We just got back to Toronto from our first Western Canada Tour and it was absolutely amazing!! We managed to play 7 shows in 10 days and still spend our days snowboarding, writing music and exploring the mountains. Our first show was at one of the most amazing communal houses I’ve ever seen. There was a party of about 30 twenty-something-year-olds sharing beers and pizza and once Mikey and I hit the stage everyone took a seat to enjoy some original music. What a warm welcome to the west!!! We were blown away with everyone’s appreciation for our music and performance. After our set we sold our cds and partied with everyone until early morning! Here’s a video of us warming up for the performance:
Then we spent a day rehearsing our music with a good friend (and outstanding trombone player) Carsten Rubling.
Early morning the next day we hit the road to Canmore to play a show in Bow Valley Provincial Park for the local employees. This show was probably my favourite of them all. Everyone brought different cheese plates, fruit baskets and salads. Mike and I played 2 sets of original music and some of our favourite jazz standards and Carsten joined us on the moog for a few tunes. We could actually see the mountains from where we were sitting on our stage.
Mike and I had a breathtaking drive on Spray Lake road through hundreds of mountains.
We found a little hiking trail into Troll Falls
After that we drove into Banff to play our 4 gigs at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Banff was stunning and it was hard to leave but we were super excited about playing our last show in Rocky Mountain House. We were welcomed by 40 plus enthusiastic music fans who treated us so well. We sold out of our cds and filled our bellies with delicious treats and wine!
Thank you to everyone who gave us their beds, made us coffee and shared their enthusiasm about music with us. We will for SURE be back as soon as we can!
xo – ajb