Ooh! More Japan News.. 

Firstly, I want to thank you all so much for the overwhelming response to the announcement I made the other day about the upcoming CBC documentary shoot in Japan. All of your comments, well wishes and support gave me warm fuzzies, and I appreciate it all so very deeply. (Missed the announcement? Read "Big Scary News" here)

So, since this trip came up pretty unexpectedly, it wasn't certain whether we'd be able to fit in a performance on such a tight shooting schedule, but I am very excited to announce that with the help of Tom Kato of Creator's Lounge, I will be playing a concert in Tokyo on April 30 which will include a solo set of my original music (koto, acoustic guitar, vocals), live calligraphy art by Setsuhi and a jam set with myself, a shakuhachi player + other special guests. This is incredibly short lead time for an international show, so please help me spread the word to any of your friends/family in Tokyo! Concert info at the bottom of this blog post

So that's the news!  Toronto folks - hope you'll come hear some song debuts and Katie DuTemple's gorgeous musical stylings tomorrow (Thursday, April 19th) for Episode 3 of 'Jessica Stuart presents!' at the TRANZAC Club in the Annex.  No cover charge, just pay-what-you-can at this early monthly event (5-7:15pm!).  xoxoxo

TOKYO concert info:

琴 Jessicax書 Setsuhi 
Jessica - koto, guitar, vocals x Setsuhi - calligraphy 

■2018年4月30日(祝)- Monday, April 30 (National Holiday)  
17時開場 17時半開演 - Doors at 5pm, Concert at 5:30pm 

Venue: 神田 楽道庵 - Rakudoan  
http://www.n-as.org/rakudoan/  
チャージ ご予約3000円 当日3500円 - Advance tickets: ¥3000 Door tickets: ¥3500 
千代田区神田司町2-16 2階 (1階はギャラリーカフェ手と花) - 2-16 Tsukasa-cho, Kanda, 2nd floor 
Reservations: TEL03-3261-8015 ご予約 お問合せ

Big Scary News!! 

There's something really big I've been wanting to share for several weeks, and I finally got the go-ahead, so here goes...

TWO weeks today, I will be flying to Japan to film a CBC documentary in which we will try to find my closest friend from the year I lived in Nagano prefecture as a child.  This friend, Fukue was not from a family of means, and I stopped hearing from her abruptly a few years after I returned to Vancouver - the question of what happened to her has never left my thoughts.  (The song "Lost Friends" on The JSFew's last album The Passage is about Fukue, written years before there was an inkling of actually being able to go on this trip)

Film company Loud Roar Productions caught wind of this story totally by chance, became intrigued by it, and pitched it to CBC, for which I am beyond grateful.  I am also extremely excited to be music director of the film, and create new pieces as scoring and write songs to punctuate whatever the results of our mission may be.

Fukue & I up to something crafty or homeworky at my family's apartment in Saku City (note my mom's koto against the wall in the background!)

 

AND that, my friends, is the news.  I will likely perform while I'm in Tokyo (details TBD!), and do a performance and workshop at a junior high school in Saku City, and will keep you guys posted.  These will be solo performances.

Thanks for reading my news, and feel free to leave comments below - I am incredibly overwhelmed by the possible outcomes of this trip, and you will see it all by the fall when the documentary goes live on CBC.
xoxox
jessica

What An Honour! 

Although I wouldn't swap it for any other profession, there's a dirty underbelly of rejection and unpleasantness in between most apparent victories as a musician, especially when pursuing an original music career. So when I woke up last week to an incredibly complimentary and unprompted post by local legend Derek Downhamit made my week, and I thought i should share it with you.  Derek's new column on Blues and Roots Radio is called "Let's Hear It For.." and I recommend you check it out on the regular to find out about some great local musical folks that might have fallen under your radar.

Click the image below for the full article:
Big news coming guys..  Keep checking in with me to be the first to hear all about it. :) :) :)
xo
Jessica

Radio Feature this Monday on CFRU 93.3 FM! 

Hey y'all!

Just got word that The Jessica Stuart Few is getting featured this Monday on a progressive - fusion - alternative radio show out of Guelph, Ontario, Canada called Sentinel's Marvellous Kaleidoscope (@smkradioprogram on both Facebook & Twitter).  The show runs from 3-5pm EST and you can tune in on the web at cfru.ca or on FM radio at 93.3 in the Guelph area, so tune in wherever you might be in the world! 

A little throwback below from our first Japanese tour in 2013, playing Tokyo-FM on Love Connection. Photo by Toyonori Kato. [True side story: we ran into the Backstreet Boys outside the station right after this radio spot. heheh]

k ciao!
xo
jessica

2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition Semi-Finals! 

Hey loves!

Hope to see the Toronto faction at Episode 2 of 'Jessica Stuart presents', this Thursday, March 22nd from 5-7:15pm at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave.).  I'll be joined by vibraphonist Michael Davidson for some song debuts, and re-imaginings of recent tunes, and the opening set will be the incomparable Alex St. Kitts in duo form (w/drummer Jacob Aylward) playing tunes from his recent releases Projektor II & III and likely a premiere of something we've never heard.  All ages, Southern Cross room (front, right), pwyc, all good vibes listening room.

BUT some big news - two of my songs have advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition! This is two years running that I've had multiples make it through, and who knows, maybe I'll take the prize this year. (Teehee, fingers crossed!) Listen to one of the nominees, "Without You" below, featuring Elizabeth Shepherd on Rhodes and sharing the lead vocals:

More big news coming involving travelling abroad with a film crew, but i'll save that for a future update...  HOPE to see you for the early set on Thursday, Toronto folks, and to the rest, thank you for reading, listening, sharing, commenting and don't be a stranger. xoxo

jessica

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