Performance

Folkies Storm Unsuspecting Hotel

  Q: What feels like a folk festival but looks like a hotel? A:  The Folk Music Ontario Conference 2013 How do you make the familiar strange?  Invite hundreds and hundreds of musicians to spend a weekend in a Delta Hotel.  Picture the last hotel lobby you visited.  The revolving doors that lead into a…

Children’s Album of the Year: And the Nominees are …

Children’s Album of the Year:  And the Nominees are … One of the unexpected and lovely surprises at being nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards was finding out who the other nominees are.  At first, I thought it might be bad form to look them up.  Like spying….

The Big Idea Band Showcases at FMO

What’s the Big Idea?!?  Right now, it’s a Family Showcase at the Folk Music Ontario Conference being held October 17-20th in Mississauga.  We have a Friday night showcase with an opportunity to play for the many good folks who hire festival acts and gigs of all shapes and sizes.  I am stoked to be appearing…

Some of the Best Big Ideas are Small

Some of the best ideas are small. Mid-September.  Big Idea Headquarters is buzzing with activity—inspiration, ideas, insights.  I continue to work at branding myself. (If you’re picturing a ranch and a hot bar of iron with ‘Big Idea’ being stamped on my forearm: close but not quite.)  Less painful. Less bovine-like. More like an ink-free…