Posted October 25, 2011
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!