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Music is the best therapy…


Monday Night I headed north to Clandaboye to Conni and Brent’s house for a House Show… it was so cold outside.. I was in a crazy grumpy mood–ask Ryan…but once the music started.. my grumpiness slowly started to fade…and was replaced with a smile..
Our opening act was Gabbi and Joe… it was my first time to hear/see Gabbi sing.. she has an amazing voice, and presence on stage! 

 and a shot of Joe…

 Tonight.. the main act was the “Sultans of String“… “Sultans of String are Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity. The band romps through an energized adventure of Latin, Gypsy-jazz, Middle Eastern and folk rhythms, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity…” was how Lynn Thompson described the group after a show.  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my typical go-to-listen kind of music… but that’s the thing that I love about going to these House Shows… I get to see/hear stuff I’d never pick for myself!

Tonight only two of the five members of the “Sultans of String” were in Clandaboye… I can’t imagine what a show with ALL of the members would be.. because having only 2… was amazing!!

Here’s Chris McKhool…

and Kevin Laiberte…
Check out the YouTube link… This song was “written as a tribute to Luna (First Nation name Tsux iit), the famous killer whale in the Nootka Sound near Vancouver Island.   The Mowachaht/ Muchalaht First Nation belived him to be a reincarnation of their late chief Ambrose Maquinna, who said that after he passed away he would come back as a killer whale to bring them traditional teachings.  Four days after his death, Luna showed up.  This song goes out to the spirit of this beautiful whale” (from Luna, Sultans of Sting)…
As this was played last night.. I could totally close my eyes and HEAR the whale calling… it was so beautiful….it reminded me of THIS day.. and the first time I saw and her Bow Head Whales playing in the Cumberland Sound…
I love coming to the House Shows…but they are always challenging for me to take photos, but that’s not really why I go…but it’s still a bit of a game to see if I can get a decent shot of the performer–with the lighting/ motion… but I always surprise myself! It’s pretty dark…and I try to take the shots without flash.. so that makes it always interesting!

…this shot was exciting..because another camera’s flash lite my shot! (and I totally didn’t see Conni about to take the photo as I did… pretty neat….)

I’ve included this song… because it made me smile… I could totally picture the sunrise in Auyuittuq National Park.. (I’ve been there see HERE, HERE or HERE)… I looked at the Pang Pass…out of my living room window for a whole year!  So I’ve attached a few photos from my days living just south of the arctic circle for you to look at…. as you listen to the next YouTube clip!

Sunset… June 20, 2009… longest day of the year… (this was taken about midnight on the top of Mt. Duval!)

Self portrait… top of Mt. Duval… June 20, 2009…

From my trip to the Auyuittuq National Park… (unfortunately, the sun did not rise nor set on this trip! was covered in fog/snow!)

Leaving the Park.. the sun started to show itself…

Thanks Chris and Keven for sharing your amazing music… you look like you have as much fun in the making of it… as I did in the hearing of it! 🙂


Thanks again Conni and Brent for opening up your house…it was an awesome night! Sarah

>Home Routes Take 2…

>Well, I’ve been going through photos…and realized I never blogged about another “Home Routes House Concert” I went to back at the end of October…  I went to one early October.. and blogged about it HERE!

On October 30th, I headed north of the perimeter to Conni and Brent’s house for another concert!  I brought a friend with me this time…so I was lucky, I didn’t have to drive!

This time I was able to make it in time for the opening act… Brentin, Barry, Terry and Joe warmed up the crowd !!!

…I only took a few photos…partly because it was so dark, and I think flash is evil…(and there was just too much blur happening…) and partly because the room was so full, and I didn’t want to draw attention to myself, and not on the performers! 
But I do like this shot…

The ‘pre-show’ was amazing… and then we had a brief break before Lynne Hanson the main act came on to perform…  as I write this I’m listening to one of her cds…and am brought back to that night! 

Lynne got up and quietly started to share her stories at first with words, then with her songs…but she had amazing stage presence….

Most of my friends who know me know that I don’t actively go out in search of new music, styles, to listen too… I just get stuck in ruts, listen to what’s on the radio, or what friends listen too.. that’s what I’m really enjoying about these concerts is finding new stuff to listen too!  I’m getting to hear some pretty awesome music that I never would have heard in my own little ‘bubble’!  I’m happy to say that Lynne has joined that ‘bubble’ of  music I like! 

I’m not 100% sure if it was my frame of mind…but her music really spoke to me that night!  Something about the words and stories was something I could relate too…and its something I can’t quite put into words. But what I will do is leave you all with one of the songs Lynne sang… “Rest of My Days”

>A very busy, yet fun filled weekend!!


This is the first of three posts about my weekend… I did a lot of fun stuff this weekend… On Friday night I headed north, out of the city of Winnipeg to Candeboye! Along the way I got to see the sunset… it was way fun to see how FLAT the landscape truly is…

 I was running a bit behind, I had been talking to my mum on the phone…and then stopped on the way for something to eat… and by the time I hit the gravel road I was suppose to be on to get to my final destination it was really dark.. and I had a moment of ‘I hope I’m in the right place, because I’m on a gravel road in the middle of no-where…and my cell reception is going in and out!’ but have no fear I was on the right road, and did find my final destination, alright… even though I was fashionably late! 

…Here’s a fun photo of the final road I travelled, gravel… and well fuzzy but kind of cool!

 Why did I travel up to Clandeboye on a Friday evening? Well it was the first Home Routes House Show of the 2010-2011 season at one of my co-worker, Conni’s house!  You might wonder what is a ‘Home Routes House Show’? (don’t worry I also wondered at first!)… Basicly a group organizes artists to come to houses for concerts, the hosts provide a place for the artists to sleep…and there is a ‘series’ of houses on the tour… All in all it’s a pretty cool idea… Conni and her family are starting their 3rd season of hosting! 

On Friday night, Brock Zeman was there accompied on the guitar by Blair Hogan.  I wasn’t sure what to expect… but I was not disapointed!! Brock and Blair did two sets… and kept us entertained with their music and sense of humour! 

 Blair had some ‘mad’ skills on the guitar….

Overall, I had a fabulous experience… I can’t wait until the next show… they happena bout once a month, and there are all kinds of different acts! 

Thanks Conni, Brent and Joe for inviting me… can’t wait until the next time…

I’m going to leave you with one of songs that Brock sang in the evening… enjoy!