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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 right away!)  Full dates listed in the sidebar!–>

JSF BC 2016 full dates

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!

This weekend in Toronto: Dundas West Fest & Kumamoto Fundraiser

I recently moved after 8 years living on Dundas in Toronto – for the past couple of years, every June, Dundas Street closes down to cars, and it’s the whole stretch becomes a street party!  There’s patios set up outside most restaurants/bars, art and other interactive installations (last year there was collage making outside Monkey’s Paw book shop, and this year, I hear there’s giant Scrabble again..), and of course there are musical and other performances.  No JSFew performance this year, but I recommend checking the MusiCamp youth performances, Run With The Kittens and it’s always a fun time with the Shuffle Demons.

Here’s a reminiscent pic from Dundas West Fest 2013 atThe JSFew’s performance:

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Photo by Jesse Kline, edits by JS

SO, anyway, I’m gonna head to there.  BUT before I get my butt outside to the 30 + degree weather, just another quick mention about the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief event tomorrow, Sunday, June 12 at 1pm at Supermarket (on Augusta just south of College in Kensington Market).  I’m excited to be doing a solo performance there, and also to check out the art (and food!) and other fun stuff.  Here’s some of the art that will be for auction:

Origami art by Mui-Ling (iiii!! i love teeny stuff!):


And visual art (tablet pencil & visual printing) by Stefano Venier:


Can’t wait to be there tomorrow!  More information and ticket link here, all for a great cause of course! CLICK HERE


Live In Concert for a Cause!

Had a super lovely show this past Sunday at The Painted Lady with UK artist Katey Brooks and some other exciting performances to announce as well in the Toronto area and in a few weeks out west in BC!

First off, Katey & I were told that we look like we could be sisters – what do you think?

Katey & Jessica Pink Pussies

Or maybe similarity is more obvious in this one?

Katey & Jess Sisters

SO, this week, I have the pleasure of performing as part of a fundraising event for the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief efforts.  Since mid-April, Kumamoto has had 2 major earthquakes and thousands of after-shocks, and the damage is estimated at over $100,000,000.  The fundraiser event happens this Sunday, June 12th at Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave, in Kensington Market), and will have an art exhibit, auction, food, raffle and several live musical performances, including a rare solo set by yours truly. :)  Tickets for the event HERE. OR if you cannot attend, support the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief effort HERE

OK!  More concert listings in the sidebar, and more announcements to come, including a performance at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF) before the premiere screening of the Japanese film Bitter Honey.

I’ll leave you with another pic from the other night , courtesy of Caroline Cai:IMG_0320