Over Land And Sea Tour – Part THREE!

The past week, at least for Zoltan and I, was mostly defined by trying to continue doing what we do as best we could while feeling under the weather. We both got sick, Zoltan mores than I, so that made everything a bit more difficult. But we still had a lot of good times and fun shows.

In Sudbury we played with a band called Wintermitts who are from Vancouver and also on tour across Canada. They were super nice and fun and play really cool indie music with lots of instrumentation: drums, bass, acoustic, electric, glockenspiel, ukelele, flute, trumpet, trombone, accordion, melodica. It was a lot of fun to play with them!

The giant nickel in Sudbury, where a lot of nickel mining happens.
What a bunch of odd folk!

We were in Barrie for Mike’s birthday, so he got to hang out with all his friends, and we got to see some good friends too and catch up a bit, which was really nice.

And of course, being in Peterborough with the Hawkins is always a really nice time. It was the perfect place to spend two days and for Zoltan to get good food and decent rest. We played at their church, The Parish, and that was a really fun experience as well.

In Ottawa, my cousin Carter and his beautiful girlfriend Kirsten gave us a tour of Parliament! It was really incredible to be inside the building where all the important decisions of our country are made and where so many important people throughout history have walked and influenced the direction of our country. Carter and Kirsten know so much about the government and its history, so it was really cool to hear them talk all about it. We also got to sit in on Question Period, where the MPs talk about issues and the opposing parties can ask questions. The original intent of Question Period was to keep the government accountable to the other parties for their decisions, but it’s become more of a press stunt, as it’s the only parliamentary proceeding that gets publicized over television. Nevertheless it was really interesting to get a glimpse into the life of a politician and hear about some of the issues that people are talking about these days.

The Parliament Buildings and Peace Tower in Ottawa.
The inside of Senate on the right side of the Parliament Buildings. It’s a very regal looking room, and there is a chair, the biggest one on the centre left, for the Queen when she visits. Usually the governer general resides in place of the Queen.
The hallway of the Parliament building that separates the House of Commons from the Senate. Each side is very different and even has their own security guards.

We also got to go up the Peace Tower which gives a great view of Ottawa and all the other government buildings.

Carter and Kirsten also came to our show that night at the Mercury Lounge and it was really great to get to hang out with them! Hopefully it won’t be so long before our next visit! 🙂

Until next time,
Lauren.

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