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highlights: sculptures, sketches, and silent auctions


I got a mega-dose of culture this week! I had only two short days in Montreal but I made sure to pack them tightly. I saw friends, drank lattes, had playing and writing sessions, and had a great voice lesson with singer Kyla Campbell at the Schulich School of Music on the McGill campus. That statue of Queen Victoria stands proudly in front of the building. I love her facial expression and body language, it looks like she doesn’t take any crap from anyone.


Thursday night I found myself back in Ottawa, playing for Dave Cooper’s exhibit, Eddy Table and Other Misbehavers. The exhibit was a part of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which is the largest festival of it’s kind in North America. All night people from all over kept coming through the gallery. It was so interesting to meet these artists and writers and hear about the projects they themselves are a part of. Of course, Dave’s sketches were a huge hit. The gallery could hardly keep replenishing the exhibit because they were selling so fast!


Friday evening I participated in a fundraiser for the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton called Jazz On The Lake with Renée Yoxon. I felt so special having my name right there in the title of the event! It was a lovely evening which included a silent auction, cocktails, celebrity hosts, and music by myself, Mark Ferguson, and Joel Kerr. At the end of the night I was presented with the most beautiful bouquet. Between the flowers and my gown I felt just like a prom queen.

After such an action-packed week I tried to take the weekend a little easier. I watched some movies, read some poetry, and loafed around as much as I could.

I’m in Ottawa until tonight when Craig and I drive back to Montreal. I would like to clear up some confusion about my regular Monday night performance at Mercury Lounge. Craig and I have committed to commuting to Ottawa every Sunday for teaching. Because of this, I am continuing to play at Live Jazz Monday through the fall. I don’t know how long this will last though so please come on out and have a listen while it’s still around. See you tonight!

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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