Writing from the ferry to Nanaimo, City of Romance, where Mathias and I are going to play a special Valentine’s Day show at the Port Theatre. We’re in the middle of our Spring Breakup CD release tour, for our new collection of breakup songs, “It’s Not You, It’s Me”. It’s been a grand adventure so far, as to be expected when touring in Canada in February. The shows have been fun, and in Terrace, BC, the organizers celebrated with a chocolate fountain in the lobby, heart-shaped cookies and other treats named after our songs.
Despite some travel snafus caused by impassible snowstorms in B.C. we made it to Whitehorse in time for a special Hockey Day in Canada concert with Dave Bidini, Canada’s hockey-rock hero, and his fantastic BidiniBand. The show featured Mathias, myself, John K. Samson, Geoff Berner, Sarah Harmer, Buck 65, and CR Avery. It was an amazing night and a real treat to be on stage with a bunch of my favourite musicians playing some great songs about hockey. Ron McLean hosted along with other Hockey Night in Canada regulars with guest appearances by hockey greats including Lanny McDonald (handsome moustache!), Wendel Clark, and Trevor Linden. After John K. Samson sang about his online petition to induct Reggie Leach into the Hockey Hall of Fame, we were surprised and charmed when Reggie emerged from the audience and met John for the first time on stage.
Next, Spring Breakup is on to the Maritimes for a few shows, and I’ll then be going down to Memphis to perform with Annie Lou at the annual Folk Alliance showcase. See you on the trail somewhere.