Indy Pride with The Cliks

The Cliks have been a revolutionary band in the queer scene, with lead-singer Lucas Silveira being the first openly trans person to be signed to a major record label. I’ve been listening to the band for the last 6 years, and took special interest in them when they re-emerged in 2013 from a long hiatus. I wrote a few articles about the band for BlogTO and Listen Queer, and attended their CD release show for Black Tie Elevator. I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to take the stage with them. But Toronto has a funny way of providing me with dreams-come-true scenarios, over and over again (just look through this blog!). When I noticed the Cliks were looking for a new drummer, I auditioned, got it, and rolled into this summer doing my first ever international tour dates with a well-known band that I respect and admire.

A 12-hour drive from Toronto, we arrived in Indianapolis, geared up to play the main stage for Indy Pride Festival. We had an early rise, with a 8am sound check on a big outdoor stage. An hour before our set, a driver picked us up at our 5-star hotel, and drove us down to the festival. Police officers had to herd the hundreds of people to get out of the way of our vehicle. As we slowly proceeded through the crowd, the half-dressed Pride goers curiously peered in our windows to see what all the fuss was about. Cops escorted us out of the car and back stage, where we had our own air conditioned RV, and a Pride volunteer taking care of our every beer need. IMG_4468

When it was our time to play, I stepped on stage where I was greeted by the biggest crowd I’ve ever played to. It was wild! We blasted through our set, with fans singing along to every word. When all was said and done, I headed over to the merch table where there was a crazy long line up of smiling fans. I helped sell CDs, shirts, and stickers, and was even asked to sign autographs and have my photo taken! I felt like a real rockstar for an afternoon – it was super cool. What a huge accomplishment this was for me. I learned a lot about the road, the music industry, festival life, and myself as a musician and traveller. Next stop – San Diego on July 19th!

Check out this video from the show!

NOMA || Say Hello to You

When my good friend Ashley Mauerhofer told me she was filming a promotional video for her OCADU thesis project, I jumped at the opportunity to be in front of the camera. Her app, NOMA, helps you navigate through your city to discover new places and spaces. It allows you to keep an interactive journal of your experiences, which eventually gets mailed to you in a hard copy. How cool is that!? The video ended up looking like a pretty typical day in my life! The park, coffee, friends… it’s all real folks. The one day shoot was my first little taste of acting, and I loved every second!

The video also features my pal Cody Turner, who just launched his new website – and it’s stellar.

Cheers to cool friends doing cool things!

She Does the City

More exciting news!
I am now part of the ultra-hip community of young females at She Does the City!
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She Does the City is an “imperfect life guide for women” covering the latest in fashion, lifestyle, news and culture. Content is geared towards young females navigating their way through the coolest happenings the city has to offer.

I’m taking care of weekly music posts, bringing you events, playlists, spotlights and more.
This website is a great fit for me, giving me the chance to emphasize the importance of strong women in music. Down with the overload of misogyny and sexism – and power to talented women doing their thing in a male-dominated industry!

Read my first article here.

Check back to She Does the City regularly, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

PRIDE 2013 With Ruby Randall

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Pride weekend: sweaty, scandalous, and sexy. Just as it should be. The highlight of my Pride this year was most definitely playing the Bud Light South Stage with Ruby Randall on Saturday’s Dyke Day Afternoon. Playing music I love, with friends I love, at a place that celebrates who I love. It was an absolute dream come true!

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