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HAPPY 2014

I stumbled upon this online.  I could sure adopt a few of these New Year Rulin's



This was my first time in Labrador.  It won't be my last.  Hopedale is up the north coast and a village accessible only by plane or boat.  The bay is beautiful and the old Moravian missionary buildings sit right on the water's edge.  This time of year the village, at least to an outsider like me, seems a stark and barren landscape of rock and the occasional scraggly two foot Charlie Brown Christmas looking tree.  Some patches in the mountains above shimmer with Labradorite, it is that abundant.  The people are warm despite the climate and the smoked Arctic Char is worthy of an addiction.

I was in Labrador as part of the 38th Annual Labrador Creative Arts Festival which really is focused around dramatic arts but each year they bring non-theatre artists to do workshops in their expertise.  Not that I'm an expert but I was there to write songs with the kids of Goose Bay and the Inuit and Innu kids of the north shore.  I have done similar workshops but never in an area so starving for the arts.

There are too many highlights.  The bottled moose and caribou, the smoked fish, the cold that goes on forever, the kids… really was quite a week.  This is the village of Hopedale.

These are the K-3 students who wrote the infectious song, "I Went To Hopedale"  Catchy!

 The Labrador Creative Arts Festival was truly a life changing experience...



Ontario shows, CFMA nominations & breakout west 

How do... while currently in New York, I will be returning to the Great White North on Monday and playing a double bill with the awesomely awesome Jon Brooks at Hugh's Room in Toronto on Tuesday, October 1, and Oakville and London on Wednesday and Thursday. Check dates for deets.

Just found out I got three nominations for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Yay me.

I'll be playing a set at Calgary Folk Fest's new home Festival Hall on October 4 at midnight. Come, I'll have my new electric with me...


Next up: Pembina River Nights Fest and the Edmonton Folk Festival

The John Wort Hannam Trio had a great time in Texas at the Kerrville Folk Fest (there is nothing like it anywhere else). We also had a great visit (albeit a short one) in the Orkney Islands, UK at the St. Magnus International Music Festival.

I have been volunteering at the relief efforts for flood-ravaged High River. There is a fundraiser July 10 in Calgary at River Park Church. Go here for details.

The fall will see the duo on Ontario and New York. Still filling in those dates. Check back at the calendar for deets.