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Summer In The Cities

Really excited to head out to Western Canada with the bandmates for our little summer adventure which will take us to Islands Folk Festival and ArtsWells Festival, and everywhere from Vancouver to Gabriola Island to Ashcroft, BC.  (FYI, we still do have 2 open nights in the schedule, in the Kamloops and Gulf Islands area in case you want to have us come play at yours!)  

We’ve been getting some love from the Western press, (which we really appreciate!), so click here for The Georgia Straight‘s article on Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens’ summer Concert Series, including our Thurs, July 23rd performance (featuring my mother, Wendy Stuart) or Vancouverites can grab a copy of The Jewish Independent for a nice feature on our tour, or just check it out below!

The Jewish Independent July 2015_FotorThis tour will also be our first where we’ll be joined on some shows by our fabulous back-up vocalist Jocelyn Barth, so between all the extra members and new album material, there’s going to be some fabulous new energy at each show. :)  Full tour schedule in the right sidebar —>

So, back to some Toronto things for a moment – we have one last performance in town before the tour at the newly renovated Union Station as part of Folk Music Ontario‘s “Union Summer” concert series from noon-1pm on Fridays and Mondays throughout the summer.  Come to this free show on Friday, July 17th if you’re in the neighbourhood and so inclined. :)

Finally, it’s really fun to reveal some images from the photo shoots I’ve been doing with Deborah Lawrence Photography , and so here’s another:

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“Breathe No Evil”. Photo by Deborah Lawrence, colour by JS.

Anyhow, Western Canadian folks – we’ll see you so soon! And Torontonians too of course.  Our Japanese and Australian fans and friends – we have plans in the works, so hold tight and keep in touch!

xo
jessica

Glimpse of the Latest Photo Shoot

This week, the album we’ve been working on (which I feel is our special-est and most connected music yet!)  will be mastered and one step closer to being out in the world!  I’m over the moon, and it’s been worth every moment in and out of the studio.  Cannot wait to share with you :)

BUT it’s early for that yet! I thought I shouldn’t tease you and not share SOMETHING though, right? So I wanted to introduce a new photographer I did a first shoot with last week, Deborah Lawrence.

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Photo by Deborah Lawrence, colour editing by Jessica Stuart.

We spent some time in her home studio and also on her industrial street taking pics with debris and near construction and the highway and such.  (The police even came around at some point to make sure we weren’t climbing the fence onto the highway!)

Hope your week is beautiful, relaxing, productive or whatever it is you’re looking for :)
xo
jessica

 

Gig With The Mayor!

Yesterday, The JSFew was the live soundtrack of a speech Toronto Mayor John Tory made in regards to the large-scale arts fundraising plans that he has in store for the fall.

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Performing at the Mayor’s Announcement in St James Park. Photo by Vincent Banial.

Also at the press conference at St James Park in St Lawrence Market were members of the Toronto Arts Council (who have supported The JSFew’s new album in production and composition), and the Toronto Arts Foundation. Part of the mayor’s speech (and no doubt the reason that we were enlisted to provide live music in the park) was to discuss a cool new music program being spearheaded by the TAC for next summer which will involve “Concerts In the Park” in 22 wards around city.  He also included us in his speech (cool!) and mentioned some of the great gigs we’ve been doing over the past two weeks.

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Chatting with the mayor after the performance. Super nice little conversation actually! Photo by Don Peat.

So this new music program is definitely something we’re excited about – an awesome way to get people interacting as communities over the arts and local music, and also a great way for musicians to have a totally new audience to play to, while getting paid properly.  When we tour around Canada, especially in BC (like this summer!), we play at several “Music In The Park” series’ and always admired how even the small towns get huge turnouts with lawn chairs and picnic baskets in tow at these weekly gigs.

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Pretty cool to see our name being tweeted out by the mayor. :)

Anyhow, up next – Western Canada tour! And a couple other surprises in Toronto before then.  I think I’ve decided on an album order and which tunes made the final cut, and within the week I think we’ll be mastered!  Next step is to share the music with some selected awesome record labels, to see if we might be able to join forces..  If you have any suggestions of people/companies we should look into, please comment below.

Thanks, lovelies.
xo
jessica