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. The 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. 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.
I have never done a Christmas themed show before, so I am really excited to pull out all of my favourite Christmas songs (there are A LOT.. I love Xmas) and serenade the crowd with my versions of their favourite classics. One of those being Silent Night by The Temptations, also my mothers favourite Holiday song. I am also working on getting a few appearances on local tv and radio around the city – so hopefully those pull through as well. There I go again – booking my entire family trip up with gigs and appearances. I honestly just can’t help it. It is who I am. And I do enjoy every moment of it… so if I’m there for 2 weeks with only 2 gigs and possibly an appearance or two… hey. It’ll be fine and fun.
Well.. I must continue with the festival applications now.
Thanks for reading,