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Contest Announcement and Details!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Monday, October 23, 2017
Contest Announcement and Details!

#GIVEITALLAWAY

What does a Maritime Christmas mean to you? We all have traditions in this amazing place. From St. Stephen’s pink chicken bone candies to Charlottetown’s Victorian Christmas. From grandma’s tourtiere in Memramcook to Digby’s Road to Bethlehem church tour. So many amazing things that make living here amazing. We want to hear all YOUR traditions and we want to bring YOU to our show. SHARE this contest POST and add your comments to our twitter, instagram and Facebook with #MARITIMECHRISTMAS and tell us what makes your Christmas so special in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. You will be automatically entered to WIN 2 tickets to one of our Maritime Christmas Shows AND one night’s accommodation AND our complete catalogue of merchandise PLUS the New Christmas CD “Pinecones & Cinnamon”. You will meet the cast before the show and we can toast to our good health and the season! The draw is NOVEMBER 15th. Share the JOY. Join us won’t you? Enter daily!

 

 

Contest Details

Enter daily by simply sharing the contest post. At 11:59 pm AST, we will collect the names from each day and add to the draw. Please note in order to see your name your settings have to be set to public. This contest is being facilitated on Facebook however anyone who is the age of majority may enter at no charge by emailing garrisonhillpublicity@gmail.com . The contest draw will take place noon AST November 15th, 2017. At that time we will announce the winner via FACEBOOK and our manager will contact the winner via direct message on FACEBOOK. The prize is 2 tickets to a show of your choosing at 1 of our 10 dates in The Maritimes (non-transferable and no cash value), 1 night accommodation (we reserve the right to select the accommodation and this is non-transferable and has no cash value) and a prize package of CDs and other Tomato Tomato merchandise which we will provide to you at the concert you attend (this is non-transferable and has no cash value). The prize package is to be accepted as provided in there are no rain-checks for other shows or concerts and no refunds associated with this prize package. Tomato Tomato Music and Garrison Hill Entertainment are save harmless from all risks associated with attending the shows and the contest is operated with no cost to play, win or participate. We reserve the right to cancel the contest at anytime.

 
 
 

Tales of a Momsician (and Dadsician)

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Tales of a Momsician (and Dadsician)

This summer the Tomato family set out on the ultimate adventure – a five week tour with three weeks in Australia – WITH our 6 year old daughter, Lucy. Recently I discovered the term “Momsician”, or rather, I was called it by a dear friend. This trip really brought that word to life for me....as well as for John, the “Dadsician”. I know we are not alone. We were those people who were picking the brains of our fellow musician parent tribe – asking for tips and tricks to make it all go smoothly. More than tips, we were really just looking for validation. “Was it okay?” “How did it go?” “Would you do it again?”

The short answer to all of those questions is: FANTASTIC. And YES.

People are very quick to say how positive travel can be for young children. They are right. We talked to Lucy about “life school” and how there are certain things you learn at school and certain things you can only learn by putting yourself in new and different situations. We now have a 6 and a half year old daughter who can navigate through an airport like a champ, whipping off her shoes and hoodie and tossing them in the security bins like a boss. She can deal with the limited options for food on a 14.5 hour flight (which was perhaps one of my biggest fears) and just eat the weird mac n' cheese because “At least it's vegetarian, Mom. It's better than nothing.” She can hop in a cab and say hello to our driver with the utmost respect while chit chatting about where we're going and where we've been. She can stay up until 1am (turns out, staying up really late will not actually kill your child) and then rock a red-eye by sleeping the whole time. She can recognize that SHE is the one with the accent and start adopting local vocabulary (like asking for a side of “avo” instead of “smashed avocado”). And when all else fails, we are here to tell you that a child can live on peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

We were very lucky to have help. We couldn't have done it by ourselves. I repeat: we couldn't have done it by ourselves. John's father, “Grampie” Wayne was with us for the bulk of our trip and he was a champion. He was Lucy's everything. Roommate, snuggle buddy, play mate, swim partner, app downloader, shopping buddy, cook, launderer, listener, and general rock. Not only did we have Grampie, we had the “festival family”. If you've been to a music festival, you know that an interesting phenomenon occurs. The rest of the world disappears and you enter into what I like to call the “festival bubble”. Everyone looks out for everyone and we all bond over music, stories, food trucks, and grassy toes. Each place we went, the volunteers and staff went above and beyond to make sure Lucy was comfortable and looked after. She had all access passes, booster seats, oodles of swag, and was the queen of the folk kid parades. Not really, but she felt like it and that's what counts. Thank you to the volunteers at Vancouver Folk Festival for working with her on making art with clay. Thank you to the Broadbeach Country Music Festival for making sure we got to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and to Emily Holler for going so far as to pick us up and take us out to an amazing vegetarian restaurant on the Gold Coast where Lucy bonded with her son and the two of them played like old mates. Thank you to Mark Lang in Melbourne for making sure we had a place to stay, things to see, singing along to our songs with Lucy during our set, and for just generally being our friend on the other side of the world. Thank you to the volunteers at the Regina Folk Festival – especially the one who gave my mother a sweet new hat and bottle of water when it was super hot out. My mom met up with us in Regina and had never attended a festival before! Also to the team in charge of the little folksters...who set up an environment for all the other folk kids to play together with bubbles, art, costumes, and music. Once Lucy was there, she didn't want to leave.

Did everything go perfectly smoothly on the trip? Nope. Were there days when things were stressful? Yep. But you deal with those things. Life at home isn't always stress-free and smooth either, right? So you handle those things and move forward while focusing on the positive. Life of a Momsician and Dadsician is definitely not always glamorous. But boy is it fun.

Part of our job is to travel. When we combine our family, career, and self fulfillment together, we feel like we are all winning at life.

Is it a huge risk?

YES.

Is it worth the risk?

So much yes.

 
 
 

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