4 ½ years ago I cleared out most of my “stuff”, got my life down to a backpack, a guitar, and a suitcase of paints, and “hit the road” as it were. I have always loved to travel, and some of my earliest heroes were people like Stompin’ Tom Connors, Woody Guthrie, and Bob Dylan – who all had stories about being on the road with their guitar and leading something of a hobo lifestyle. I suppose that’s one of the reasons I took up Busking when I was in grade 11. Not only because I loved to play music with my best pal, Rich – but also because I had dreams of someday just making a life for myself by playing music and travelling the world.
So when the chance came to do just that – I took it. It felt like the right thing to do, albeit completely terrifying.
It was a big leap.
There have been challenges along the way – but the last year has been a dream.
I’ve rocketed back and forth across the country and done so many odd things that to cover it all would take an age and probably be a bit boring… so – here are a few highlights.
Little Brother/Little Sister:
I started the year at the Caravan Farm Theatre in Armstrong, B.C. doing an adaptation of a Grimm’s Brothers tale called “Little Brother/Little Sister”. The Caravan is a magical place which really must be experienced. There really is nothing like it, and I was in heaven.
Once the show closed – I stayed on at the farm to help tear down the sets and to do some painting. I took to Landscape painting in earnest this year and have been practicing it whenever I have a break. The results of which can be seen in my Gallery.
Legend Has It:
In February, I returned to my old home-town of Calgary to rehearse and mount a new show under the brilliant direction/leadership of one of my oldest and truest friends, Rebecca Northan. “Legend Has It” takes an audience member on an improvised adventure where they set out to rid the mythical land of Jaro from the grip of the evil Haldor. It was a blast to work on and – as luck would have it – Alberta Theatre Projects has just announced that they will be having us back as their Family Holiday show in 2015!
Hell Of A Girl:
I popped out to Vancouver to help launch Jeff Gladstone’s new C.D., “Hell of a Girl”. I even got to play a tune or two. Getting back into music is tickling at my soul – and now that I have a guitar with me, it seems to be close to my grasp.
Toronto Kids’ Fest:
A.J. Demers and I had a blast creating a new show for kids called “Are You Gonna Eat That” – where we set up a kitchen and made some Pizza and got into how good food is good for you. Hilarity ensued.
Yup – I put the old Gold Lame suit back on and hit the boards to play everyone’s favourite CANCER. What a time…. Winnipeg and Edmonton once again. It is, easily, the most difficult and most rewarding show I have ever done.
I had the incredible honour to perform “Assassinating Thomson” for the Haida Gwaii Arts Council and their supporters. What a trip! What a place! Truly life-changing and inspiring. I have so many photos to put onto canvass it isn’t funny.
What a way to end the year! Such an amazing group of people to work with. Such a joy. And – that particular story is one of my childhood favourites. I couldn’t have asked for a better end to 2014.
Here’s to the next one!
I wish you all a very happy New Year and hope our paths cross soon.