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Touring locally, thinking globally

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Touring locally, thinking globally

On the road again…. just can’t wait to get back on the road again….

April is a very busy month for me, with 7 gigs all over the province. I am looking forward to my Vancouver Island tour on Easter weekend; with shows in Courtenay, Duncan, and Victoria. I love playing for new audiences and making new fans. I’ll be sharing my new songs too, so there’s a lot of “newness” going on!

For instance, in May I am going back to school! I am taking the Arts & Entertainment Management program at Capilano University in North Vancouver. It’s a year long program, and it includes training specific to arts administration, festival, venue and artist management, as well as budgets and marketing. I am very excited to move in this direction and looking forward to the entire experience.

In further good “news” I have started subbing as a piano and voice instructor at North Vancouver’s Creativ Music School, and also landed myself a part time job at a very sweet and eco-friendly grocery and cafe in my East Van neighbourhood. With more Vancouver gigs also coming my way, the summer is looking really good! Now if I could only stop worrying about this radioactive rain here on the coast…

And on that more serious note, I’m sure that most of you are aware of the Nuclear disaster in Japan. This is finally now being acknowledged by officials as a very grave situation, much worse than Chernobyl in terms of the radiation leak, and how much contaminated water is entering the Pacific Ocean. I am inspired by Germany’s massive protest on nuclear power. Read about it here.

Closer to home, today a Saskatchewan Coalition against nuclear waste is presenting a petition in legislature. Read more.

I am reminded of one of the “Paradoxical Commandments” by Dr. Kent M. Keith: What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. I think of the billions of years the earth has been “building” itself, and how us humans are destroying it “overnight” (when you look at the big picture). Now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand, but take action, make our voices heard, be the change we wish to see in the world. I hope that in my lifetime we will see the end of nuclear power, and a global movement towards renewable energy sources.

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