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October, 2005

It's so hard to keep track of the days when not much is happening on the forefront of being a performing musician. Life is no longer about specific dates. I've played one show since LadyFest, however, in the background, the work never, every stops. I've been recording with Casadore and with Casey Comeau & the Centretown Wilderness Club. There's all the artwork and CD layouts to worry about. I've been trying to get everything ready for the upcoming festival application deadlines, I've been working on lining up more shows, and I've been taking more pictures to decorate this website. Things are coming, slowly, but surely.

The first new photos I've added to this website are of me and my new boyfriend.

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I call my new stand-up bass my new boyfriend because I'm just too busy to have someone special in my life. Learning to play this beast takes a lot of time and patience. A month later and it still hurts (my ears) to play, but it does get better and better. I'm hoping to incorporate some new sounds with this bass in both Casadore and a new project I'm getting off the ground with Centretown Wilderness Club bassist Dietrich Sider. I'll keep you all updated as things progress.

Over the past six weeks, I've also been taking time to go to see shows. Fall is a great time to go on tour for many bands as there aren't any extreme weather conditions (excluding hurricanes) to battle during the long stretches between cities on those Canadian highways. Consequently, the amount of bands that have played in Ottawa has been incredible! What a treat! Even the Rolling Stones played here! I didn't have tickets to see the Stones, however, I could hear them so clearly in my bedroom. A little trot up the hill outside my house and I found myself among 3000 other Ottawans gawking across the Rideau Canal at images of Mick and the gang projected on the big screen. It was the best block party I'd been to in a long time!

The Rolling Stones even stayed behind to film their latest video at the Zaphod Beeblebrox where I've played many, many times. Of course, most Ottawans found out about the video long after the band was done their shoot, however, a friend of mine was asked to be in the video. The idea of the Stones shooting their video in Ottawa was seemed so incredulous at the time that my friend told this person where to go in very unpleasant terms. Little did we know...

Little did we know, as the day after the big concert, a shaggy-haired Ron Wood replica opened the door for me at my downtown office. Sigh. As least I didn't make an arse of myself. These do make for good stories after the fact...

There's always so much to learn from watching other performers. Inspiring acts I've seen lately include The Bellrays (talk about a singer who can really command a crowd!!!), local metal band Muffler Crunch (who I desperately want to play bass with - I begged them), and Eleni Mandell. I was so taken by Eleni's bass player that I could not take my eyes off his hands. It was no accident that within two weeks of seeing him play, I went out and bought a stand-up bass of my very own. It's been something I've been dreaming of since I bought my first electric bass about five years ago. Some dreams do come true...

I know it's a long way off, but I've been invite to be a guest on the Ottawa Live Music Show at midnight on the last Thursday of January, 2006. Ottawa Live Music is a radio show hosted by Charles Anthony aired on CKCU Carleton Radio. Every week, Charles invites a musical guest to perform. His show has a long-standing reputation and has been instrumental in getting the word out about many independent artists.

Speaking of CKCU, I'd like to remind you that their Funding Drive is taking place from October 21 until November 6, 2005. Please donate. Visit to find out how. Rob and I will be doing our regular thing every Tuesday morning from 9-10am during Funding Drive, intermixed with a lot of begging and a lot of thanking. Did I ask you to please donate? Please, please, plllleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaase donate. Without community radio stations like CKCU, there would be no future for musians like me.

Dietrich and I will be flying out to St. John's, Newfoundland to visit Centretown Wilderness Club fiddle player and good friend Aalya at the beginning of November. Aalya was kind enough to sit in with me at my solo show at LadyFest last month. The two of us are certain to play at a few Open Stages and we're hoping to set up a show. Again, I'll keep you all posted.

That's it for now, but I'll try to write more frequently!

Marie-Josée xx


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