Monday Moving & Grooving: The Man I Want To Be When I Grow Up

Well … I’ve never really wanted to be a man … at least not until I saw this guy …

And truth be told I still don’t want the male equipment, but after hobbling around like a crippled person for the past month, I want this guy’s moves!  Gives me hope that I too will be grooving like that again  (with some luck in time for the Burnaby Blues and Roots)!

Until then, this fellows definitely giving my cheek muscles a workout!


Emme   xoxo

My 2014 Canada Day Playlist

It’s our birthday Canada!

Which means it’s time for another Canada Day Playlist!

Why? Because Canadian Girls are as F*^%&! EH as our beavers …

… and our astronauts are this cool …

… we can sing in pirate …

… we know what it means to be Canadian …

… and we really do have some great tunes!

So celebrate Canada! This great country gives us reason to be happy!

Happy Canada Day!

Dancing in the Rain at the 2014 CBC Music Festival in this Edition of Monday Moving & Grooving

Well, seeing as I spent the better part of a week sharing festival teases from the CBC Music Festival at Burnaby‘s Deer Lake Park, I thought it would be a little remiss of me not to share an actual taunt from day (shot on an iPhone by a couple of the kids accompanying us) from Spoon and Tegan & Sara!

While it may have been a little damper of a day than we would have liked, raining out many of the earlier performances and  having to make many schedule their day to be able to hang in with the weather, it was an utter blast of a day, soaking in some great Canadian music!  I even managed to sneak backstage to shake hands with Jian Ghomeshi!  The man has lovely soft hands!

So for this Monday Moving and Grooving, I do hope you enjoy a bit of dancing in the rain!

Catch more from #CBCMusicFest here on the CBC Music Blog!


Emme   xoxo Festival Tease: The Belle Game, Dan Mangan, and Chad Van Gaalen

Enjoying spending a quiet morning in a mellow reflective mode with the west coast rain outside, fingers crossed that the weather will clear up for the second ever Festival today at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC.  While I ponder moving the heavens to create clear skies for this afternoon and this evening, I’ve been enjoying taking in the tunes of three of the more pondering philosophical artists of the festival.  Here is a little tease and a bit thought provoking music from each …

The Belle Game

Curious to know the stories of the members of The Belle Game that inspires storytelling such as that above.  A beautiful sound and such a bone chilling tale. As described on their website “sweetly haunting soundscape … full of melancholy and symphonic power” certainly rings true in what I have experienced of their music thus far.  So who are they? Andrea Lo, Adam Nanji, Katrina Jones, Alex Andrew and Rob Chursinoff.

To discover more, wander over to Deer Lake Park in Burnaby this afternoon.  They take to the Courtyard Stage at 5:15 pm.

Dan Mangan

Choosing a song of Dan’s was difficult for me, so I decided to pick two.  The first a song of Dan’s in his earlier days from when Bronwyn Malloy first introduced Dan’s music to me … a bit nostalgia.  You see like Hannah Georgas, Dan is also a friend of Bronwyn’s and similarly, although I have enjoyed his music for years, I have yet to see him live, so I’m quite excited!

And the second piece of Dan’s music that I am sharing, I think Felix would quite appreciate in it’s reflection on how war, fighting, and hate seep there way into psyches, yet change is possible.  Rather timely, I think.

Dan for those of you who are not aware is another success story from Vancouver’s music scene. A hometown boy done good! (Back off grammar police! That poorly articulated sentence, was purposefully written that way!)

Catch Dan on the Lake Stage at 5:50 pm!

Chad Van Gaalen

So admittedly I am not quite sure what to make of Chad yet. I quite like his sound, but as I listen to his lyrics they make me feel uncomfortably thoughtful, not to mention what watching some of his cartoon illustrated music videos do to me.  Just take a look here on youtube. My one warning though, you may not be able to look at toothbrush the same way, afterwards.

Uncomfortableness aside, I do very much think Chad has some powerful messages and soul searching to share, and I am quite curious to discover more of him, which I suppose I will doing as he hits the Courtyard Stage at 6:35 pm.

Hope to see you at Deer Lake later today!

Emme  xoxo

PS For past #CBCMusicFest teases click here and here, and for what to expect of the day before you go read on with: Festival Ignites this Summer at Deer Lake Park.  You can also follow along today and engage with #CBCMusicFest on social media.

2014 Festival Tease: Crystal Shawanda, Hannah Georgas, and Arkells

Funny how so often when you are down in the dumps and needing that reminder that things are okay … that you are okay … you happen upon that song that ever so simply reminds you of just that! As I went to discover more music from the 2014 Festival lineup, that is exactly what I found!  Give it up for …

Crystal Shawanda

Thanks Crystal!  Beautiful Day  was exactly the song I needed after having a rather rough day and emotional week.  Very much looking forward to kicking back on the lawn to more of your music at Festival at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC this Saturday!

To all of the rest of you, hailing from Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Crystal will be bringing a bit Nashville and a whole lot of country to the tantalizing mix of Canadian musicians to heat up the summer at Deer Lake this Saturday. And an honour it is, I must say, as in the past year Crystal not only graced Inauguration Day at the White House with a performance, but also won a Juno for Aboriginal Album of the Year.

Crystal will take to the Courtyard Stage at 2:50 pm.

… and the next artist of the day …

Hannah Georgas

I can’t help but smile fondly when I hear Hannah’s name, as I was first introduced to her music by one of Ahimsa‘s summer students years ago, Bronwyn Malloy.  Bronwyn is friends with Hannah and created this tribute video to Hannah’s song The Beat Stuff  with Alyzee Lakhani for some experimentation they were doing in character storytelling:

… and here is Hannah’s official video of The Beat Stuff …

Very much looking forward to Hannah taking to the Lake Stage at 3:20 pm, as despite to being a VanCity gal and enjoying her music for years, I have yet to see her live!

… following Hannah on the Lake Stage at 4:25 pm …


A bit of nostalgia, simply because the Arkells take me back to old haunts like Jackson Square!  And what kind of Canadian gal would I be if I didn’t start the summer off with visions of dancing naked around a fire!?!  Can picture the giant bonfire right now in the back fields of someones’ Ontario farm!


Emme  xoxo

PS Stay tuned for more #CBCMusicFest teases as the week goes on, click here for an earlier tease, and for what to expect of the day read on with: Festival Ignites this Summer at Deer Lake Park