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!
Thanks to all the fans in Banff and Calgary who came out to see us on our first tour of 2012! We always look forward to our time in Alberta, and playing three sold-out shows at the Banff Centre, Fish Creek Concerts and The Nickelodeon was a fantastic way to start the year. After a full month of vacation (Amanda went to Thailand…I went to Fairview Mall), it was a great feeling to step on stage together again.
Every baby needs a Dala bib!
While out West, we made sure to drop in on our favourite Canadian cafe, the Communitea Cafe in Canmore. The Communitea recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary, and on top of that Marnie the owner just became a new mom! The occasion definitely called for a special Dala gift.
On this tour we also debuted the Dala Loyalty Club cards. Amanda can’t wait to stamp your card. Seriously, I think she’s more excited about using that stamp than she is about our new album.
Loyalty Club Cards will be available at all upcoming Dala shows. Fans will get a stamp from us for every show they attend, with special gifts and membership upgrades as they progress from Bronze (6 shows) to Silver (12 shows) to Gold (18 shows). After that, we find you a new hobby.
To all our friends in Alberta: Stay warm!
p.s. The new album “Best Day” will be released on June 8, 2012. We can’t wait!
Listen to Dala’s Christmas show, recorded live at the National Arts Centre Studio in Ottawa. This show will be broadcast by CBC Radio across Canada on Christmas Day.
December 25: 5pm on CBC Radio 2, and 7pm on CBC Radio 1.
Dala’s version of The Smiths’ “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” is featured on the recent tribute album released by American Laundromat Records. The album is entitled: “Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths”. Click here for a full track listing.
Listen to Dala’s cover
Dala will celebrate the release of their new album at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio on Friday June 8, 2012. Special guest: Kevin Fox.
Tickets are now on sale!
Our upcoming Christmas show at the National Arts Centre Studio Theatre in Ottawa is officially sold-out! CBC will be recording the show with host Amanda Putz.
Broadcast dates are:
December 25, 2011 at 5pm on CBC Radio Two
December 25, 2011 at 7pm on CBC Radio One
Check out Dala’s interview with Jim Blum, as well as their performance on Folk Alley here