Posted on January 31st, 2013 | by Leslie


FAWM and gigs galore!

Tomorrow FAWM begins!

For those of you who don’t know what this is, FAWM stands for February Album Writing Month.  It is a month wherein those of us involved forsake our families, day jobs, and overall lives, for the sake of writing 14 songs in 28 days.  This is my third time, last year was a roaring success (30 songs in 29 days), and I can’t wait to jump back into the mayhem.

This is a challenge for any songwriters or would-be songwriters out there, supported by donation.  The FAWM community is welcoming of all skill levels, collaborative, diverse, and international.  I’ve met some of my closest friends, favourite musicians, and best collaborators there.  Feel free to simply listen, or join up and write, compose, collaborate and comment on what will soon be thousands of new songs.  The music will be coming fast, so keep up with my progress on my FAWM page.  I dare you!

Gigs galore!

Last Sunday started at T.A.N. Coffee, with Deborah Linden and I as “December Roses,” performing together for the first time.  Photos and videos are coming soon; I’ll let you know when they’re up.  Special thanks to Devin Melanson for handling our sound, Carlos Parra for video recording and editing, and Karl Stahl for photography.  Also, thank you to all the friends and family who made the trip from far and wide to support us.  We’re looking forward to doing it again!

Afterwards, it was off to the Spice Lounge and Tapas to participate in Alexander Quail’s Sunday Showcase.  I was floored by the talent in that room, and honoured to share the stage with such excellent musicians.  So many friends were there, too!  Thank you one and all.  It was my first appearance at Spice, and it won’t be my last.  Stay tuned for more on that in the near future.

Then it was back to the Moonshine Cafe to join in on the Tuesday night open mic.  I plan to go as often as I can, and it’s as close to a regular chance I can give you to hear me perform live.  Alexander’s a wonderful host, there’s a brilliant atmosphere, the crowd is warm and supportive and there for the music, which is consistently top-notch.  If you get the chance, stop by.

This coming Sunday I’ll be participating in a filk song circle at Bakka-Phoenix Books.  I love a chance to get my geek on.  Never been to one of these before, but thanks so much to Debs & Errol for suggesting I join in the fun.  If there’s a geekery-fest on the go, you can bet they already know about it.

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