Canada Day in Ottawa!

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Hey everyone! We’ve been on tour for the past few weeks, and it’s been a great time! We’ve been able to see so many friends, and meet lots of new ones, and we’ve had many exciting opportunities come up. I’m sure most of you have seen our announcement on Facebook by now, but we’re really excited to announce that we’ll be playing in Ottawa and Gatineau for Canada Day!

Obviously Canada Day in the capital is a big deal, and we’re so honoured to be a part of the celebrations. It’ll also be our very first fly-date as a band! We’ll be doing a set at Jacques-Cartier Park in the evening, and earlier in the day I’ll be taking part in a songwriter’s circle at Major’s Hill Park.

If you live in Ottawa, we would love to see you at the celebrations! For details on all of the celebrations happening at the capital that day, check out their website. We’ll also be heading out that way on tour later this summer with a show at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC.

Here are the rest of our upcoming tour dates. Make sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on upcoming shows and tour life!

June 6th – Chilliwack, BC – Acoustic Emporium
June 7th – Kelowna, BC – Streaming Cafe
June 14th – Burnaby, BC – CBC Music Festival
June 18th – Prince George, BC – Artspace
June 19th – Rolla, BC – Rolla Pub
June 20th – Edmonton, AB – The Works Festival
July 3rd – Calgary, AB – CBC Stampede Breakfast
July 4th – Okotoks, AB – House Show
July 20th – Brooks, AB – CBC Beetle Tour
July 22nd – Kenora, ON – Bijou
July 23rd – Thunder Bay, ON – Summer in the Parks
July 24th – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Roberta Bondar Park
July 27th – Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep
August 1st – Barrie, ON – The Clarkson
August 2nd – Eden Mills, ON – Community Centre
August 3rd – Barrie, ON – Kempenfest
August 4th – Leamington, ON – Concert Series
August 5th – Owen Sound, ON – House Show
August 6th – Manitoulin Island, ON – Maja’s
August 7th – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Lop Lops
August 10th – Gimli, MB – Rock the Dock
August 12th – Brandon, MB – Music in the Park
August 13th – Wasagaming, MB – Foxtail Cafe
August 14th – Brandon, MB – Lady of the Lake
August 15th – Kelwood, MB – Harvest Sun Festival
August 16th – Kelwood, MB – Harvest Sun Festival
August 17th – Kelwood, MB – Harvest Sun Festival

Until next time,
Lauren.

Shows This Week!

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Tour started a few days ago, and we’ve hit the ground running. It’s been a great first week, but it’s even now starting to fly by! We’re really excited for the shows coming up, and getting to go back to some of our favourite places.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

TONIGHT! May 27
Kelowna, BC @ Fernando’s
Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm
Tickets are $7
Also playing: Chez Babe

THURSDAY, May 29 (Mine and Zoltan’s 4th Anniversary!)
Kamloops, BC @ The Dirty Jersey
Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm
No cover!

FRIDAY, May 30
Vancouver, BC @ Cafe Deux Soleils
Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm
Tickets are $8
Also playing: The Tourist Company (fellow Searchlight band!)

Hope to see you all at a show!

Here’s a full list of all of our upcoming shows. We’ll keep adding more as they get booked! Stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what’s happening!

May 27th – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
May 29th – Kamloops, BC – Dirty Jersey
May 30th – Vancouver, BC – Cafe Deux Soleils
June 3rd – Pender Island, BC – Hope Bay Camp
June 4th – Abbotsford, BC – House of James
June 6th – Chilliwack, BC – Acoustic Emporium
June 7th – Kelowna, BC – Streaming Cafe
June 14th – Burnaby, BC – CBC Music Festival
June 18th – Prince George, BC – Artspace
June 19th – Rolla, BC – Rolla Pub
June 20th – Edmonton, AB – The Works Festival
July 3rd – Calgary, AB – CBC Stampede Breakfast
July 5th – Priddis, AB – Private Event
July 20th – Brooks, AB – CBC Beetle Tour
July 22nd – Kenora, ON – Bijou
July 23rd – Thunder Bay, ON – Summer in the Parks
July 24th – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Summer Series
July 27th – Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep
August 1st – Barrie, ON – The Clarkson
August 6th – Manitoulin Island, ON – Maja’s
August 7th – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Lop Lops
August 10th – Gimli, MB – Rock the Dock
August 12th – Brandon, MB – Music in the Park
August 14th – Brandon, MB – Lady of the Lake
August 17th – Kelwood, MB – Harvest Sun Festival

Until next time,
Lauren.

Welcome to our Practice Space!

Happy Friday everyone!

A few of you might have seen random pictures and posts about our practice space, so I thought I’d give you a closer look at where we spend many of our evenings getting ready for tour and working on new songs!

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This winter we had a few months off, and one of our goals was to spend a lot of time working on music. To do that though, we needed a space, so we started talking to people around town to see if we could find something that worked. A local heavy duty mechanical company offered to let us use a huge empty room in their office as a temporary solution, which was a great start.

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A few months later the owner of a local self-storage company got in touch with us and said they had an empty unit we could use. At first we found it quite unconventional, using a storage unit to rehearse in, but we put in some work to make it cozy and comfortable, and we’ve grown to love it!

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Since the unit is essentially a corrugated metal box, we needed to make some adjustments, not only for aesthetics, but also so sound wouldn’t be reverberating from wall to wall and making us crazy. I found a few curtain panels at the local thrift stores and combined those with a collection of fabrics from my mother-in-law and we were able to cover almost all of the wall space with fabric.

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We put down some carpets, Jess made a doily bunting banner, and we found some lamps and Christmas lights and all of a sudden, our metal box was converted into a cozy, living room-like space. It’s not big, but everyone’s got enough space to play and move around a little.

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The one characteristic of this space that I didn’t really consider until we started rehearsing in it was that it’s very isolated, and that’s a good thing! In the winter, we would close the door, and we’d be stuck in a box with nothing to do but work on music. No distractions, no outside influences, only us and our instruments and a handful of songs. It made for some productive evenings.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of our humble space! We dream of one day having our own place where we can spread out a bit and maybe have a studio or something, but for now we’re so thankful for the generosity of the community, and having a place to work on our craft!

Until next time,
Lauren.

P.S. Don’t forget! Next week we’re hitting the road for a tour through Alberta and British Columbia and we’d love to see you at a show! Check out all the tour dates HERE.

Summer Festivals!

Hello all!

First of all, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for all the congratulatory messages we’ve been receiving since the big announcement on Friday. We are still just amazed by it all, and to be able to share this victory with all of our friends and family means the world to us. We have definitely been feeling the love from all across Canada, and the world! So thank you! Here’s a little recap of our run in the CBC Music Searchlight Contest from Andrew aka Gunnarolla:

As you know, one of the prizes for winning Searchlight was an opportunity to play at the CBC Music Festival in Burnaby, BC on June 14! We’re so looking forward to opening for some amazing Canadian bands, including Tegan and Sara, Spoon, The Arkells, Hannah Georgas, Wake Owl, Chad Vangaalen, Dan Mangan and more. If you’re in the Vancouver area, we would absolutely love to see you there!

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On Friday, shortly after we found out about our Searchlight win, we got offered a spot at Harvest Sun Festival in Kelwood, MB! We’re so excited to be part of this grassroots art and music festival! We’ll be playing on Sunday, August 17 at 5:30pm. See all you Manitobans there!

And last but not least, we’re going to be heading through Thunder Bay this summer on July 23 to play for the Summer in the Parks Series! We love Thunder Bay (one of the Contest Inception winners hails from there!) and we can’t wait to come back and play this amazing city event!

We’ve got lots more of exciting shows coming up this summer that we’ll be announcing in the next few weeks, so keep in touch! For all the details on our upcoming tour through Alberta and BC, head to our Facebook page. See you soon!

Until next time,
Lauren.

CBC Searchlight: WE MADE IT!!!

At 7:15 this morning, we got a call from none other than Jian Ghomeshi, saying that we had been chosen as Canada’s best new emerging artist! WOW! I don’t really have words to accurately say how happy and thankful and completely honoured we are to have won. It’s been an amazing day, and we feel on top of the world! Here’s a little video of our reaction from early this morning. It says it all.

Don’t forget! We have a tour coming up through Alberta and BC and we’d love to see you at a show! Check out our FACEBOOK page for all the details!

Much love,
Lauren.