A bit about myself: I'm a musician originally from Winnipeg, and while it is probably so easy to hate that gritty little city, I never did - I think music made my time living there full of adventure and growth and community. Winnipeg is an astounding music mecca for genres all across the board, and I can say with a good degree of confidence that we are renowned all over the country for the quality of music that comes out of Manitoba. Some of the best nights of my life have been spent in a tiny bar on Main St., called Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, performing a set with my band and then taking in more great music with a beer in hand, watching trains go by behind the stage window.
I started writing songs in high school after hearing Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” for the first time, and having some very coercive friends convince me that I should put my poems to music. Being an introvert who panics at the thought of having to give public speeches, I am still baffled that I have ended up on a path that gets me up in front of people to sing and play my heart out in one of the most intimate art forms. The funny thing is, I can’t imagine doing anything else right now. I love it. There is nothing quite like the feeling of being at home on a stage, offering parts of yourself and the world as you see it to an audience, who will take the songs in and perhaps weave them into their own story. I like creating movement with music - whether it involves getting you up dancing and moving your body, or emotionally moving you with words and melody and feeling.
Paired with music, my profound love and appreciation of the natural world are a big part of what makes me who I am. I have an alter-ego as a field scientist and spend part of my time working for a land conservation organization. I love digging my hands into dirt and watching things grow (I may be mildly obsessed with plants). This is a huge contributing factor to the reason why I moved away from Winnipeg a couple of years ago, to a piece of property south of Riding Mountain National Park. I also have lifelong roots in the area, so here I’ve plopped myself with the intention of seeing what I myself will grow into. The transition from citylife to bushlife has not been difficult for me, but I will save some of the mishaps and adventures for other blog posts…
The Harvest Sun Music Festival is an incredible culmination of all of the things that are important to me, and I am thrilled to be the Artist Ambassador for this year’s blog. You can expect to read up on all sorts of weird and wonderful things that come to my mind - what it’s like to live where I do, poems, recipes, interviews with farmers and other HSMF artists. I’m looking forward to sharing with you.
Over and out, until next time!