Amanda and I made it safely to Maui after about ten and half hours in total in the air. I don’t mind the time difference here, as it means I get to watch the sunrise during my early morning run. I could have sworn that Lance Armstrong rode by me this morning. We did the respectful nod in passing, and then I did a triple take. However, the next cyclist who passed me also looked a lot like Lance Armstrong…I was really dehydrated.
Tomorrow night we perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and then on Saturday we grab a flight to Oahu to play the Sufer Bar at the Turtle Bay Resort. Our final show will be in Kauai at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. We may or may not perform all our songs on ukulele.
We’ve only been on the island a few days, but I think my breathing has already slowed down to match the sound of the waves. Amanda is currenly doing yoga by the beach, and we’re planning on meeting up for morning Mai Tais. I think it’s 3 o’clock in Toronto.
Snowshoeing in Prince George, BC
1. First time snowshoeing through the forest in Prince George.
Highlight: the mid-trek break overlooking a frozen lake while enjoying a mocha-coffee with Baileys!
-45°C in Regina SK
2. First time on Salt Spring Island.
Highlight: watching the sun rise over the misty trees on our early morning ferry ride.
3. First headlining show in Regina!
Highlight: walking in -30 weather (-45 with the wind chill) to O’Hanlon’s Pub which, sadly, has had their 5ft 10 statue “Zolt Tranlon” stolen for the second time. He is described as “a statue”, “quite the ladies’ man” and an “excellent dancer”.
Have you seen Zolt Tranlon?
Dala’s song “Fortress”, from the 2006 album “This Moment Is A Flash”, was recently featured in the series finale of CTV’s Flashpoint. Fun Fact: Fortress was also featured in the very first episode of the series back in 2008.
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Amanda brought her watercolor kit on our recent tour of California, New Mexico, Alberta, BC and Washington. Check out her ongoing series here:
Sheila’s “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas”
Good Idea: Performing in San Diego, Long Beach, Torrance and Malibu
Bad Idea: Giving up coffee at the beginning of a 5 week tour
Good Idea: Listening to The Beach Boys while running on Long Beach
Bad Idea: Having your parking meter expire while running on Long Beach
Good Idea: Amanda doing water colour painting in the passenger seat on the drive to Big Sur
Bad idea: Amanda leaving her water colour cup in the cup holder beside Sheila
Today marks the beginning of our 5 week tour through California, New Mexico, Alberta, British Columbia and Washington. Sheila and I spent our first San Diego morning pursuing our individual bliss.
-went for a run on the boardwalk
-spotted a man walking a pot bellied pig
-sat on Mission Beach drinking coffee
-painted the ocean
Something tells me this will be a trip to remember. Gotta go get ready for the show tonight.
Special thanks to Kevin Fox, Chris Bilton and Douglas Cameron for making our cd-release concert at the Glenn Gould Studio such a special night. We are still coming down from cloud nine. See you soon Toronto!
Backstage at the Glenn Gould Studio
Grass Valley, CA. photo by Tony Finnerty
It’s taken two days to get back in to eastern time since Sheila and I returned home from California, but I’m still not quite used to the cold.
Grass Valley: I have just recently become a coffee drinker, and my thirst for flavour was quenched at Carolines Coffee Roasters in Grass Valley. The vintage decor and the huge bags of perfectly roasted coffee beans in the front window made it a little piece of heaven. On the advice of the audience at the Center for the Arts, we made sure to catch the view from the Yuba River overlook. What a sight!
Sutter Creek: Fresh thin crust pizza, funny postcards, chocolate fudge, and an old fashioned ice cream parlour…. I have a huge crush on Sutter Creek.
San Francisco: Our show at the Freight and Salvage was the perfect way to begin our 5 days in San Francisco! We spent most of our trip shooting videos for the new album, exploring the beautiful landscape of the coast, and we even had time to return to our favourite spots downtown. Our talented friend and videographer, Luke Divers, captured the best moments on film, and managed to stay sane dispite spending 8 days straight with Dala. My top memory: sunset on the edge of the world…en route to Stinson Beach.
(check out all our California photos here)
It was a sad day when we had to catch our flights home, especially considering that our hearts were left behind….still soaking in the beauty of northern California.
Thanks to all of our friends and fans who came out to support us. We can’t wait to return to California in October.
photo by Luke Divers
Sunset at the San Francisco Airport
Back in beautiful California! It’s a sunny, t-shirt weather kind of day in Grass Valley. We started the day off right by sauntering down to Carolines Coffee Roasters for a coffee and a chai latte. Everyone saunters in Grass Valley. Tonight we play downtown at the Center For The Arts, and then Saturday we head to gold country to play the Sutter Creek Theatre.
On Sunday we’ll be in Berkeley for the first time, performing at the legendary Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse. Wherever you are in the world you can tune in! You can purchase online tickets for $3 any time on the day of the show here. Payment can be made using PayPal or a credit/debit card. Thank you internet!
Amanda (the birthday girl) brings our latest Harlequin to life en route to Nashville. We play Music City Roots at the Loveless Cafe for the first time on Feb 15!