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.
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.)
once 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.
i’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!
Is now open! Look up! Look to your right! The Shop.
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.
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.
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.
hello vancouver! the jetlag has lingered and left, and i am at last able to address you coherently. we are home. we miss berlin. we love our little house. i have at last updated the shows page. look so many shows! and that just takes us up to the end of 2013; there are more in 2014, and some of them are outside of vancouver. more on that soon.
there is also a Secret Show. if you would like to come to an invite-only workshop presentation of a new musical on november 4 or 5, send me a message at veda at vedahille dot com.
what else? i wrote a new album of songs in berlin. i will start making that record this winter. as for the other records, i am updating the store so you will be able to buy them soon. i am reading per petterson, and i am happy to be cooking autumn food. i hope you are all well.