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Alberta Aliments

We arrived in the land of 5% GST the night before the show. Our host, Jeremiah McDade of The McDades was a wealth of information, explaining a bit about the history of the area (south-east-ish) and pointed us to a breakfast spot nearby that turned out to be a diner/deli counter in a grocery store. It was one of those small grocery stores with expensive imported pasta in brown paper packages, and 50 different kinds of mustard, but the breakfast was cheap and plentiful. It was the classic eggs & bacon breakfast with roasted baby potatoes and thick slices of toast. Everyone ate too much, but thankfully we had time for a mini nap before heading to our 2 pm live-to-air performance on CKUA.  That night we played for the first time at a gem of a venue – The ARTery. Philippe welcomed us with hot tea and smiling hospitality. He recommended a nice Thai/Laotian restaurant mere steps from the venue. Mark got a big bowl of Tom Kha and split some large summer rolls with Pete. Stéphane and I each ordered spicy noodle dishes. (Stéphane has demonstrated an addiction to “the spicy stuff” and at every meal asks for the hottest condiment available in the restaurant). His dish was so spicy that he had to stop talking for a while, and mine made my lips feel like they were burning. It was heavenly!

The Edmonton crowd we played for that night was the best we’ve ever had. Thanks for coming out everyone, and we hope to be back soon!

The next morning we went to our dream breakfast spot. Edmonton’s New York Bagel Café.photo 1

This is a place where you’ll spend more money than you ever should on breakfast, but it’ll be worth it, and you’ll come back for more. They have a selection of bagels with a large variety of accompaniments – from chantrelles to caviar. They have eggs benedict galore. Some omelettes, and some yoghurt and fruit combinations, and every table is complete with a variety of jams and savoury sauces. However, we all went for the “classic breakfast” and then didn’t have to eat again until supper time in Calgary.

The new Festival Hall in Calgary is truly a treat to play in. It’s exposed wood beams and concrete floors have a simple beauty and elegance, and the facilities and staff are simply top-notch.

That night was the first time we got to share a meal with our tour companions the Bros. Landreth.photo 3

Some simple vietnamese fare near the hall that, if not memorable, was satisfactory and satiating. We are getting fonder and fonder of the Bros. Their warm hearts and stellar sounds are going to be missed when we part ways….

Don’t miss our last show together in Vancouver at the Biltmore Cabaret!

Russian Dolls hits the Road!

Early in the morning, one week from today we take flight for Winnipeg to begin our tour of Western Canada in support of Russian Dolls. We’re pumped. We’re excited. We’re impatient to begin!

We’ll be sharing the stage for most of the shows with The Bros Landreth, who killed us with their harmonies one chilly evening at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern. It is a joy and a pleasure to have them on the road with us. Also joining us for a couple of shows will be the lovely and charming Jenny Berkel.

For  the many years we have been criss-crossing Canada on lonely highways with gas-station towns and we have wished for something, anything! to guide us to the tastiest, healthiest and cheapest grub on the road. This year, we’re taking the responsibility in our own hands. We will be blogging about the highs and lows, the happy surprises and the bitter disappointments of our culinary encounters. With a little help from our friends at Health Canada….!


And now without further ado, our tour dates:

21/02/14 Winnipeg, MB *// West End Cultural Center
22/02/14 Regina, SK^ // The Artful Dodger
23/02/14 Saskatoon, SK *// Village Guitare and Amp
24/02/14 Bruno, SK^ // Bruno Arts Bank
26/02/14 Edmonton, AB *// The Artery
27/02/14 Calgary, AB *// The Festival Hall
28/02/14 Nelson, BC *// The Hume Hotel
01/03/14 Vancouver, BC *// The Biltmore
02/03/14 Victoria, BC // Herman’s Jazz Club

*with the Bros Landreth (from Winnipeg)

^with Jenny Berkel

See y’all soon!

Touring and Checklists

Hello all,

My favourite part about getting ready for a tour is making a checklist. It’s all conceptual you see – no actual limits of physical space are faced, no tetris games with toothpaste, quarter-inch, cds and undergarments.

However, one always finds oneself suspecting that the suitcase you used last time shrunk, and wondering exactly how many pairs of underwear you really need after all. And sacrificing a sweater and two pairs of socks to take the hiking boots so that the day off in Neuchatel can be spent in the nearby mountains.

We’re off to Switzerland tomorrow to begin a serveral weeks-long tour of Switzerland, Germany and France! Almost all packed up, and almost everything checked off.

Two things are certain:

1. Something will be forgotten
2. We’re going to have one hell of a good time!

For our tour dates, shift your eyes over to the left a couple of centimeters. And if you’re going to be in the area for any of those shows – don’t be a stranger! We’d love to see you.

It’s crazy, because it seems like only days ago we came back from our last tour… Oh wait! It WAS only days ago. Two, in fact.

We had a short and very sweet gander over to the West very recently. Starting in Winnipeg, at a great venue we are beginning to know well – The West End Cultural Centre – it was off to a good start right off. We were lucky to have the lovely Jenny Berkel open the night with her friendly and charming group.

Then it was a long day of travel, a Showcase performance for the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, followed by the best kind of dessert – a satisfying set at the Haven Social Club in Edmonton.

Last, and most definitely not least was our night at the Palomino in Calgary. The opening band – native Calgarians Reuben Bullock – played far too short a set in our opinion. So inventive and captivating!

The folks at the Palomino get a special mention in this post for their generous nature (especially where whiskey is concerned) and their truly zany and amazing staff. We’re already looking forward to our next visit to Calgary!

We’ll leave you with this photo of Tonio and Kristina putting Winnipeg’s vintage shops to the test.

Jet lag – here we come!


Yebo… un grand merci à tout l’équipe de ROSEQ à Rimouski la semaine passée. On a reçu un prix pour une vitrine à RIDEAU en février, 2012. Woohoo!

Big thanks to the folks at ROSEQ in Rimouski last week. We won a prize that gives us an official showcase at RIDEQU in Québec City in February, 2012.

We’re off on Wednesday to Winnipeg for a string of 3 shows out West. See the dates and info to your left!

We’ll also be playing the ATAA showcase in Edmonton on Friday, Oct 21rst, then our show there later that night.

Puis, le 25 octobre, on part pour l’Europe de nouveau. Toutes les dates sont à votre gauche.

Then off to Europe again for a tour. Excited to say the least. We’ll be posting more pictures, shot blogs, and maybe the odd tour video.


Another video by Matias Meyer for HELLO:

à bientôt