The release of CBC documentary 'Finding Fukue' 

I am surprised and excited to announce the release of the CBC documentary we shot earlier this year in Japan, 'Finding Fukue'!  The film was made by Loud Roar Productions in conjunction with CBC Docs, and I was responsible for the musical score as well as being the subject of the film.  We went to Nagano prefecture in the spring to search for my long-lost childhood friend, Fukue and it was quite the journey.  To be honest it feels both weird and liberating to have this very personal experience on show to the world.  Many viewers have written to me already telling me that they cried when they watched, and that makes me feel better about the large amount of the film that I also am in tears.   

So, I hope you will watch the film if you feel so inclined, and share, and comment.  Empathy is more important than ever in this quickly changing world we live in - I hope this film makes you feel something, and think about the people you love, both those you've lost, those still in your life and those who've fallen out of touch. xoxoxo


4月30日:ジェシカ スチュアート "Live In Tokyo"! 

日本人のおともだしたち − お久しぶりです! 
あと2日、カナダから日本へきます。WOW! うれしい!すごいプロジェクトをするためにくるんですよ:カナダのテレビ番組CBCのドキュメンタリー映画つくりにきます。知っているかどうかわからないんだけど、ジェシカがこどもだったとき、長野県で1年間日本の小学校に通った. このドキュメンタリーはあのときの記憶とかんけいあります。 


17時開場 17時半開演 

神田 楽道庵 
チャージ ご予約3000円 当日3500円 
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) 
ご予約 お問合せ 


OK! 来週、あなたが東京のイベントで会うことできたい!東京にいないならば, 友達について教えてください! 

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  
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.

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. :) :) :)

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