Fish Quill 2015

Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

It’s summer! I’m leaving right now to go paddle down the Grand River with five other lovely musicians for the 5th annual Fish Quill Canoe Tour. See below or visit for more details. Here’s a shot from our launch yesterday at Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park, photo by Alix Aylen.

See you on the river!


Fish Quill Canoe Tour is an annual event that takes place on the Grand River in southwestern Ontario.

Each year a group of contemporary Canadian musicians and poets canoes from town to town giving readings in cafés, arts centres, and at historic landmarks along the way.

Mosquitoes in our ears. Sunburns on our knees. And a song in our hearts. Fish Quill Canoe Tour is heading down the river—to you.

Dana Sipos is a nomadic Canadian folkist who weaves myths, stories and dreams into song. She recently released her third album described by fRoots (UK) as “beautifully-crafted, darkly romantic folk-indie with real substance.”

Abigail Lapell is a Canadian folk noir singer-songwriter. Drawing from traditional folk, indie and punk rock influences, her music is at once fresh and familiar – intuitive melodies, sparse-plucked guitar and a voice like autumn smoke.

Alix Aylen is a self-taught trumpet player, having learned along the way on several bicycle trips through Canada, the US and Mexico. She is an avid long distance tourer, seeking out inspiration in the vastness of landscapes accessible only by human powered vehicles.

Bobby Gadda is an interdisciplinary interactive performance artist, best known for building and riding a freaky tall bike across North America. He is a classically trained flautist as well as an un-classically trained banjo player.

Mira Pinkus is a poet-musician who is known to sing poetry without words and write melodies in silence. Her poetry, often balancing the highly abstract with the immediate and sensuous, has appeared in Red Claw Press and Fringe.

Liana Rose couldn’t bring her piano on a canoe, so you might catch her with a ukelele, guitar or dulcimer. She’ll sing her little heart out anytime, be it alongside friends in the redwood forests or alone under the stars in rolling desert sands.

Friday, August 14th, 5:30pm
Dufferin Grove Park Friday Night Supper
*with James Nowak

Saturday, August 15th, 5pm
Elora Poetry Centre Beaver House
*with Asa Boxer

Sunday, August 16th, 7pm
West Montrose Kissing Bridge
*guest TBA

Tuesday, August 18th, 7:30pm
Words Worth Books
*with Janice Jo Lee

Wednesday, August 19th, 5:30pm
Wired Up Pugs Cafe-Bistro
*Morgan Orion & Thom Coombes

Friday, August 21st, 7pm:
Station Coffee House & Gallery
*with Richard Laviolette

Saturday, August 22nd, 7pm
Chiefswood National Historic Site
*with Kahsenniyo Tahnee Williams

Ontario Arts Council
Grand River Conservation Authority
Bingemans Camping

2014 Tune Your Ride Tour

Posted: August 19th, 2014 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m so honoured and a little intimidated to be a part of the 2014 Tune Your Ride Tour, an Eastern Ontario bicycle-powered music revue. We’re gearing up… Rolling into town… Back in the saddle… Check out our website for dates and details. See the official publicity blurb, below. Come to our Toronto launch at Dufferin Grove Park Friday, August 22 at 6:30pm.

Four Folk Musicians On Bikes About to Play Some Tunes

The 2014 Tune Your Ride Tour, a bicycle-powered travelling music tour, takes four folk musicians from Brockville to Toronto this August. Covering nearly 400 kilometres entirely by bicycle, with all instruments and a full sound system in tow, these pedal-pushing troubadours perform eight bike-powered concerts in towns along the route. Join them for a free concert in Picton’s Benson Park on Wednesday, August 27th at 6 pm. The family-friendly shows open with a set of children’s music from Great James, continuing with performances by acoustic singer-songwriters Abigail Lapell, Ben Hermann and Jessica Moore. Find out more at

Bike Tour!

Posted: August 11th, 2013 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m so excited to be part of the first annual Tune Your Ride Tour, a pedal-powered road show taking three Toronto artists to Ottawa by bike. We’ll travel with all gear and instruments in tow, playing a series of outdoor concerts along the route — with audience members providing all electricity via a bespoke pedal-powered P.A. system.

Our Toronto launch is August 11th in Dufferin Grove Park, 4:30-6:30pm. For complete schedule and details visit

More New Songs

Posted: October 5th, 2012 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

I just got back from participating in my first ever artist residency in northern Michigan. THANK YOU to everyone at ISLAND for the amazing opportunity to write and be alone with the voices in my head for two weeks in a freaking cabin.

Jordan River Valley

Look out!



If you’re a writer, artist or musician and would like to spend some time working in the coziest log structure ever, here is more info on how to apply.


I arrived just in time to catch a riot of fall colours breaking out, and spent so many beautiful days writing songs and walking in the woods — sometimes at the same time. If you would like to hear some of these new songs, I’m playing shows in and around the Toronto area over the next months. Then, in the new year I will be recording some of these songs so as to release a new record.

Then I will tour all over. So stay tuned.

Debuting new songs at Wagbo Farm house show




Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Well it’s been a few months and at least seven countries since my last update. Touring/traveling across Europe and the U.K. has been a pretty wild ride, as they say – so many new and old friends have made the road feel more like home, and I miss you all already. Can’t wait to visit again soon.

Good Voodoo at the Halfmoon in Putney, London. (Photo: Kat Macaulay.)

If you’re in the London area, I have a couple more shows coming up this weekend before flying away home.


Then I’m heading back to Canada, where I’ll play a string of shows around Ontario and Quebec in December/January. As always see here for the latest.

What else? I’m planning to head west and south this winter to visit B.C. and California. If you can help set up a show in your town, please email me! Also finishing up some new songs and, with any luck, will start working on a new record some time in the new year.

In the meantime keep in touch and stay tuned. Huge love.

At the Giants' Causeway in Northern Ireland

This Month: World Tour!

Posted: September 4th, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Is it really September? If so, I’m gearing up for my first overseas tour, with Montreal’s Malcolm Bauld, who is rad. If you’re in France, Germany, the Netherlands, England or Scotland, this is your chance to see some of that Canadian magic that we Canadians are known for.

In the meantime, here’ is a picture from the last night of the Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour! Read more about our traveling river adventures at Open Book Ontario, one of the trip’s generous sponsors. Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour

Posted: August 5th, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Today I’m leaving for 10 days of shows along the grand river with a troupe of poets! Via canoe! It is called the Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour and I’d love to see some of you there.

See below for itinerary, and for info on the participants etc:

Friday, August 5th: Elora: 7pm @Bissell Park Pavilion

Saturday, August 6ht: West Montrose: 7pm @West Montrose’s Kissing Bridge

Sunday, August 7th: Kitchener: 7pm @Waterloo Region Museum in the Christie® Theatre
Joining us are The Good Hearted Women Singers and author, Roy Lewis

Monday, August 8th: Kitchener: Paddle with the Poets Day!: Meet at Bingemans Camping at 10am: Reading 12:30pm @Canoeing the Grand picnic area: Ending the day at Riverbluffs Park, Cambridge
*Canoe rentals are available through Treks in the Wild ( or Canoeing the Grand (

Tuesday August 9th: Cambridge: 7pm @O’Keefe Cottage Café & Ice Cream Parlour
Joining us is author, Antonio Michael Downing

Wednesday, August 10th: Paris: 7pm @Brown Dog Café

Thursday, August 11th: Brantford: 7pm @Brantford Arts Block
Joining us is John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of Brantford and Norfolk County

Friday, August 12th: Campfire Reading!: Brant Conservation Area Pavilion

Saturday, August 13th: Six Nations of the Grand River Territory: 7pm @Chiefswood National Historic Site

Back From Tour

Posted: June 9th, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Back home in Toronto after an amazing time crossing the country. Huge thanks to all the amazing people who helped me out along the way.

I have a few exciting shows coming up here, with Europe and UK Fall tour dates to be announced soon. In the meantime I am doing a lot of writing and generally enjoying the sunny hometown summer days.

Besides that, my album Great Survivor is now available at select retailers across Canada, as well as through mail order/download — please see music for details.

As always feel free to drop me a line with any questions or comments, or if you want to review my record or interview me or have ideas for a show in your town, that sort of thing. Your support is always much, much appreciated!

Till soon,

West is the Best

Posted: May 7th, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Got back from the east coast last weekend, where amazing times were had. After a few days off, I’m now heading WEST — Thunder Bay and Winnipeg so far (both of which I’ll revisit on the way east) with Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. shows coming up. (Nine provinces in four weeks.) Then home to Toronto, where I’m doing a couple of exciting shows in June.

The “Shows” page doesn’t seem to be working right, so for now I’ve listed all the remaining dates below. Hope to see some of you there.

May 7 Birch Hills, SK – New Ground Cafe w / Zachary Lucky
[***Regina - Fainting Goat = CANCELLED***]

May 8 Saskatoon, SK – Caffe Sola w / Zachary Lucky

[***Flint = CANCELLED]

May 9 Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar

May 10 Revelstoke, BC – Big Eddy Pub

May 11 Nelson, BC – Outer Clove

May 12 Kamloops, BC – The Art We Are

May 13 Vancouver – Prop House

May 14 Victoria, BC – Solstice Cafe w/ Compassion Gorilla

May 15 Victoria, BC – Spiral Cafe (matinee 2-4pm)

May 16 Duncan, BC – Duncan Garrage Showroom

May 17 ***Powell River, BC – Higgins Inn – CANCELLED***

May 18 Vancouver, BC – The Railway Club w/ Primrose + Abramson Singers

May 20 Penticton, BC – Voodoo’s w/

May 21 Kelowna, BC – Streaming Cafe w/ Andy Shauf
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May 23 Lethbridge, AB – Owl Acoustic

May 25 Winnipeg, MB – Sam’s Place w / JD Edwards

May 26 Kenora, ON – Cornerstone

May 27 Thunder Bay, ON – Apollo

May 28 Sault Ste Marie, ON – Loplops w/ Fish and Bird

May 29 Sudbury, ON – House Show

May 30 Hamilton, ON – Casbah Lounge w/ Bent By Elephants, Slowly Slowly

June 1 Toronto, ON – TRANZAC w/ The Cry Break, James Irwin

June 4 Sarnia, ON – Artwalk Festival – 12 Noon

June 17 Toronto, ON – NXNE – Czehoski 9pm

Album and Tour: The Legend Continues

Posted: April 16th, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hello from London, Ontario. First, so many thanks to everyone who came out to my album launch this past week. It was a magical night and an honour to share it with so many beautiful musicians and friends. Charms and Simone Downes, your music is a total inspiration. So so lovely all around.

And now I’m off on tour, with a few little breaks, for the next six weeks. Coast-to-coast. No stone unturned. I can’t wait to play in a lot of these towns for the first time ever, and revisit some old faves.

If you live in Canada, chances are good I am playing in (or reasonably near) your town, so check out the “Shows” page and come out and say hi.


P.S. My album is now available on iTunes and through “Music” page on this site, in physical and digital forms. It can also be requested from your local college/community radio.