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.
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
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.
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 (www.treksinthewild.com) or Canoeing the Grand (www.canoeingthegrand.com)
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
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!
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
watch FREE Live online at www.streamingcafe.net !
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
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.
Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
This just in: get a free song download when you join my mailing list and/or pre-order the new album, Great Survivor, out April 14th!
Click here to pre-order CD and/or digital copies of Great Survivor
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Posted: February 21st, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
I’m very excited to announce that my new record, Great Survivor, will be released on Thursday, April 14th.
Recorded by Heather Kirby in Toronto, the album features talented local collaborators like Jessica Moore (banjo, vocals), Lisa Bozikovic (piano, vocals), James van Bolhuis (drums), Aaron Lumley (double bass) and Julia Collins (violin).
Toronto launch will take place April 14th at the Tranzac Main Hall, featuring *Charms* (Jessica Moore & Gabe Levine) and special guests TBA; Montreal launch is April 20th at Casa del Popolo, with LAL and Matthew Maaskant.
More coast-to-coast tour dates will be announced shortly — see shows page for info, and of course, kindly drop me a line if you’d like to help set up a little something in your town! I’d love that.
Posted: January 22nd, 2011 | Author: Abigail | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Hello and happy 2011! I have some exciting SHOWS coming up in the next couple of weeks in Montreal, Halifax and Toronto. Also, a NEW ALBUM in the very final stages of gestation and audio wizardry. More ALL CAPS UPDATES soon soon soon.
For now, I’m busy learning Gordon Lightfoot covers and train songs to perform on board the old MTL-HFX line, aka “The Ocean”. (Can a horrible pun about “hot tracks” be far behind!?) If you’re a musician who loves free train trips, you too can get in on VIA Rail’s On Board Entertainment Program.
And if you’re in Montreal on Tuesday, January 25th, you can come hear me play an early set (9pm!) at Casa del Popolo with THE DAMN TRUTH.
Then in Halifax on Thursday, January 27th, at the Bus Stop Theatre, I’m playing with the amazing RAE SPOON and AMBRE MCLEAN as part of In the Dead of Winter Festival.
For those of you in Toronto, on Wednesday, February 2nd my friend and terrific songwriter SARAH GREENE is launching her debut solo album, Toronto Blues, at the TRANZAC Main Hall — along with a lineup of super special guests. I recommend getting there early, at 9pm!
Stay warm and keep in touch, and I hope your year ahead is filled with hot tracks.