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My Night In (other people’s) Pictures: CD release edition

Photo credits, numbered left to right, top to bottom: 1, 7 @emmayoxon; 2 @tonytnguyen; 3 @mikelikesburger; 4, 6, 8 @splendid_events; 5 Austin Cooke; 9 @meghan_H

This week I was so busy preparing for Friday that I only took 5 instagram photos! That’s not enough for an entire grid of nine so I thought that this week I would share your photos. The photos above were taken by six different attendees of the CD release on Friday night. I’ve credited them above. Thanks so much you guys! It was great to see the concert experience from so many different angles. If you want to see your photos featured on the blog, tweet them to me or post them to my facebook.

Friday night was so special, it’s hard to explain in words the feelings that I had experiencing leading up to the release, during the release, and after the release. The day of the concert we arrived at the NAC at 2pm prepared to stay there all day. We brought all our gear, clothes, toothbrushes, snacks and everything. We sound checked and rehearsed for a couple of hours, then we had some down time. I spent most of the down time doing makeup, choosing what to wear and fixing my ‘do (which, let’s be honest, takes forever no matter what length of hair you have). The rest of the band went for a quick walk to get some coffee.

During all of this I was cool as a cucumber. I felt great and it was great to be in the space. It was as if I could feel the excitement and glamour and creativity of all the past performances oozing from the stage.

Once I had all my makeup on and my dress I started to feel the tinglies in my belly. Good tinglies, scary tinglies!

The fabulous Pixie Cram and Tim Smith filmed the concert for a future EPK (more on that later), and before the concert we sat down with them for an interview in the empty Fourth Stage. We talked about how Mark and I met, how the album first came to be, and how we felt about releasing it. That made me feel even more tingly!

When it was finally time to walk on the stage I was intensely nervous but as soon as I sat down on my chair and took the microphone in my hand I felt completely calm and at home and it was great.

The concert went smoothly and everyone was listening and applauding and laughing and the band played tremendously well. I was elated. What really took my breath away though, were the things that people said to me at intermission and after the show. People came up to me and said some of the most encouraging things I’ve ever heard in my life. They said they believed in me and my music, they believed I would go far, and they felt my connection to my art. Those were really beautiful things to hear and I’m so lucky to have fans and friends and loved ones like the ones I have in my life.

Now that the release is over, it’s time to fulfill Indiegogo orders (which is way more complicated of a process than I thought it was going to be) and get to work getting the music into people’s earholes. One easy way you can help with that is to embed a bandcamp player of the album onto your website, facebook, twitter, or tumblr. Just click the “share” button on the one below:

So that’s it for this week! Next week I will have a regular update. How did your week go? Let me know in the comments below.

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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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