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July 21, 2006

What a summer it's been so far! I finally finished the tracking and mixing for my solo debut album! It's official! I'm a double-bass player! I've been recorded! Our Lady of Broken Souls is set to be mastered in August and then sent away for manufacturing immediately afterwards. I'm still hoping it will be ready for release in the fall. In the meantime, I've uploaded a few MP3s on the Musician page of this site. I hope you enjoy them!

Recent additions to my solo project include incredible multi-instrumentalists Adam Saikaley and Neil Gerster, which I also find very exciting!

Of course, the highlight of the summer so far has been playing the Cisco Systems Ottawa Bluesfest with Casey Comeau & the Centretown Wilderness Club where we unofficially released our EP Taking Routes! Watch for upcoming news on the official CD release that will take place sometime in the fall.

In the meantime, I've started sitting in with a new community of folk musicians, some of whom I'm in the process of setting up tours with for the fall. Beginning July 30, I will be backing Melissa Laveaux for as many of her shows as possible. Our duet rendition of Wendy McNeill's Such A Common Bird was certainly the hit of the evening when we shared a double bill at Rasputin's on June 17!

What's also sure to be a hit is the Great Canadian Acoustic Buffet, organized by newcomer Fred Stuart - front man of The North Ontario Wildlife Society, which will feature five local performers. For reservations, contact Dean Verger at 613-230-5102.

I'm still hosting my radio show on CKCU FM, however, I will be absent for three weeks in August. If you're an independent musician or are involved in the independent music industry in any way and would like to appear on my show about musicians for musicians, please contact me at marie-josee@uglysocks.com.

That's about it for now, but check in soon, as my home Internet access has been reinstalled, allowing me to update my site on a more regular basis. Phew! I'm lost without Internet!

Cheers! Marie-Josee xx

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