Wow. How is it already half-way through August?!
I feel like just yesterday I was packing up my kit for the ol’ annual cross-Canada tour and now, here I am, having landed back in the land of Kensington Market just last night and already getting prepped and ready to finish off the season with my own hometown festival, TORONTO BUSKERFEST!!
I am exceedingly excited to be home. Touring has been so wonderful, but there really is something to be said about sleeping in one’s own bed. I never thought I would ever get to this place: merely a couple of years before, I was happy to tour all year round. What have I become, people?!
It’s been a great tour, though: the weather in St. John, NB totally held out, Ottawa’s 20th anniversary Buskerfest welcomed me with open arms, and it was an honour and a privilege to be included in the line-up for St. Catharine’s Inaugural Buskerfest. In honour of that, I’ve selected a submission from that particular festival as the “Photo of the Weekend”! Special cheers go out to Paul Charette for his AWESOME shots of Coppelia. Narrowing it down to just one image was a challenge! But, here it is. And, of course, my deepest congratulations to the city of St. Catharine’s for such a great first year of their festival. I had a wonderful time and am amazed at how generous, kind, and enthusiastic the crowds were. Well done, St. Catharine’s, well done!
Speaking of Coppelia… this act becomes more and more exciting for me every day! I finally cut together a youtube video that shows off just a bit of what I can do! In the past, I’ve been reluctant to put out video of my *real* work because of intellectual property issues… I’ve slapped up videos shot of me at cabarets or other things that I didn’t feel would affect me, but, I have always shied away from showing off the stuff I am most proud of… well, while I was away on tour, my prop builder (who built my most excellent wind-up key) discovered a copycat of his design that has originated half-way around the world (he had posted a video documenting our build way back in January/February)! While I am not surprised, I’m still amazed at the power of the internet and how much harder it is to remain cutting edge and creative. But, it’s a good thing, for it keeps artists like me (and my prop builder!) on their toes and raises the bar for everyone! So there ya go. I’ve opened the flood-gates. But hey, at least *I* opened them on my own volition. And I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and learn and develop this act as awesomely as I can–after all, ‘awesome’ the only way I know how to things! 😉