The past four weeks have been a real whirlwind. I feel like so much has happened I can't even think of where to begin. I met so many interesting people, traveled to so many different places, saw so many incredible things, and probably drank and celebrated more than you can ever imagine.
To make things easier, I've decided to narrow this post down to some highlight moments and pictures below:
- Here's to taking and performing on the train from Vancouver to Toronto - such an impressive experience seeing one side of the country all the way to the next and making new friends along the way. If you're a musician, take the VIA Rail as an Artist On Board. Just do it! You can't turn down a free ride or amazing journey like this in exchange for playing on board. Everyone else out there, if you can afford such things, please take the train at least one time. It's such a unique way to travel and who knows how much longer it will be around for. I extend my greatest thanks to VIA Rail for their generous hospitality and for granting me such a cool opportunity.
- Every show I played along the tour was very different and special in its own way. It's very hard to narrow down my favourite, but if forced to, I'd choose Kingston. The turn out was unreal, my brother accompanied me for a song, and I even had a couple local guys play drums and bass for the final 5 songs. Every band that I shared the stage with for each show was awesome and I can't say I had a single bad experience.
- Toronto, I will never get used to your -30 degree weather with windchill. Period.
- To all my friends and friends of friends that I stayed with along the route, thank you so much for your hospitality. You made traveling easy and very inexpensive!
- One of the strangest things that happened to me while on tour must have been after I had just arrived at my friend's place in Ottawa. No one else was home and a sweet elderly Portuguese couple who barely spoke any English came over from next door to tell me that they heard water spraying from the side of the house. I had a look and sure enough a pipe had burst outside, so I ran back inside to try and figure out what the hell I was supposed to do. Luckily, after scrounging around in the dark basement for a while, the elderly man came down and helped me track down the pipe and shut the water line off leading to the outside leaking pipe. My friend had no idea she had Portuguese neighbours...
- People in Halifax are beyond friendly and sure know how to party hard. Shout out to The Seahorse Tavern and The Mellotones - what a night!
- Here's to all the musician friend's I made along the way! We've all got to stick together in this industry. If you don't know any of them below, check them out! They all make sweet music and deserve recognition! Ivory Hours, The Honeyrunners, Lenny and The Bullfighters, Jack Marks, Alex Leggett, Will Hunter Band, Moonfruits, Lea and Carl, The Arborists.
Finally, a big thanks is in order to every person that attended any of my shows out on the road as part of my little solo tour. You're support truly means everything and I couldn't have done it without you. I hope to be back in your neck of the woods and more oh so soon!