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Top 6 Things About the 2017 ECMA's in Saint John

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Monday, May 01, 2017
Top 6 Things About the 2017 ECMA's in Saint John

This weekend was unlike any other in our city.  Everywhere we looked there were musicians and friends buzzing about. I felt like a star struck kid as we drove around looking for a parking spot - pointing and shouting out, "There's ______! Oh and there's ________!!" 

So now that the dust is starting to settle and we had a solid night's sleep - it's time for reflection. Here are our top 6 awesome things about this weekend:

1. We got to start the night off at the awards show gala with an exciting full band performance! Sharing the stage with dear friends and brilliant musicians in front of a packed Harbour Station all clapping and singing our song?? Unreal. So so wonderful. Thank you to Ray Legere, Andrew Sneddon, Dillon Robichaud, and Remi Arsenault for lending us their talents once again! Go big or go home right? We chose to go big AND be home! 

2. Community support. I don't know about you, but we felt the ECMA buzz stretch far into the surrounding communities of Saint John. We couldn't believe it when we drove into Grand Bay-Westfield after not being home for a few days and saw the shout out from the GB Sobeys team! It's not every day that you can stop in for an emergency box of Kraft Dinner and get greeted by name from an employee who has saved a newspaper clipping to show you. Seriously. Pinch us. 

3. Any opportunity to spend time singing to the entire East Coast and hanging with Bill Roach and the team of CBC's Weekend Mornings is a treat. But looking over to see Cherry Tomato making toast with Keith Mullins just took it up a notch! Thank you to the Sanctuary Theatre for opening it's beautiful doors all week and to Weekend Mornings for inviting us! 

4. The Quality Block Party. Saint John was MORE than buzzing this weekend! At the same time as the ECMA conference, there was an amazing festival happening!  All venues were packed, there were amazing bands playing, and the love was flowing! The more music, the better! I think the "Q" in the alley became the official logo thanks to Duncan's Electrical! 

5. The unsung heroes...tech/sound crews and volunteers. There is a team of very special people who are the first to arrive everywhere, the last to leave, and they never whine about it. This team does their best to make everyone feel comfortable so they can do their best on stage and they ask for nothing in return. THANK YOU to the sound and tech crew that was amazing all weekend. Also - the VOLUNTEERS. My goodness. Need something? A volunteer was probably smiling and available to help you. 

6. The venues!! We got to explore new places to play and were treated to beautiful architecture, amazing acoustics, and hospitality like only Saint John can provide. One of these beautiful spaces was the St Andrews and St David Church on Germain Street. It was packed all the way up to the balcony and people were enjoying stories and songs from some of our best songwriters. Whether you were giggling at Dave Gunning's story about his sweet songwriting partner, Henry the dog, or you were in awe of Erin Costello's soaring, emotive vocals...those high ceilings provided the perfect ambiance.

There were many more highlights that are more "business" related and we'll share all the opportunities coming up for us as things unfold. But all in all - this weekend was one for the books! Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you to the whole village that made it all possible. If you'll excuse us, we're going to go have a huge nap. Aw - who are we kidding? We're going to work on music while Cherry Tomato is at school and maybe sneak in a quick lunch at the Saint John City Market. We hope you'll make Saint John a spot to visit next time you're planning an adventure.

Much love to all and thank you for your support!

xo,

Lisa & John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO!

We recently visited the popular Saint John local store, Backstreet Records, to film a video for our remixed track, “Everything You Need” (available on all streaming media soon, available on our website now, click here). The video features a series of fun fan moments as they try our unique instrument set-up and get their “washboard on” literally! The video and single are released this morning to celebrate in advance of Record Store Day this weekend!

Next week, the East Coast Music Awards will be here in Saint John, New Brunswick! We will be featured on the Awards Show Gala, as well as the Folk Stage and Export stages. We will also be part of CBC’s Weekend Morning programming live from The Sanctuary Theatre with host, Bill Roach. Stay tuned for dates and times!

Please SHARE our new video and tag all your friends you see in it!

Much love!

Lisa & John

 

 
 
 

HELLO 2017!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Friday, January 06, 2017
HELLO 2017!

 

Ya' know that feeling of wrapping Christmas gifts with beautiful, shiny paper and carefully curled ribbons but having to hide them in a closet for weeks? This year, there was a pink teddy bear in the dollar store window that our Cherry Tomato had been pining after, and it took all of our strength not to reveal that there was already one of those pink bears up in our closet, wrapped with curled ribbons.  One day, there was an outburst of tears when she saw the teddy bear was no longer in the window a mere two weeks before Christmas. It was so hard to NOT tell her she was getting that pink bear (now, aptly named "Pinky").  Well...it's time to do some unwrapping of some things we've been hiding along with Pinky the dollar store teddy bear!  Without going into too much detail, I think it's fair to at least reveal which CONTINENTS this year has in store for us! We are so excited to announce we will be touring in EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, and all ACROSS CANADA in the next year! So there you go! I know I feel much better now - I never said I was the greatest secret keeper ;) We promise to let out all the details as the year unfolds...but it's gonna be a big one!  We hope you're doing a happy dance with us! 

2016 took us across the country and across the entire world to Australia! We shared stages with inspiring musicians, made new friends, reconnected with old friends, pushed ourselves, made new music, faced many fears, and overall couldn't have asked for a better year! We couldn't have done any of it without the support of the Government of New Brunswick, Music/Musique NB, East Coast Music Association (ECMA), agent extraordinaire and winner of the 'wears the most hats' award, Shelley Chase and Garrison Hill Entertainment, Chuck Teed, Jessica Rhaye, our beloved CBC Radio Canada, Jordan Mattie Visuals, our parents, friends, and fans!!

We can't wait to share more about what other hidden presents we've got wrapped! Let's start with a sold out show at Lansdowne House Concerts, Jan 7th (get on the waiting list for tix!), Shivering Songs Jan 21st (tix still available!) and a pair of shows with The BackYard Devils! (Imperial Theatre March 3rd get tickets ASAP! & The Capital Theatre March 9th - grab tix here!) We've got a fantastic show planned for Feb. 11th at the Carleton Victoria Arts Council in Florenceville-Bristol (tickets available here). Also - we'll be traveling to Kansas City in February to attend and showcase at Folk Alliance International!! We're just getting started....hope to see you all along the way!

It really does take a village. And we have the most amazing village.

Thank you all and much love!

Lisa & John

 

 

 
 
 

I Go Where You Go (EPK)

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We have a wonderful, new EPK for I Go Where You Go, filmed by Jordan Mattie Visuals! It features interview and album footage from our very own, Porchlight Studios, and live show footage from both The Mack Theatre in Charlottetown, PEI, and from our sold out, album release show with a full band at the iconic, Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB. Check out our other videos on our YouTube channel or through our videos page and enjoy this little snippet into our world! Hope to see you at a show soon! 

Order your copy of I Go Where You Go or a sweet, new t-shirt here :) xo, Lisa and John 

 
 
 

I Go Where You Go

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Monday, June 13, 2016
I Go Where You Go

We are so happy to announce that our sophomore album, "I Go Where You Go" is officially out and available! I don't think our release show could have possibly been any more amazing! With the city of Saint John's support, we played to a sold out crowd at the iconic Imperial Theatre in the city's uptown. Not only were we on the best stage in the city - we were joined by our dream team of East Coast musicians who also lent their talents on our record: Ray Legere on fiddle and mandolin, Andrew Sneddon on dobro, Dillon Robichaud on banjo, and Remi Arsenault on bass.  Both Dillon and Remi also play in Moncton's beloved honkey tonk band (and one of our faves!!), The Backyard Devils. Check them out here

There is no way we could have achieved filling that theatre without our generous sponsors: 97.3 The Wave, Country 94, Sussex Beard Oil Merchants, Duncan's Electrical Ltd., and Kents Building Supplies

I don't know when we will come down from this exhilaration. Saint John, you have filled our hearts. As for future dates, we have release shows coming up in Halifax (June 18th at The Company House), Fredericton (July 14th at Corked Wine Bar), and you can keep track of our festival appearances on our tour page here.

We also have a brand new video up for the album's first single, "Ain't Dead Yet" on our youtube channel! Check it out right here :) The video was done by Jordan Mattie Visuals and features our studio and home at Porchlight Studios as well as some sweet venues like The Mack Theatre in PEI and the Saint John Theatre Company's BMO Studio Theatre in uptown Saint John. Let us know what you think! 

Thank you all for all of your love and support! We really wanted to give everyone an experience at our release show...turns out, you gave it to us...and we will never forget it! 

Much love,

Lisa & John 

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