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Catching up and passion projects

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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 🙂

 

 

 

Volume 8 with Saint John Record Enthusiast, Jeff McLennan

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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.

 

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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

SLAB- Wood From The Hood

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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.

Strange Grooves Volume 4

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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

Listen Here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-868578508/volume-4

The Joel and Bill Plaskett Experience

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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,

Moosehead Breweries 150th Party!!!

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Saint John is a very amazing place to live. There is a lot of history and tradition here. New Brunswick is proud to have Moosehead Breweries call this place home. For 150 years they have been thriving here and brewing delicious beer.

On the night of their big 150 party, I got an invite from my friend Cherise Letson, at Huddle and I went as her guest and it was super fun and I was honored to attend.

We arrived at Harbour Station, at promptly 6:45 for our shuttle and City Transit transported us to the Brewery. We showed up, and while in line, and obtaining our bracelets we got glow sticks, pretzel necklaces, beer cozies and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.

We got on the bus and heard lots about the history and about the evening ahead of us. We arrived at the Brewery, and the warehouse had been prepared for one hell of a party. Holy Macaroni! 

The lights, from Duncan Electrical, were incredible as you can guess. Rows and rows of lights, disco ball, and band lights were spectacular. the whole place was electric.

The beer and cider options were plentiful. The snacks were abundant. There was no shortage of food or drink for anyone there. The food trucks outside also offered a vast array of options for folks to choose from. While on the topic of food, they supplied more Dominos pizzas than I could ever dream of eating in 10 years, this is not an over exaggeration.

The photo booth experience was the coolest thing. Being able to immediately have a photo of the experience as well as digitally on Ipads to share in the moment to your specific social media profile. We used the Hashtag #Moosehead150Party and we saw everyone’s photos up n the screen. Smoothest most fun, completely seamless photo booth I have ever used! So Cool! Check out this company via Huddle Article.

Check out the Instagram feed from that evening.

Their website:

http://www.memories2go.ca/

Cherise and I had such a fun time and I am so pumped she got me to go with her. The band and dancing was just the most enjoyable time.

The band WTFunk was splendid!

Seeing friends, clients, co-workers all dancing and celebrating this rich history was amazing, to say the least. I was honored to be a guest there.

We got on the bus near midnight, and headed back uptown and again, so thrilled to have been part of that celebration.

What a great party!

Check out the other photos I was able to grab and can show 😉 haha.

Cheers 🍻

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Myself and MP Wayne Long

Above: Friends @BrockJorgy and @StephanieMacdonald

Cheers 🍻

Great Expectations…

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Last week, a friend and I attended a show Apryll Aileen was playing, to show our support to her, our friends who run the comedy club and the venue itself.  After a long day of work, the atmosphere was really quite enjoyable. The venue was packed, the crowd was excited.  We had a really fun time!

The seasons have started to change and a night out means something a little different to everyone. Have you ever watched a show or performer but felt like maybe you were reflecting the entire time? If you have, me too…

We all go out to support local artists, our friends, someone a friend told us we would enjoy seeing perform, many other reasons, but often sometimes the expectation of why we went and the reason we attended changes, sometimes we surprise ourselves.

Apryll Aileen, This year has been in the minds and ears of everyone, and every place she tours and performs. She just finished touring across North America and is one of New Brunswick’s top singer-songwriters. She has worked very hard and has performed at a variety of events and shows. It was really exciting to see her play YukYuks Comedy club, which was hosted by her good friend Fran Menton.

The show was opened with a spoken word poetry piece by Mikayla Hanlon and had quite a few fun surprises throughout including a fellow friend David Kirkpatrick’s daughter Payton Kirkpatrick joining Apryll on stage to sing ” Hey Sugar” for the finale. That was mega cool!

When you see Apryll play music and have fun with the crowd, the distraction is quite wonderful. Life can be quite intense for us all at times, but when we step out and enjoy music, the experience and music can be even more wonderful and more enjoyed.

Check her out on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to her youtube here!

Photo –Al Gagnon

Photo- Al Gagnon

YukYuks Comedy club is such an incredible venue. I personally have held my own private birthday party there with almost 200 people in March. Steven Barnes and his team are the most wonderful folks to work with. They work really hard to ensure talent, like Apryll and famous comedians, and musicians from all over the world continue to come to Saint John!

Get your tickets to your next performance here

Photo- Al Gagnon

Joined by Adam Gerrior and Aaron Gunn.

It really is a great thing that we can all come together and watch our friends celebrate their passions and successes, and together at that.

Cheers

 

Landline

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LANDLINE

Sept 16th 4:20 PM

On Friday night a friend sent me a message asking me to take a spot in the production of landline and participate, I said yeah ok cool. I did not know much about it but definitely did not expect the outcome.

What I did know was that LANDLINE was a performance that would take place in two cities at once. I arrived to receive instructions and a map. We were instructed to wait for Dustin the creator of this production and he would then set us up with an iPod.

When I met Dustin, the overall vibe was really fun and I was super curious. He told me that there was one minute till the curtain would open and that the city was my stage. We counted down together, while his partner in Whitehorse, set up my new friend with his iPod and we were to hit play at the exact same time.

This project aims to use urban landscaping and audio to connect two strangers over text message.

It begins…

I opened the main entrance doors and exited the theatre not sure where to go first but was instructed to take a route less traveled, and so I did. It seems I did the entire time. Taking routes and paths I never take, intentionally.

From the first minute, this was a very emotional and intense experience. As the audio told me to look up at the buildings, to take notice of any birds, seagulls flew by and I got this really intense feeling.

We were told to start looking for a rendezvous point. The texts began..I met my new friend from Whitehorse as we were waving to things randomly but knowing we were both waving at the same time in a different place on the planet. That was super neat. What a feeling.

Our conversations got serious and sincere very quick. We walked and conversed, telling each other things. All sorts of things. We had various rendezvous points and times to showcase the city via photos and to let each other know where we were on each other’s corresponding map.

This to me was one of the coolest moments and experiences I’ve ever been part of.

As we scoped the city and chatted, we-we’re instructed to go back to the theatre, it felt so quick, I didn’t want it to be over. When I arrived back I had 30 seconds, and saw Dustin, gave him my headset and badge, very emotional, which was strange for me to express in public.

He brought me into the theatre for the final portion of the performance and I saw a chair and table, and behind it was a banner that said Welcome, in Whitehorse colors, there was food from Whitehorse there. And now he brought over a tablet, which had a mimicking image I could see, a chair, and banner that said Saint John, and then Scott and I met.

This was so cool. I did not expect this.
We had a minute to say anything else we wanted to say, to share a bite together and to decide to stay in touch or not.

To know that someone was on the walk with me, waving at things, being present in the activity was really rad. I would really do this again. I would really recommend this to anyone. Very intense, and an incredible way to meet someone.

Scott and I have been chit chatting since the production and I can now say I have a bud in Whitehorse, how neat is that!

Thanks for reading! I hope you get to meet someone like this, there is really nothing like it.

Check out this event URL to find out more about the project. 

Check out this article as well!