people, we have an extraordinary show coming up on september 10. the band and i will be performing with the Plastic Acid Orchestra at the Playhouse in Vancouver, conducted by the marvellous Giorgio Magnanensi. we’ll be reprising the Buffy Sainte Marie set, last performed in 2007, and the extended Emily Carr song cycle Here is a picture, last performed in 2011 in victoria. basically, live performance of this music is EXTREMELY RARE. i do hope you can come. i’m practicing like a fiend.
here is a picture* from our grand record release in vancouver. look how hard everyone is singing! so hard! it was grand. and tour was fun too, hitting toronto and the east coast. next canadian tour is in october, and looks like i’ll be hitting the uk in december. usa in dribs and drabs in 2017. feel free to suggest venues of all types.
i’m chuffed that love waves has made the polaris long list, alongside some stellar company. my two list faves are destroyer’s Poison Season and US Girls Half Free. but i also like bieber and carly rae, and i have some catching up to do with the other records.
and now i am home for summer! working on the panto, and king arthur, and the onegin cast album. and rhubarb ice cream, and lovely summer meals that involve halloumi cheese, and cocktails, and water fights. all at once. here’s to it.
*i am not sure who took this picture. someone in the enthusiastic crowd. but where did i get it? i guess i pulled it off the internet? life is full of mystery.
O Superman arranged by alfredo santa ana and performed with standing wave.
oh my friends, i’m looking forward to these shows. Vancouver, Toronto, and a handful of East Coastness. I’ll have another round of touring in October, and more after that. the band is sounding super great. and in an effort to become more modern and unconcerned about privacy, you can now follow me on instagram. @loveyoulikealion if you want to see pictures like the one above, plus photos of lost objects, goofy friends, and plastic owls. instagram might be the corner of the net that i linger in the most these days. a picture worth a lot of words, etc.
May 15 2016 is the “street date” for this long laboured album. Street date means available here, pretty much. And if you run into me on the street. Which could happen! I’ve updated the shows page, a short tour of toronto and eastern canada in june. More shows coming in the fall. Those who ordered Love Waves in advance (some of you three years ago, my goodness) will be receiving your album with a special addition soon. I’m so happy to have these songs out in the world at last.
you can now pre-order the cd in the shop! right here. Spaciba.
We’re in previews! hoorah! this beautiful photo is by david cooper. and i can now announce that we are going to make a recording of Onegin. we’ll be recording immediately after the run, and it will be done by labour day 2016. An official pre-order situation will be up in the Shop soon, but if you want to order RIGHT NOW fire off an email to veda (at) vedahille (dot)com with the details of your order (# of records, name, address) and i’ll send you payment details. $20/cd, plus postage. lubov!
oh my friends. there is a lot of stuff. here we go:
our ny producers are working hard to get an off-Broadway run of the craigslist musical up and at them. donate here, or forward to your monied friends who love oddball theatre: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/missed-connections-a-craigslist-musical#/
when i am not clowning around with my kid in photobooths i am working on the cello parts for onegin, which goes up in vancouver march 17. you can get your tickets now, which means good seats and good deals: http://artsclub.com/shows/2015-2016/onegin
aaaand the new album! is called Love Waves! and it is done! it will be released in may. all those who bought it in advance will get it a little sooner than that. i will even be touring. whoa. more details to be trickled out into the relentless internet over the next few months. if you want me to come to your town, pitch me a venue or a promoter or your living room. all offers considered.
more info soonish as always. love, v
happy december one and all! we have embarked on our panto adventure once again. come see Hansel & Gretel: An East Van Panto at the york theatre sometime between now and january 3. i wear a fancy dress and i do my lips in a new way. and i have barry with me. we’ve been hitting things at the same time for 20 years now! popular demand (meaning that two people have asked) compels me to put our Panto Singalong lyrics up here for your perusal/personal use. this is it folks, the deathless poetry of pantomime. to the tune of Silver Bells.
Blah blah blah
Woof woof woof
Gerbils love to eat walnuts at bedtime
I’m a goofball
When the snow falls
Alcatraz is the worst
And a muffin is good for a hat
Let’s all sing nonsense together
Soon we’ll get back to the play.
(photo of my son hiding from the director courtesy of Maiko Bae Yamamoto.)
hello all! it is i, the reluctant blogger. instead of posting here, i have been: working on my record. working on Onegin. working on King Arthur. working on the East Van Panto. keeping my family alive. working with Bill Richardson. going to aquafit. and writing a song for a preserved seahorse.
ps two more VHINE UND SZONG coming up: october 25 with guest Don McGlashan and november 15 with Mystery Guest To Be Revealed Soon.