The Unexpected Tour

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re all having an amazing fall season. It’s been unseasonably warm here in Alberta; I think usually by now I’ve brought out the winter coats and toques and mittens, but we’re holding on to the warm weather like nothing else!

I wanted to give you all an update on our fall touring schedule! Josh and I started rehearsing yesterday and it’s been really interesting taking the songs and paring them down to just what the two of us can play. We’ve been experimenting with new sounds and versions of the songs, and I hope that you’ll love it as much as I am!

We’ll be leaving next Wednesday for a week long tour up to Northern BC and Alberta, and here are the dates:

October 15th – Sylvan Lake, AB @ Wave’s Coffee House
October 16th – Peace River, AB @ TBA (House Show)
October 17th – Rolla, BC @ The Rolla Pub
October 18th – Dawson Creek, BC @ Diamond Willow Retreat
October 20th – Fort St. John, BC @ The Lido
October 21st – Grande Praire, AB @ Tito’s
October 22nd – Edmonton, AB @ Mercury Room
October 23rd – Brooks, AB @ Tumbleweed Theatre

If you’re in any of these places, we’d love to see you at a show! We’ll be posting another quick tour out to Manitoba and back in the next little bit, so stay tuned for that!

Cheers,
Lauren.

A Showcase of Epic Proportions

Two weeks ago we had our official Peak Performance Project Showcase at Republik with Port Juvee and Mitchmatic. It was a fairly epic night; not only was it the first showcase of this year’s project, but it was the first showcase of the Peak Alberta EVER! Playing with Port Juvee and Mitchmatic was a ton of fun. We are all very different from each other, so the night never felt like it was dragging on, or that all the bands sounded the same. It was really fun.

We closed out the show and had a lot of fun doing so, and even managed to get a bunch of people on stage with us for the last song, including my dad who was dancing along! We made some great memories, and have these awesome photos from Unfolding Creative Photography to prove it! Enjoy!

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Until next time,
Lauren.

New Songs in Magical Places

Hey everyone,

First of all I wanted to say thank you all so much for the overwhelming support you’ve shown as we’ve shared about all the change happening in our lives and in the band. We’re in a unique career where part of our “job” involves sharing a lot of our lives with a lot of people, and it can definitely be a scary thing to bare your heart for all to see, not knowing what the response will be. But you are ever so gracious and supportive of us, and that means a lot!

With that little bit of sentimentality out of the way, I wanted to share some exciting news! On Friday we announced pre-orders for Where the Ocean Meets the Sky: A Visual EP! If you don’t know what this is, it’s a DVD that we’re releasing with six songs that we recorded in six different locations on Pender Island, BC a few weeks ago. You can pre-order the DVD HERE with free shipping within North America, and you can also check out the super cool “Pender Package” we have. It includes a hand signed DVD, an exclusive t-shirt, five art prints (done by Ross Bodenmann who did all the album art), a polaroid from the recording session, and a tote bag! The deluxe packages are limited to only 50, so if you’re wanting one, get it before they sell out!

We’re so excited to finally be sharing some new songs with you, and show you around one of our favourite places at the same time. I hope it inspires you to live the adventure you’ve always wanted to live!

Lauren

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Nothing Stays the Same for Very Long

2014 has been an incredible year for our band. With the help of our incredible friends and fans we won the CBC Music Searchlight contest and got a chance to perform at the CBC Music Fest with Tegan and Sara, Arkells, Dan Mangan, and a ton of other incredible talented musicians! Past that we played at the CBC Stampede Breakfast in Calgary, were featured as part of the CBC Beetle Roadtrip, flew to Ottawa for a Canada day show and live stream of a CBC songwriter’s circle, played for 3000 people in Thunder Bay, played direct support to JULY TALK in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University, got accepted into the Peak Performance Project Alberta, had a chance to showcase for industry professionals from around the world, and finally, got to work on some new music in the form of our Visual EP, filmed on Pender Island BC, that will be released next month, Where the Ocean Meets the Sky. Now if things have been going so well lately, why would we be talking about change?

There is a lot at play in our band right now, and has been for a while. Lauren and I have been doing a lot of looking forward lately, and as busy as we’ve been, we have been taking time to work through all that has been going on both in the band and in our personal lives. We’ve been taking time to look forward to the future, what our next album will look like, where we want to live in a more permanent nature, what we’d be doing if we weren’t doing music, and when the time comes, where we’d like to raise our children. It’s been a lot to process, but I think it’s been a long time coming. There’s only so long you can stay in a perpetual state of motion before life catches up to you.

Through this time of questioning and change we’ve become quite connected with the community on Pender Island, BC, one of the southern Gulf Islands just off the coast of Victoria. Our friends on Pender, Dustin and Christy and their four kids, live at and run a kids camp. It’s a tiny camp that serves a few hundred kids each year, and acts as a focal point of the community on the island. Various groups use the space through the winter, and Dustin and the other year-round staff assists in the island community in various capacities when needed.

Ever since 1994 I have been involved in kids camps in some form or another. I spent 10 years from 2001-2010 working nearly every week of every summer at camp, and in 2010, the first summer we were married, Lauren and I travelled across Canada volunteering at 8 different camps between Alberta and Newfoundland. Those experiences have stuck with us, and we both feel very strongly that some day we’d like to work at camp full time, and raise our kids in that environment. The more we’ve grown to know people on Pender Island, the more Lauren and I have felt a desire to be a part of what they are doing. It’s been hard to reconcile how that could work with the band, and all we have going on with music, but it’s something we haven’t been able to stop thinking about.

While on Pender two weeks ago we had a group discussion with the band about our collective future, peoples roles in the band moving forward, something the Peak Performance Project asked us to do, and what level of commitment would be needed in order to make this next record a success. Though Lauren and I have been working very hard for the past four years, and past two with Jay, Jess and Josh, and have come a long way, the reality is that at the age of 25-30 we all still live with our parents in some form or another, something that can be a little demoralizing at times as mid to late twenty-somethings. It was through this busy and difficult year and the recent discussions we’ve had as a band about the future, that Jay and Jess have decided to leave the band, and although we were unable to publicly announce it, their final show with the band was our Peak Performance Project showcase last Thursday in Calgary.

Unfortunately, as our fall tour was scheduled to start on October 15th, less then three weeks from now, there is not enough time to find fill in musicians, and since many of the promoters specifically booked a full band show, we regretfully must inform you all that our fall CBC Music Searchlight tour has been cancelled. That being said, Lauren, Josh and I WILL still be touring this fall. I have been working on booking as many shows as I can around Western Canada over the next few months so we will be playing as a three piece through BC/AB/SK and MB this fall. Well actually a two piece, Lauren and Josh will be working on songs together and I’ll be running sound for the upcoming tours. If you’re interested in hosting a show in your town, or if you’d like to put together a rocking house show, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are sad to see Jay and Jess leave, but we are excited for whatever is next for them. If you’d like to hear more on their side of the story, they’ve posted a note on our blog for all of you to read.

Read their post here:

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Here are the shows we have coming up this fall (There are more to come):

October 15th – Sylvan Lake, AB @ Wave’s Coffee House
October 16th – Peace River, AB @ TBA
October 17th – Rolla, BC @ Rolla Pub
October 18th – Dawson Creek, BC @ House Show
October 20th – Fort St John, BC @ The Lido Theatre
October 21st – Grande Prairie, AB @ Tito’s
October 22nd – Edmonton, AB @ Mercury Room
October 23rd – Brooks, AB @ Tumbleweed Theatre

November 6th-16th – SK/MB

December 11th-14th – BC

Moving past the fall, Lauren and I will be heading to Pender Island this winter for some previously planned time off. We have aspirations of moving there permanently by next summer, but we’ll start with this winter and see how it goes. This spring we’ll start work on our next full length record, and will be pretty quiet, musically speaking, until the summer. Our goal is to play as many festivals as possible next summer, and follow that up with our CD release tour next fall. It’s still a long way off, but I can’t wait to get the new album out!

In the mean time, Lauren and I are going to start working on some music on our own and in the coming months, we will be offering ways for you to get involved with, and support us on our musical journey.

I know this is a lot of change to process, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us a message or an email. We love hearing from you, and your love and support is the backbone behind what we do!

We love you all, and can’t wait to share this next chapter of life with you!

Cheers,
Zoltan.

A Note From Jay and Jessica

To all our dear friends:

We are writing to announce our departure from the band. These past two years have been an amazing blessing to us filled with beautiful friendships, crazy adventures, and unforgettable memories and we want to thank all of you for being a part of our lives. Leaving is bittersweet, however it’s the beginning of a new season and we are very excited to see what God has planned for us. It’s been an honour and privilege to play alongside Lauren, Zoltan, Josh, Hammer, Ray, and Dane and we can’t wait to hear all the new, amazing music that will be created (Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, Gold and Shadow, and Brave the Weather)! This is definitely not the end of music in our lives as we plan to make music together, always. Thank you all for your love and support on and off the road!

Love,
Jay&Jessica

Read the full announcement of all the recent changes and updates with the band HERE.