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Travels up North – Home from the road

"Walk 'n' Roll" Vancouver CD release party: Performing with The Backyard Band

So, I get to sing super fun songs to amped up kids for a living. This may not be everyone’s dream job but it is mine. When I was a kid, if someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I’m pretty sure I didn’t answer that I wanted to be a children’s musician. I know now I have found my calling, and I’m realizing there are other benefits to what I do.

I just recently returned from my tour in Northern BC after launching my new CD, “Walk ‘n’ Roll”, in Vancouver this past November. Twelve shows in eleven days, 3,100 kms of driving, and about 3,300 kids total in our audiences (plus adults)! For all of those reasons it was a great tour, but there is one more reason that I really enjoyed this tour in particular.

My dad grew up in Smithers and as a result of touring up north I was able to visit with my aunts, uncles and cousins who still live there. I come from a massive family, especially on my dad’s side. I was the 30th grandchild! What this means is that I don’t often get the chance to visit with my dad’s side of my family. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with all of them. This is the added benefit of what I do. I get paid to go places, meet people and catch up with others I would otherwise lose track of.

This past year, I have performed more than 200 shows. I have gone places I’d never been before. I met lots of great new people, and I also got to catch up with many more I hadn’t seen in a long time.

I suppose there is a downside to everything. For me, the hardest thing about being on the road for so much of the past year was being away from my little daughter, Ella. That being said, I am really looking forward to the holiday season because I get to spend every day of the next month with my daughter. She really likes banging on things – maybe I’ll be able to bring her on the road with me as a drummer! You never know…

Read an article about me in the Smithers Interior News

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