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January 1, 2006

Happy New Year!!!!

After two months of work, travel, music and fun, I find myself at a not-so-peaceful cottage in the country near Maberly, Ontario for my yearly ritual of ringing in the New Year with friends. The cottage is owned by the Foss brothers who bring us the Maberly Meltdown - a lakeside alt-country music festival where everyone is hauled onto the site in a cattle truck via an old logging road, for a weekend of camping, swimming and a stellar line-up of Ontario and Quebec acts. My favourite band, The Sadies, is a festival mainstay, which never fails to be a thrill for me!

Two thousand and five has been a pretty spectacular year for me including travel to Edmonton, Newfoundland and Mexico, new professional opportunities, spending quality time with family, a new abode, new bands and a stand-up bass. As a musician, highlights include playing the Ottawa Folk Festival with Casadore and playing at Sneaky D’s in Toronto with The Hussies. It means a lot to me to be able to say that the first time I’ve ever been to Toronto was to play a show with a band! The money we made barely covered the cost of gas to get us there, but at this stage of the game, no one expects to make any kind of revenue! The day before flying to Mexico, I finally got a chance to play the infamous Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec with Casey Comeau & the CWC! Playing the Sheep was a dream since I moved to Ottawa. Going to see a show in scenic Wakefield is always a lovely break from the city. I look forward to my next opportunity to play there!

This is also a reminder that at midnight on Thursday, January 26, 2006, I'll be performing live on the Ottawa Live Music Show.

Two thousand and six is certainly starting off with a bit of a bang, which certainly sets the tone for another eventful year.

On that note, I'd like to thank you for sharing 2005 with me and look forward to seeing you in 2006!

Marie-Josée xx


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