Reporting before Hurricane Hannah takes us

hello hello! us west coast naifs are kind of hoping for the exciting tail of hannah this evening. we have jack o lanterns at the ready. i have been working in my tempestuous garret for the last month, pencilling away at Onegin. Vancouver can come see the first complete sing through at the Revue theatre on Granville Island this sunday, the 2nd. and hey, niceness, we just won a prize! Onegin has been awarded the Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award. thank you to the playwrights guild of canada and the arts club theatre and all the actors and musicians who have been helping us make this thing.

 

A few other Vancouver things coming up:  i’m starting a new series at the Cultch in the wine bar, called VHINE UND SZONG.  just songs, while you drink wine.  how bad could it be?  and even less badness, david newberry is going to join me on november 5th for the first one.  and then on november 14, Aislinn Hunter and i will have a talky singy thing at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, discussing museums and taxidermy and what have you.  there will be wine at that one too.  so civilized.

 

alright, i must get back to constructing a musical, an album, and a mummy costume.  batten down those hatches, people.

Orpheus Project

I’m on a soundcloud roll. you can listen here to the song I wrote for Music on Main’s Orpheus Project. This is a live recording from the beautiful room that Naomi Sider designed as our lounge-y underworld. Steve Maddocks sings as Orpheus, wonderfully.

romance

the lions happy dog days of august to you all. i’ve had a long hot whirlwind of a summer, working on Onegin, my album, Orpheus*, and various shows. i’m gearing up for a 2nd iteration of my newsletter, so if you’d like something more detailed in your inbox, fire off an email to veda(at)vedahille.com. but today’s exciting news is that author Aislinn Hunter asked me to write a song to go along with her new book The World Before Us. so i did, and you can hear/download it here on the projects page. the book comes out September 10, so there’s something to look forward to. i’m off to the pne now, our traditional transition of the seasons here in vancouver. soon our house will have a new giant squeaky hammer, and a sore belly from candy apples. maybe this year i’ll finally try the deep fried butter. (that will not happen, don’t worry. i have limits.)

joooon

jconce a week i watch this man’s back.  total satisfaction.  the record will take ages to make!  fun. what else is up?  i’ve made a bad translation of a rilke poem to turn into a song for The Orpheus Project.  i’m toiling away in the musical theatre mines on an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. i’ve been feeling on fire at shows, although (because?) i’m playing them rarely. i’m curating another Fuse at the Vancouver Art Gallery (July 11, more soon). i have three cavities. i bought a dress.  i think Louie is the best show, and i found a sake (Sayuri coarse filtered) that is going to be my summer drink.  mwah.

rocking

a few marshallsi’m pretty sure we had some fun at fuse at the vancouver art gallery last month.  we ran out of ear plugs, anyway.  i’ll be curating another one on july 11th, put it in your book!  if you still use a book.  and now i’m jumping off to toronto for a few days, braving the oddities of Canadian Music Week.  should be a fine show on the 8th at the Cameron, with Sandro Perri, Astral Swans, and AroarA.  i’m looking forward to playing the old cameron upright with the drum stylings of mr don kerr.  1,2 rock it out!

the return of the newsletter

hey peoples! i have decided to resurrect an old fashioned email newsletter. because direct communication is best! if you would like to receive intermittent (maybe 6 times a year) emails containing tour info, project info, and who knows what else (fashion disasters? recipes? these are not promises), fire off an email to veda(at)vedahille.com. eclectic canadian in your inbox. priceless. literally without price.

Northern Home Tour readysteadygo

TerraceLittleTheatre1964-65  19 - Version 2 Hello Northerners! I have posted the dates and cities of the upcoming Northern BC/AB tour on the shows page. I leave in one week. Please clear the roads and alert the moose that an inexperienced city girl is heading up. I’m very excited to see a bunch of places that i have never seen before, including Terrace, pictured here. That’s my grandparents Tess and Paul in their mountaineering club in 1964. I’ll bring my boots and hopefully get a hike in.

winding down and gearing up

whooo we’ve been having a fine time at the East Van Panto. halfway through and still giggling. and for more fun, The Fits have just scored a plum gig opening for Red Herring at the railway club this dec 23. maybe we need christmas outfits? maybe.

and then comes 2014! 14 years later and i’m still slightly disappointed that we weren’t forced to reinvent society after Y2K. but on we go. I’ll be in toronto in early january, coaching the Craigslist team for their shows in Calgary and Edmonton. there’ll be a nice small house concert in toronto, send me an email if you want the secret directions. and then in february i’m going to venture into true winter for 12 shows in northern bc and alberta! please applaud my southern bravery. feb 2-15 i’ll be playing house concerts through the Home Routes people. i’ll be putting those exact dates up soon, but for now you can check the “shows” page and see if your town is on the list. my first time in Terrace! Hazelton! and many more. time to relearn some of the old tunes; send requests if you have them.

till next, i hope you get a walk in the snow and some good comfort this season. here’s to good surprises.