Fall is here! Time to work harder!

I’ve been so busy with planning and recording for my EP that I actually forgot to book any shows in November.  So.. as soon as November 1st hit I scrambled and messaged a bunch of venues and actually got a date for this month.  In Halifax it was simple to do such a thing because I knew a lot of venue owners so it was easy to just fill a spot on a show if it was open, but here in Ontario I am just starting to get to know the scene so it can be a bit more difficult to get someone to actually give you that shot if they don’t know who you are and your talents.

Thankfully, I did get a very kind reply within a few hours from the owner of Free Times Cafe in Toronto which looks to be an absolutely stunning venue.  This will be my first gig in Toronto other than the Honey Jam Showcase at the Mod Club Theatre back in August… so lets just say I am really excited about it.  SparkleThe show will feature me of course, as well as another Honey Jam 2017 artist Jana Teovano, as well as Emma Lee Fleury who is from St. Catharines.  I met her back in September when we did a show together @ Mahtay Cafe in St. Catharines, another one of my favourite venues in Ontario.  They are both amazing ladies of song, hence the name of the event.  If you are in the Toronto area on November 22nd, please join us for an amazing evening of intelligent songwriting and phenomenal vocal styles.  This is definitely a powerhouse gig and each of us possess our own amazing talents respectively.  Untitled design (13)I also have booked a gig at Plan B Brewery in St. Catharines where I played last month as part of the Songwriter Series that they hold there.  It is a great venue with extremely nice owners and I am super excited to be back so soon.  They have great homemade craft beer and its right in the heart of downtown St. Catharines!

Along with that, I have been spending the last three days sending out festival applications for every single festival I can find in Ontario.  There are some that are actually in the early months of 2018, so I’m really hoping that the talent scouts from these festivals can recognize my talent with all of the material that I’ve got online thus far, and give me the shot of being a part of their festivals.  I know I can impress, it’s just the fact of being given that chance to actually showcase what you can do in a live setting that means the entire world.  To be honest, for me it is a bit more difficult because I do not have any solo released material at this time.  I am currently in the process of my debut solo EP, so to some festival scouts that seems as if I have not accomplished much.  Truth is, I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now and I have accomplished a lot (with of course much more learning to do and more bigger & better accomplishments to come..), now I am just taking the steps to put it into physical form.  I do understand that some festivals hold a higher standard – but if these festivals took the time to give an artist like me that shot, I know they wouldn’t be disappointed.  Hands down.

This is actually something I’ve experienced for a long time.  It costs a lot of money to get a professional EP/Album out there.. so for years I have been struggling to come up with the funds for such a project.  As some of you may know, or if not.. you will now – I do have one EP recorded with my band Lindsay Misiner & The 7th Mystic from 2015, but it was done in a rush and only has two tracks on it.  It is still great, but at this point it does not represent the music that I play.  I am not complaining by any means, but what I am trying to get across here is that for me, it is beyond important to have a phenomenal first solo release.  It can’t just be some demo that I have recorded in my bedroom, it has to be perfection.  Perfection in my eyes means raw, natural, true, but done properly and professionally.  The reason I speak on this topic is because I know I’m not the only musician to struggle with getting the funds to create their first official project… and when it comes to being a musician these days – you need content.  When you apply for showcases and festivals and want to be taken seriously, it is beyond common that you need to have at least 1-2 releases before even applying.  Like everything in life, you’ve got to do it for yourself.  So.. what I’ve been doing is creating content in other ways while I am working on my EP at the same time.  By no means am I taking on my EP making in a slow fashion – but the way that my funds are at this time in my life with rent, food & transit – it only permits me to work on it on weekends, that is – actually go into the studio to record and create.  Otherwise, I am constantly working on actual plans, artwork, applying for festivals at the time of its release to promote, contacting media, general networking, playing gigs, etc.  That is a part of the project that must be always ongoing – but as for content before the actual EP release – it is so important to constantly be blogging (not everyones cup of tea), posting videos, posting on Instagram, tweeting, Facebook sharing all of these things.  These are the tools that keep and grow your fan base so that when you do release your project – people actually know about it and give a shit.  You build yourself up until the release in other ways that are engaging and interesting.  I know this will be a great next two years.. and I thank you all for being with me on the way up.

I am also really excited for December as I will be returning to Halifax for two weeks!!  Last time I was only there for about 5 days which was really hard for me.  I wanted to stay longer, but at that time I was a part of Honey Jam and had events that I needed to attend, so the trip was cut short.  This time I already have taken the 2 weeks off of work and I am already making plans on who I’m visiting and when.  I also promised myself that I would take it easy on the gigging aspect of things, as last time I went to Halifax I had booked myself 2 gigs and a tv interview which took away from my time with my family.  It was great and I am grateful for those experiences, but for this time.. I wanted to spend the time with my family that I need so very much.  So, at this point I’ve got one house gig booked and one gig on December 23rd at The Anchor, one of my favourite venues in the city of Halifax.
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Well.. I must continue with the festival applications now.
Thanks for reading,
Love Always,
Lindsay

 

 

 

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How about you R&R in our B&B- (2).pngThis Friday morning I’ll be featured on Humble & Fred Radio on Sirius XM, Channel 168 @ 8am with an interview & life performance!  I am so very excited to be featured on Canada’s #1 morning show! Woo!  This will be my 2nd radio interview since moving to Toronto… so I’m excited for the next year to come as with my EP, I’ll have even more reason to be getting on radio which is truly one of my favourite things about being a musician.  There’s just something that feels good about sitting behind a mic talking about your art work and playing your songs to an audience that may have not heard you before.  It’s a blessing.

I will also be playing next Wednesday @ Plan B Beer Works in St. Catharine’s with Piero & Justin of a local band called Stereo Sunrise.  Thanks to John Lepp for making this happen as I am currently residing in St. Catharines and the music scene here is great, so I’m looking forward to becoming more and more a part of it as time goes on.

I wanted to share with you all some shots from my photo shoot with Ryan Brougj of Zeebrah Media the other day in Downtown Toronto.  He’s a great guy and a great photographer.  He worked with me really well which is always amazing in a photographer and he had some great suggestions for shots which really showed me that he actually cared and wanted to get a great shot.

 

So Much Excitement!

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Wow!  This weekend is definitely jam-packed with some beautiful events & plans!  On Friday I’ll be heading into Union Station to play a set with some of the Honey Jam family @ York street Promenade from 3pm-6pm and then straight to the studio for my second EP session with Yogi DAAAAA Producer!!  Our first session was so unbelievable that I didn’t want to leave.  4 hours just wasn’t enough.. but that’s all we had booked at that time.  I was sad to leave as well as I knew that I wouldn’t get back to the studio for another 2 weeks… so lets just say that this Friday can’t come soon enough!  We created the most beautiful song I’ve ever had the opportunity of being a part of, so I can only imagine what the rest of the EP is going to sound like.

I will then be getting up on Saturday morning and heading to a Photo shoot with Ryan Brougj.  He’s originally from Nova Scotia which makes me really happy as theres always that Scotian connection that speaks volumes among East Coast artists.  We’ve got some interesting looks and locations planned, as well as I have been planning my outfit for two weeks now.. as I usually do.  I haven’t done a photo shoot in the longest time, since before last March, actually – so this is going to feel REALLY good.

Then, after the shoot I’ll be heading back to the studio with Yogi

 

for another session!  Thankfully I got two sessions in this weekend because like I said above, one session just wasn’t enough.  The magic that Yogi and I are capable of is almost scary… but it’s that good kind of scary that you want when you’re recording a debut solo EP.  It’s going to be FIRE I promise you all and I CANNOT WAIT to share it with everyone!!

I also wanted to share with everyone again what I’ll be doing for the rest of October.

How about you R&R in our B&B- (1).pngI will be having a live performance & interview on Humble & Fred radio on October 20th on Sirius XM Channel 168 @ 8am!  They are Canada’s TOP Morning radio show so I am blessed and honoured that they are having me on the show.  As well as I was supposed to be on the show back in August but I ended up getting sick, sending an email that they never got… so they were saying my name on the radio and they just thought that I never showed up.  I am so GRATEFUL that they even allowed me to come back on the show after that incident.  They have quite a sense of humour so I’m sure it will turn into a joke when I’m on the show.  I also want to put a huge thank you out there to Diane Foy PR for being so kind and caring toward me and making so many amazing interviews happen for me!  She is truly a great PR agent and I’m happy to have gotten the chance to work with her.

I will also be performing in St. Catharines on October 25th at Plan B Beer Works Brewery!  This will be a great gig for me as the brewery definitely reminds me of home.  I am playing the gig with Piero & Justin from Stereo Sunrise, a local St. Catharines band.  Cover is free.  Come on out if you’re in town.
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Love Always,
Lindsay

Update!


I’ll be heading to the studio this Saturday with Yogi to finally start my EP!!  The last few weeks some things have come up so we’ve had to post pone the first to sessions but this Saturday it is HAPPENING and I cannot be more blessed and excited!  I can barely contain it.  Yogi is such an amazing producer and I know he is going to take this to the MAJOR NEXT LEVEL.  

I also wanted to share this video made by Honey Jam 2017 Artist KARIS!  We all recorded 30sec videos of us thanking Ebonnie Rowe for the amazing opportunity and I can’t lie… I shed a tear.  It’s really sweet and you can tell how genuine and grateful all of us are for the experience she provided to us.


As well as on October 20th I will finally be featured on Humble & Fred radio as my appearance in August was cancelled due to me being sick.  I am so grateful that they have allowed me to come back for a second shot and I cannot wait to have fun with them!  They are the top morning show on Satellite radio in Canada so this is a huge honour, as well as I can tell their humor will really fit my personality so this is going to be a great time.  You can tune in on Sirius XM Channel 168 @ 8am Eastern Time!!  As well as I will be getting footage from the show to share with you all after the interview!

And to finish October off I’ve been given the opportunity to be a part of the Songwriters Series at Plan B Brewery in St. Catharines!  I am so very excited about this as the St. Catharines music community is so vibrant and this is definitely one of the first steps in being a part of it.  You can find all details on all upcoming gigs HERE.

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Much Love Always,
Lindsay

 

GET ME TO BARBADOS!

Honey Jam is giving us the amazing opportunity to go on a trip to Barbados & to play in Honey Jam Barbados 2017!!!  Watch the video above to find out more!  I had a really great time making this video, as you can probably tell!!  Not only am I excited to possibly win the trip…. but I really love experiencing music from different places in the world so this opportunity has got me over the moon!

I will also be performing @ Mahtay Cafe in St. Catharines tomorrow night with Emma Lee Fleury!  You can view the event page HERE!
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Love Always,
Lindsay

What She Said!


Above is my full interview & performance on What She Said Talk on Jewel 88.5 Toronto from Sunday evening!  Thanks to the powerful women @ What She Said Talk, Christine & Kate for giving me this opportunity!

Speaking of powerful Women, I will be playing my 2nd gig at Mahtay Cafe in St. Catharines this Friday with Niagra Singer/Songwriter Emma Lee Fleury!  She is an extremely talented artist and I am honoured to share the stage with her, as well as meet her because I can already tell we’re going to get along very well through our messaging back and forth about the gig!  I am so very interested in meeting everyone in the St. Catharine’s Music Community so it’s always exciting for me to play a gig at Mahtay Cafe because it seems to be the hub for the Music Community here.
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She has such a soft and enchanting voice!  Below is a small bio from our facebook event, as well as some links where you can see more of Emma:

Emma Lee Fleury is an earthling, musician and mixed media artist from niagara. Her band moonfox is an eclectic mix of strings and alt rock vibes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U9yL9PCcOU

Emma also sings and writes harmonies for Niagara band Fat Moth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LABwl9ptBlw&t=2s

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Much Love Always,
Lindsay

It’s all UP from here!

The last few weeks have been crazy.  In a good way.  I’ve gotten amazing opportunities through Honey Jam including the concert, mentorship cafe, workshops and more.  LINDSAY MISINER (3)Also, I got the opportunity to have an interview on What She Said Talk Radio which will air TOMORROW NIGHT @ 10:50pm on Jewel 88.5 Toronto!  You can also live stream the show HERE if you can’t get the station.  In the interview I speak about Honey Jam of course, my band, as well as I play my tune “Just to Have You With Me”!  It was a great experience and following the radio show in the coming weeks I will have the full video to share with you guys!  I have always loved doing radio interviews, in fact – it’s one of my favourite parts about being a musician!  It is such a great way to reach people that may not have heard you before – as well as it’s a great way to get experience for the future.  As my career moves on I know radio interviews will become more prominent in my life and it is always important to be comfortable behind that mic!

I have also been planning my EP with YogiDaProducer!  We had a great skype meeting the other day and spoke about the release date, the sound I’m looking for, and we planned our first official writing/recording session for next week!  I am so excited to present you all with this project.  It is truly going to be the most beautiful piece of art I have ever created so far.  Every night I write ideas down.  I am practically living within this EP right now.  I need this to be amazing and I will not stop until its magical.

Along with that, I will be playing a gig here in St. Catharines next friday at Mahtay Cafe!  I had such a great time there back in July, as well as I got the opportunity to meet and play with Flynn & Ferrie – A Scottish trio on the end of a Canada-wide tour!  ROADTRIPThey were so kind and talented and they actually ended up staying overnight at my home.  Stay tuned in the coming months for a blog post featuring an interview with Flynn & Ferrie!  They had some great experiences on their tour and I’m super excited I got to sit down with them and get some tips for other musicians, including myself, who are looking to go on tour!  I also got the opportunity to have an interview with Spirit of The Wildfire from Nova Scotia who were stopping by for their tour a few weeks ago,  which will be coming in the coming months as well!  They were in the middle of their tour when they were in St. Catharines playing with me – so it’ll be interesting to compare the two perspectives of tours between Flynn & Ferrie and Spirit of The Wildfire!

You also may have noticed that I’ve been using the same photo for my blog cover and most of my promo lately!  This photo is from a shoot I did back in Halifax with Sarah Davison.  The shots are timeless and I just can’t get away from them!  They were actually taken in front of a cherry blossom tree in front of Mt. St. Vincent University!  You’d never know that was the location, as well as someday we do hope to re-create this photoshoot.

I will be working with some writers in the coming weeks to get my songwriting to the next level, as well as currently I am immersing myself in every style of music to get the best idea of what exact sound I want for the EP.  Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks on shows, the EP, as well as anything else that’s happening with me!  It’s all up from here, folks!

I’ve also come up with a logo.  Check it out below!

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Love,
Lindsay

Honey Jam Concert

 


Wow!  The Honey Jam Concert was absoloutely amazing!!  I am so blessed to have gotten the opportunity to play on the Mod Club Theatre stage with 15 other amazing women!  It was such an honour to be a part of this showcase.  I could not be more grateful.  Please stay tuned for the professional video of my performance in the coming weeks!

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Not only that, but I will be having my FIRST EP recording session following my “What She Said Talk” interview on Wednesday with YogiDaProducer!!  I am so very excited to get this project going and I’ve got some amazing Scotian minds ready to pounce on the magic and get it going real good.  I can’t wait to show you all the sound I’ve been dreaming of.

Love always,
Lindsay