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A bunch of news on the latest!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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I've been a busy lady this summer programming music over at the Island Cafe, and have barely had a chance to do my own thing! But this long weekend, I'm combining the two! On Monday Sept 2nd I'll play the final night of the Cafe's 2nd annual Long Weekend Arts Fest. Myself and Matthew Bailey are going to debut a bunch of new music that we worked on together over the winter, while he was living down at the coldest end of the island, and we'll also do some reworked versions of old songs. My dear sister Martha will do a fire hoop dance as well (hence the picture). It's going to be a beautiful show, and I'm excited to do some of my own singing! You can get all the info on facebook here.

I've also got some other neat stuff on the horizon. I'll be singing with the ever-beautiful a capella group Soul Sisters Supreme Redux 2.0 (aka Isla Craig, Tamara Lindeman, Daniela Gesundheit, Felicity Williams, and Robin Dann) on Sunday Sept 8th at the Great Hall. We are opening for our good friends Matt Cully and Misha Bower (both of Bruce Peninsula). This will be the release show for their debut album as EONS. More info here.

In the spring I did some recording with Michael Timmins for one of his long-running projects: Scott Garbe's Kennedy Suite – a folk-rock opera about the Kennedy assasination, featuring some amazing Canadian musicians. The Cowboy Junkies are putting together a big live show to showcase the project at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 22nd. Guests will include Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, Skydiggers, Lee Harvey Osmond, Harlan Pepper, Jessy Bell Smith, Reid Jameison, The Good Family (Bruce and Margaret Good), The Screwed, The Potion Kings and myself! Tickets are now on sale here. It's sure to be an amazing night!

See you soon!

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This little thing I’ve been working on…

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

 During the past two years, I’ve had my favourite summer job ever – programming the Summer Concert Series at the Island Cafe on Ward’s Island, where I grew up and continue to spend most of my summer time. This job basically consists of booking some of my favourite Toronto musicians to play on an outdoor stage on the Cafe’s garden patio. I get to enjoy a meal with my musical friends, and introduce them to the wonderful Island community. 

In response to the success of last summer’s concert series, we decided to expand on the format this year and host our own little festival to showcase the talents and creations of Islanders, Cafe staff, and other Toronto friends. Finally, this labour day weekend, our project is ready for its debut! I’m proud of our little baby! While I’m not performing at the festival, I will be around all weekend, so come visit me! 

Island Cafe presents:
Long Weekend Arts Festival
Aug 31st – Sept 3rd

A pay-what-you-can weekend of live music, performance, artists, artisans, and food on Ward’s Island!

Friday Sept 31st @ 7pm – Kick-off concert featuring Charlotte Cornfield and the Tich Maredza Band

Saturday Sept 1st – 4:30-8pm – performances featuring Island Cafe Staff, Dale Morningstar, and a live jam by the Sandbar Stringband

Sunday Sept 2nd – 2-6pm – Artists Market featuring Island artists and artisans

Monday Sept 3rd – Our final festival day, featuring:

Brunch en Blanc @ 9am (an all-white brunch to celebrate the end of summer, and our last chance to wear white! Dress to impress!)

2-6pm – Artists market

7pm – Evening performances by EONS (Matt Cully and Misha Bower of Bruce Peninsula), a reading by Misha Bower, and a shadowplay by Merle Harley

For updates and exact times see torontoislandcafe.com or http://www.facebook.com/events/398850803497144/?context=create

The Cafe is located on Ward’s Island, directly in front of the Ward’s Ferry Docks.
Schedule here: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm

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Friday, June 29th, 2012

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Cameron House last week to celebrate the release of NO TALKER. What an amazing time! Thanks especially to my amazing band for the evening – Lucas Gadke, Mike Brushey, and Aaron Comeau – you are the greatest! And of course I have to thank J Kutchma and the Five Fifths, and Joshua Cockerill for joining us as well. What a night!

Here’s a sweet little review of No Talker in Exclaim: http://exclaim.ca/Reviews/FolkAndCountry/ivy_mairi-no_talker

I’m so excited to announce that my next show will be at the Island Cafe on July 13th. The Cafe – which is on Ward’s Island, where I grew up – is one of my favourite places ever! I book a summer music series there, which you can learn more about here.

Early last week, I stopped by the Fish Eye headquarters in Kensington Market to shoot a video on their back porch. Thanks guys!

Ivy Mairi from Fisheye Corporation on Vimeo.

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