Just back from a whirlwind visit to Toronto for the Canadian Folk Music Awards. So much fun, and so many wonderful surprises. The biggest was being given the Young Performer of the Year at the CFMA. Congratulations to all my fellow nominees – it was so fun to find out about you all, and so exciting to see another Nova Scotia artist, Dave Gunning take two awards from the CFMA’s. Yay Dave! Thanks to all the folks who took the time to listen to Beauty Queen, and who gave me and all the great people who made it happen, their stamp of approval.
I’ll be back and forth to Toronto in December to visit again, as I’m starting work on the project with John Angus MacDonald (still calling it Songs for the After Pageant Party at the moment!) and can’t wait to get back in studio with John-Angus, Nick and Cone starting December 17th – just about a year to the day I started working on Beauty Queen!

Performance-wise, this week I’m excited to be getting together with my friend Carleton Stone for a show on the 10th – a sort of house concert that we’re calling Songversation – in the Green Room at the Bauer Theatre in Antigonish. This is an all ages show starting at 7.30 so tell your friends, and come enjoy a few tunes with us.

Then on December 16th I’m very proud to be joining Jenn Grant, Carmen Townsend, Christine Campbell, Ria Mae and Mo Kenney to support young Emma MacRae, who is being treated for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Please get your tickets for this event taking place at Montes Showbar and Grill on Waverly Road in Dartmouth – tickets at all TicketPro locations!

We’re on the countdown to Christmas now, so I guess my mom will have to turn the furnace on. As a little salute to everyone whose mom has NOT turned the furnace on yet, I’m going to offer a free download of a song from my first album….Angel and Me. Just right click and you’ll get the download option! So please! Fill yer boots! And enjoy the snow – I mean, it’s coming so….get out and play in it!


Hey y’all!
Here we are on a rainy day, but this month has felt almost like summer in NS!
November has been fun-filled so far. Music Nova Scotia Week was last weekend, and it was a blast! Had such a fun time rocking my Rodd Grand showcase with the boys, Jared Farney on drums and Peter Bull on bass, talk about adrenaline rush!

Now I’m gearing up for the next big November event: a songwriter’s circle with Joel Plaskett, Ian Sherwood, and Mo Kenney. This is a fundraiser for Invisible Children, an organization that helps child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, defect and be rehabilitated into society. It’s an amazing cause, and I’m really excited to be part of organizing it with my friends Heather, Rachelle, and Reily. If you’re in Antigonish (or a drive away) on November 26th, please come support this important event and hear some great tunes. It starts at 8pm in the McKay Room on STFX Campus, $15 for students/unwaged, and $25 for adults. I really hope you can make it out!

Looking ahead to December, I’m very excited for the Canadian Folk Music Awards weekend. I’m nominated for Young Performer of the Year, alongside some really talented people, you can check out all then nominees here: http://folkawards.ca/awards-night/nominees/
It will be nice to get back to Toronto, I’ll be there a lot next month. Getting very excited to hit up the studio with John Angus MacDonald again just before Christmas, maybe Cone will stop by for a visit? You never know!
I hope all of you out in cyber-land are well. See you on the 26th!


The September dive into cold water – going back to school! – is behind me now, and I’m settling into autumn and have lots of NEWS!

Had a great birthday weekend, and enjoyed my time at Contact East in PEI (thanks so much for the showcase, guys!) That coincided with releasing a new video of People Lie made with Pete Murphy, an Antigonish filmmaker, and starring my friend Aislin Flynn. If you haven’t had a chance to see it please go have a look!

People Lie is now out as a single across the country, so encourage your friends to phone their local radio station and ask for it!

The new album, Beauty Queen continues to get great responses: have a look at the reviews page! Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to listen,consider, and then write about it!

Coming up in October – lots of local gigs:
Oct 4th: In aid of Mental Health at the St. FX Art Gallery
Oct 12: Pride Week (with Ryan MacGrath at St. Andrews United Church)
Oct 19th: Halifax Pop Explosion (Company House, Halifax at 8 PM),
Oct 20th:North Nova High School, 7 PM, supporting drought ravaged countries in Africa
Oct 26th:Supporting the Antigonish Men’s Health Centre, Bauer Theatre, Antigonish
and then October 29th, in Truro a really fun event – see the poster below!
This Halloween Bash with all ages singing should be a real HOOT so come on out and bring someone!

What could be more fun than Howling Out for Halloweeen!

One more thing to watch out for: In the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be launching a PledgeMusic site.

Folks who’ve followed my blogs know that I got the chance to record with John Angus MacDonald from the TREWS this summer in Toronto. We have our first song, Audrey Mae, in the can, and are now really keen to work together on a larger project aiming to have it finished by the time I graduate in June! Of course, that means raising funds, and Pledge Music seems a great way for someone like me to do it, and give all you supporters special ‘treats’ along the way! Video blogs, downloads, limited edition t-shirts, and lunch in the studio with John Angus and me while we’re recording are just a few of our planned exclusives!

Keep your eyes glued to my website, myspace and if you can help, do. We’re really excited to be working together on a rockin’ album “Songs for the After Pageant Party”, (to follow Beauty Queen) and we’d love your help to make it happen!

One of the very best things about PledgeMusic is their incredible commitment not only to helping artists make their projects a reality, but to tying those projects to charities which best reflect an artist’s interests. So, a percentage of everything I raise will go to my chosen charity – Invisible Children. I’ve heard several incredible and moving presentations by these folks who’ve come into my school, leaving me and my classmates moved to tears and, I hope, to action.

The idea of helping other kids who live in and cope with circumstances I can’t even imagine, seems really important. So – when you’re considering helping my campaign, look at the work that Invisible Children www.invisiblechildren.com does, and I’ll be very proud that your support of me, means our joint support of them!