2014 CBCmusic.ca 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 CBCmusic.ca 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 CBCmusic.ca 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: CBCmusic.ca Festival Ignites this Summer at Deer Lake Park

Ross Neilsen’s Serving Up the Black Coffee

For those of you that have been following along for awhile, especially on blip.fm, you’ll know I love my slow moving weekend coffee blips.  So was pretty excited to discover this morning, while posting a ‘Tune from the Road‘ on Roamancing, that Mr. Ross Neilsen was serving up some ‘Black Coffee’.



If like me, you love listening to artists play around with making tunes and writing their own music, you’ll want to follow along on Ross’ blog as he’s taking on the Song of the Week Challenge.  Was first introduced to this concept when Bronwyn Malloy was interning with Ahimsa Media, and lending her pen to my site, and I have to say it gave me a huge appreciation for the creativity and hard work these musicians put into their craft.

In a ‘Rain Mood’ with Bronwyn Malloy

It has been awhile since we’ve checked in with the creative young talent that is Bronwyn Malloy.  We found her jamming to her new song ‘Rain Mood’ with her Dad, Stephen Malloy, on a veranda in the Middle of Nowhere, Quebec.



Such talent!  Looking forward to seeing where she takes it.


Emme xoxo

An Ode to Our Interns

I’m not quite sure why I have been feeling a sad sense of reflection this last week.  Perhaps it is that the days are cooling down and that the carefree days of summer are coming to an end (even if I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the carefree part).  But no question about it, as I read Alyzee Lakhani’s latest post, this time the tears catching in my eyes were that sad reflection, that with summer winding up, we lose the two incredible interns that I’ve been pinching from Ahimsa to school.

Bronwyn and Alyzee, with whom I imagine is the British accented drill Sargent barking orders at Alyzee in her head (see Alyzee's latest post for the reference).

I am really going to miss these gals.  Alyzee and her incredible gift with the quill.  Bronwyn, whom was born to have a spotlight shine on her and has an incredible gift for the audiovisual arts that I was only just beginning to grasp.

For all that I tease Erica, I do hope she agrees and we can find a way to keep these two involved, if only on those occasional moments that they have a breather between school deadlines, as I will greatly miss these two creative spirits.

Thanks Alyzee and Bronwyn!

Shedding off the Funk

To kick the day off on the right foot, an uplifting video from a creative teen that Alyzee and Bronwyn introduced me to, to the tune of one sexy Van City cat with a beautiful voice – Hannah Georgas:

Thanks Shea and Hannah! I needed this this morning.