Music with a message. Poetry with purpose. Phil Ochs is my all time favourite songwriter and I’m so pleased to announce my participation in the first Canadian Phil Ochs Festival presented by Folk Zone in Ottawa, ON. The main event is the tribute concert at the Gladstone Theatre at 8:30pm but there are many free events happening throughout the day from 10-6. Please visit www.ochsfest.ca for more info.
Back by popular demand! Vancouver’s premiere Beatles band – the Fab Fourever – are teaming up with me and Molly D for an incredible evening of entertainment featuring the music of my favourite artists of all time! These shows sold out on our last tour so get your tickets while you can!
It seemed I had no sooner taken my final bow on Granville Island that I was boarding an Air Canada flight to the furthest reaches of our country. All summer we honoured the legacy of one of the most important icons of west coast – Red Robinson. What better time to honour my own family’s legacy on the east coast by tracing our ancestral roots in Newfoundland.
It’s easy to forget just how vast and expansive our country really is. We’re closer to Paris than Vancouver pictured here in Elliston, NL.
Along with my mom and siblings, we worked our way up the coast from St. John’s to a the small, fishing village of Elliston where we met some distant relatives and saw some ancestral homes. We payed tribute to one of our relatives, William Oldford who perished in the great Sealing disaster of 1914 by visiting memorial site and the Sealer’s Museum.
We saw some gorgeous coastal vistas in Bonavista; took a “Rugged Beauty Boat Tour” with Newfoundland’s “Bill Murray” a.k.a. Bruce in New Bonaventure and finally, danced a jig in a bar on George St. in St. John’s.
Now I’ve left my coastal Newfoundland for the prairies in the heart of America, rooting on the Royals and trading Cod for BBQ here in Kansas City!
While here, I’m preparing with my crazy little woman, Molly D, to make our return to the west coast this October t0 play with “the Beatles” (Fab Fourever) on Vancouver Island.
The Arts Club’s Red Rock Diner is now rockin’ Granville Island Stage until August 2nd. It is a time capsule of 1950s Vancouver and explores the legacy of Red Robinson. I play Val, the greaser kid from Kitsilano who idolizes Elvis, sings and wiggles his hips. I’m very proud of this show and the team that put it together. Get your tickets soon before they are all sold out!
Patience is a virtue. And for that, fans, I thank you. Procrastination is not, however, and I vow to increase the frequency of my posts.
That said, I will attempt to make an excuse as to why I haven’t posted in a while by elucidating recent events.
January- It was the polar vortex. I was in New York. I turned 33 and my heart was warmed when I got a visit from the most attractive Elvis impersonator I have yet to encounter. We went to Times Square. I got a chance to take in Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s performance in “No Man’s Land”. Took in a Ballet. Saw the Beatles! (1964, the Tribute) at Carnegie Hall. And even put in a visit and an interview with the Sonny Ochs, sister of my hero, Phil. February- I reprised two roles. I took Mark Leiren-Young‘s “Never Shoot a Stampede Queen” to one of my favourite places in the world, Haida Gwaii. And I completed my 10th production playing Buddy Holly in the back-by-popular-demand run in Chemainus. March- I played a couple of fundraisers with my band, the Smashed Hits, in New Westminster and in my boyhood town of Qualicum Beach. I had a ball playing to old friends, neighbours, and family. Thanks Sherri! April – Molly and I packed up the car and made the big drive back to Kansas City where I’m spending time working on a new play. Before we left, I even managed to shoot a segment for the super-fun, Pancake Manor children’s webseries! So, I guess I haven’t been spending all my time playing online chess. But I do intend to keep you updated a little more often. Till then, Rave On! Z