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Never A Dull Week

What have you guys been up to this week, you ask? WELL, let me tell ya..  We started by butchering some Mandarin for a commercial we shot in promotion of our debut tour of China next month courtesy of Music Dish China (yay, new places, and experiences!)  Curious how poor my Mandarin is?  Lookie here

Then, we were invited to perform at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra‘s post-performance “Casual Concert” series at Roy Thomson Hall.  That was immense fun, and the classical music fans totally got us. For real. :)

IMG_6434Photo by @susanprince

So the imminent upcoming thing is the annual Folk Music Ontario Conference (Oct 15-18th, 2016) at which we are hosting an incredible private showcase room, Fresh Folk, curated by yours truly, and we’ll be showcasing an excessive amount of times to get our sweet sounds into all the right ears. :)

Here’s a preview of our poster and line-up for this year – Fresh Folk 2015 is co-hosted by the lovely and talented Sarah Beatty.

Fresh Folk - 11 x 17 Colour Poster - white text with JS colour correctPhoto by Mike Novalski

In addition, The JSFew will also be playing in the Music Ontario showcase on Saturday night, and in the exhibition hall during the day.

I think for fun, I’m going to reminisce about past folk conferences with some of the past Fresh Folk posters – join me?

FMO 2014 w/Laura C. Bates (FLesh Folk, a Halloween-y spin on the usual!):

Flesh Folk poster for print Photo by Nathan Mills

FMO 2013 w/Joanna Chapman-Smith:

  • FMO Fresh Folk 2013-jpegPhoto by Guy Dixon

and let’s cap it off with Folk Alliance International 2013:

Fresh Folk FA Poster webPhoto by Joanna Chapman-Smith’s friend, who’s name I really can’t begin to remember..

Ok, lovely readers and music lovers, be well, stay warm and keep the dream alive. :)

The Website Is Back In Action!

If any of you ran into funny redirects when trying to visit this website in the past two months, my sincerest apologies!!  Turns out I was hacked.  :( When I started doing music as my career, I didn’t realize it meant being a web designer/specialist (and 36 other hats), and my skills in the inner workings of computer things are lacking.

The good news is, thanks to the help and time of some knowledgeable friends, my website is clean and clear of diseases.  (sounds strange, but fairly accurate)

I’m going to celebrate on this Friday by posting a flashback pick to the pre-JSFew days – my very first busker’s pass to play on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC:

Jessica Busker's PassYup, that’s me right after a year in Israel, and with very young, and very dyed black dreadlocks. :)  I busked a whole lot in Israel (and England, Canada and the US) but Granville Island is the only place i remember getting a pass.  (And maybe the Harbourfront in Victoria?)

SO, tomorrow night (Saturday), we have a super cool gig for those in attendance at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s performance – we are are the after-party concert at the reception post-show at the Roy Thompson Hall.  The fact that someone from the TSO even knew who we are enough to contact us for this gig is rad enough.  This is definitely one of the coolest things about this band, that we can play rock shows, folk fests, jazz clubs and classical gatherings too!  Here’s a throwback of Tony, Charles and I playing in Victoria, BC on tour in 2013.  Photo by Sean Behnsen.

1082352_10153107156730037_2033477761_oAnd let’s not forget about Nuit Blanche – being strategic always works best for the best experience.  I recorded some koto for one of Greg Harrison’s compositions that will be danced to in a piece at Hart House at U of T.

Next up, Folk Music Ontario in 2 weeks and my curated Fresh Folk private showcase.  A big Asia tour announcement is imminent!!  Those of you in Toronto, as you might know, I play with a great group called blueVenus that is undergoing a makeover, and tonight is the inaugural show as Civil Wray at The Silver Dollar with a slew of great bands like The Celebration Army and The Oxford Wild.  Debuting a whole lot of new tunes, so I’m excited. :)



Hanging on to Summer

Friends, I’ve missed you!  Since the last post, we’ve done a splendiferious tour to BC, confirmed 2 international tours through 3 countries (announcement coming soon!), and been shooting footage for new album music videos when we’re in beautiful places. :)  (See below!)

Jess back in canoe Passage vid

Doesn’t get much more Canadian than canoeing on a lake, does it?

SO, we have some pretty cool gigs this week:

  • We hit Folk Music Ontario‘s “Union Summer” concert series at Union Station in downtown Toronto this Friday, September 18th from noon-1:30
  • Off to Owen Sound, Ontario for the first time since 2013 to play a  Mossy Gatherings presentation with Avalon Jazz Bar & Lounge on Saturday, September 19th (9-11:30, pwyc)

But the show that I encourage you Toronto people to come to is next Friday, September 25th at the Gladstone Hotel‘s (Queen/Gladstone) Melody Bar (8-10pm, no cover!).  If enough folks show up, we can make this one a bit of a regular local thing for us.  So put this one in your device/book if you’re feeling it.

Speaking of Folk Music Ontario, the annual conference is coming up, and as usual there has been a hilarious fruity photo shoot as we do every year to be promo for the Fresh Folk private showcase.   This year my co-host is Sarah Beatty, a fab Hamilton based singer/songwriter, and I curated a killer room that includes Corinna Rose, Big Little Lions, Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu, Roxanne Potvin, The O’Pears and many others (and of course The JSFew!).  Here’s an out-take from the fruity photo-shoot – let’s call it a teaser..

Fresh folk 2015 sneak peak

Sarah Beatty and I get silly with some citrus..

So, enjoy the dregs of summer, lovies, and come say hi when you can.  I’ll leave you with some pics from our BC tour, which really was heavenly.

JSFew with mom BC 2015

Playing in Vancouver at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Gardens Concert Series with special guest (my mom!), Wendy Stuart. Photo by Ron Stuart.

Islands Folk Fest CSweetMedia

Islands Folk Festival 2015, Vancouver Island, BC. Photo by CSweetMedia.

JSF at ArtsWells 2015

ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art 2015, Wells, BC.

p.s. NEW ALBUM!!!