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Next Episode, Germany!

So far in our worldly travels, I’ve managed to get away with interviews and stage banter in the language of the land (Japanese, French, English!), but that’s all about to change next week in Germany at Reeperbahn Music Festival!Reeperbahn ad.indd

We’ll be showcasing twice – 1st at the Canada House as part of CIMA‘s Canadian Blast (Thurs, Sept 18 @ 3pm), and Reeperbahn also invited us to be part of their “Best Of Reeperbahn” showcase on Saturday, Sept 20 (1:20pm).  We also just got invited to do a live-to-air radio performance and interview on Hamburg’s TIDE Radio on Friday the 19th, which is amazingawesome!

BUT, let’s take it back to Toronto for a sec – tonight we play our only scheduled show of the season here, and hope El Mocambo will end up as part of your Saturday plans.  Sharing the bill with Samara York, Jack Walker and Dylan Hennessy, we’re going to try out all of the rep we’ll be playing to win over the Europeans in Hamburg.  There’s rumours of a collab also..  So it’s tonight, Saturday, Sept 13th at El Mocambo at 8pm.  (You want cheap tickets?  Click on this and share!)

Lastly, I wanted to draw your attention to our most exciting piece of new merch of the summer - The JSFew Tank Top!  This is our first ever clothing merch, and is available online as of today!  For a limited time, when you buy it on bandcamp we’re giving away a free digital download of Two Sides To Every Story!  (Good deal right?)  The tank looks amazing on everyone, not kidding.  Like really good. ;) If you send us YOUR pictures in our tank, we will feature it on our website! (Jon Foster, drummie and me below)jon in tank top IMG_1427

Ok, Toronto, see you tomorrow at El Mocambo? And Germany, see you in a few days!


Three tunes down..

As of today, three tunes from the new album are basically done!  This album has been really amazing to work on so far – spent a day in Canterbury Music Company recording twelve tunes live-off-the-floor early in the month with all of the JSFew bass and drum members and engineer Jeremy Darby.  Then Ryan Granville-Martin (co-producer) and I started working on instrumental overdubs and vocals, which included a super fun day with a bunch of girls! see below..

Girls chorus recording

Jocelyn Barth, Michelle Willis, Alex, Bernice, Astrid and Kira!

girls chorus in between takes


Let’s just call it “kotoverdubs” from here-on in..jess koto studio edit


Then the tunes went over to Ian Bodsazi, who is my favorite mix engineer, (and worked on Two Sides) and he put everything in it’s right place, and made the instruments sound ridiculously good.


I can’t wait for you guys to hear it!!  BUT, lots of things will have to happen before that, so sit tight :)

Flesh Folk @ Folk Music Ontario 2014

5 or so folk music conferences ago, I realized that The JSFew was having a hard time fitting in musically with the many of the acts at the festivals, so I started “Fresh Folk” to make a home for us and groups like us, who have a foot in folk music but a foot firmly planted somewhere else.  (recognize the poster below?)

Fresh Folk FA Poster web

The private showcase series has been a huge success, packed full of audience perpetually, with some of the best of the folk/cross-over artists on our “stage” (Fish & Bird, The Bombadils, Suzie Vinnick, Casey Driessen, Joanna Chapman-Smith, Streiml & Ismail, Chloe Charles etc), and we get to do fun, themed photo shoots (usually cheekily messing around with fruit) to help promote our great room.

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This year, I have a new co-host for FMO, the wonderful Laura C. Bates, who suggested we do a Halloweeny spin on this year’s showcase, so for FMO 2014, Fresh Folk becomes FLESH Folk!  The accompanying photoshoot yesterday was incredible – the super skilled Nathan Mills took our spooky pics, and here’s a couple behind the scenes shots:

props for flesh folk shoot

This year’s props included raw meat, knives, evil looking fruit, and…..

spider pic edit

Laura’s tarantula friend, Arwen!  It was awesome.  Stay tuned for more awesome pics..

Before we head to Germany for Reeperbahn Music Festival in a few weeks, we play at Yonge-Dundas Square (Sept 6, 5pm, Intersection Festival) alongside the Spectrum music folks, then headline at El Mocambo on Saturday, September 13th.  Hope you’ll join us, Toronto folks!