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Countdown to Asia!

A mere 4 days left until we leave for Asia!  This is going to be a crazily exciting tour – our first time to China (one week packed with 4 shows and 5 master classes), and 2 weeks in Japan, where we’ll release the ‘Same Girl EP’, exclusive to Japan amidst shows in Kyoto, Tokyo and Yokohama. At long last, here are our Asian tour dates:

  • 11/5/2015 – Taiyuan 太原, China @ Music House 音乐房子, 8-10pm
  • 11/6/2015 – Shijiazhuang 石家庄, China @ TVU 地下丝绒, 8-10pm
  • 11/7/2015 – Tianjin 天津, China @ Vision Hill 智慧山文化产业园 – Master Classes @ 3-3:45 (Koto), 4-4:45 (Harmony & Melody) & Concert @ 7:30-9:30pm
  • 11/8/2015 – Beijing 北京, China @ DDC 黄昏黎明 – Master Classes @ 3-3:50 (Koto), 4-4:50 (Rhythm & Groove), 5-5:50 (Harmony & Melody) & Concert @ 9-11:30pm
  • 11/14/15 – Kyoto, Japan w/山本啓 from Nabowa @ Len Hostel, 7pm
  • 11/15/15 – Kyoto, Japan @ 石井もやし, time TBA
  • 11/17/15 – Tokyo, Japan @ Oscar Peterson Theatre, Canadian Embassy – private showcase 6:30-9:30pm
  • 11/20/15 – Tokyo, Japan @ Ark Hills Cafe, 6:30pm
  • 11/21/15 – Yokohama, Japan w/田薫水 @ Yoshidamachi Lily, 6:30pm

    JSF Japan Tour 2015 poster

Other fun plans – take some koto lessons with my awesome friend/sensei Kiyoshi in Tokyo, visit the Great Wall of China outside of Beijing, and maybe to workshop at a high school in the prefecture I grew up in as a child, Nagano!  We’ll also have a radio interview in Shijizhuang, and have had a bunch of other press, that folks who read Chinese can appreciate.

And here’s a little something silly for our Japanese speaking fans:

SO, the other week, we had a beautiful weekend playing loads of acoustic music at Folk Music Ontario.  We got to jam with tons of killer folks, and meet lovely people from all over.  Here’s a pic of one of our showcases courtesy of Michael Kornfeld:

Michael Kornfeld FMO 2015 bandAnd for a great idea of some of the sounds that happened at the music conference (including the JSFew), we can thank James McGee who filmed this video for his series “The View From The Corner Stool”:

Last, but not least, let’s reminisce about Halloween 2014.  These costumes were entirely last minute (always a last-minute costumer), so were made entirely from things existing in my house already!  I always seem to feel like cleaning when I’m wearing 1950’s dresses..  Are you dressing up this year?  Share your costume plans with us!

See you soon, our fans and friends in Asia!

Folk Music Weekend Punctuated by a Vote

What a ridiculously great weekend of music.  Too much happened to even talk about any of it in this brief post, but let’s suffice it to say that the musicking in Fresh Folk (and in the other showcases, hallways, hotel lobby) was really top notch.  Made me proud of everyone on the bill.

So today is vote-y day, and it’s not over!  If you haven’t yet done it, you still have time.  The voting station I went to was at an old folks home, and the old folks said we were some of the only young folks to come in there today, which is a bit disappointing. Let’s vote for arts! Or just vote at all. :)

Jessica voting


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. :)