English.  I even got my own subtitles! Feel free to like, comment and share if you feel like spreading the love. :)

SO, BC folks, see you next week?  Toronto folks – our next show is in the Distillery, presented by the city at 2pm on Saturday, July 16th, so maybe see you then!
xo
jessica