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!
Apparently chives are supposed to be annual, one time only type joints, but I’ll be damned if those suckers don’t just come back every year once you plant ’em. Ol’ Luke Doucet is totally the chive in the vast garden of festival season. He just keeps coming back for more, and, uh he goes well with baked potatoes (sorry, I didn’t really think through the chive analogy). What I’m getting at though, is Luke Doucet is a perennial festival favourite and this summer is no different. With his rocking’ rock band, The White Falcon, in tow, Luke kicks it off this Saturday at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, and then over to the Harbourfront Amphitheatre (now called the WestJet stage, by mere coincidence that has nothing to do with the airline WestJet other than them paying a speculated buttload of money to rename it, maybe) on Canada Day. Other festivals Luke is going to jam include Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, NWT, Canmore Folk Festival, Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival, Eaglewood Folk Festival, and capping off the summer with a rocking set at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival on Labour Day weekend. Holy festivoli! He will also be playing select club dates, including Wakefield, Calgary, and Edmonton (home of the longest stretch of public parkland in North America, which will be lovely for a running enthusiast such as Luke). Yay summer!
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