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


New Toronto Concert Series Launch! (Thu, Feb 22, 5-7pm) 

I'm such a slacker these days on this blog of mine - I'm sorry, friends and music lovers! Let's get down to it - the big news?  This week I launch my first Toronto concert series at the amazing sounding Southern Cross room at The Tranzac!  I'm calling it 'Jessica Stuart presents' and every month I'll be debuting some new music, and trying collaborative things with different players and different instrumentation than usual, while booking a killer original act to join the bill and do the same.  Jessica Stuart presents: Episode 1 will feature my good pal Delta Will 's Chamber Folk Experience, and he will make the odd time slot (5-7pm!) well worth the trip. :)

The details:

When: Thursday, February 22nd, 5-7pm
Where: The Tranzac Club, Southern Cross room (292 Brunswick Ave, The Annex, Toronto, Canada)
What: 2 sets, Delta Will Chamber Folk Experience & Jessica Stuart, song debuts, good vibes, no cover, just a generosity jug :)

Can't make it this week? No prob - check these upcoming episodes:

  • Thursday, March 22, 5-7pm - Jessica Stuart presents: Episode 2 - Alex St Kitts' Mini Projektor
  • Thursday, April 19, 5-7pm - Jessica Stuart presents: Episode 3 - Katie DuTemple 

Lastly - lots of you folks that check in here aren't in the Toronto area, so I wanted to share a little live vid to put you in the moood :)  It's a little solo performance vid shot in December playing at 120 Diner.  (Thanks to Nick Kusiba for the footage. :)



Hope you watch, share, enjoy! (Ok fine, and like/comment and that kinda stuff too if you're into that. :P ) And for the Toronto faction, it'll be super sweet to see your face for the concert series launch on Thursday.

Have a great week til then. :)

Missed You.. 

Hello, my lovely music-loving folks,

It's been too long!  But big things have been happening in the real world, outside of the land of the internet, and so the blog has been collecting dust, and I do apologize for keeping you in the dark.  A bunch of what I've been up to involves new music I've written that reaches in new directions (which I'm SO excited about!), and other cool stuff like singing with The Element Choir backing up Tanya Tagaq for an NFB documentary, recording Wayne's World-esque guitar for the soundtrack of indie film Erin's Guide To Kissing Girls and getting acquainted with a new awesome koto, gifted to me very unexpectedly last month!

BUT until then, The JSFew will play our last trio gig of the year at 5/4 Progressive Music Festival in Toronto, Canada on Sunday, December 17th at Rivoli. It's a 2-day fest (Tickets are only $20 for the whole shabang!), and a bunch of great bands are playing (including our pals Volur), and we'll open the show on Day 2 - an early set between 8-9pm.  Liam Smith & Steve Foster will play double bass & drums, respectively with some sweet sweet backing vocals. :)  The last festival gig The JSFew played was Japan Canada Festival at Celebration Square in Mississauga at the end of the summer, and i don't think I've shared any of those pics yet, so voila:

Photo by Derek Mok (edit by JS)

Photo by Wil Yeung (edit by JS)

Photo by Wil Yeung

Other stuff: RADIOHEAD lovers!   I play in Canada's best Radiohead tribute band, Idioteque and we have a big 10th anniversary of "In Rainbows" event at Mod Club on Saturday, December 9th with our pals Language Arts opening the show.  If you love RH, buy tickets soon! They are near gone, and this band tends to sell out every performance, so don't miss it!  Promo vid below:

OK! There's other stuff coming up too, but let's leave it there, friendos.  Thanks as always for reading, and listening, and maybe see ya at one of these upcoming events!  Til then, be well, and do something good for yourself today, if you can!

Toronto-Centric 'Same Girl' Music Video Released!! 

Last night BlogTo released our long awaited, super laborious music video for Same Girl from our latest album The Passage, and it got viewed over 30,000 times in 12 hours overnight!  Time for us to share with you through our own channels - please like, comment, and share liberally! ENJOY! xoxo

We are also trying to tag/credit all of the graffiti/urban artists whose work is featured in the video.  Help us do that HERE: 

Currently on tour with Civil Wray on her CD release through the Maritimes.  Cheers from New Brunswick and hope you love the new music video as much as we do!!


New Music Video Teaser! 

Holy geez, has this summer ever flown!  It looks like the last time I wrote an update, we were about to play our Toronto Jazz Festival show in the end of June.  Since then, I've been to BC and back, written a half a dozen tunes, and possibly, the most exciting news is that the epic stop-motion music video I've been working on with KAJART for Same Girl is finally done!  It's be released very very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for the full vid (and keep them wide open to catch the over 3000 photographs that we took to make it!).

BUT in the meantime, here's a teaser - all of it was shot in Toronto, and we can't wait to try to track down the street artists whose pieces are featured in the video!

Please like, comment and share liberally, and keep checking in over the next week and a bit for the full deal!

SOOOO, the other super cool news is that The Jessica Stuart Few is headlining the massive Japan Festival Canada 2017!  The fest happens all weekend long in Mississauga's Celebration Square, and is free, and has tons of music, dance, Japanese food and I hear they're even giving away tickets to Japan! We play Saturday, August 26th at 8pm, and really hope to see you and your friends and family there!  They said that they're expecting 70,000 people (wow!) and Steven Foster, Carlie Howell and I cannot wait to serenade them all.  

Here's a little promo video/interview they had me do for the festival:



Thanks for reading, lovelies, and have a great weekend whatever you end up up to!  

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