Jenn Grant continues to tour steadily following the release of her deservingly celebrated album Honeymoon Punch. After wishing CBC Halifax’s Information Morning a happy birthday (Yo! HBD!), Jenn will jetset around the country to perform at NXNE, two Ontario shows with Jim Bryson, Sled Island in Calgary, club dates in Vancouver, Victoria, and, well, a bunch more. Jenn is buuuusy! She is also playing a number of festivals this summer, such as the new River & Sky Festival in Sudbury, Wolfe Island, River Valley Arts Festival in New Brunswick. oh yeah, and she’s also playing Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (who I actually prefer to refer to as the Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus)! Hopefully they bring that kid who made the poopy face in all of their wedding photos, I love a good internet meme!
Melissa McClelland is majorly hella thrilled to be playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival, kicking things off on a bill with Blue Rodeo and the Jayhawks. Maybe after the show, they can go to that bar where you throw a rubber chicken into a bucket – does that place still exist? Winnipeggers? For the remainder of the summer, Melissa will balance her time between Sarah McLachlan and Friends shows, Luke Doucet & the White Falcon shows, her own festival slots (Canmore Folk Festival, Eaglewood Folk Festival), running through sprinklers while eating a creamsicle, and eating half of a watermelon, then wearing the empty rind as a hat while she eats the second half. Yay summer!
News flash! Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland will also be playing a duo show at the Glenn “don’t rename me WestJet” Gould Theatre on September 21. Frazey Ford of the Be Good Tanyas rounds out the bill, and choreography will be non-existent (a plus in my mind). It’s going to be an amazing show – tickets go on sale on Thursday at www.roythomson.com