Catching up and passion projects

Posted February 16, 2018
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Over the past few months, I have been working really hard to do a better job working with and understanding all my clients, needs in my community and really collaborating on some cool projects I’d love to share with all of you. This would not have happened without meeting some incredible people over the past few months and trying to personally grow, which we all know can be hard to do or put a focus on. I started taking a night class at UNBSJ and since then collaborating and sharing ideas has really changed the definition of what that meant for me. Projects and client work I take on now provide more results and better relationships and has made the purpose of these projects so much better.

Strange Grooves has become a really important project for me. It has opened up some phenomenal opportunities and even more amazing conversations. We are on Episode 17 and I am extremely humbled. Check out the latest episode above with Josh Bravner from The Hypochondriacs. We have been working hard, Cherise and I, to book great interviews, plan and create great events, book more slots where we spin our records, spend more time at peoples hours and venues talking about music and it has been so freaking fun!

More on Strange Grooves from Grid City Magazine or from the website.

Area 506 has been something else I have been putting a lot of time and effort into. It is a festival here in my hometown of Saint John and I am thrilled to be on their board of directors as the head of marketing and communications. This festival means a lot to me and so does the success of it. I love music and seeing people enjoy it even more. That being said, There is a wicked show on March 13th that Shivering Songs and Area 506 are putting on. The sheepdogs will be playing the Kent Theatre here in Saint John. Make sure to grab some tickets yo. I would also ask if you know of anyone who may be interested in being a vendor or a sponsor to get in touch on the website.

Check out more on the Area 506 Instagram page here.

These passion projects have really made me do a deep dive into why I do the things I do. That goes for clients, community, myself and many other factors.

The last one I will tell you about for now is The love economy NYC Gathering.

Over the past couple months, I have been working with some phenomenal people to make this event a reality and its happening it’s under 2 weeks. If you know someone who should be at this get them in touch with us via the Facebook page or Instagram.

Hope you are all doing amazing! Give me a shout if you need help with anything marketing related or if you would like to help or contribute to 506 or Strange Grooves.

Cheers 🙂

 

 

 

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MAUDE + MONTGOMERY- Bring the Maritimes home.

Posted December 12, 2017
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MAUDE + MONTGOMERY  brings the soul of the Maritimes alive and allows you to take the maritime home with you no matter where you are in the world…
 
Featuring an incredible collection of curated Artisanal Gifts and gift boxes that offer a sense of nostalgia for east coast living. Simply beautiful items and gifts for everyone.
I recently received one of their signature maritime gift boxes and was floored. Everything from the way the box was made, the smell, the contents, I would 100% recommend checking this company out and getting one of these special boxes.
I have been working with Kerri and heather for a short time now and I am loving what they are doing with their brand and online business. The story is being told from so many different views and that is so cool
 
The artists, the owners, their customers, and ultimately how their customers use those special items and make memories with is bringing the MAUDE + MONTGOMERY brand to new levels. I am over the moon to be working with this company and I love how everyone in Atlantic Canada is helping each other and the community at the same time.
I urge you to check out their website and the items in their shop. The gift box alone for 25$ is a steal and is extremely well crafted. It could be used for so many things.
 
Specific items I really liked:
 
Sea Salt and Spoon  Used this to make a stew on the weekend and felt like I knew what I was doing with this special little ingredient and the stew was amazing!
 
Sea Kelp Soap  Some of the best soap especially for sensitive skin. I will be switching to this 100%.
 
Linen towels  Honestly, these make me look like I have a nice kitchen and that I know what I am doing LOL. They are very nice and made extremely well. I will be ordering some of these for the bathroom next.
 
Quiet Coast Candle– Love the smell of this. Light, and refreshing. I love the smell it put through the house.
 
The flowers…These were such a nice touch. I really enjoy all the contents sincerely and recommend checking them out.
 
Check out their Instagram.
Check out this article by Huddle for more information and an interview with Kerri.
#Community
 
 Cheers 🙂
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Visiting 11thmile.yfc in Fredericton

Posted November 29, 2017
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When choosing ingredients, decor, and location Jenny and Peter definitely went the extra Mile, in this case, when they opened the 11th Mile in Fredericton.

I visited their establishment this week as part of a photography shoot with ICS Creative Agency and we were there to film a commercial with NB Liquor. Jenny and Peter were incredible hosts and their restaurant was a pleasure to visit and work from.

The snacks that were offered were gone very fast! The crew enjoyed them. Deviled eggs, togarashi-spiced popcorn, and a beef tostada was served.

Great menu, ingredients and cocktail choices were amazing. The decor and vibe overall are certainly welcoming, social and modern.

We had some of the best drinks I have ever had from the bartender there, Travis with The Craft Collective. 

Jenny then made me a new fave called the Muffie Meyer made with my favorite gin! Gin Thuya from New Brunswick.

I really enjoyed my visit there and love the story behind the place.

” a  reference to the Scott Expedition. It’s a terrific story, but it also serves as a metaphor for hospitality (or any job really): do a job correctly until it’s done, or your previous efforts don’t matter. In other words, don’t leave them waiting for the check”.

 

This week’s menu below:

I will most certainly be back and urge you if you are in Fredericton to check it out.

Cheers

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Volume 8 with Saint John Record Enthusiast, Jeff McLennan

Posted November 23, 2017
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Strange Grooves was on location for Volume 8 with one of our most anticipated guests, one of Saint John’s biggest record enthusiasts, Jeff McLennan.

We were so honored to be invited to check out his personal collection which is the most beautiful collection we have actually seen with our own eyes. He has over 2000 records and very stunning ways of displaying them. Jeff’s wife and son also have vinyl of their own in the collection. The wide variety of tunes is astounding and we are certain you could spend days just combing through them all.

Only a small area of the 2000+ records in Jeff’s personal collection

In this episode, we chat about what Jeff has been listening to lately, top 5 albums we would bring to a deserted island, some of his favorite treasures and gems he has found over the past 20 years. We chat about some of our favorite artists to listen to and for what reasons, for example, Les Paiens, Miles Davis, Deerhoof, The Sheepdogs, Primus and much more.

Cherise and I have been members of Jeff’s Facebook Group for a little while now, and we find it so valuable for sharing our music and finding new stuff, check it out SJ Record Enthusiasts.

Coming up

We will be spinning at HeartBreak Boutique as part of Uptown’s Sparkles event on December 1st from 5- 9 PM.

The date for our Pop up Record Expo is December 13th, 6-8 PM.

The event can be found here.

Email strangegrooves@gmail.com for an invitation.

We would love to have you join us for some vinyl collection chit chat, snacks, and some S T R A N G E  B R E W S at the Five and dime afterward.

Check this out!

Jeff created Volume 8  playlist as well for your listening pleasure after the podcast. Great way to find some new tunes.

 

Find us on Facebook or Instagram 

Thank you to everyone who has been tuning in, participating, coming out to the events. We sincerely just love sharing conversation and tunes and we always welcome new guests.

#KeepItStrange

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Volume 7 with Wayne Long

Posted November 16, 2017
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Wayne Long joins us for Volume 7

On this episode, we take a deep dive into some of Wayne’s fondest concert experiences, favorite records, his current playlists and a surprise Tom Petty appearance that happened in New York, his love for live music, how the music community has been a huge part of his life, and much much more.

Grab your headphones and turn it up!

Wayne is a wonderful dude to chat about music with. He has an abundance of knowledge and enthusiasm that really you can feel. He loves to play music live, loves to share experiences and last week he shared a post on Facebook about his first concert experience. There were over 200 comments and that really made me so happy that Strange Grooves is now a thing.We really want to engage with people, bring them out, listen to music together and really have a community of music lovers that love to share conversation, knowledge and much more about the music they love.

We were honored that Wayne was able to join us and we urge you to listen to the podcast above! There are some really fun and shocking stories he told us as the conversation unfolded.

Thanks for listening~!

#KeepItStrange

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SLAB- Wood From The Hood

Posted November 14, 2017
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∇  Audio and blog Interview with Judith Mackin of Tuck Studio- Interior Design and Decor.

All Photos by Kelly Lawson
I was honored to sit down with Judith on Tuesday at Tuck Studio on Grannan Alley for a few minutes and get a sneak peek into the SLAB project launching on November 16th. Some of the furniture is stunning and really tells a story.
I also asked her about some of her favorite musicians, concerts she is attending in 2018 and generally what she wants for her city moving forward.
 
Judith has a creative brain some of us creatives wish we had for Projects and design. Her work ethic and love of music, as well as sincerity toward her brand and team, are very humbling and very apparent. Judith chooses her projects wisely and with the highest level of respect for her community. This project certainly reflects that.
 
 Click play below to hear our conversation:
 


Watch video of Jean François Landry of JMN Enterprise in Claire New Brunswick working. You can see this incredible piece on November 16th.

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Strange Grooves Volume 6 with Ray Gracewood

Posted November 10, 2017
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Ray Gracewood joins us for Volume 6.

On this episode, we dive into some of Ray’s favorite records and memories associated with them. We chat recent concert experiences, including his 40th birthday Guns and Roses surprise, Area 506, and much more…

Ray tells us about a very cool Headstones experience from about 15 years ago and a few Matt Mays memories. We chat The Strumbellas, Blue Quarter, Stars, all things Area 506 and the intimate experiences with the bands that go along with running a festival and how listening to them after can feel. We dig into some of our favorite vinyl recordings, and how incredible live music can be for everyone and all ages.

The first record Ray introduced us to is the second album by Canadian band, Ox, released in 2006. They are from Vancouver. Really incredible sound. This is the record you are hearing in the background of this episode.

We also chat about the first record that stands out to us or that we lived through and Ray brought his Loverboy album…If you are not listening yet… press play and turn it up to find out more.

Photos all By Ray Gracewood

The Strumbellas in Denver

Stars performing at Area 506

Guns and Roses New York October 2017

Check out the Area 506 Instagram and stay tuned for next year’s lineup! 

Thanks for tuning in folks! Please let us know if you would like to join us for an episode or if you would like to write, or share anything with the vinyl community. We would love to hear from you and what you are enjoying and watching. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

#KeepItStrange

 

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Strange Grooves Volume 5

Posted November 2, 2017
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 Hello Everyone!

VOLUME 5 is now Live!

“ALRIGHT NOW!
Won’t you listen?”

 -Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath 

This week It’s just Cherise and I and as per usual give you a quick recap and give you an update on what StrangeGrooves is working on, We chat Halloween, and events coming up including Letterkenny Live in Moncton. We also chat about a recent show Cherise saw at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John. It was a screening of the 1920’s classic horror film Nosferatu, that had members of the Symphony New Brunswick and Open Arts playing an original score along with it in the pit, Really wishing I went along with her for this.

We are also creating weekly Spotify playlists featuring the music we talk about on the show as well as some of your requests! The first one will be shared on our Facebook page later this week. Check back for that!

On the topic of music, we chat about Black Sabbath, who we are spinning this episode as well as a very underrated Canadian group from the 1970’s called Edward Bear. Cherise is obsessed. You can check out the post she did on them this week here. I also give more love to Queens of the Stone age, the Foo fighters and much more.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us with your thoughts on what you’d like to see/hear or if you want to get involved. You can get in touch with us through our Facebook page.

Listen to episode 5 below: 

Thanks for listening folks : )

Cheers

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Strange Grooves Volume 4

Posted October 27, 2017
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We chat, Joel Plaskett, Imperial Theatre, Dilly Dally, The Coathangers,  and our mega special guest, Pam Wheaton and the importance of venues like Taco Pica. #LiveLifeLoudUptown

Thank you, everyone, for listening and supporting us. We really enjoyed making the one you are listening to.

Pam Wheaton owns one of the coolest stores, @Heartbreak Boutique. Her love of Vinyl has been strong since I met her. In her shop, she has a record player and at home the neatest jukebox filled with rad tunes.

We sit down to talk with her about the Joel Plaskett, a few of her favorite bands, the movie One week, with Gord Downie, we chat about Tom Petty, Broad City, Abi and Ilana we love you, we discuss a few things we have watching and much more.

We also talk about the importance of supporting local venues and their initiatives. We will be doing what we can to help Santos and the restaurant @Taco Pica overcome the noise complaint fine they have gotten.

#TacoPicaForever

#LiveLifeLoudUptown

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The Joel and Bill Plaskett Experience

Posted October 26, 2017
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The Joel and Bill Plaskett Experience….

Find this Photo by Lindsay Duncan in The Maritime Edit

Article and magazine can be purchased here.

Live At the Imperial Theatre, October 25th, 2017, was an experience I will never forget.
Living in New Brunswick my entire life, Joel Plaskett is a very familiar name amongst the folks here and all over Canada for that matter.
Joel is one of the most incredible singer-songwriters I have come to have the honor of seeing live. There is something so humbling about last night’s show I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.
The show itself started at 7:30 and any show at the Imperial Theatre is a good one in my opinion. The audience was full of energy and the first band, ” Villages” From Dartmouth was absolutely incredible. They are a folk group from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Their sound is very traditional and stage present completely wonderful.
Around 8 PM the main act opened and wow, what a night. They played a mix of new and old material and had the crowd laughing, learning, reflecting and truly having a great time. I have had the opportunity to see a lot of bands and even some of my favorites, but I have to say this overall was one of the most special and humbling performances I felt really honored to attend.
One thing I really enjoyed was the ultimate experience of attending. The poetry portion of the show he dedicated to Gord Downie was an honor to be present at that. A proceed of sales of the track on the album that includes that piece will go to Gord’s charity. I think that is so fucking rad!
Speaking of Gord, I own the movie One Week, which features an appearance by Joel and Gord. The lead character is played by Joshua Jackson and features some of the most beautiful imagery, Canada.
I definitely urge you to check that film out.
They also closed with ” The Waiting” by Tom Petty, which I have included below because it’s a damn good song.

I urge you to check out more from Joel on Spotify and his facebook page can be found here.
New album info here.
Find out more from the show by listening to a podcast, Strange Grooves podcast where Cherise Letson and myself and Pam Wheaton from Heartbreak Boutique chat about all things tunes. Tom Petty, Chick bands, The movie One week and much much more.
Listen to that here: 
Cheers,

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