20 July 2017

African Descent Festival!!!

July 20th, 2017|Articles, Inspiration Station, Inspiring Folks, News, Show Announcements|

This is going to be a great weekend of music and culture!!! I am excited and honoured to be backing up the headliner, international reggae artist Nkulee Dube on Sunday, July 23rd! Her voice and presence are mesmerizing. Nkulee is a phenomenal performer and person. DO NOT miss this show. It will be high vibes, for serious! The band is heavy: Matt Reid, Timmy Boom Bap, Devon Martin, Jay Esplana, Cuyler Biller…need I say more?!?!?!

Go here to find out more info about the festival!

20 January 2016

Freedom Singer

January 20th, 2016|Inspiration Station, News|

Khari McClelland is a beautiful friend of mine. His heart and soul are as big as his talents. He’s been working on a gorgeous project called Freedom Singer. It reflects upon experiences of the Underground Railroad and people’s quest for humanity and freedom. Khari’s own great-great-great grandmother was a slave and made the long journey to Canada. He retraced her steps and became curious. He read stories and became even more curious. He heard people share and he wondered  “What was the music that followed these people on their journey?”.  His music is potent and stirring, heavy and hopeful. I was honoured to sing these powerful songs with Khari and this fine group of people. At times the music was so moving, so real that all we could do was sing on through our tears.

You can watch the full performance here: Freedom Singer

Here is a picture of the entire group!
Big thanks to the CBC Toque Sessions for presenting this wonderful show!

3 January 2016

The Laughing Heart

January 3rd, 2016|Inspiration Station, News|

My mission for 2016!

 IMG_3512 copy

The Laughing Heart

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

— Charles Bukowski