photo by Mike Morrison
What a weekend! Only five weeks after being devastated by unprecedented flooding, the city of Calgary came out in full force to celebrate music from around the globe. Amanda and I played in workshops with artists hailing everywhere from Australia to Hamilton. We danced to the insanely joyful sounds of The Cat Empire, joked with Royal Canoe, and caught up with friends like Danny Michel, Treasa Levasseur and Corin Raymond. But I have to say that the biggest rock star we met all weekend was none other than the Mayor of Calgary himself, Naheed Nenshi, who came to our concert on Sunday afternoon. Can you tell I’m starstruck in the photo?
You can’t keep a great city down. We love you Calgary!
Check out the review of our Sunday Concert here
Dala and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Watch our brand new video for ‘Best Day’! Filmed in San Francisco and shot entirely on Luke Divers‘ iPhone.
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?
Click on the image above to watch the video for “Good As Gold”. Filmed and directed by Luke Divers
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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On their recent West Coast Tour, Amanda and Sheila were invited to visit the Tacoma School Of The Arts. Dala performed an intimate show at the SOTA’s black box theater, sharing a handful of songs, stories from touring and advice for up and coming musicians.
WATCH DALA’S ACOUSTIC SESSION AT THE SOTA THEATER
Thanks to everyone who came to our show tonight at the Winter Garden Theatre. It was a night we will never forget!
Amanda brought her watercolor kit on our recent tour of California, New Mexico, Alberta, BC and Washington. Check out her ongoing series here:
Dala’s new album “Best Day” has been nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards: English Songwriter of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Producer of the Year for Mike Roth. This year’s awards ceremony will be held November 15-17 at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, New Brunswick. Click here for a list of all the nominees